Narcissists Attack in Form of Zombies – People that Suck the Life Out of You.
Zombie attack is a dream about dealing with the narcissists that seem to surround me in life. Narcissists can read the people that they can easily make their victims, who are susceptible because they have usually been raised under rather stressful conditions.
Dream – Zombie Attack
– I recall there being a first part of the zombie dream, in grade school I think, but cannot remember details. This dream is a bit unusual in that I had no recollection of the dream when I woke up. However, I had been rereading a book the night before which triggered the dream, and when I hit a certain passage in the book upon picking it up the next day – this segment of the dream came back vividly.
There were these huge zombies like creatures, and they are chasing people down hallways. I was going up and down hallways avoiding these zombies. There were a lot of other people in the hallways, and a few people seemed to be getting picked off. But I knew that there were many hallways and stairways that could be taken to avoid them. I keep selecting the hallways that I think are clear; I do not feel like I am in any danger because I have knowledge of these various routes.
Suddenly, I am trapped with a lot of other people – the zombies started coming from all directions – I had not anticipated that they would suddenly be all over the place. I assumed they were behind me – suddenly they were in front of us and on the floors above and below us. There were no openings – other hallways or stairways to escape to – I was out of options – everyone was trapped.
I realized they were going to get us all. I didn’t think it was going to end like this for me. I thought I would always have a way to get out – escape death – I watch as the zombies sucked the life out of the others, the zombies were like ghosts, they would just pass over people – the victims would actually go through the bodies of the ghost zombies. As the zombie engulfed the victim – it literally sucked the life out of the person, and the victims’ bodies would just cave and fall limply to the ground. The victims would be petrified prior to the zombie passing through the people.
Then I was my turn, this very large zombie, he was huge, about 6’4’’ to 6’6’’ was in front of me. And I cannot move. I look around for another chance to escape, but I am frozen. I am thinking, “So, this is the end, this is it, my life is over”. The zombie passes over me and I feel my body going limp as I crumble to the ground. But, when I am on the floor, I realize that I am still conscious. I don’t know if I got lucky, or if that is the way it was supposed to be.
I am by a window that goes down to the floor and it looks out onto a courtyard where children are playing. I see my children and somehow signal them with my eyes – my body is still paralyzed. As they come close to the window, life suddenly is restored to my body. I get out of the window and quickly get the children and myself away from that place. I don’t look back; I know I have to just keep moving.
Psychoanalytic Dream Interpretation of Zombie Attack
The night before this dream I had been reading the last chapter of a book, Trauma and the Soul, by Donald Kalsched which gave a psychoanalytic interpretation of Grimm’s fairy tale, “The Woman Without Hands”.
The woman in the tale, through no fault of her own, had lost her hands due to a deal her father had made with the devil. The father did not realize the impact the devil’s deal would have on his daughter, but he could afford to take good care of her for the rest of her life.
However, she could not stay there and left her father’s house to survive the best she could. She did not wish to remain in the environment in which she was crippled – it would probably be a constant reminder of the greed, deceit, and treachery that put her in her predicament causing a non-ending cycle of anger, resentment and desire for revenge (hate). This would have led to a life where she would have been half-alive and half-dead, basically, a zombie.
So, she heads out to live in the world hoping to find a way. She is starving when she comes to the King’s garden which is surrounded by a moat. An angel comes and dries up the moat so that she can cross and eat a pear. She is spotted by the King’s gardener who informs the King of the strange happening. The King wishes to witness this himself and watches the same event take place the next night to see what sort of magic is used to accomplish this feat.
The losing of her hands represents the dissociation that comes about from trauma at an early age. Staying in the environment that led to the dissociation would lead to living a life that would be half-dead and half-alive – one would not be able to truly live a full life in such an environment.
This tale in a way paralleled my life. I left home on the East Coast and settled in California to “escape” a half-dead life living in my original environment. However, I had to go through the dissociation a second time after three corporate takeovers/mergers and a 2nd divorce. I was suddenly surrounded by zombies.
At the beginning of the dream, I am able to escape from the zombies, I always have an exit plan or escape route. This represents the 20 years I worked for the narcissistic boss – I was always able to keep enough freedom to maneuver myself and was able to maintain a sustainable life.
However, when the mergers and takeovers began, the narcissistic creeps came crawling out of the woodwork – it was zombie city. Eventually, I got caught up in their traps and the life literally got sucked out of me. (See dreams ‘World Annihilation’ and ‘Rage Revenge and Suicidal Ideation’) I was surrounded and succumbed to a second major depression.
The frozen or petrified position before the zombie passed over me is probably my dissociation. The dissociation disables my defense mechanisms at the wrong time, and I easily become a victim. My only alternative in a situation like this is extreme violence which I am usually able to keep control over – but have to surrender to avoid the consequences of that.
But, something inside of me stayed alive which is why I am laying on the floor in the dream still conscious of what is going on.
My children were my angels in the dream and my recovery from my second breakdown. They were the ones who gave me a reason to go on – a reason to get up and fight again.
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Narcissism – from Wikipedia
Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes. The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Narcissism is a concept in psychoanalytic theory, which was popularly introduced in Sigmund Freud‘s essay On Narcissism (1914). The American Psychiatric Association has had the classification narcissistic personality disorder in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) since 1968, drawing on the historical concept of megalomania.
Narcissism is also considered a social or cultural problem. It is a factor in trait theory used in various self-report inventories of personality such as the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory. It is one of the three dark triadic personality traits (the others being psychopathy and Machiavellianism). Except in the sense of primary narcissism or healthy self-love, narcissism is usually considered a problem in a person’s or group’s relationships with self and others. Narcissism is not the same as egocentrism.
Traits and signs of Narcissists (and Zombies 🙂
Life is a stage, and when the curtain falls upon an act, it is finished and forgotten. The emptiness of such a life is beyond imagination.
Four dimensions of narcissism as a personality variable have been delineated: leadership/authority, superiority/arrogance, self-absorption/self-admiration, and exploitativeness/entitlement.
A 2012 book on power-hungry narcissists suggests that narcissists typically display most, and sometimes all, of the following traits:
- An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges
- Problems in sustaining satisfying relationships
- A lack of psychological awareness (see insight in psychology and psychiatry, egosyntonic)
- Difficulty with empathy
- Problems distinguishing the self from others (see narcissism and boundaries)
- Hypersensitivity to any insults or imagined insults (see criticism and narcissists, narcissistic rage and narcissistic injury)
- Vulnerability to shame rather than guilt
- Haughty body language
- Flattery towards people who admire and affirm them (narcissistic supply)
- Detesting those who do not admire them (narcissistic abuse)
- Using other people without considering the cost of doing so
- Pretending to be more important than they actually are
- Bragging (subtly but persistently) and exaggerating their achievements
- Claiming to be an “expert” at many things
- Inability to view the world from the perspective of other people
- Denial of remorse and gratitude
These criteria have been criticized because they presume a knowledge of intention (for example, the phrase “pretending to be”). Behavior is observable, but intention is not. Thus classification requires assumptions which need to be tested before they can be asserted as fact, especially considering multiple explanations could be made as to why a person exhibits these behaviors.
- van der Linden, S.; Rosenthal, S.A. (2015). “Measuring Narcissism with a Single Question? An Extension and Replication of the Single-Item Narcissism Scale”. Personality and Individual Differences. 90: 238–241. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.10.050.
- Symington, Neville (1993). Narcissism: A New Theory. H. Karnac Ltd. pp. 6–7. ISBN 9781855750470.
- Millon, Theodore (2004), Personality Disorders in Modern Life
- Freud, Sigmund, On Narcissism: An Introduction, 1914
- Lowen, Alexander (1997) . Narcissism: Denial of the True Self. New York, NY: Touchstone. p. 45.
- Horton, R. S.; Bleau, G.; Drwecki, B. (2006). “Parenting Narcissus: What Are the Links Between Parenting and Narcissism?” (PDF). Journal of Personality. 74 (2): 345–376. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2006.00378.x. See p. 347.
- Thomas, David. Narcissism: Behind the Mask (2012), ISBN 184624935X
- Readings in Philosophy of Psychology – Google Books