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Dream of the Month (October 1996)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Some of our most valuable dreams appear rather distressing at first. Serial and multiple murders in dreams often deal with repeating patterns of ending things abruptly, or "killing off" opportunities. It is typical in dreams to feel no regret over murders committed, (since they are symbolic) but to dread the consequences that result. It seems important here to analyze the past from a psychological perspective, but not to condemn and judge yourself. (Notice the condemnation is actually worse than the crimes.)
The bathtub scene suggests a desire for normal elimination, "letting go" of what is no longer needed, contrasted with fear of "falling back" into old patterns. Be leery of a tendency to dwell on past mistakes and condemn yourself. That may feel like justice, but it works to perpetuate the pattern. Sometimes too great an emphasis on expressing fully about the past can actually "contaminate" present opportunities for a fresh start.