Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dream Breakthrough!

A recurring dream is one in which I am wandering a huge college campus either

  1. knowing I do not have enough time to get to the class in the first place, but being beset with obstacles along the way,
  2. not knowing the location of the location of the class,
  3. arriving at the classroom only to find the class has been moved somewhere else.
It is always a math class.  I am always worried that never being able to find the class will result in a big, fat F on my grade report.

Classic fear of failure dream.  Not exactly a nightmare, but unsettling nonetheless.

Well, the other night, I dreamed that I actually got to the math class and met the professor who agreed that he would give me another chance.  Then I sat down and all the students were working on very simple math problems.

with apologies to math teachers everywhere


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For the record, I did very well in high school math classes.  The only math I took in college was statistics, once as undergraduate and once as graduate student. Statistics is just about how to use math to manipulate information and I am glad I learned about it.


18 comments:

  1. Odd that your anxiety has transferred to math, something you excelled at. Or maybe that's the clue; your psyche trying to tell you that your anxieties are baseless. ;)

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  2. Ha - that would be my nightmare, too. I took statistics in Grad school, and it was my favorite math class ever. I think I liked it because i learned how "facts" are often manipulated. Now, I rarely believe surveys or even research studies especially if the sampling is scanty.

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  3. I often dream that I can't remember where my class is or I can't remember which class I go to on what day. It doesn't deal with a subject so I've always thought it meant I was kind of lost at the moment.

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  4. You and me, babe, you and me.

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  5. A recurring dream of mine, also. I'm looking for the admin building to find out where the class is. Then I can't find the building.

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  6. This is hilarious! My recurring dream is that I have to go someplace (I don't know where), and I can't find a phone to call whoever it is who is waiting for me. So silly.

    When my hubby was in graduate school, he woke up one night and said that he had solved a complicated statistics problem during his sleep.

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  7. Very interesting! I used to be a teacher and my recurring dream is showing up for the first day of school in September totally unprepared. Dreams are funny things!

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  8. While I haven't had this or a similar college dream in a while, I never had a resolution to it like you have. I don't know anyone who has, and I know lots of people with a variant on this dream.
    I thought I was finally cured of my teacher dreams too, but then I had one last fall when school was starting. It always takes a while to recover from them.

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  9. I was never a math whiz and I, too, took statistics in college. My older daughter is a high school math teacher and department chair. Lol.

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    1. My grandson shows a strong aptitude for math. He didn't get it from my daughter though. She is very much like the graphic!

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  10. Oddly I do not ever dream about math...or school at all. I was great at Algebra and horrible at Geometry.

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  11. My recurring dream is that due to some technical error in my discharge paperwork, I have to be in the service for some period of time to fulfill my military draft obligations. I am always flying off to some unknown hell hole. I was honorably discharged from the Air Force 42 years ago, but about once every six months, I am flying off into the wild blue yonder yet again.

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  12. Well at least you weren't naked in class as many folks are:)) In my recurrent dream I am usually at work and have difficulty doing a job I have done for years. Nothing goes smoothly. Always near the end of the dream, I realize my car has been stolen and I am faced with a very long walk--often up to 20 miles but somehow, I have the energy and just do it. Thank goodness our dreams are just that--dreams.

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  13. I think the 'not being able to find the class' is a very common dream... one I had for years, but haven't had in a long time. Now it seems to be replaced with being in some unknown place and not having my phone or not being able to get it to work. (This could possibly be the new common dream for the times....??)

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  14. i have these nightmares all the time, but I'm the teacher! Hubby was in the transportation industry, and he has them about traveling!

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  15. P.S. as an elementary teacher I taught all subjects and I loved teaching math! I was pretty good at it!

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  16. Sigh... math was always the bane of my school life. Then I had to teach children to love it. Pretty funny. Luckily, I married an engineer who loved math and science and got me to tolerate it. I still hate algebra though.

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  17. That graphic is Jenna! My nightmare is that I can't find my locker and when I do I don't remember the combination. Not sure what it means but I still have it!

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