Sleep Paralysis

In Wholesale Souls, Inc., I included a scene in which James, the main character, suffers (and I do mean suffers) from sleep paralysis. This is something I found out about in AP psych class last year and was so captivated by the idea that I wrote it into the script. However, since it had never actually happened to me, I wrote the scene from research rather than personal experience.

Last night I got my first taste of how terrifying sleep paralysis might be. I woke up out of a deep sleep and I swear I saw Dick Cheney darting through the shadows, coming to kill me. Luckily I got a big enough jolt of adrenaline that I could roll over and try not to think about it.

Let me say this: I was terrified. The thought of Dick Cheney sneaking up to me and killing me in my sleep is one that will haunt me for decades. The movie doesn’t do it justice.

5 thoughts on “Sleep Paralysis

  1. I shall begin conducting long-distance e-therapy on Andrew immediately!

    Granted, I have no real experience in administering therapy, nor am I a licensed practitioner, so I’ll be doing it from research.

    Andrew, expect a series of Rorschach tests in a hefty email in the near future. Remember to keep a positive attitude and remember that this is the first day of the rest of your life.

  2. OK, Evan, I’ll save you the trouble of sending me any actual Rorschach tests by just giving you my answers now. Hopefully this will speed up the process of psychoanalyzing me.

    Here, in advance, are my responses to your theoretical ink-blottings:

    1. Chicken
    2. Spider
    3. Mouse
    4. Turtle
    5. Dairy Queen

    And actually, you’re wrong. YESTERDAY was the first day of the rest of my life. Today is the last day of the first part of the rest of my life, which makes me feel cold and lonely (or maybe that’s the booze talking)

  3. That is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life, mainly because I can’t see Cheney sneaking by your bed without making his “wah” noises.

    Wait till the end.

  4. Your results are back!

    You missed the first one (Volvo), hit the next two dead on, but then your incredibly unlikely-yet-promising streak hit a snag. I was planning to test your acuity by substituting the rest of the test images with fingerpaintings done by three-year-olds. The fourth image was ‘walnut’, and the fourth image was ‘White Castle’.

    So sorry, I don’t give out consolation prizes.

  5. Do you mean the fourth one was both a walnut AND White Castle? How is this possible? Some sort of figure-ground illusion? Or is this just one more of your hideous, two-faced therapeutic tricks? And what was the fifth picture? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MAN, WHAT WAS THE FIFTH?!?

    By the way, “Chicken” is Swedish for Volvo. Just so you know, in case you’re deported and have to practice your innovative psychotherapy (We put the “psycho” in psychotherapy!) in Scandinavia.

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