Dream of the Month (February 2006)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Recurring crisis dreams can be symptoms of specific stressors that fluctuate in intensity. When the same dream monster attacks over time, it is likely emblematic of a particular person or situation that occasionally feels overwhelming.
Recurring dreams are worthy of our attention, since they register and amplify subjective signals from the psyche. Worries that seem to have no conscious solution, or anxieties that echo fears from early life are often catalysts for these repeating dreams.
There is often a tendency to consciously diminish the situation that bothers you in self-blaming ways, as though you are at fault when something hurts or frightens you. This makes an “anxiety sandwich,” that may be expressed repeatedly in recurring dreams. Whatever the relationship or situation that sometimes hurls “attack” energy your way, remember you are not at fault for your experience. Take your feelings seriously and evaluate your choices. You should not feel you are going to have your throat torn out if you speak up at work or try to express your needs in a relationship. Giving yourself breathing room and expressive permission is the first step in getting it from others.