Facts About Precognitive Dreams

Facts about precognitive dreams are not far-fetched truths about dreams which seemingly include knowledge about the future which cannot be inferred from actually available information. These are types of dreams that only work at the frequency of some psychic arrangements about what is going to happen in the future or times far ahead.

Precognitive dreams, in simple terms, are any dreams that give you information about the future you wouldn’t otherwise have. Well, having a precognitive experience is recorded to be capable of unsettling you, even when you don’t put much stock in future-telling.

At this time there is little scientific evidence suggesting that dreams can predict the future. Some research suggests that certain types of dreams may help predict the onset of illness or mental decline in the dream, however.

Some research suggests up to a third of people report some type of precognitive experience, often in the form of a dream that seemed to come true, while people who don’t believe in psychic experiences, on the other hand, likely won’t even consider the possibility of their dreams predicting the future.

Facts About Precognitive Dreams

The existence of predictive dreams may never be proven or disproven by science but they are actually physically real and typical, even among the past and present leaders of the world. There are, nonetheless, some facts about precognitive dreams that you will need to know in case you dream one in the coming days.

Below are some few ways by which you can understand the dream phenomenon that is called Precognitive dreams:

Selective Recall

People recall confirmed premonition dreams significantly more frequently than disconfirmed premonition dreams. In other words, if your dream predicts the future, you are much more likely to remember that dream than your dreams that did not accurately predict the future.

Just as the researchers predicted, the participants had better recollection of their dreams confirmed by events in the diary. This selective recall was consistent across participants, regardless of their level of belief in precognitive dreams.

Tolerance for Ambiguity

Some dreamers interpret ambiguous dreams as positive or desirable. Researchers call this “tolerance for ambiguity.” People with a high tolerance for ambiguity are more likely to experience premonition dreams.

Paranormal Beliefs

Researchers have found a significant relationship between belief in the paranormal, belief in precognitive dreams, and the ability to make associations among unrelated events. These results suggest that if you’re inclined to find connections in the world, you’re more likely to experience premonitions.


Some people who have precognitive dreams may not interpret them as predictive until a corresponding event occurs in real life. Factors such as selective recall, tolerance for ambiguity, and paranormal beliefs can contribute to you drawing connections between coincidences in your life and dreams you’ve experienced.

Subconscious Connections

Experts hypothesize we dream to process our memories and emotions. As a result, events that you experience during the day may stick with your subconscious. For example, you might dream of purchasing new furniture for your home.

When you wake up, you see an advertisement for a couch you want to purchase. However, if you had been thinking about redecorating your home and researching furniture for a few days, your dream might simply reflect what was already coming up in your life.

Association of Events

50 participants are asked to read four different pairs of dream diaries and news articles and list as many connections as they could find. Those who reported higher levels of paranormal belief or belief in precognitive dreams specifically made more associations between the news articles and the dream diaries.

Real Events That Prove Precognitive Dreams Real

Here are some of the events that had happened in the past but are proving the validity of precognitive dreams as true:

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

President Abraham Lincoln reportedly dreamed of his own death8. Lincoln’s friend and law partner, Ward Hill Lamon, later described the dream as Lincoln recounted it to him.

Lincoln dreamed of people sobbing, and in his dream, he went to investigate. In the East Room of the White House, he found a corpse dressed for a funeral. Lincoln asked the figures in the dream what happened. One reported to him that the president was assassinated. In reporting this dream to Lamon, Lincoln appeared disturbed and frightened.

Later, Lincoln clarified the dream to Lamon. The president assassinated in his dream was not Lincoln himself, but some other president. This was the dream he had just nights before his assassination on April 14, 1865.

A different potentially predictive dream Lincoln frequently experienced was more positive. He saw Union ships pursuing a damaged enemy ship. He also saw Union soldiers with a higher ground, ready to take victory. Lincoln reportedly had this dream right before days of historical importance, such as the battles at Antietam and Gettysburg, and he interpreted it as a good omen.

  • Aberfan Landslide

In 1966, a landslide of waste from a coal mine slid into the South Wales village of Aberfan. The local school was destroyed by the landslide, killing 144 students and teachers.

A British psychiatrist, John Barker, came to the village shortly after the landslide. Barker was researching what happens to people when they believe they’re about to die. He collected 76 accounts of premonitions of the Aberfan landslide, 60 of which he followed up on.

A notable premonition was submitted by the parents of Eryl Mai, a 10-year-old girl killed in the accident. The day before the accident, the child had reported to her mother a frightening dream. She had dreamed that her school was no longer there and that it had been covered by “something black.”

  • Robert Kennedy’s Assassination

Robert Kennedy’s assassination was potentially predicted by a person’s dream. Two of the people who submitted premonitions of the Aberfan landslide to British psychiatrist John Barker kept reporting accurate psychic dreams in the following years. They submitted these to a newspaper column, called the Premonitions Bureau.

In March of 1968, Kathleen Middleton reported her first premonition of an assassination of Robert Kennedy. She continued to dream of Kennedy’s death for months. On June 4, 1968, she called the Premonitions Bureau three times, urgently concerned about Kennedy. He was shot just after midnight the next day, on June 5, 1968.

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