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Dream of the Month (December 1996)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
It is a fascinating phenomenon that uncertainty can sometimes trigger a balancing dream that lessens anxiety. Sometimes a balancing effect will arise in the form of a lucid dream, in other instances like this one, the dreamer is shown by a dream character that he has more control over the situation than he realized, and that his fears are of an illusory nature.
Entering a store is sometimes a reflection of moving into a position where a choice is expected, or a decision is required. When choice is forced on us by circumstances, our hidden fears and unconscious concerns seem to attack us like free-floating monsters. There is no way to avoid fears that we carry within, but examination of some fears does reveal them to be mere projections. This explains why they seem to follow us everywhere, and get inside our head, impacting our thinking and generating self-doubt. Interestingly many dream theorists believe fish may represent unconscious material, thus the fears represented here may indeed be shadows that can be controlled through greater understanding.