How to deal w being around people/things that remind you of nightmares?
October 8, 2013 5:31 PM Subscribe
I feel ashamed and uneasy about being around people that remind me of my nightmares. How do I cope with it?
posted by ichomp to health & fitness (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I was young, I had a specific recurring nightmare. In my adult life, I encounter people or situations that remind me of that. For example, at work or at school. It makes me feel very uneasy. I also feel like a part of myself is telling me to get close to these people, or that they are trying to get close to me in an inappropriate way.
It makes me feel ashamed, or as if my mind is betraying me. It makes an otherwise good experience or place something I dread. I know there will always be more people who remind me of nightmares. How do I become mentally stronger? When I am around those people, i often feel like I'm being invaded, or worse, that I am trying to get close to THEM. the best way to describe it is that my mind and body are betraying me.
If I can't avoid encountering people who remind me of nightmares, how do I deal with it?