So lately the anxiety dreams I’ve been having have revolved around forgetting to wear a mask or being the only masked person around lots of unmasked people. I assume this was not part of Jung’s collective unconscious categorization, and perhaps evidence (since I know I’m not the only person who has had this dream) that maybe folks having similar dreams isn’t that mystical.
But there are a lot of random bizarre dreams that people share.
My biggest one is where my teeth fall out. Before the internet, I thought this was just a me thing. But now I know I am not alone. (See also: a support page for people who hiccup when they eat carrots, which I also thought was just a weird me thing, though sadly it is no longer up.)
Another common anxiety dream is public nudity. For me I always discover I’m in a trench coat or bathrobe with nothing underneath and I somehow have to make it back to safety without anyone realizing.
I don’t have the flying dream, though when I was a child I did– I used to jump off a piece of playground equipment and just fly and it would be like swimming. As an adult I guess I’m just too heavy even in my dream world.
#2 put peeing here as one of hers. Apparently it is a thing even though it’s not my thing and is thought to have something to do with physiological needs.
#2 also notes nightmares about teaching where she shows up and she’s not prepared or she has forgotten to bring the exam on exam day or she’s been signed up to teach a class but doesn’t figure it out until the last day. Fortunately those seem to have stopped or at least slowed down since leaving academia. Not sure if Jung had that on his list, but the reverse as a student is super common.
I know several people, including both of us, who have had a recurring nightmare that the phd was a mistake and we have to go back and redo graduate school. Mine is even worse– I have to redo high school(!) in order to get my PhD back.
Those are our recurring dreams that we share with some subset of the human race (I notice now that with the exception of flying, and maybe peeing, they’re pretty much all anxiety dreams!) What are yours? Tell me I’m not alone in the teeth one.