DREAM DICTIONARY - Nightmare : We all seem to recognise nightmares. Often we
can have scary and violent dreams and yet we would not
describe them as nightmares. Yet other dreams may lack
violence yet may be described as nightmares. The best person
to judge this is the dreamer. We have all had nightmares but
what type of real issues do nightmares tend to link to in
practice? Obviously traumatic events can affect you such as
deaths of people close to you or accidents. Many nightmares
can link to a need to be aware of a risk such as mothers who
need to be aware that their toddler is starting to open doors
and get into all kinds of trouble. We take all kinds of risks
and our dreams may be reminding us of all the dreadful things
that can go wrong such as the people we are being rude to and
offensive to may suddenly retaliate. Issues of trust are also
important. The inability to trust someone after they have
clearly failed to repay our trust is important. If have the
strength to trust again then we are clearly taking a risk(so
risk is clearly important in that as well). Nightmares can
also result from changes in our life. The mind prefers to
have a settled environment and so it dislikes change.
QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you take some risk yesterday and not really realise just how serious the consequences may have been?
- Have you started to realise that things are about to change?
- Do you mistrust someone at the moment?
- Do you find it difficult to trust?
- Are you suffering a serious illness which has been getting you down?
- Are you wanting to do something that may have serious consequences?
KEY WORDS : Risky, making sense, illness, trust, change, abused, consequences
KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I simply am not finding it easy to deal with this. I cannot accept what happened. It was so traumatic and so unfair"
- "Why did it happen?"
- "I have just realised that things are going to change"
- "I am starting to realise the consequences of it"
- "I feel so alone and simply do not feel accepted"
- "I know that the risk is small but things may go dreadfully wrong"
- "I am taking such a major risk"
- "I am totally aware of the danger I am taking"
- "Its so risky - I may lose him."
- "How could I ever be honest and tell him what I truly feel"
- "I treated him badly and I need to realise that he may fight back"
- "I would like to trust him but how could I ever trust anyone again after what happened last time"
- "I simply cannot trust a word that she says."
- "I really do not feel I have enough confidence to do that"
- "I simply cannot trust what he says"
- "I have never had to face such a change before in my life"
DREAM WORK : Now write down some quotes that sum up your thoughts and feelings right now. Concentrate on incidents the day before, paranoia's and fantasies, health issues, challenges of the day ahead. Then try to see where the words and phrases above appear in your quotes.
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Example dream : A nightmare seemed to link to the worries about violent crime around her area.
Example dream : A nightmare dream linked to the dreamer hearing disturbing rumours that her mother was just going to leave the country and was going to tell no one about it. This was a nightmare scenario.
Example dream : A nightmare occurred the day after a very bitter argument with the dreamers ex.
Example dream : A werewolf nightmare followed an argument with the dreamers wife the day before which was much more intense than usual.
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