Foreclosure, eviction and an uncertain real estate market are providing material for disturbing dreams and nightmares about home, which has an especially powerful place in the psyche, psychologists say, symbolizing safety, comfort, identity and — to the Freudians — mother. At a time of collective angst and fear of economic insecurity, psychologists say more patients are recounting stressful dreams that revolve around the theme of home. Fear of homelessness, they say, is one of the most primal feelings on the emotional spectrum. A deep sense of disillusionment, betrayal and mistrust resulting from the mortgage and banking crises is also pervasive.
By Sarah Kershaw, August 27, 2009, NYT

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