The Bear and the Flagpole
An Anxiety Disorder Dream
...You're running down the road, you are frightened, something is behind you. You can feel its presence bearing down on you. It
is chasing you, it's overbearing and you know that if it catches you it will destroy you. Wherever you run it follows; down every
street, down every alley, it is still there right behind you. You run into a house and hide – still it comes. Managing to glance back
you see it, it is in fact a... giant grisly bear... snarling ferociously and wanting to destroy you.
Tiredness is setting in, you've been running for so long and still the bear is right behind you. What can you do? How can you
escape? You turn a corner and see it, there in the distance – your salvation.
Twenty yards in front of you... a flagpole... you'll be safe up there, the bear won't be able to get you. You make it
and climb to the top just as the bear reaches the bottom of the pole. Seeing the bear down below, you breathe a sigh of relief – you
Suddenly you feel scared, you realise that you are thirty feet in the air. Any wrong movement and you could fall; you must stay
alert at all times to prevent this. So there you are... at the top of the flagpole, unable to go down towards the bear, constantly alert
lest you fall...
The above describes a dream, a dream that symbolises the cause of many anxiety disorders and how we come to live our lives:
constantly alert, watching our self so that we don't fall (fail), trying to protect ourselves from a greater fear, always anxious to some
But how do we get to this position?
We need to start at the beginning; our lives begin to take shape in infancy and childhood... and so do these problems.
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