Why do you have dreams or nightmares?

Nightmares often reflect the problems, tensions and fears we have in waking life. But they can appear in dreams in symbolic form. One common theme is the witch or monster that jumps out of the dark in a nightmare. This can be a symbol of something I fear in myself, the naughty "me" that I keep hidden while trying hard to be good. The nightmare reflects the fear that the bad "me" will get loose and do terrible things.

Everybody has nightmares from time to time, but one can learn to have some control over them. Practice, just before going to sleep, telling yourself that you are safe and that the nightmare is funny, not scary. Try it and see if it works.