Dreaming is not only different from the waking life in content, but also in shape.
A dream should contain at least one view in order to call it a dream. Awareness of “a dream” that has no views at all during sleep (only talking, smell, feeling…etc.) does exist in rare cases, but I should not call it a dream then. I will discuss such unusual types of sleeping experiences later.
A dream is not often a fully detailed experience, as the waking life may be, but on the contrary, a dream would usually have a selective behavior.
During the waking hours, when you are normally and fully aware, you could notice every detail in anything or anyone around you, even minor details, if you want to do that. A dream does not come this way. During a dream, you may see or experience specific items, views, and sounds …etc., but not every expected detail of the person or the thing.
You can notice that too! For example, if you had a dream about the living room at home, you might be aware of the place during the dream, or you might be aware of specific details, but you would not be aware of all details, except only few particular ones.
Most of dreams come in an unusual shape, even if you experience usual things in a dream. Although, many dreamers may have dreams about family members, friends, or any usual incidents in their daily lives, many of them reported to have experienced what they usually know in their waking life in an unusual shape or nature in their dreams.
Try to think of a previous dream during which you saw something or someone you have already known, but in an unusual form or shape, or behaving in an unusual manner.
Have you ever dreamt of a family member or a friend in an unusual shape? Or Have you ever dreamt of a usual place in an unusual shape?