Sunday, February 3, 2008

A call for dream analysts !

Do you love to analyze dreams as much as I do?

If so, I have a little project for you, courtesy of my crazy mind!

Last night, I dreamed that I suddenly realized (at this age, 36) I had
never finished by last semester of college.

Consequently, I dropped by Bucknell University (my alma mater) to pick up information from my mailbox (I don't even remember which number it was, to be perfectly honest!) to find out what homework I'd missed.

I kept thinking, "Oh, man. I'm so close to a degree, but I forgot to do my assignments, and I haven't even been in class! In fact, I don't know which classes I'm supposed to take or what times they start! How on earth am I going to explain this to the professors?"

I was panicked, but more disheartened than anything, wondering how on earth I would be able to achieve grades that were good enough to earn my diploma. (In reality, I earned that diploma almost 14 years ago...)

When the dream ended, I had found out the four classes I was supposed to take, but I couldn't find my homework assignments nor could I figure out how to juggle everything I had to do to graduate on time.

So... what does it all mean, my sage readers? Is my psyche telling me something? Or did I just eat spicy food for dinner?


Sheri said...

This is a common theme in dreams. If you ask a room full of people, most will have had some dream similar to this one, or that you are in school but forgot today is a big test, or that you forgot your locker combination, even though you've graduated from school perhaps a decade or two ago (or three ago). I just had one like this a few days ago too - that I just learned I wasn't done with college and needed to return and get a locker combination.

Dreams like this usually mean you are feeling unprepared for something or that you are about to be judged. I have a conference coming up this month where I will meet with an editor who read a picture book of mine and my first three chapters of my middle grade novel - I assume this is what the dream was about for me. Do you have any big conference or workshop, or presentation you are about to be a part of, the in-laws coming for a visit... anything where you might be watched, and perhaps judged? I took Freudian dream analysis in college, but he wasn't always right! Sometimes a dream about a horse is just a horse and nothing else!

Mary Witzl said...

Sheri has nailed it. I've had many different versions of this dream too, and it is almost always when I'm feeling nervous or insecure about something coming up. A friend of mine who had a perfect 4.0 average and aced every test used to have this dream; she'd be taking a chemistry test and not be able to get even one answer right.

Two nights ago, I dreamed that I met Kiefer Sutherland at an emergency room and he was very pleasant to me. I have absolutely no interest in Kiefer Sutherland and cannot figure out where in the world this dream came from, though someone did loan us a whole slew of 24 DVDs the other day. Hmmm.

ChristineEldin said...

Go to "Lana's Blog" on my sidebar. Her blog is all about dream interpretation.
I think you'll like it (and her!!!)

Aine said...

I, too, have had similar dreams. I agree with Sheri's analysis.

I often have dreams that blend unrelated people/objects from my day (much like Mary's comment about Keifer Sutherland). It is amusing to see how my brain connects them.

I'll have to check out "Lana's Blog"-- thanks Chris!

The Quoibler said...


You are very wise, and I agree with you 100%. I don't have one big thing coming up -- just many little ones. But I'm always aware that my reputation is on the line... so that must be eating away at me.

And you're right... sometimes a cigar is just...

Thanks for popping in! Come back anytime!



Huh... was Kiefer wearing anything? (ha! Just kidding!)



Lana's blog is cool -- thanks!



Our brains are amazing, aren't they?

devonellington said...

Typical anxiety dream, especially for freelancers, about something being unfinished, and you feel unprepared.

I'd do a lucid dream session where you go back and see yourself staring at your diploma. It'll relieve a lot of anxiety.

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The Quoibler said...


You're right, of course. It's very much a part of being in a career filled with subjectivity and deadlines!

I'll have to dig up that college diploma...! Good idea!


Mary Witzl said...

Sadly, yes -- he was fully dressed. I suspect that 20 years ago, he might have been scantily clad, had he appeared in my dreams. What a crying shame...