Worst Nightmare

This WordPress daily prompt sparked an idea, but as usual, I’m going to deviate from the prompt itself.

Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?

My opinion on writing about dreams or describing them to others is that nobody really cares what other people’s dreams are like, unless you appear in the other person’s dream. Then you start wondering what you were doing in the dream, why the other person dreamed about you, and so forth. But dreams, for the most part, are too personal and too random to make much sense to anyone other than the person whose head they came from.

With that said, I’m not going to describe any particular dream but the concept of nightmares in general. A lot of people describe a particular situation as a “nightmare” or a worst-case scenario as “my worst nightmare.” I don’t think real-life situations should be described as nightmares. It’s not like you can get into an awful situation and call it a nightmare because that implies that you’ll wake up and the problem will no longer exist. So it’s like a false sense of security.

But nightmares probably mean the same thing as any other dream: they could serve as warnings or signs that you’re way too stressed out or maybe that you were watching too many scary movies or you have had a lot of tragedy or loss in the past. They are only a bizarre reflection of real life, and comparing real life to nightmares gives nightmares too much credit.

2 thoughts on “Worst Nightmare

  1. I think one reason people try to get all analytical about dreams may be because dreams that are significant or even prophetic are such a staple of fiction. And I guess some schools of psychiatric thought put stock in dream analysis (or maybe that’s mostly in movies).

    So, similar to the idea that you have One Perfect Soul-Mate out there who you just have to locate somehow, we see these sorts of patterns in life because stories tell us they’re there.

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    1. I never thought of it that way. I guess people figure that dreams are so strange and so emotional (sometimes) that they must have some meaning to them.

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