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Thursday, March 31, 2005 :::

Recurring Nightmares

I have had four recurring nightmares in my lifetime:

1. Ages 4 thru 6: Spiderman is evil. He captures me and digs out my stomach with his bare hands, where it is revealed that I have applesauce for guts.

2. Ages 6 thru 8: Mary Ingalls from Little House has an Axe and she is sitting at the end of my bed. (Most likely inspired by seeing the commercials for this movie.)

3. Ages 15 thru 22: I'm in a hedge maze and all my teeth keep crumbling or falling out. Then suddenly I'm eating this giant steaming hotdog... (no, just kidding about the phallic hotdog, but the teeth thing is for real, and I know it must have some revealing significant subconscious meaning).

4. Ages 22 thru 30: The part-time job that put me thru college – Adventures in Video – calls. They scheduled me for a shift tonight and they just want to make sure I'm going to show up. I panic about where I've misplaced my uniform.

So. Please analyze.

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Was it Mary Ingalls from the book or from the show?

Applesauce is yummy.

Teeth falling out has something to do with being concerned with your appearance and that goes along with the missing uniform worries also maybe.

The interpretation - you went from watching too many scary commercials to watching too many sexy commercials.

By Blogger Christine, at 11:43 PM  

I've had the distressing dream of my teeth crumbling/falling out for a very long time. Apparently it is relatively common.

From this article:

One of the more common scenarios under this theme is of teeth falling out or crumbling.

This might have a physical origin in people gritting or grinding teeth during sleep. Freud suggested that dreams of teeth falling out are related to fears of castration, but women have this dream as often as :men, Garfield says. She believes the tooth troubles in dreams are related to anger, with a dreamer acting out the clenching of his teeth. Other psychologists believe the dream reflects anxiety about appearance and how others perceive you.

By Anonymous Jenn, at 11:43 PM  

The teeth dreams are (as already noted) apparantly very common, but here's another link if you're interested:

Teeth Dreams

Spiderman and applesauce guts... can't help you there. hehe

By Anonymous PJ, at 12:33 AM  

It was Mary Ingalls from the TV show because she was in that horror movie around the same time. Melissa Sue Anderson.

I think wen I was little I thought my insides were like applesauce because when I was three I got a stretch monster for christmas and it sprung a leak and all this applesauce colored jelly liquid seeped out. That's the only thing I can think of.

By Blogger dan, at 9:14 AM  

I have teeth falling out dreams all the time (those are some really weird analyses about teeth dreams btw). My teeth also grow back right away.

I think I achieved dream control though. When I'm having a nightmare or think I'm dreaming, I push on one of my teeth, if it falls out, I know I'm dreaming and just go about my merry way. Or I try to find my reflection in something, if my hair is very long or very short, I know I'm dreaming. How weird is that?!

My personal analysis about teeth dreams... I'm just scared of my teeth falling out.

p.s. why do people always have to incorporate some religious or 'God speaking to you' idea into everything? I would think if God really wanted to speak to someone it would be BAM! In your face! Not some cryptic dream about your teeth.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:45 AM  

These very dreams are completely normal and are experienced by most people. You are a well-adjusted person and should not be concerned.

By Blogger Mr Mark, at 10:52 AM  

Can't wait to hear about your recurring dreams from 31-40???

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:57 PM  

Superheroes that turn out to be evil can be a fear of a mentor or a special person in your life letting you down.

Teeth falling out is also a symbol of not speaking your truth.

The panic of not finding a uniform (or for some, not remembering their school locker combo) is a fear of returning to old bad behaviors or thought systems. A fear of returning to the person you USE to be.

Dreams can be very useful, especially reaccuring dreams.

By Anonymous JL, at 4:30 PM  

The three most common dreams I have are

Falling out the back of a school bus during a snowstorm.

I also have the teeth crumbling and falling out dream all the time

And the famous "hey I found an undiscoverd room in my house"dream...that one is my favorite...comparatively I guess that would make sense.

I also have dreams that I am 12 and take my parents car out and get lost and can not find my way home...I am even tormented by driving when I am unconscience.

By Blogger Stacy, at 4:31 PM  

I LOVE the "I found an undiscoverd room in my house" dream! Only mine end up being elaborate labrynths and many rooms in which I have a tendency to run into old frieds or people I used to know.

I love dream world.

By Blogger Colleen, at 9:14 AM  

Hi Dan! I am a frequent lurker and a psychologist. The teeth dream is a very common one - often linked to feelings about appearances. I have it myself from time to time. Another common dream is being late to an appointment or class that you had no idea you had scheduled - similar to your video store panic..... that usually comes when people are overscheduled and feel disorganized or out of control. I'm not a big believer in dreams or dream interpretation, but when I have the late for class dream (It's usually my high school calculus class from years ago) I know it's time to slow down and take a break!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:27 AM  

I think you need more sex tbh

By Blogger Trinity, at 6:20 AM  

Here is my semi-professional analysis:
1. Spiderman IS evil and guts are indeed applesauce.
2. Mary Ingalls, you can't trust her. She did pretend to be blind all those years. Pure evil (good mate for Spidey).
3. Teeth. Very sexual. Ask Freud.
4. Fear of conforming. Becoming part of the machine and losing your identity.

Feel better?

By Blogger Elle, at 2:13 PM  

Definition: Dreaming that you have rotten or decaying teeth, forewarns that your health and/or business is in jeopardy. You may have uttered some false or foul words and those words are coming back to haunt you. Dreaming that you are brushing your teeth means your level of confidence, struggles and aggressiveness. You need to look out for yourself and your own interest.

Definition: Dreaming that someone or something is evil indicates a repressed and/or forbidden aspect of yourself. This part of yourself may be seeking recognition and acknowledgment. Alternatively, evil may also be a reflection of your strong, negative emotions like hate, anger, etc.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 AM  

So I guess the concensus is that my dreams are telling me that I am a vain, insecure, sexually frustrated teeth-grinder.

By Blogger dan, at 2:19 PM  

Have you seen that Little House spoof on Family Guy? Pa is playing the fiddle and then Mary gets ready up the ladder to go to bed, but Pa moves it so the top of the ladder is in front of a window and when Mary makes it to the top of the ladder... well, you can guess...

I think that says it all about what everyone really thinks of Mary Ingalls.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:01 PM  

Well I haven't got a clue what you're dreams mean, although evil spidey and applesauce guts is damned funny.
I haven't ever had a reoccuring dream. I also have never had a good dream. They're always really shitty horrible nightmare dreams and so not surprisingly I don't remember ever sleeping through the night.
What does that say about me?

By Anonymous Jen, at 5:42 PM  

I read that dreaming about your teeth falling out has something to do with loss of self respect...or something along those lines

By Anonymous Jimmie, at 11:59 AM  

Well, come to find out that I too am, as Dan said it best, "vain, insecure, sexually frustrated teeth-grinder." I've always known these things about myself, but never knew they would manifest in such a traumatic way. Those dreams, well my dreams, spook me to the core. I guess that should tell how how to live my life, right? I'm screwed.

By Blogger jennd88, at 11:20 PM  

i had the teeth-falling-apart (but not out) dream when i was nineteen.

i was with a guy who was deeply interested in french kissing, and my recurring dream was that my teeth were falling apart while he was kissing me.

the dream persisted longer than our relationship. of course.

and when i was, like, four, i had this terrifying recurrent dream - it's my earliest fear that i can remember - of these cartoon-character gangsters, one tiny, one huge. the tiny one had a huge, low-pitched voice, and the huge one a tiny, high-pitched voice.

it scared me witless.

in fact, my eyes are tearing up as i write about it now...

By Blogger wegglywoo, at 5:38 AM  

when I was 9-16 yrs I had a reacurring dream, my sister was getting drowned by a octapus, later I swim after her and cant get to her... all I see is a spray of blood coming from the cave.

I hate the teeth crumbling dream I get now. I find myself testing my teeth .. with my lower teeth and jaw trying to push them out,
I have had a tooth die from a boxing accident, and pulled a few years back now I have a bridge so Im scared I might be grinding my teeth or something.
anyone know what my teeth dream might mean?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 AM  

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