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Help with recurring nightmares.

Asked by Mr_Paradox (3036points) July 14th, 2012

I have a recurring giant spider nightmare. Any suggestions on how to deal with it?

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Bellatrix's avatar

Try to figure out what the spider represents. Do you have a big problem that is hanging over you? A project you are working on and that causes you stress? When I was completing my PhD I regularly had dreams about a Tyrannosaurus Rex (the one from Jurassic Park that chased the Jeep) chasing me making that awful, awful noise. Once I figured out I was stressing about getting my PhD completed – they stopped. No more dreams. Now I dream about even weirder shit and I have no idea what the heck those dreams mean.

Mr_Paradox's avatar

I’m aracnaphobic (I hope I spelled that right) so that COULD be it….

Bellatrix's avatar

Have you always had the dreams or did they start recently? See if you can think back to when they started. That might help you work it out. Once you figure that out, they will probably stop.

Mr_Paradox's avatar

About 5 years ago was the first time. Right after I saw the Aragog sceen in the 2nd Harry Potter movie. Then they stopped after a few months and just started again 3–4 months ago. Why did it come back? I have no idea.

digitalimpression's avatar

I found this to be kinda interesting. It may not be accurate in your case, but it’s worth a shot.

Bellatrix's avatar

Why not start keeping a journal? Perhaps you can find some connection between whatever is triggering the dreams and your real life. @digitalimpression‘s link suggests you perhaps feel trapped or stuck. I don’t really believe in certain elements having a particular meaning but I do think our brains will choose certain symbols (that may make little sense to us) to try to work things out. My PhD became a dinosaur that chased me because I felt like I couldn’t escape from it. It was always there in my mind, nagging me to finish it. You have spiders.

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