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What Your Job-Related Dreams Could Be Telling You

What Your Job-Related Dreams Could Be Telling You

By Peter Vogt | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

February 13, 2009

If you’ve ever had dreams — or even nightmares — about your job, you’re not alone.

In a 2003 survey of 1,000 adults conducted by British bank NatWest, 80 percent of women and 60 percent of men said they dream about work. Moreover, 65 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported waking up in a cold sweat, worried about their jobs.

Another 2003 survey of more than 1,000 adults by British education company learndirect revealed that 57 percent of the respondents said they suffer nightmares about their jobs. Fully 25 percent experience those nightmares once a week or more.

The learndirect study asked participants what their work-related dreams are about. Here are the responses (in order of frequency):

  • -Arguing with the boss.
  • -Being late for an important meeting.
  • -Lusting after a colleague.
  • -Having to make an unexpected presentation.
  • -Going to work naked.
  • -Losing all their files in a fatal computer crash.
  • -Getting fired.
  • -Killing the boss.

Meaningless or Meaningful?

That we sometimes dream about our jobs isn’t in question. But whether we should take our work-related dreams seriously is a matter of continuing debate.

Some experts argue that dreams of any kind are essentially meaningless. But others say our dreams — about work or anything else — amount to much more.

“Dreams can highlight things that are worrying in our lives and can help us…sort out [not only] our emotional problems, but also the problems we face in daily life and work,” says dream expert Craig Hamilton-Parker, author of The Hidden Meaning of Dreams. For example, dreaming about having to give an impromptu

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