Dreams can help us better understand what our real thoughts, feelings, and anxieties are in quarantine and give us a healthy way to express those emotions, reports Inverse.
Deidre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, tells Inverse that the bulk of coronavirus-related dreams she’s seeing are anxiety dreams — not full-blown nightmares that are borne of experiencing some type of trauma.
To understand the difference, she says to look at dreams that were reported during the September 11th attacks. Those who fled from burning towers or experienced it in person often have realistic post-traumatic stress dreams that force them to relive the trauma. People who experienced the attacks via news reports, meanwhile, more often have anxiety dreams.