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Old 11-07-2019, 07:09 AM   #61
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end of HS/beginning of college I worked as a deck hand on excursion boats on Lake Superior. We had one smaller boat (38') that we frequently used for evening cruises that got back to port after sunset. This boat was set up with two rows of seats with a center aisle similar to a commercial airliner. The boat captain sat on the left and the deckhand would sit on the right. At night the gauges (mostly center located) would light up the boat. My bedroom at the time had two twin beds with a lighted stereo in between. One night I sat up in bed and sat on the edge of my bed (while basically asleep) for over two hours thinking I was on the boat. We werent allowed to sleep obviously so I was paranoid. After a few hours I realized I was NOT on the boat but in fact in my bedroom. I unplugged the stereo so the lights would be out, layed down and went to sleep angrily because I loved sleep at that age.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:15 PM   #62
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I still have them once in awhile and when I wake up I'm so damn grateful.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:50 PM   #63
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I've been out of college a LONG time. Still occasionally have the "late-for-class, can't-find-the classroom, skipped-class-all-semester, don't-have-paper-or-pencil, don't-have-the-credits-to-graduate" dreams. Sometimes have work dreams. But lately it's 'I can't find where I parked the car" dream !!! Had that one a number of times lately. Don't know what that indicates.
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:42 PM   #64
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I've been out of college a LONG time. Still occasionally have the "late-for-class, can't-find-the classroom, skipped-class-all-semester, don't-have-paper-or-pencil, don't-have-the-credits-to-graduate" dreams. Sometimes have work dreams. But lately it's 'I can't find where I parked the car" dream !!! Had that one a number of times lately. Don't know what that indicates.

Yep. And the "I showed up for class and there is a test I didn't know about". Or it's halfway through the semester and I realized that I signed up for class I have never been too. Graduated in 1986!

I have work dreams too. Most are more about the people than the place. But occasionally funny ones where I am at work, getting pressured to do something and then realize, "Oh, I'm retired! F-off!!!!" lol
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Out of the blue, last night I had the classic work nightmare. I woke up in a sweat full of anxiety. First bad dream like this in a year. Where did this come from? I forgot most of this stuff but in the dream it was like I was still there.

The nightmare went like this: the boss starts looking over my shoulder and absolutely must know why our new technology isn't working yet. "When will it work?" Next thing I know, I'm in a conference room, drawing a flow of progress on a whiteboard, explaining to a bunch of executives.

What's the date?

What's the date?

When will it work?

What's the date?

Ahhhh!
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Dreams about w*rk seem to be fading faster than dreams of my college years. I don't quite understand that, though I would say, in many ways, college had more "nightmarish" realities than w*rk did (with a couple of exceptions - there was that fire in my lab... and that big explosion in the plant, well...) I have heard that 4 or 5 years around age 20 seem much longer - and may make more impressions than 20 years later in life. In some ways, I think that must be true. I can more-or-less date things that happened in college within months to a year while things at work are more confined to decades. YMMV
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I occasionally have dreams about the Navy, which I left over 34 years ago. But I have never had a dream about any work I've done since then.
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I'm sitting here laughing because I didn't realize how common the missed classes, unprepared final exam college/university dream was. I have that dream a few times a year and I'm stressing out in my dream that I don't have my degree because I'm short credits.
It's been fun reading this thread.

Count me in the college dreams, just as described above.

As far as w*rk, nope, not at all. In fact, a couple of months after retiring, something prompted me to think about a former colleague. I'd worked with this woman on a daily basis for a couple of years and within a matter of weeks it was an effort to recall her name.
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I haven’t had dreams about work that I can recall. Recurring college dream though. I dreamed that it was finals week and I had completely forgotten to go to a class all semester. That dream was more common at the end of the summer.
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I dreamed that it was finals week and I had completely forgotten to go to a class all semester.
Surely some doctoral student has done a thesis on this, right? This crazy dream is so pervasive, it has to say something about the human condition.

I had that dream up to 10 years after college finished. And reading this thread, I know I'm not the only one.

Who do you know actually "forgot" to go to class, but suddenly remembered last day? Nobody, right? You know people who intentionally didn't go to class though. I knew a few.

But this "I forgot I had a class and suddenly remembered during finals week" is just crazy crap, yet so consistent among students.
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I haven’t had dreams about work that I can recall. Recurring college dream though. I dreamed that it was finals week and I had completely forgotten to go to a class all semester. That dream was more common at the end of the summer.
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Surely some doctoral student has done a thesis on this, right? This crazy dream is so pervasive, it has to say something about the human condition.

I had that dream up to 10 years after college finished. And reading this thread, I know I'm not the only one.

Who do you know actually "forgot" to go to class, but suddenly remembered last day? Nobody, right? You know people who intentionally didn't go to class though. I knew a few.

But this "I forgot I had a class and suddenly remembered during finals week" is just crazy crap, yet so consistent among students.
1970's were a long time ago, and I still have that dream. I usually forget dreams upon awakening, but that one stays with me. Each dream for me has a new twist in my case.
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The "forgot to go to class" dream, yes! Also the "lost on campus and can't find my classroom" and the "can't remember my locker combination" dreams. The latter came true to some extent this week when I realized I couldn't remember the combination to my padlock for the gym because I hadn't been there in months.

I was a teacher for 10 years, and sometimes dream that it's the first day of the quarter, I'm on in 20 minutes, and haven't done any preparation. I'm not sure what to talk about, there's no syllabus to hand out, and I forgot to send my book order to the bookstore so the students can't get their books. I'm wondering if I can stretch a "let's go around the class and introduce ourselves" segment out to 50 minutes.
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I graduated from college in 1977 and had the “ forgot I registered for a class and it is finals week” nightmare for decades. Probably have not had it for 5 years now. My twist was that it was my last semester of college and I needed the class to graduate. The class was always high level math, my worst subject and no way to B.S. your way through the final. Just awful!
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I had one where I was in a meeting, trying desperately to convince the powers that be not to do something because it was a big mistake. I don’t know what is was but I just has the gnawing feeling that it was a potential disaster. Then I suddenly realized, Hey! I don’t even work here anymore! Do whatever you want! And that was it. LoL .
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The "forgot to go to class" dream, yes! Also the "lost on campus and can't find my classroom" and the "can't remember my locker combination" dreams. The latter came true to some extent this week when I realized I couldn't remember the combination to my padlock for the gym because I hadn't been there in months.
"Forgot to go to class" would be generous in my dream, Mine was more like skipped class for the whole semester. At finals my problem is I can't even remember where the class meets. Had it for decades. I agree that somebody must have done some research on this.

My question for others who have/had this dream is do you or did you also suffer from the impostor syndrome. I did to a mild degree and my dream relates because my feeling in it was how the hell am I going to pull this off even if I find the class. For those unfamiliar with the term, the impostor syndrome is where successful people feel like they are one step ahead of the sheriff. That eventually they will be caught out and exposed to be incompetent or at least less capable than everybody else thinks they are.
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I had those "finals" dreams for years, along with "naked in public" and "evil car that won't respond to the brake." All are said to be based on the fear of losing control.
In my 50's, for whatever reason - I started having clapback dreams, where I a) reminded myself that I had a master's degree and a good job and didn't need to take any $#!) finals; b) calmly put on some clothing and walked away; c) told the car it had better straighten out, or I'd sell it to the scrap man.
None of these dreams has returned.

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I graduated from college in 1977 and had the “ forgot I registered for a class and it is finals week” nightmare for decades. Probably have not had it for 5 years now. My twist was that it was my last semester of college and I needed the class to graduate. The class was always high level math, my worst subject and no way to B.S. your way through the final. Just awful!
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I never had a name for the clap back dream!...at some point in my bad dream travels, I recall thinking “this isn’t really working for me” and began imagining different twists to them (during waking hours).
The next time I found myself in a dream at Sears trying to purchase a refrigerator and suddenly realizing, “hey, somehow I forgot to put on clothes”, I calmly looked at the salesman and said, “Whoa Dude, you are seriously overdressed”... I can’t really recall a bad dream after that.
I don’t seems to be a big dreamer but weirdly, the other night I dreamed Mark Zuckerberg handed me a blank check and said I could spend it on whatever I thought was useful. I thought for a moment and replied, “I don’t think this is going to go well because I think it would be super useful to make Facebook disappear- that s*** isn’t helping anybody”. I handed him back the check and then realized, Wait! WTF! I was given a whole life to live and could make all kinds of choices about it - I won the lottery!!!
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"Forgot to go to class" would be generous in my dream, Mine was more like skipped class for the whole semester. At finals my problem is I can't even remember where the class meets. Had it for decades. I agree that somebody must have done some research on this.

My question for others who have/had this dream is do you or did you also suffer from the impostor syndrome.
Yes, those were my dreams! Before ER I had the classic "showing up in my nightgown to work" dreams. Six years out from ER, I still occasionally get the college ones. Skipped classes, never bought the book, fallen hopelessly behind.. and I was a diligent student. I'm always relieved to wake up and remind myself that I have a degree. The only post-ER work one I remember was when I had a new job, couldn't find my desk, didn't know what my objectives were, etc.

Hadn't heard of the impostor syndrome but I wouldn't be surprised if, deep down, that was behind my dreams.
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One variant I had on the finals dream was one of defiance. I knew I blew off class, and now it was time to pay the piper. I believe this would be a type of "imposter syndrome" mentioned above.

I've never had the naked dream, and it isn't because I'm comfortable being naked -- I'm not. I only had the "brakes out" dream once or twice. My dad was terrorized by this regularly. I think his generation had it more because the technology wasn't as developed as today (dual master cylinder, braided brake lines) and "brakes out" was a very real possibility back then. Not so much today.

So I did a search about "The Dream" and here an author from Psychology Today says there is no known research about it! She has hypothesis about the dream in the linked article.

Maybe I should go back to school and do research on this. Oh wait, that would mine final exams. Never mind.
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I forgot to mention my post retirement OMY work dreams. I had a common one where I was hired back by the head of HR (who was my deputy when I was head of HR). It was supposed to be part time but it kept going full time and I never did any work. I would constantly think that I didn't need this and should just quit but I kept going for years. The same dream popped up occasionally for years but I haven't had it lately. I had similar dreams about smoking after I quit 40 years ago. I would dream that I had a relapse after 3 or 4 years and now had to start over from scratch.
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