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I was reading an interview today and came across this sentence that I don’t fully understand.

”I wake up lucidly – I think that I’m awake – and I go to the mirror and I scream and it’s a woman’s scream,” he says. “And then I wake up.”

what I don’t really understand is the “I wake up lucidly – I think that I’m awake –“ part.

is he saying it’s a lucid dream ? Like he becomes aware that he’s dreaming ?? or he thought he was awake but actually he wasn’t and still sleeping ?

Thanks

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is he saying it’s a lucid dream ? Like he becomes aware that he’s dreaming ?? or he thought he was awake but actually he wasn’t and still sleeping ?

Given that it is difficult to describe states of consciousness when dreaming, I believe that he means he was aware that he was/had been dreaming and then was aware of "waking up". However he was mistaken and then actually woke up.

I personally understand the phenomenon because I have experienced it. I think such an experience is difficult to describe accurately in words.

However only the author knows truly what was meant.

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    I have dreamed that I woke up, then realised that I cannot have done so because of something counterfactual (e.g. because I think I am eleven years old). Dec 13 '20 at 11:58
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    Good answer but I think the original is poorly written. The meaning of his I woke up lucidly is I had a clear sense of having awoken, right? The lucidly sentence isn't the greatest way of putting that, I think.
    – legatrix
    Dec 13 '20 at 12:20

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