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I was recently in a very large group of people talking about dreams and found that only I and one other girl dream from other people's perspectives. Is there something different about us- are we trying to overcome some problem or do we have tendencies toward some disorder?
About 50% of the time I'm female (which I am in real life) and the other 50% I'm male. Sometimes I dream I am a friend or acquaintance and sometimes it's someone I've never met- just a fictional person, but I know a lot about the person. The dreams are usually but not always fairly mundane - like I might be a man running out of time looking for a birthday present for his wife while worrying about how I need to pick the kids up from soccer and gymnastics (I don't have kids - don't play soccer and am not a gymnast) and then quite often I will switch persona mid dream and I will be the wife receiving the gift.
When I do dream as myself, the persona switching is more likely to happen and I will experience my own reactions and those of another person - either a friend or a non-existent fictional person. In this case often the group of people present will involve people from different parts of my life who don't know each other and probably wouldn't be in the same room and although mundane, the scenarios often don't make sense. I have sexual dreams where I am a man with a woman, but I don't feel like I am in any way gender confused or homosexual in real life.
Is this a psychological problem? I had just assumed that everyone did this, but from the expressions of people's faces I'm wondering if it's normal.