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Re: Am I going mad?

Reality is subjective and your post is eloquent.
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This Exploding Head Syndrome has worked it way with me again. The night before last. I think I was deeply asleep - not sure now exactly - lying on my left side when suddenly, behind my back and seemingly coming from the bedside table there was a tremendous noise just like an old clockwork alarm clock with a big bell on top of it going off. It lasted a second or two and got me into a state of utter shock. Needless to say I don't have an alarm clock thesedays. Thanks to my previous two experiences I calmed down quickly but I have to say this: If my brain can do this, can actually project outwards and then back into my ears various noises in such a hefty reality, where does reality actually take place?


This really does beg the question - many years ago I had a wonderful dream in which I heard absolutely beautiful music. This music I always thought of as being The Music of the Spheres, I assumed I had sort of transcended earthly reality (I can't put it better than this to meet the explanation I was then afterwards looking for). Now it seems I have to think differently and simply say that we have no idea of how our minds really work. It seems as though I composed that heavenly music myself all those years ago.


In music I'm a dunce.
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Re: Am I going mad?

go to the doctor. Get a scan.
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Re: Am I going mad?

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If my brain can do this, can actually project outwards and then back into my ears various noises in such a hefty reality, where does reality actually take place?
Well, you are missing the point here, I think. Your ears (and eyes, and other sensory organs such as your skin) are only providing input to your brain. It is your brain which interprets the nerve signals as being "sounds", or "smells", or whatever. In some people there can be a kind of "crossover" called Synesthesia, and they associate sounds with colours, for example.

I'm not suggesting that is what is happening to you, by the way. You seem to have something else going on. I'm just trying to explain that there is no "projecting" going on, it's all inside your own body. Your question as to where reality takes place is still an interesting one because your reality might not be the same as mine, since our perceptions can be subtly or significantly different.

I really think you should visit a doctor and get yourself checked out, to make sure there is nothing wrong with you, whether it be something in your ear(s), nerves, or the brain itself.
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Old 01.05.2014, 13:55
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Re: Am I going mad?

Could it not be the simplest of explanations, that you were dreaming? The other night I could actually smell something in my dream, it seemed so real.
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Re: Am I going mad?

C.G. Jung described a similiar experience in his autobiography when the door to the cupboard in his house made an awful banging and creaking noise without explanation. This happened more than once.
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Well, you are missing the point here, I think. Your ears (and eyes, and other sensory organs such as your skin) are only providing input to your brain. It is your brain which interprets the nerve signals as being "sounds", or "smells", or whatever. In some people there can be a kind of "crossover" called Synesthesia, and they associate sounds with colours, for example.

I'm not suggesting that is what is happening to you, by the way. You seem to have something else going on. I'm just trying to explain that there is no "projecting" going on, it's all inside your own body. Your question as to where reality takes place is still an interesting one because your reality might not be the same as mine, since our perceptions can be subtly or significantly different.

I really think you should visit a doctor and get yourself checked out, to make sure there is nothing wrong with you, whether it be something in your ear(s), nerves, or the brain itself.

I'm quite happy, at the moment anyway, with the explanation given by Google, so I can't imagine myself going to the doc's to try to explain something which I can't. But once again we have those - and here I'm not being personal - who, although not having experienced such an untoward moment themselves are quite prepared to say it wasn't so - in this case as I experienced it. So when I say the noise(s) came from the bedside table or from above my head that's exactly what I mean. But, just to make it clear - I'm not suggesting poltergeists or any similar activity. Activities which by the way are, as far as we know, actions created outside the brain by the brain. Whether this is so or not isn't at all clear.


Had it been possible to tell C.G.Jung what happened to me (as Enja's input could suggest) I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have just written it off as a dream nor would he have sent me to a doctor. He himself experienced many such and similar happenings.


My aim in relating these very personal moments was in the hope that there would be others with something to tell.
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Old 03.05.2014, 19:49
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Re: Am I going mad?

Hey Busby - have you seen The Matrix?

They've probably just updated the software or banged your pod.


When I had continual head throbbing, my doctor referred me for an MRI scan of the head/brain - but they found nothing.

...... and I love my incredibly weird and vivid dreams.
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Old 03.05.2014, 20:53
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Re: Am I going mad?

Hm.
The brain is wonderful, complex and a bit mysterious, so I don't think anybody here is going mad or crazy or should be sent off to any kind of mental facility (don't let that thought find its way into your psyche, please).
Some time ago I read Oliver Sach's excellent book called "Musicophilia" (I think that is the title in english).
Anyhoo - some of his patients, none of which he ever describes as being "mad" BTW, have/had really intriguing syndromes.
Some for example heard some famous tune in their head over and over again, even though that specific tune meant nothing to them.
Others, less fortunate IMO, perceived music as a series of grating noises - but had no issues with hearing speech, for example.

I'll top it off by saying that every now and then, in certain early phases of my sleep, I too have heard voices or sounds. I have even imagined feeling the bed shake, as in an earthquake, and totally unable to move or to call out (quite a terrifying experience, actually).

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Old 03.05.2014, 21:51
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Re: Am I going mad?

That not being able to move thing is called sleep paralysis. It happens when you are dreaming and awake (sort of, its hard to describe) at the same time. In normal dream your body becomes paralised what you describe is an in-between state and yes it can be terrifying, I've experienced it myself and it was not fun.

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I'll top it off by saying that every now and then, in certain early phases of my sleep, I too have heard voices or sounds. I have even imagined feeling the bed shake, as in an earthquake, and totally unable to move or to call out (quite a terrifying experience, actually).

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Old 03.05.2014, 21:55
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That not being able to move thing is called sleep paralysis. It happens when you are dreaming and awake (sort of, its hard to describe) at the same time. In normal dream your body becomes paralised what you describe is an in-between state and yes it can be terrifying, I've experienced it myself and it was not fun.
Is that kind of the opposite of where you jump a foot off the bed like someone has suddenly wired you up to the mains? For me it's usually when I'm falling asleep and I am half dreaming that I've tipped off the edge of a roof or cliff or something.

Frightens me (and my husband) to death.
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Is that kind of the opposite of where you jump a foot off the bed like someone has suddenly wired you up to the mains? For me it's usually when I'm falling asleep and I am half dreaming that I've tipped off the edge of a roof or cliff or something.

Frightens me (and my husband) to death.
LOL - crap I've done that so many times...that nerve twitch thing.
Additionally for some reason I always manage to bang the upper part of my foot on the edge of the bed
Scares the daylights out of Mrs. GroOve as well!

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Old 03.05.2014, 21:59
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Re: Am I going mad?

I do that too. Maybe we are kicking each other while waiting to board the plane?

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Is that kind of the opposite of where you jump a foot off the bed like someone has suddenly wired you up to the mains? For me it's usually when I'm falling asleep and I am half dreaming that I've tipped off the edge of a roof or cliff or something.

Frightens me (and my husband) to death.
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LOL - crap I've done that so many times...that nerve twitch thing.
Additionally for some reason I always manage to bang the upper part of my foot on the edge of the bed
Scares the daylights out of Mrs. GroOve as well!

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I know it's a known-phenomenon but Googling "jump in bed" or "startled in bed" didn't quite give the answers I was looking for...

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I do that too. Maybe we are kicking each other while waiting to board the plane?
Haha!

Who knew sleeping could be so exciting?
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Re: Am I going mad?

I think that maybe the OP's consciousness was in a type of limbo state when he/she experienced these sounds -- somewhere between consciousness and dream state, where his/her conscious and subconscious minds were both in control, at the same time.

So it was the subconscious mind (dream state) that imagined the sounds, but the conscious mind interpreted them as wakened-state reality.

It's a kind of "trick of the mind," like deja vu or something. I've done it before myself, though it most often occurs when I wake up in the middle of a dream.
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I know it's a known-phenomenon but Googling "jump in bed" or "startled in bed" didn't quite give the answers I was looking for...
Hypnagogic jerk.




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Re: Am I going mad?

It would be interesting to know if anyone else hears this sound or only you. As it seems to happen when you are alone, don't suppose there is any way of testing this?
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It would be interesting to know if anyone else hears this sound or only you. As it seems to happen when you are alone, don't suppose there is any way of testing this?


No, I can't test it - and I live alone. I doubt very much if anyone would hear these bangs and clangs and bells as they have happened. Nor was I in any sort of limbo state. I was simply horribly awakened in a state of shock by noises which occured outside my own person. But, as I said before it can only be that the noises were somehow projected outwards from my own brain.


I can think of no other explanation.
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Old 05.05.2014, 21:07
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Re: Am I going mad?

You can be in a limbo state without being aware of it so don't rule that out. Like when you have an episode of sleep paralysis you think you are fully aware and awake but you are really in an in-between place.

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No, I can't test it - and I live alone. I doubt very much if anyone would hear these bangs and clangs and bells as they have happened. Nor was I in any sort of limbo state. I was simply horribly awakened in a state of shock by noises which occured outside my own person. But, as I said before it can only be that the noises were somehow projected outwards from my own brain.


I can think of no other explanation.
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Re: Am I going mad?

Oddly enough there is an article in the Daily mail this morning about this very thing. Now I see I am by no means alone.


In fact, reading the letters I see that I have got off lightly.
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Re: Am I going mad?

Reading the DM could indeed be a sign you're going mad. Or at least, losing your judgement.

My vote is some kind of epilepsy.
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