December 16, 2010

Do you believe in your dreams?

No, I don't mean your goals and aspirations, I mean your literal dreams at night when you sleep.

Last night I had this horrible dream that my eight year old brother, my youngest sister and myself were abducted by this strange couple. They weren't hurting us, but we were terrified and I knew that we were in danger, so I devised this plan for us to break out of where we were being held captive and run away. We only made it to a neighbors house a few houses away, where I made my siblings hide under the bed as I stood watch by a window trying to figure out what to do next. Suddenly I woke up and jolted out of bed and couldn't fall back asleep to see what happened next (don't you just hate when that happens?)

I hardly ever remember my dreams at night, but this one stuck with me so vividly that I looked up what dreaming of being abducted means and found the following:

1. The main theme in abduction dreams is fear. The dreamer may be afraid of losing a very important part of himself or of losing his safest and most familiar surroundings. Also, the dreamer may be afraid of leaving his home, childhood, familiar support group, or long standing ideas. These type of dreams may be most prevalent during times of psychological or physical transition and during stressful times of life when the future is somewhat uncertain. 
2. To dream that you are being kidnapped, denotes feelings of being trapped and restricted. Someone or some situation may be diverting your concentration and your attention away from your goals.
3. Change in your environment. Loss of independence and freedom. Fear to assume responsibilities.
4. Kidnapping is a powerful image for us because it includes strong victimization and loss-of-power issues. Someone who is kidnapped goes from being in control of their own destiny to being completely in the hands of another.

Sure, it's super easy to relate my current situation into these descriptions, and they all seem to fit it quite well...but TJ and I have also been watching all kinds of whacky Criminal Minds episodes lately, and with Christmas upon us I've been thinking lots about my siblings. Maybe my brain just merged everything together...or maybe there is a deeper hidden meaning?

What do you think? Do you believe in dream analysis? Do you think the unconscious mind wakes up when the conscious mind goes to sleep?
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8 comments

  1. I have had the worst dreams EVER since we moved here. EVER.

    I googled the meaning behind my most recent terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dream. FAIL. There is no way the website I was reading could have been legit.

    I'd lay off the Criminal Minds episodes, if you can! I know, I know ... they're addicting. I'd watch CSI or Law & Order: SVU all day if I could. Or maybe try not to watch them RIGHT before bed?

    YUCK! Hope they get better soon!

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  2. It's kind of funny how easily all of those descriptions could be related to life as a "hockey wife". I chucked at the part about the future being somewhat uncertain... haha :) I always feel like it's the the things happening in your life and the brain merging together... but I guess that would also depend on the dream. Some of mine get pretty crazy!

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  3. I'm so glad to have found your blog as well!! :) I'm looking forward to following your adventures in Germany!!! Hoping you're loving it! I love EUROPE! I definitely have those types of dreams where I'm like.. "what the hell does that mean?!?!?!".. It's really interesting to see how this dream you had definitely does relate to your life right now.. I feel the same way sometimes... AND.. there are dreams where I'd rather not know. lol :)

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  4. HW - I am not addicted to Criminal Minds, I am not addicted to Criminal Minds, I am not addicted to Criminal Minds (haha!)

    CMD - Isn't it bazaar? I guess if I had a dream about purple ducks or something strange I could somehow manage to relate it to my life right now too, (haha)....but it is very interesting to ponder!

    Laura - We love it here! I would be very surprised if we head back to the states any time soon for hockey. I am glad you adjusted well and enjoy Sweden. When I find blogs like yours it makes me really excited for all of the neat places we can end up in years to come! I love your blog, you have a super cute pup, and I look forward to following your journey over there!

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  5. I think that our mind uses dreams to work things out. As far a dream analysis goes, I am not so sure how accurate that would be.

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  6. I really think that recurring dreams mean something. My kooky one-time themes are probably just from watching movies or eating too much salsa before bed.

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  7. I absolutely believe that our dreams help us sort out what we can't handle in our conscious day. But I'm not sure I believe in "dream analysis" where certain images mean specific things. I think our brains are unique to ourselves and that our dream imagery is unique as well.

    Stopping by from SITS :)

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  8. Michelle - I agree with you!

    Joey - Haha, I have TERRIBLE dreams when I have late night ice cream :x

    Kimberly - I am not sure what I believe -- my sister has a dream analysis book and some things sound right on while others...don't!

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