Dream Interpretation: My Boyfriend Was a Terrorist!

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Other people’s dreams are never interesting…except when they’re about sex. Each week, our dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg tells one lucky reader what their dirty dream means. Got a dream you want Lauri to analyze? Click here to submit it) This week, a reader asks Lauri:

I had the strangest dream last night, and it is still freaking me out. I was sleeping next to my boyfriend while dreaming he was an international terrorist. I was waiting for him in a hotel lobby while he checked us in. Two agents came over to me and tried to convince me my boyfriend is trying to plant a weapon of mass destruction. As evidence, they dug something out of his camera bag that appeared to be a memory chip in oil in a Tupperware container. I ran to our room where my boyfriend now was, convinced he was a terrorist, but ended up warning him to escape, unsure whether I believed his pleas that he was innocent. I felt so confused and unsure whether to believe him. What does this mean?!?

Lauri:  This dream is probably a commentary on something that happened earlier that day. Keep in mind that the emotional centers of the brain are highly active during the dream state, so our thoughts and emotions are rather exaggerated.

Your boyfriend being a terrorist in the dream is likely connected to some sort of anger or aggression he may have exhibited that day. Your dream may have created him as a terrorist because you felt that his anger or hostility was unfounded or unreasonable… or maybe he was even being a fanatic about something. Nonetheless, your dreaming was also reminding you that it was only a temporary thing since it placed you in a hotel (we stay in hotels for a temporary amount of time).

The two agents telling you about the weapon of mass destruction may have been the way you were trying to convince yourself that perhaps he has the ability to really explode… unless there was something else at the time you thought he might try to wipe out, such as a friendship, a behavior, etc.

The memory chip may be a reminder about past incidents or past behaviors that you need to be aware of. Have other people warned you about him or told you stories that concerned you? Or is there anything from your own past with him that concerns you? The chip being in oil in a Tupperware container is interesting. Would you say he is very slick and able to easily contain a bad situation?

The confusion you have over his innocence in the dream is directly to uncertainty you have about him or the relationship in real life. Did he show you a bad side of himself that is now making you wonder about him? The ending of the dream gave you something you need to figure out in real life. So, I will leave you with this little piece of wisdom Dr. Phil likes to say: “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.”


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