general, stress, trauma, fears, insecurities, feelings of inadequacy, health
problems, marital issues, etc may all be reasons for having nightmares:
and Family - Present nightmares can be
rooted in past neglect and trauma from childhood. From lack of love, neglect,
alcoholism, to severe abuse, family members can be the most destructive
influence on a person's life. Nightmares may be a sign of such inner
- The way your life is going and the larger society as a whole can contribute to
nightmares. Your perception of the world, health, natural disasters, criticism
finances, crime in the streets and your inability to control such events may
sometimes lead to nightmares.
- Your intimate relationships and
your daily interactions with people can also be a source of your nightmares.
Marital difficulties or pregnancy are other possible causes. You may be paranoid
about how your think others perceive you or fear that others do not understand
and see who you really are. Isolation and unhappiness may appear in nightmares
as abandonment and loneliness.
- The way you handle and deal with stress can trigger nightmares. Nightmares are
a normal response to unacceptable levels of fear and stress. People diagnosed
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder frequently have nightmares about their
traumatic event, like war, rape, death of a loved one, car accident, plane
crash, terrorism, etc.
- Since most of us spend the majority of
our day at work, it is no surprise that work-related issues are a common source
for your nightmares. Stress, job security (or there lack of), change in jobs,
co-workers, unresolved work problems, or general dissatisfaction with what
you do can manifest into a nightmare. The nightmare may reflect feelings of
frustration and an inability to control your work-related issues. People in
high-stress level or high-risk jobs often report of having nightmares. Nightmares
of this nature may appear as you being attacked, chased, or being out of
nightmares are normal, but a high frequency of nightmares is a sign of being
overwhelmed and excessive stress. These things should be dealt with directly.
Nightmares can be an important resource for self-knowledge and emotional
discovery. They convey an important message and help clear up the conflict in
your life. it is important to distance yourself and work pass the emotional
content (fear, grief, anger, etc.) of your nightmare and analyze it from an
objective perspective. The disturbing emotions may be a way for your unconscious
to prevent you from digging deep into the meaning of your nightmares.
Sometimes rehearsing or reliving the nightmare while you are awake and then
changing the nightmare's content or outcome helps to dismantle the nightmare,
breaking it down. It also helps to write your nightmares down in a journal.
Although it may be difficult at times, it pays to try and make sense of those
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