Modern psychologists have tended to focus only on the personal dimensions of dreaming, which makes good sense in a therapeutic context. But as historians and anthropologists have shown, many people in cultures all around the world have looked to their dreams not only for personal meaning but also for guidance and consolation when their community is facing a time of collective crisis.
I awoke in the wee hours of the morning to realize I was drenched in sweat, my covers and sheets twisted into knots around my body in response to my thrashing. My pillows lay on the other side of the room, thrown angrily at imaginary demons. My teeth were sore from grinding and my jaw muscles ached from clenching.
A strange political campaign has produced some equally strange dreams. The strangest by far have revolved around the real estate developer Donald Trump, the Republican party's presumptive nominee for President. These dreams reflect the intense emotional reactions, positive and negative, that Trump generates in a variety of people.
The sound of his snoring would become, as she slept, the snarling of a wolf or the roaring of a giant gorilla. If that's an issue for you and your partner, what will help reduce the nightmares is to reduce the snoring. For example, get the snorer to sleep on his or her side rather than back or to stop drinking alcohol in the evening.
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