How Many Cavities
So the other day I went to the dentist. I hadn’t been to the dentist in a long long time. Normally this hasn’t been so bad. Occasionally I would get these pains in my teeth. Usually they would go away in a couple days.
While I have the pain I would always have this deep anxiety that I would have all these horrible tooth problems and if I want to the dentist to try to solve these horrible tooth problems would be extremely painful it be extremely expensive and I would lose the use of my chewing capability which would be horrifically terrible.
It’s never as bad as you think it is. Half the fears, most of the fears, all of the fears you have never come true. So there I was sitting in the dentist office. It was fairly boring. I didn’t bring anything to read. I didn’t bring any books. I didn’t bring my device. Stuff they had a TV was kinda crap. There wasn’t any really good magazines.
Daydreaming and Then…
I was just sitting there daydreaming and the guy sitting immediately to my left immediately jumped up and just screamed at the top of his lungs. As soon as he screamed the woman on my right in response to him jumped up and screamed. It was like a, quick bam, bam, all of a sudden everyone at the dentist office was in a sudden instantaneous state of terror.
This type of thing usually creates some type of instantaneous trance in your body. When your body switches into fight or flight mode and you immediately figure out how you’re going to get out of there. When this happens your brain is in a very limited thinking capacity.
You can’t think very well because your body thinks there’s some kind of imminent danger and you’re operating on very ancient instinctive principles. The guy relaxed. He looked around and started talking about why he screened.
Screaming in Stereo
He said he had this dream. He also hadn’t been to the dentist in a very long time. He also had the same fears that most people have when they don’t go to the dentist in a very long time, namely there can have a lot of teeth problems which will lead to eating problems.
I guess since teeth and teeth pain are related to eating and health and safety, there’s a lot of metaphysical metaphorical archetypical connections between our teeth and all of our anxieties. So if you have dreams about anxieties a lot of times these anxieties will be expressed in your dreams as problems with your teeth.
That’s what happened to this guy. He was having a dream that he was sitting before this gigantic banquet. This huge spread of all of his favorite food. He had that feeling, that wonderful feeling when you been waiting for a long time for a perfect meal and you’ve been purposely hungry for a long time so you’ll maximize your enjoyment of this perfect meal and you’re getting ready for that first bite.
Good Meals Are Fantastic
This can be so delicious. It’s a fantastic time. This is such a fantastic human experience that all of our major religious holidays and celebrations are centered around this whole idea of a big feast. So he was about to take a bite but he took a bite in all it did was make them hungrier.
He would chew it up, he was swallow it in a would make him hungrier. If he stopped eating that would make him hungrier, so instead of having this huge feast beforehand that would cause him a whole lot of pleasure everything he did caused him only more pain. The more he ate the more hungrier he got. The less he ate the more hungrier he got.
Then the horrible thing happened. All of his teeth started to fall out. The more his teeth fell out, the more the food transformed in front of him into food that was very very difficult to chew. So by the time the nightmare ended he was faced with this huge table of delicious food, no teeth and this insane desire to keep eating even though he didn’t have any teeth. And this was making him more and more terrified.
Can’t Take It No More!
Finally he snapped out of it. Finally he snapped out of it, he stood up and he screamed. The woman screamed. The funny thing was was the first half of his explanation of the dream, we were all still in kind of this fear trance. This instantaneous fight or flight fear trance where you’re not really sure what’s happening. Your brain shuts down. You can’t really think.
The first half of his explanation we were still in the kind of dreamlike trance state. When you wake up from a dream and you’re looking at the normal things around you but you still have the filters from the dream that followed you into the waking world. These filters slowly start to dissipate and once he got to the end of the story all of the filters dissipated and everybody started laughing.
The funny thing was that the woman that screamed in response to his initial scream. She was more embarrassed than him. She had a very very fast very loud very strong fight or flight scream response to his scream. She was very very embarrassed about that because she didn’t really think she had a reason to scream that was as strong as his reason the scream.
Secondary Scream Response
Everybody screams because of a nightmare, but not a lot of people instantaneously scream because somebody else screams. I guess she thought that that was an inappropriate reason for screaming and so she felt very apologetic. After about two minutes had passed we had all settled down and it was a suddenly a very happy fun party time environment in the dentist office.
Then the receptionists were coming out and being very friendly and telling everybody that it was safe and the dentist wasn’t going to drill our teeth out. I ended up having a couple of cavities and it didn’t really cost nearly as much as I thought it would.
But you never know when you go to the dentist because you never know if he looks inside your teeth and he finds them perfectly fine but then he just drills them out anyway and charges you money. You’ll never know the difference.
Drilling For Fun and Profit
These things are always tinged with at least a little bit of anxiety especially if you’re feeling particularly paranoid.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.