Dreams are often a reflection of our deep subconscious, presenting themselves metaphorically as we sleep.
But it’s not always clear what our dreams mean, and the field of dream research becomes even more fascinating when people from different countries and cultures report having the same dreams. Here's 5 of the most common dreams and what they really mean:
Dreams About Being Chased
This is one of the most commonly reported dreams around the world as the anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid and real-like, making it much easier for us to remember.
Being chased suggests you are running away from something in your waking life that is causing you to worry or feel anxious. Perhaps you are struggling to face up to the demands of your job, family or love life. Often, this dream can be recurring until you pinpoint the issue in your waking life that is causing these anxieties and resolve it.
Dreams About Teeth Falling Out
Dreaming about teeth falling out, breaking or rotting away is another common dream reported by people across different countries and cultures. While very rare in real-life, dreams about losing your teeth are thought to be linked to anxieties about your personal appearance or how other people perceive you. This can stem from low self-esteem, fear of rejection, or feeling powerless.
Dreams About Flying
Flying dreams are a form of lucid dreaming as the person who is sleeping usually takes control and manages his or her actions. This is usually a very pleasant and often euphoric experience, giving much joy to the dreamer.
Being able to control the flight in your dream points to your personal power and abilities, suggesting you feel in control of your life and emotions. Flying dreams can also signify freedom, hope and gaining new and better perspectives or opportunities. Perhaps you are looking forward to starting afresh with a new job or partner.
Dreams About Being Naked in Public
You’re walking down the street, waiting for the bus or shopping at the supermarket when you look down and suddenly realise you’re not wearing any clothes.
Dreaming about naked in a public place indicates a level of insecurity or self-consciousness, according to dream analysts. This is because being naked in public not only leaves you vulnerable but also goes against society’s social norms and values.
Dreaming about nudity may also symbolise being caught off guard. Finding yourself naked in a school or work environment symbolises fear of being caught out – perhaps you feel unprepared for a promotion or a career change. You may fear your flaws or past failures will be made public.
Dreams of Falling
Another common dream is where you find yourself falling from a cliff, building or even the sky.
Often, falling dreams symbolise a situation in your waking life where you feel as though you are lacking or losing control. Perhaps you are overwhelmed in your job or personal life. Dreaming about falling can also indicate feelings of shame, low self-esteem or inferiority.
One theory suggests that the physiological changes within your body when you drift off to sleep may trigger falling dreams, providing the sensation of “falling”. This is known as a “myoclonic jerk”, a sudden spasm of the muscles which can be strong enough to wake you.
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