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Old 01-05-2019, 03:08 AM   #1
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So my dreams recently have kept me from wanting to go to bed. When I was still in therapy, my counselor suggested they're from PTSD, but never explicitly explained what they meant, or what causes them to start.

Precursor: I left my immediate family Oct. 2018 on very bad terms. I had to take the most important things in a single storage bin. I lived with friends and now on my own ever since then.

General dream: I'm back home with my family. I'm being treated the way they always treated me-- like the bottom of the food chain. They gossip about people they say they love, and yell or punish me as if I wasn't gone for a year. I wonder why I'm back, as I believe my friends who helped wouldn't let me start over and stay with them again.

A more detailed scenario in a recent dream of this pattern:
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I donít know if it is anything more than my brain processing things to an extreme, or if there is something more going on that Iím not catching. The other dream when itís not so specific is the driving with no brakes. Iíve read what that means, but I donít know if those are tied together or not. Has anyone else had recurring dreams similar to this? Were they told what it meant, more than just ďpast traumasĒ?
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Memories From childhood abuse maybe. Also look at your real life situation. Also see if you are beating your self to much. Are you in an abusive work situation or relationship? Seems like you have left those situations behind now.
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Here are links to 4 articles, from Psych Central's archives, on the subject of dream interpretation. Perhaps they can be of some help:

Interpret Your Own Dreams - Some Guidelines | Healing Together for Couples

The Transformative Power of Dreams

How to Analyze Your Dreams (And Why It's Important)

9 Common Questions About Dreams Answered

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So my dreams recently have kept me from wanting to go to bed. When I was still in therapy, my counselor suggested they're from PTSD, but never explicitly explained what they meant, or what causes them to start.

Precursor: I left my immediate family Oct. 2018 on very bad terms. I had to take the most important things in a single storage bin. I lived with friends and now on my own ever since then.

General dream: I'm back home with my family. I'm being treated the way they always treated me-- like the bottom of the food chain. They gossip about people they say they love, and yell or punish me as if I wasn't gone for a year. I wonder why I'm back, as I believe my friends who helped wouldn't let me start over and stay with them again.

A more detailed scenario in a recent dream of this pattern:
Possible trigger:


I donít know if it is anything more than my brain processing things to an extreme, or if there is something more going on that Iím not catching. The other dream when itís not so specific is the driving with no brakes. Iíve read what that means, but I donít know if those are tied together or not. Has anyone else had recurring dreams similar to this? Were they told what it meant, more than just ďpast traumasĒ?
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Memories From childhood abuse maybe. Also look at your real life situation. Also see if you are beating your self to much. Are you in an abusive work situation or relationship? Seems like you have left those situations behind now.
That great advice!I wish that I had thought about that myself!
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Memories From childhood abuse maybe. Also look at your real life situation. Also see if you are beating your self to much. Are you in an abusive work situation or relationship? Seems like you have left those situations behind now.
I hadn't thought about it being me beating myself up. My therapist said it could be guilt. Your wording helped a lot. I do tend to punish myself a lot in this field.
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You may find this incredibly naive, stupid, offensive but it's not. You can free yourself from the influence of these people by mentally sending love into that situation and to them. Rephrase-maybe not totally free yourself but go a long way in the direction of relief. You send love mentally by just saying it to yourself. You're not praying to God or Jesus or whomever. You just take a moment and say something like "I send love into this situation and the people involved" Name them. Do this maybe three times a day for some days. You Will see results. Stay away from them even if for the rest of your life if it works out that way. Go your own way. The love you send will work on them and on your own mind. It's only common sense that if you entertain hate and stress that is negative energy you put into your personality and you reap the results.
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Here are links to 4 articles, from Psych Central's archives, on the subject of dream interpretation. Perhaps they can be of some help:

Interpret Your Own Dreams - Some Guidelines | Healing Together for Couples

The Transformative Power of Dreams

How to Analyze Your Dreams (And Why It's Important)

9 Common Questions About Dreams Answered

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I hadn't thought about it being me beating myself up. My therapist said it could be guilt. Your wording helped a lot. I do tend to punish myself a lot in this field.
That is great advice!
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Great advice in this thread. One thing I'd like to point out is that you have every right to want a life that is free from abuse. Our abusers will argue with us about that. It's all very confusing when our abusers are family members and we have this underlying sense of obligation to do whatever they think we should do. What matters most is the peaceful life you envision for yourself and how you're going to go about creating that and cultivating that. Don't listen to people who are violent. They have their own problems. Keep boundaries. It is very important for someone in your situation to see a counselor and visit the forum regularly.

Our dreams have a unique way of guiding us. Not every dream means something but the ones with powerful emotions are the dreams we need to review. The best interpreter of our dreams is the dreamer themselves because only YOU know your archetypes. Try using a dream journal and a simple highlighter. Highlight all the parts YOU believe are significant and then carefully write out all the emotions and, if possible, the specific situation it might be tied to. I think you will find lots of information in that exercise.

Hope you are able to have more restful sleep very soon, collins.
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