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A Combat Soldier Has Nightmares on Deployment
I Am on Deployment and Having Nightmares
Currently I am on deployment and started having these terrible nightmares of walking into my house and blood is everywhere. As I walk further into the house I come across the bodies of my wife and sons that are so mutilated. I wake up screaming.
I also have nightmares involving my wife and son in a car accident.
Someone enters a familiar space that is supposed to be safe, but instead finds it has been violated and sees that loved ones have been violated.
Scared and worried.
Main Life Issues:
I’m on deployment and having nightmares. I talked to my sergeant about the nightmares and he said it means I feel helpless but I wanted to get another opinion.
Walking in house: Entering a space that should feel safe.
Blood everywhere: A signal of disaster and carnage.
See bodies of wife and son: Noting the destruction of loved ones.
Mutilated bodies: Image of horrible actions and a pain end of life.
Car accident: Metaphor for a disaster or a sudden bad event.
What Dream Means:
The dreams are not about your family or loved ones. One of the functions of dreams is to act as an emotional digestion system and these dreams are saying, “these days I experience life as a series of accidents and scenes of mutilation”.
The nightmares show that you feel the pain and demonstate that you are a good person who feels deeply about others and the world, which is a GOOD thing. Instead of shutting off all emotions including the pain, you feel it and it comes out in your dreams which is actually very healthy. Those who repress or push away pain can later encounter emotional problems and you are brave enough to meet it head on.
Bottom Line: As a combat veteran, nightmares can reflect the dissonance between the world back home versus what you are experiencing on deployment. One function of dreams is to reconcile such contradictions. Even though the nightmares are upsetting, they are digesting the strong reactions that come up and act as a coping mechanism. Once you are back home and back to a normal life, they will become fewer and disappear.
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