Charlie Davidson Posted about 1 year ago What is imagination and dream? Are they the same? Like Robert said, imagination is a conscious thing, and dreaming is not a conscious thing. The two are not related. You imagination requires your consent, as you purposely imagine things and situations, typically that please you. Dreams do not require your consent, and you can't consciously control the influx of dreams in your mind while you are sleeping. Now, if you take the less literal definitions of the words, and instead refer to the definitions used when saying things like, "I dream of a day..." or "I imagine a day..." then the distinction is less apparent, but still simple. In this scenario, a "dream" literally becomes a wish or a longing. The imagining, however, isn't necessarily a wish. It's simply something that you visualize. It could either be bad or good. "I dream of peace" "I dream of war" One is pleasant and one isn't, but both imply that the speaker desires it. "I imagine peace" "I imagine war" Again, one is pleasant and one is not, but neither implies any kind of true opinion on it.