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Dream 01_199604

Dream of the Month (April 1996)

  1. Title: Shopping Disaster

  2. Date of the Dream: March 28, 1996

  3. Dream: I park my car in a parking lot about two rows from a store in a strip mall. I turn the headlights off and go into a store that carries ethnic clothing,(specifically some Mexican traditional clothing.)

    The people in the shop are very nice. I look around the shop and find a particular type of shawl I have been looking for. They are priced very inexpensively, under two dollars. As I am looking through the basket they are in, I notice the employees are getting ready to close the store. They don't realize I am still in the shop. I go to pay for the shawls I want, and when the sales clerk totals them up they end up being much more than they should be. I pay anyway and go out to my car.

    By this time it is very dark. I notice my parking lights are on even though I remember turning the lights off before I got out. As I approach my car I notice there is someone in the driver's seat, and someone in the passenger's seat. When I go to the door and look in, I realize the "people" in my car are dummies with real cat's heads. The heads are disfigured and bloody. I scream and run back to the store. When I get in the store there are several people, not just the sales clerks. I tell them what happened and one of the men offers to take me home.

    I am nervous about this because something tells me the people in the store are responsible for the things in my car, but I let him anyway. When we get to my house I know he will not leave very easily, so I feel I have to give him a kiss to get him to. At this point I actually split into myself and a little girl, and we both kiss him on the cheek. Then I wake up.

  4. Significant life event: None

  5. Personal concerns/issues: Having difficulty with a committee I am on at work.

  6. Associations: I think it has something to do with the stress I have been under at work recently.

  7. Category: Anomalous

  8. Pen Name: MJ

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

This is a dream about things not being as they seem. Difficulties arise when we try to make choices and fulfill our desires based upon faulty and misrepresented information. Part of the frustrating and ominious tone of the dream may stem from a deepening recognition that a situation in waking life is quite the opposite of the way it is officially represented. The reasons you were drawn to the situation pale by comparison to all the intrigue, and it is starting to register that there are hidden costs to you in this arena. The dream suggests you are now coping by accomadating the situation: paying too great a price, traveling with those responsible for the deception, and making nice or "kissing up" to those you are afraid of. This may be the best strategy for now, so don't judge yourself. Just note that some of your own responses may stem from early childhood training to "be nice" to those who seem to have power over you. Although you may feel trapped sometimes, it is always worthwhile to examine a bind from several perspectives since a change in vantage point sometimes reveals options and choices that have been hidden from view.

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