Under attack


I was in a bar with my husband, and I was feeling uncomfortable as I was aware there were several of his ex girlfriends in the room. I couldn't see any of their faces but they had sort of cartoonised hyper-voluptuous figures (like Kardashians!) However, there was one girl whose face I could see and she looked like a girl I went to high school with. She was smiling at me, but I had a sense of discomfort and almost danger coming from her, and she was very animated reminiscing with my husband about their time together. Soon, she started playfully-but-not-playfully hitting me on the head with a big balloon. I asked her to stop but she didn't and then it quickly escalated to real violence and I knew she was trying to kill me. I fought her off, but then she attacked Jurmi, screaming at him "I had you, acho!" ("Acho" means "big brother" in the Bhutanese language; I thought even in the dream it was strange she was calling him that). After we managed to stop her attacking him, he showed me a big hole in the side of his neck caused by her attack, but he seemed quite unfazed. I felt angry that he did not seem to take the situation seriously and that he was defending her over me, by saying she had always been a "bit crazy" and just to let her be.

Later, the setting changed to the beach, and I was in the ocean, alone. Every time I tried to get to the shore, I'd be almost there and then enormous wave after wave would crash over me and drag me back in. The strange thing was that the waves were coming from the side (parallel to the shore), and I could see them coming way beforehand, but just couldn't manage to get away in time. I felt a lot of resistance as I tried to move and my movements were very slow.

Dream notes and associations

The girl trying to kill me was blonde and I was aware that she was Australian. She looked like a girl I went to high school with (who I was neither friends or enemies with and haven't thought about in years!)

My feelings throughout the dream and on awakening

Discomfort, jealousy, fear, then confidence I could get out of the water, and fear again when I realised I couldn't.
Upon awakening I felt anxious and jumpy.


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Dream Therapist
3 years ago

Hi Kat,

Nightmares generally have heightened emotional intensity and vivid content such as violence to really draw our attention to something that’s become crucial to address in our waking lives.

There are a couple of strong themes here suggesting that a situation is not being taken seriously and being pulled in to something that you can see coming but have difficulty getting out of.