Katieesq wrote:So many people having this dream is fascinating, but dreamers who haven't even attended traditional school experiencing this dream is even more fascinating. Is a traditional school setting linked with anxiety and fear subconsciously in all people? Is it a product of how the concept of school is developed in society? Do these dreams happen just as frequently with work-related anxieties, or no? Personally, I don't have a lot of work related dreams. Does anyone here have them?
You know, one of the biggest cliches of dreams is finding yourself in class/school, naked. I wonder if the set of people who have that dream is mostly disjoint from the group of people who get the one in this comic - what if both are expressions of anxiety in a school setting, but one focuses on peers and self-image while the other focuses on personal responsibility, expectations, and consequences.
I know dream interpretation is a suspect discourse, but I've read a bit on it out of curiosity. I don't recall reading anything on this dream, however. Is there any interpretation of it aside from the obvious? I have read about the teeth falling out dream, which someone mentioned in this thread. Interpretations say it expresses a fear of losing youth and vitality.
I believe the vast majority of dreams are about helping us come to terms with conditions and ideas that we are uncomfortable with, and in some cases they help us plan out how we would act in certain situations by ruling out bad choice paths.
In the case of the teeth-falling-out dream (which I may have gotten once or twice), for me I'm mostly concerned about the permanence of damage to teeth. I'm laissez-faire about cavities, but I don't want to chip or lose a tooth.
To throw a strange one out there, I had a dream a year or so ago that I was living in an Orwellian society, in which I was a disconnected, weak, and perpetually stressed malcontent. The majority of the dream was spent hiding from the powers that be, with perhaps (I'm fuzzy on the details) a chase scene or two. But eventually I was caught and subjected to a truth serum. Two things are quite remarkable about what happened next. First, the feeling I had at that moment in the dream - an abject inability to resist, combined with an apathy towards doing so - was so unlike anything in my concrete waking-life experience, that I suspect this may have been exactly what a real truth syrum would feel like. Second, there were no tortures or rat cages at the interrogation; on the contrary, I was more or less at peace with the totalitarian regime from that point on. I believe the purpose (or at least the effect) of this dream was to address an anxiety of the idea of non-conformism against a powerful authority - to make the point that the existence of such an evil didn't necessitate that I be involved in the conflict. I have no idea how to express this in terms applicable to real-life. Maybe it doesn't matter.
To get back on topic: The Academic dream is about juggling your school life and managing your time. Few of us are so structured as to have a rigorous schedule that maps out life as an automaton would - when you go to class, when you do homework, when you study, when you play. I at least am much more ad hoc about such matters, relying on my internal sense of failure danger to compete against my immediate desire to procrastinate. (The procrastination itself is sometimes based on the dread of confirming that an assignment is harder than I originally anticipated). Just like an artificial intelligence that evolves a better playing strategy by comparing the numerical outcomes of many many games, over time and through trial and error we humans learn to fine-tune the importance that we give to our sense of danger and pressure. I think it is this critical component of our decision-making machinery that the Academic dream latches on to.
Evidently, the key to understanding recursion is to begin by understanding recursion.
The rest is easy.