It is interesting that how we interpret the things that happen to us has a great deal of impact on how it affects us.
From the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff:
Once when Duke Huan was passing by a marsh, a goblin appeared in the road before him. The duke turned to Kuan Chung, who was driving the carriage. “Do you see anything in the road ahead of us?” he asked. “I see nothing,” Kuan Chung replied.
By the time the duke returned home, he was speaking incoherently, and had become ill. For several days, he remained in his bed.
An officer named Huang Kao-ao called on the duke. “How could a goblin harm you?” he asked. “You are injuring yourself. If your vital energy is weakened by fears and anxieties, you will become seriously ill.”
“But do goblins exist?” asked the duke.
“Yes, they do. By small mountain lakes, you will find the Li; around fires, the Ch’ieh; in the dust, the Lei-t’ing. In low-lying areas of the northeast are the Pei-a and the Wa-lung. In the northwestern lowlands can be found the I-Yang. The Wang-hsiang live near rivers, and Hsin in the hills, the K’uei in the mountains, and the Fang-huang in wild places. Around marshes can be found the Wei-t’o.”
“Describe the Wei-t’o,” said the duke.
“A Wei-t’o is as big around as the hub or a carriage wheel, and as tall as the length of an axle. It wears a purple robe and a red cap. It hates the sound of passing vehicles, and when it hears one, it claps its hands over its ears. Whoever sees a Wei-t’o is destined to become a great ruler.”
“That is what I saw!” exclaimed the duke. He sat up and straightened his clothes. He began to laugh. By the end of the day, his illness had vanished.
Needless to say, if your hobby was telling people who had this particular dream that they were destined to totally make out with you, you'd be really busy.