Monday, August 20, 2012

Math for Engineers

Dear Peregrin,

I had a dream a few weeks back that I was in college again (I'm ten years out of college), and I'm taking an advance math course. I am usually confident in math, but when I realized that I didn't understand a word the teachers and other students were saying, I knew I was in over my head and probably in the wrong class. I realized in the end that I took a class for electrical engineers and dropped out. What do you think this could mean?

Maricel


Good morning, Maricel.

What you've described here seems like a fairly common anxiety dream. The setting is college to reflect the situation you're in - one in which you need to learn something. Your mind chose a math course specifically because of your confidence in that subject - this is saying that your self-confidence is low right now. Language barriers happen in dreams because of communications barriers in waking life - the situation this dream references is one in which communication is low or non-existent.

The decision to drop out is the crucial factor. It points to what you believe is the best solution to the problem. If the rest of the dream refers to a relationship - personal, professional, or whatever - then this part is saying to you, this isn't the relationship you thought it would be - better to cut your losses and get out now.

Pleasant dreams,

Peregrin

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