7 things you probably didn’t know about blind people

Blind people are amazing (Credit:  J P Davidson/Flickr)1.Blind people can’t see in dreams:

Blind people are unable to see even in their dreams but they get a rich combination of different senses in their dreams. They get more feelings of taste, smell, touch, and hear in their dreams as compared to normal people.

2. They have fewer feelings of negative emotions:

Blind from birth people have fewer feelings of negative emotions such as anxiety and depression as compared to normal people.

Blind people see more nightmares (Image courtesy of Bogenfreund's Flickr stream)3. Vision in dream reduces with time:

The longer the blind people, who are not blind from birth, have lived without sight, the less they have chances of looking at things in their dreams.

4. They have the same level of emotions etc:

Blind people have almost same level of emotional and social contexts in their dreams as normal people. They have the same level of social interactions, prosperity, and failures in their dreams. They have almost the same intensity of emotions and bizarreness.

5. They have more nightmares:

People who are blind from birth have more chances of having nightmares that is about 4 times more than normal people. Interesting thing; they don’t know that they have more nightmares than normal people. However, people who became blind later in life have almost same chances of having nightmares as normal people.

6. Their nightmares are close to reality:

Nightmares of blind people are very close to reality as for example they may dream of getting lost, falling into an embarrassing situation, being hit by a vehicle, and/or losing their guide dog.

7. They visualize numbers in opposite direction:

People blind from birth visualize numbers in the opposite direction, i.e. their numbers are lined from right to left (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) as opposed to left to right (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) for normal people.

Sources:

How the Blind Dream – National Geographic (http://goo.gl/nFPbZU)[Meaidi, A., Jennum, P., Ptito, M., & Kupers, R. (2014). The sensory construction of dreams and nightmare frequency in congenitally blind and late blind individuals Sleep Medicine, 15 (5), 586-595 DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2013.12.008]

People Born Blind Suffer 4 Times More Nightmares – PsychCentral (http://goo.gl/PWbPLm)

Congenitally Blind Visualize Numbers Opposite Way to Sighted – Neuroscience News (http://goo.gl/I3y6pu)

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