Some situations in our waking-life are manifested when we sleep through our dreams from the moment we enter REM. According to a recent study conducted by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, most people believe that “their dreams reveal meaningful hidden truths”. The study was conducted in three countries: United States, South Korea, and India.
The result concluded that 74% of Indians, 65% South Koreans, and 56% of Americans believe in Sigmund Freud’s dream theories. Dream interpretation can be a result of subjective ideas and experiences, and here are examples of interpretations of common dreams. Let’s find out the 10 most common nightmares and their meanings.
10- Betrayal of a Loved One
The dream of a loved one betraying you can have several meanings. These may or may not have something to do with the actual cheating by your significant other.
This dream is more likely about feeling abandoned or alienated by the person closest to you, or family and friends. If they’re spending all their time on something else, you might feel a little cheated out of their time. But if you were already worried about infidelity, then that worry manifests in your subconscious, resulting in the obvious- a dream that you are being cheated on.
If you die in a dream, you don’t die in real life, though almost 80 percent of our dreams end in death. Dreams of death aren’t necessarily signs of death or bad omens. Instead, dreaming of death can represent rebirth, where an old part of your life is being laid to rest and make room for a new beginning. Dreams of graves and tombs can represent the worry that a part of you has “died”. Another explanation about dreams of death is that they are simply your subconscious’ way of accepting mortality, and the human fear of death.
8- Failing a Test
This one is very common especially in senior college during a few months before graduation. There’s always a risk of dreaming up an exam for a course that you are completely unprepared for. Experts explain that this is because exams and tests are so stressful in real life which make them perfect for your subconscious to grab onto as symbols of stress.
According to them, failing a test in a dream is linked to the actual stress of failing future tests, the anxiety of failing a recently taken test, and regret at failing a previous test. Being unprepared for a test may represent your fears about being unprepared for the challenges in your life.
7- Being Trapped
Dreams about being trapped or unable to move reflect a real-life situation of being trapped or stuck. This could also go to the extreme; where you feel-like running out of air, or you lost the ability to breathe or move. This is often linked to the frustrations you may be felling in your waking life, that could represent a dead-end job or feeling unable to make a choice. Feeling trapped in a dream also represents your feeling of powerless in situations controlled by others.
6- Being Lost
The subconscious loves the really blatant events in our waking life. Dreams where you’re lost generally reflect a sense of being lost. According to experts, the dream about being lost or searching for something that is lost usually denotes anxiety, confusion, and frustration, or even a sense of feeling you don’t fit in.
The feeling of being lost has to do with a current situation in your life, the anxiety that you will not find your way, or get a new job, or the anxiety about fitting in a new neighborhood and making new friends. The dream of being lost is common with people of any age.
5- Tooth Loss
Losing teeth is a common theme in dreams, and has several possible meanings . According to recent studies in dream interpretation, dreaming about losing your teeth indicates anxiety and possibly depressive states. Dreams about losing teeth also tend to point to feelings of helplessness and lack of control over some circumstances in your life.
4- Being Injured
Dreams of having Injuries and wounds have several meanings, depending on the situations they are received in. Being hurt in a dream can link to a situation in your waking life where you feel powerless. A self-inflicted injury can relate to worries that you’ll intentionally or accidentally sabotage your own efforts. However, in the dream that someone else is hurting you, might be linked to situations where you feel you are being cut off or kept down.
In the dream, where you’re able to treat your wound or defend yourself successfully, that’s generally considered to be a positive sign, which suggests you’re able to deal with the situation bothering you. But the feeling of pain in your dream may be linked to a physical injury you’re recovering from or may represent an emotional injury.
3- Being partially or completely naked in public
This dream is a manifestation of some situations during your awake-state. The dream of being seen naked manifests fear of being exposed of who you are to people you are trying to impress. This dream is very common when we doze-off. It can indicate vulnerability, and shamefulness, it can symbolize being caught off guard or being unprepared.
Other interpretations include a sense of inferiority and fear that everyone can see right through you. However, the dream of partially or completely naked in public and no one notices you, or you are not worried about being naked, means that your self-esteem is steaming high and you are proud of who you are.
2- Being Chased
Sigmund Freud interpreted the most common nightmare people have, being chased by monsters, or people. Freud had interpreted that, these dreams represent specific sexual fears (which is not a surprise as he always had everything linked to sex). More modern interpretations suggest that being chased in your dream is a metaphor for insecurity. Whatever is chasing you in your dreams is an aspect of yourself that you haven’t come to terms with. It could also mean that you are worried or threatened by your own insecurities, feelings of envy, anger, hate or fear.
Have you ever had a dream of falling or have been mostly asleep and then had the sudden sensation of falling or slipping? While it was rumored that if you hit the ground in a falling dream you’ll die in real life is untrue, but there’s a scientific explanation for that.
According to some experts, losing balance or footing in a dream may be caused by a shift in blood pressure as you enter into unconsciousness. The movement in inner-ear fluid, which helps control balance is another factor in falling dreams. Few other meanings attributed to falling dreams include: a fear of losing control, feeling like an element of your life is out-of-control, or out-of-balance.