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Rather strange dreams

  1. May 18, 2006 #1

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    I've been having these dreams lately, where I'm at the final period of my semester and I've incredulously found that I've missed out on a class that I've registered for...the entire semester!!! Sometimes there are variations in the severity, e.g. it seems that I've missed out on an exam, or have completely forgotten about a final exam (it's Thursday, two tests in math and science tommorrow-the last day of the semester-however, an elective final e.g. music, spanish was Wednesday, and I've completely missed out!!!!). It's definitely distressing, I always get the sense that I've completely neglected the class, and it's rather strange that the teacher is always attentative to this fact (in fact he/she and I seem pretty well acquainted). I just feel that I've phased out, missed on reality, it seems that during the dream that I have fond feelings for this class and I feel that I've missed out on some kind of genuine social experience. And then I wake up, and the semester has already ended, and to my recollection, everything went very well.

    Has anyone had dreams similar to this? I'm not really looking for an interpretation, wouldn't object to it though.
     
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  3. May 18, 2006 #2
    Your subconscious is telling you that you're stressed out and worrying about academics frequently.
     
  4. May 18, 2006 #3

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    I have very similar dreams. It's either that I have forgotten all about a class that I registered for, or more commonly, that I have forgotten to move all my stuff out of an apartment that I used to live in. These have recurred all through my life. I think they may have the same meaning because I have exactly the same panicky feelings about them.
     
  5. May 18, 2006 #4

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    yeah, the apartment dream you've mentioned seems to have the same theme. It's been more frequent recently, but the semester has been over for weeks now (for me at least)! Maybe I'm being a nut, but why now, and not during the actual semester?
     
  6. May 19, 2006 #5
    I always have dreams during exam time that I missed an exam. I usually end up waking up totally freaked out and running to get dressed and am just about out the door when I realize it's either 3 in the morning or saturday.
     
  7. May 19, 2006 #6

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    I would think that you are simply more prone right now because of the stressors in your life. I was just reading a little bit about the neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, and how he had found that there were more neural pathways running from the amygdala (the fear center of the brain) to the cortex (which could rationalize the fears and send back damping signals) than vice versa. It seems like a precarious situation. I wonder if there are times when we have our rational brain so overly-occupied, like when cramming for finals, that we hold it up from the work it needs to do in quelling anxieties? But that is just my guess.

    Have you tried increasing any favorite anti-stressors in your life? For me, I have to get some kind of physical exercise. It helps a lot. Especially anything outdoors.
     
  8. May 19, 2006 #7
    :rofl:

    I had that happen to me last semester.
     
  9. May 19, 2006 #8

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    hahaha i always have those dreams! I wake up thinking "no wonder i haven't done much studying! I've been misisng a class all semester!". Then i realize i just slack off. Shut up cyrus
     
  10. May 19, 2006 #9

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    I STILL have dreams like that. :uhh: It feels like a form of PTSD, and you're having bad flashbacks.
     
  11. May 19, 2006 #10
    Sounds like my life...
     
  12. May 19, 2006 #11

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    Yeah, my life has toned down a lot, perhaps my mind is craving all the sense of purpose that comes with studying at times, although at times stressful, it got to the point where I could manage my time very efficiently, kind of gave me an adrenaline rush, getting things done and feeling the sense of mastery here and there. Now that I've graduated, (will get my degree after summer,still got summer research to complete though for credit), don't have much stress at the moment. Perhaps I made myself too busy during the semester to miss out on a more significant social experience of some sort, which I may have provided more direction for my future, if I had attended to such cues. I just get that feeling when I wake up.

    Then again, all of it is probably just b.s., your mind will play games with you sometimes, and prolonged feeling and belief have always been a waste of time/erroneous from experience. That's what I should probably do, get some exercise.
     
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  13. May 21, 2006 #12

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    I hope those dreams aren't troubling you anymore. I know how unsettling they can be. I remember in one of my psych classes that my prof was talking about how achieving a long-sought-after goal could actually be a stressor and make a person vulnerable to depression. He counsels a lot of students - many that have just received PhDs. They have worked for years and years for their dream and when they achieve it, they wonder if they are as happy and satisfied as they imagined they would be.

    I feel almost institutionalized right now because I do nothing but work and go to school, and I know I am going to feel extremely disoriented when it's over. I will probably run back to do a masters program - much like a newly-released prisoner committing a crime to get thrown back in jail. :biggrin:
     
  14. May 21, 2006 #13

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    You know, once - just once, I'd like someone to describe the quality of their dreams without using the words 'strange' or 'weird'.

    You just never hear anyone say 'You know, I had the usual run-of-the-mill dreams last night.'

    :biggrin:
     
  15. May 21, 2006 #14

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    :rofl: I can't talk here about the usual, run-of-the-mill ones. :blushing: :redface: :tongue2: :rofl:

    I had absolutely horrid dreams on Friday night. Just before I left on this trip, we had a group of sheep brought in to our surgical facility that had been attacked by coyotes. The wounds already were maggot-infested. :yuck: I don't know if they'll survive or not. When I saw the extent of their wounds, I was surprised they were still alive at all, and even more surprised that they were walking around pretty bright-eyed looking (though they were already being managed for pain by then). They still have to get past the big hurdle of infections that are likely to develop. Thursday night I was too exhausted to dream or remember my dreams if I did, but Friday night I had dreams about coyote attacks and mutilated animals and maggots. :yuck: :yuck: :yuck:
     
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