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Shawn "Speedy" Lopes

Uncovering the reason
for that dream

Twenty-eight-year-old Cheryl of New York City says she has experienced a recurring dream for the last five years. In each dream, she returns to her high school in Augusta, Ga., hoping to earn enough credits to obtain her diploma. She is usually in a rush to get the counselor to tell her what courses to take and how many credits she'll need in order to graduate and return to New York City.

Such dreams do not reflect a desire to return to school, explains the Dream Doctor at, but rather a desire to advance in one's career. Those feelings of anxiety and wariness we remember as high school students can manifest themselves in such dreams when one undergoes a change in occupation or endures financial hardship.

Anyone interested in a quick interpretation of their dreams may find both useful and entertaining. The site's dream symbols dictionary lists more than 150 images and situations commonly found in our dreams to help users understand those incongruous and illogical images and events we sometimes see in our sleep.

Caught a vision of your ex-lover in your dreams recently? That one's not hard to figure out. Chances are you still yearn for your former flame, or you feel as though your relationship ended without closure. It could also represent a fear of commitment to a current lover. Pity the person who dreams of quicksand, for he or she feels a lack of support, isolation or powerlessness in their daily lives. Those who dream of falling lack certainty in their future. Dreaming of one's own death likely represents a fundamental change within one's self.

For a quick interpretation of your dreams, you can make an "appointment" with the Dream Doctor himself, Charles McPhee, which usually involves two or three e-mails. The cost for this service is $22.95 and can be billed to your credit card.

McPhee is the former director of the Sleep Apnea Patient Treatment Program at the Sleep Disorders Center of Santa Barbara, Calif., former coordinator of the Sleep Disorders Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and former coordinator of the sleep research laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md.

He's also penned two books and is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Dream Doctor."


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