By MH Staff - Posted on 28th January 2014
Flying, falling and failing an exam.
You’re probably an out-of-the-box thinker, says Dr Rosalind Cartwright, author of The Twenty-Four Hour Mind (R264, Kalahari). Or it could be purely physical: “As you move toward waking, you become more aware you’re paralysed,” says Boston University neurologist Dr Patrick McNamara. “This, paradoxically, lets you fly: your mind can soar because your body can’t interfere.”
“It’s a metaphor for a high-stress event – for example, the loss of a job,” says McNamara.
“The fear of failing in school is a strong, long-term memory,” says Cartwright. “It can be reactivated by a current experience of not measuring up.”