They Live Inside My Head, They Come To Me In Bed

I mentioned a couple of months ago about my recurring dream where I’m in my last semester of college and I remember that I’m failing a class because I thought I dropped it, but I didn’t, so I have to scramble to figure out what to do. I have that dream once every few months.

Last night, I actually got to take an hour and read the latest issue of Men’s Health magazine, which has been sitting in my mail bin at home for who knows how long. In the “Ask Men’s Health” section, the following question appeared:

Q: I graduated from college years ago, but I have a recurring dream about failing a class. What’s it mean? Stephen, Albany, NY asks

Ask Men’s Health Answers:
An armchair analyst would guess that you’re afraid of failing at something — a new work project, an upcoming athletic endeavor, or possibly even a romantic relationship. And so would a professional analyst. “This is one of the three most common recurring anxiety dreams, next to being naked in public or being chased by something,” says Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard medical school and the author of Trauma and Dreams. As for why the dream has you back on campus, Barrett says that “college was the last time you took tests that were based on your performance.” So take the hint from your subconscious: Step back and try to identify the high-stakes situation in your life that’s prompting the panic, and then start finding concrete ways to improve your odds of success.

Hmmmm. Interesting. I suppose there are plenty of high-stakes situations in my life right now, two of which sleep down the hall from me. But I’ve had these dreams since college, so I can’t say with any degree of authority that the babies are causing it. I suppose another would be my job, where part of my compensation is based on performance. But again, that hasn’t always been the case, either. Maybe I’m just afraid to fail in general. I know I’ve never had a dream about being naked in public or being chased by something, though.

Quick 2 points for anyone who can, without Googling, name the source of today’s subject line.

BTW, this is ROCKIN’ cool! Hat tip to Leo for pointing it out:

One Day At Fenway – Letus Extreme Film – Time Lapse – HDTV from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

6 comments to They Live Inside My Head, They Come To Me In Bed

  • mother's day is coming to town and steph deserves a nice big sleep-in with some yummy french toast and coffee awaiting her arrival to the kitchen.

    but – um maybe that is my wish…

  • mother’s day is coming to town and steph deserves a nice big sleep-in with some yummy french toast and coffee awaiting her arrival to the kitchen.

    but – um maybe that is my wish…

  • kmac

    You do know that I found out after I went through graduation ceremonies that I hadn't graduated…and I had obsessively worried about it in my waking hours. Apparently checking with my 2 advisors for my double major wasn't enough!! I found out and was able to present in front of a board that I had had not a single elective in my four years and was a student that attended all my 8:00 classes and had to prove I wasn't at zoo mass just to party with all my extra curricular activities..rod on the other hand went through graduation, didnt' graduate officially b/c he hadn't taken one course and didnt' actually graduate until about a year or two ago..not from my nice persuasion but b/c I made him tell his mom! He finally finished that one class and graduated and his mom proudly sent him a graduation card…My recurring dream is about having too much bubble gum in my mouth..the sticky bubble yum kind that sticks to your teeth and you can't just swallow…in my dream I'm always in a really awkward situation where I shouldn't be chewing gum meeting certain people or presenting in front of the selectman or school committee and I'm at a loss for what to do…Unfortunately I continue to have this dream so frequently that I often think it has really happened to me…atleast your dream didnt' come true in real life like it did in Rod and I's =)

  • kmac

    You do know that I found out after I went through graduation ceremonies that I hadn’t graduated…and I had obsessively worried about it in my waking hours. Apparently checking with my 2 advisors for my double major wasn’t enough!! I found out and was able to present in front of a board that I had had not a single elective in my four years and was a student that attended all my 8:00 classes and had to prove I wasn’t at zoo mass just to party with all my extra curricular activities..rod on the other hand went through graduation, didnt’ graduate officially b/c he hadn’t taken one course and didnt’ actually graduate until about a year or two ago..not from my nice persuasion but b/c I made him tell his mom! He finally finished that one class and graduated and his mom proudly sent him a graduation card…My recurring dream is about having too much bubble gum in my mouth..the sticky bubble yum kind that sticks to your teeth and you can’t just swallow…in my dream I’m always in a really awkward situation where I shouldn’t be chewing gum meeting certain people or presenting in front of the selectman or school committee and I’m at a loss for what to do…Unfortunately I continue to have this dream so frequently that I often think it has really happened to me…atleast your dream didnt’ come true in real life like it did in Rod and I’s =)

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