Meanings of Dreams
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Meanings of Dreams: Being Chased by a Snake
Freddy self-referred to me as a result of his increasing paranoia regarding his girlfriend.
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By his own admission, Freddy was obsessive to the point he would check his partner's phone for messages from other men. On one occasion he informed me he had even snuck out of work to check if she was having lunch at her normal cafe by herself.
Freddy claimed things were getting so bad that he would wake in the early hours of the morning and be overcome with immense paranoia and anxiety thinking about if his partner was going to cheat the next day. He said this awakening would always be the by-product of a nightmare. Asked to detail the dream, he offered the following...
"I am being chased by this snake. I run into the bathroom and hide in the bathtub. But the snake keeps coming. Just as it's about to strike I grab it behind the head. I'm squeezing it tight. I've got a real tight hold on it but it has these special fangs that can reverse and even though I think I've got it covered it bites me over and over again."
I asked Freddy what he thought the bath tub symbolised given it seemed "out of place".
"I have no idea. None of it makes much sense to me except the snake. I feel thats about betrayal."
"Why is that?"
"I've just been told that snakes in dreams represent betrayal and it makes sense to me. Besides, I'm really scared of snakes. I hate them. We have a lot on our farm and they freak me out."
"So they make you feel vulnerable?"
Freddy pondered the question, "I don't know. They're just scarey. You don't know where they are or when they could strike."
"Kind of like a cheating partner?"
"Yeah! Wow! Exactly! So it's a prophetic dream?"
I smiled, "No. I don't believe it is, Freddy. Tell me, why do you think the snakes has reverse fangs and bites YOU?"
Freddy frowned and thought aloud, "So the snake is about mistrust and it reverses and bites me over and over... hmmm... kind of like the mistrust is hurting me. Poisoning me. Yeah, poisoning me!"
"And not to mention you had a good hold on it."
"Yeah that's true. I think I've got it under control but I don't. It's poisoning me. Biting me. Wow!"
"Very good. What about that bathtub? Is it full?"
"Not at first. Not until the snake gets there."
"I want you to tell me the first thing that comes to your mind when I say the following word, okay?"
"Bathtub" I said.
Freddy instantly replied, "Clean."
"In the context of that dream, being about betrayal and cheating and poisoning yourself, why would you need to be clean?"
Freddy sat perplexed for an eternity.
"I know" he started "It's about morals. It's about me wanting to appear morally clean but the reality is I'm not."
I was impressed. "Why is that?"
"Because I only doubt her because that's how I think. I'm the dishonest one on the relationship. Running around checking her phone and all that shit."
"So you project all those insecure issues onto your girlfriend?"
"Yeah, that's it. I'm poisoning me and the relationship. I'm wanting to be the morally superior one but I'm deceitful."
I didn't say anything for many minutes. I let Freddy sit with that thought. It really seemed to rock his foundations.
"I'm not sure I can admit that outside of here."
"Vulnerable?" I asked.
"Yeah. It scares the shit out of me."
"That's the way relationships go, Freddy. In order to create intimacy you have to make yourself vulnerable, which of course also makes you open to being hurt."
Freddy nodded, "Yeah, that's true, that's very true."
Freddy left that day a frightened man. Time will tell if he allows himself to trust.
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