One for the dream-interpreters and amateur psycologists...

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    So I always have vivid dreams, most very pleasant, and also nightmares some highly disturbing.


    Recently (over the last several weeks) I've had a handful of really really horrific nightmares about spiders. I'm probably a 10 on a scale of arachnophobia extremity ranging from 1 to 10, I'm literally petrified of them (in the true sense of the word) and these dreams are intensely vivid to the point of torture, and contain excrutiating detail I find it impossible to describe but equally impossible to forget.


    I'm happy, my life is as ever tranquil and enjoyable. I'm not especially stressed or worried if a little tired from work, but in all other respects I'm in good form. I haven't encountered a real spider in ages, and avoid images or footage of them completely if possible.


    So what does it mean? I really cannot bear to wake up screaming like an animal and madly thrashing around in fear again, it's too much drama tbh :tongue:
     
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    I've read a lot of Freud's work before, though take what I say with a pinch of salt (as one would do when reading Freud, or Jung, or whoever else-- /skepticism). Seriously though, his method of interpretation wasn't so much 'x' object = 'x' desire, fear, problem, anxiety, but more based on making contrasts to recent experiences, analysing trains of thoughts unique to that particular person (gathered from months, perhaps years of psychoanalysis).

    Due to my connection with this (I too have a serious arachnophobia), I'd say it's perhaps due to a recent experience involving spiders-- a documentary, one in your house, some images et al, and they're making a momentary reappearance in your dreams. That sucks.
     
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    I see the dream as an empowering dream. Maybe your subconscious is saying you should face and deal with this fear?
     
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    Hmmm, I wouldn't even know where to start doing that tbh, treatments for phobias like arachnophobia are patchy in terms of success rates, and I've read that some treatments can have the opposite intended effect and end up making patients even more terrified of the object of phobia than they were before....


    Still it's an interesting idea, and it's interesting you describe it as empowering, I mean I survived the verisimilitude of a horrific spider encounter in my dreams, perhaps as you say the lesson I could take from it is that I should listen to the rational part of my brain which tells me I have nothing to fear from spiders and even if I had an incredibly phobic encounter in real life I would be fine..... after the couple of weeks of halidol in a sanitorium that is :biggrin1:
     
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    In my dream analysis book spiders mean that you will be careful and energetic in your labors and fortune will be amassed to pleasing proportions.
    I need more details to go any further... Were they hanging in spider webs? Were there many? Did you kill one? Was the spider large or small? Was a spider chasing you?
     
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    Oh god Nudey, I can't answer most of those questions without having extreme panic attacks. I can say that the spiders in my dreams tend to be lone, very large, very aggressive, and normally attacking me.


    Have to go and think about something else for a bit.
     
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    There may be some special significance because of your deep fear of spiders that I can not properly analyze your dream but based on what you have said. It denotes that you will be prosperous and immensely successful. If they are aggressive toward you need to beware of enemies as they could come between you and your fortune.. if they are harassing you there could be spites and jealousies surrounding your current affairs.
    Hope that helps.
     
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    Actually it does, thinking about it in those terms makes it less horrifying :redface:
     
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    Hmmm, it's interesting that that interpreter focuses on unaddressed fears and sex... not sure which to go for... :tongue:
     
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    Google has reliably informed me that "To see a spider in your dream, indicates that you are feeling like an outsider in some situation. Or perhaps you want to keep your distance and stay away from an alluring and tempting situation. The spider is also symbolic of feminine power ......"

    The remedy seems plain to me. A weekend in Paris with your favourite curious_angel; shopping; socialising; lunch and Charlotte Perriand at the Petit Palais; a thorough exploration of your 1% and home again. :smile:



    Sorry that you're having such terrifying dreams. :frown1:

    I recently woke myself by laughing audibly during a dream. I googled it, and the analysis confirmed that I must have these Louboutins in order to cure my affliction.
     
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    Everything about this makes me horny. Very, very, very horny :biggrin1:
     
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    hilaire, look at the rest of the dream...the details. The spiders themselves are a metaphor for something you fear, so look at the other details..which you haven't given. Maybe you are looking at a past life type dream or maybe one that is warning you.

    It's all in the details.
     
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    Hmmm, the problem is much of the detail of the dreams is obliterated by the horrific parts.

    Usually I'm in someone else's home, a building I don't recognise, there are other people, I don't remember who or how many, I'm normally engaged in some mundane activity which requires me to leave the company I'm in to be in another room, where the encounter with the spider takes place.

    More than that I can't remember. The place change slightly each time, the people I'm with are never the same...
     
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    I bet you're having a past life dream...part of the reason you're so afraid of spiders...What about clothing or building features? Can you date the dream?
     
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    It's weird you should say that, now that I think of it, the houses always seem to be built in a foreign style, maybe north American or central European kinda like a mix between a family home and a cabin.

    Everyone seems to be dressed like a 70's jeans advert too.
     
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    I'd say your psyche is craving for some excitement. Your life is dull. Dreams are an escape.

    It's the same reason why we all love roller coasters so much. All aboard the mental roller coaster!
     
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    :biggrin1: LOL
     
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    You watched Jumanji, Harry Potter (the one with the spiders) and Arachnophobia all in 1 sitting and you wonder why your dreams are terrifying you?

    :tongue:
     
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    True fact, I have never watched any of those movies. :tongue:
     
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