In Dreams

Most days, I don’t remember exactly what I’ve dreamed during a night’s sleep. I woke up this morning with one dream sequence firmly etched in the darkness behind my closed eyelids.

Night has fallen, and it’s raining enough to make the roads glisten. I’m driving in a car to get somewhere, but as I turn onto a street, there’s a construction project and a huge hole is in the road. I have to make a U-turn and take some other route.

The traffic is backed up, and I have to drive onto the sidewalk to make the turn. As I do this, the car starts shrinking until it’s smaller than a bump car. The roof disappears, and I get spattered by the rain. The car loses its engine and I’m forced to stick my left leg out to make it move, scooter-like. I take a look at my feet: I’m wearing a shoe on my left foot, but my right foot is shoeless. There’s a hole in my left shoe where it’s been worn through. I search for my right shoe; when I find it, it’s shrunk to the size of a toddler’s shoe.

The expectation fulfillment theory of dreams states:

  1. Dreams are metaphorical translations of waking expectations.
  2. Expectations which cause emotional arousal that is not acted upon during the day become dreams during sleep.
  3. Dreaming deactivates that emotional arousal by completing the expectation pattern metaphorically, freeing the brain to respond afresh to each new day.

I don’t put stock in dream interpretation, but I’ve put links in so you can make your own assumptions about my current mental state, situation, what-have-you. Ü

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6 thoughts on “In Dreams

  • August 2, 2006 at 10:04 pm
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    wow you made a really vivid description of your dream, including the “little” details. i don’t know what to make of it though. hehe.

    and thank god i dropped by your blog, your post reminded me of my test in psych101 tomorrow on..guess what.. DREAMS!

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  • August 2, 2006 at 11:07 pm
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    so i guess i have a lot of expectations lately, having random dreams that sometimes i can’t really remember. haha! πŸ˜€

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  • August 3, 2006 at 1:45 am
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    I, on the other hand, always have dreamless nights. Or maybe I just don’t remember them.

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  • August 3, 2006 at 2:00 pm
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    rob: All people dream, so the studies say. Some just don’t remember.

    kid: Basically all your pent-up stuff should supposedly get released from your subconscious by dreaming. πŸ™‚

    alessandra: How did the test go?

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  • August 4, 2006 at 9:07 am
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    the dream means you have a fear of shrinking cars, the rain, and traffic jams. πŸ˜€ But seriously, i think it means you have a goal in life that you’ve been thinking about lately, but the road to that goal is riddled with obstacles, symbolized in your dream by the rain, a troublesome car, useless shoes, etc. You don’t know how to get to the end of the road (or how to reach your goal), and so you dreamt about it, just like that theory said. that’s my analysis, anyway. And I did take one psych class in college, so that makes me qualified. πŸ˜‰

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