Reader Jace shared the following advice in response to our post, “Dream Interpretation: OMG I Slept with My Mom!”
Just to place this out there for people who feel ashamed, incestuous fantasies while awake aren’t intrinsically bad either; the reason for their occurrences can be just like the dreams, except you have control.
What you’ll most often find is, unless your parent is smoking hot and you connect on a perfect level, that your attraction is not really to that person, but to who you wish or thought that person was. Like in the article above, you may crave a better psychological relationship rather than physical. Most often, you can have an incest fantasy, see the person in real life, and realize you don’t actually feel that way towards them.
So, don’t beat yourself up if you do have incest fantasies or thoughts while awake. It only becomes a problem if you act on them.