Dream of fighting off an attacker at friend's apartment and then in the street, told at 39th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Tucson, Arizona, 18th July 2022.
I am at a friend’s apartment and we are planning to maybe go out to eat. Suddenly a man bursts in and threatens us. He is in his 30s or 40s, mean, with close shaved hair. My friend is scared and stands back, but I am forceful and start to push him around and am punching him, we are all over the place. I phone the police and say there’s a man in our place who wants to kill us. I then pull a necklace off his neck. It has on it a small round religious talisman, from a church. I hold the necklace in my hand and see a note attached which says “I had fun, I had a good time.” The man leaves but threatens to come back. I am mad at him but also very worried. Later, in the evening, I go out for dinner with my friend. There are lots of people in the streets. I see the man again, with his friends, and am mad at him. I start kicking him and he grabs my foot. I want to talk to his friends to find out what his name is, because the police said I can only complain if I have his name. His friends walk away. I get my foot back and I want to run after his friends, but I wake up from the nightmare, thinking at least I kept standing up to him.
For the first time we had the painting and text of the dream printed onto a t-shirt, for the dreamer to wear. Photos below are of Julia showing the t-shirt.
Dr Julia Lockheart