I found out that the same product tended to mean different things for different people. For one person, a lipstick brought confidence. For another, it was just a simple pigment. This experience awakened me from my naïve view that the lipstick of itself reignited my cousin’s passion for life. (Rather,?)It was the idea that she accepted from that advertisement of Maybeline that gave her inner strength.

I have heard the expression like "awaken me from my dream/ dogmatic dream", but I am not sure whether one can say "awaken from a naive view" or "...from a dogmatism". Is this analogy comprehensible?

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    I would suggest that your naive view is not like sleep, but like ignorance. How about "enlighten" you from a naive view? Or, if it is seen as a misconception, you can say soneone is "disabused" of such a misconception. Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 3:55
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    Complicated expression with a picture that does not fit. You can say it simpler by asking: Is my view naive?
    – rogermue
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 6:06
  • The view that you claim to be awakened from doesn't seem very naive. reignited my cousin's passion for life is a pretty complex interpretation of lipstick.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 21:57
  • Can you say that? Definitely, unless you are mute for some reason. Does it convey the meaning you intend? That is much a harder to determine.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 23:11
  • Woke is used to mean both aware of racial injustice (and other social problems), and aware that a partner is cheating on you (Wikipedia); and a "spiritual awakening" is something similar to the former sense. So it works as a metaphor.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 29, 2022 at 15:49

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Using waken from with view is not necessarily a bad thing. It would coerce the noun view to be taken as a form of slumber or revery. This may be a powerful tool or a clumsy one, depending on how it's handled.

Just remember that there are no real "rules" about writing except one: does it work? If it does, use it; if not, don't.


It sounds like a flowery expression from someone with an exotic mother-tongue.

  • Perhaps it is in line with the context?
    – Greybeard
    Commented Feb 24, 2023 at 10:40


This experience disabused me of my naïve view...

on for size.

  • Yes, I'd say this sounds less quirky. Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 11:19

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