Yup we’re all unique flowers and snowflakes. Except when it comes to our dreams. The top 10 dreams we all have and what they mean.
In the great tradition of people who bore other people by recounting their dreams, I … am going to recount my dreams to you. Don’t worry. You’re gonna get the chance to bore everyone else, including me, later.
Since I was young I’ve had nightmares. Lots of them. Death, destruction, chasing, kidnapping, murderous heart pounding dreams. You name the nightmare and I’ve had it. Oftentimes over and over again.
In the past few years I’ve switched over to general anxiety dreams that are still very disturbing but not quite as death filled. I’ve never thought much about these nightmares of mine. They’re just who I am and believe it or not, and this will sound really insane, but … I find them kind of comforting now. I’m sure there’s some sort of subconscious appreciation of how my dreams are dealing with the real life problems that I don’t even know I have.
That’s generally what dreams do. They deal with all the stuff you aren’t dealing with in your waking life because you’re too busy packing lunches and wondering where you hid the vodka.
According to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders only a small percentage of people have nightmares on a regular basis. Nightmares aren’t just scary dreams, they’re terrifying. They can wake you up and the fear can stay with you. Here’s a bit more about them from the psychological perspective. About half of all people who suffer with nightmares also suffer from psychiatric disorders. I don’t think I have a psychiatric disorder, at least not one fierce enough to cause nightmares every night so I’m more inclined to go with the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorder’s other rationale for people with nightly nightmares which is the fact that artistic or creative people are at a greater risk of nightmares. Mainly because they have better imaginations.
The past two years have seen an increase in nightmares that revolve around cloudy, scary, turbulent water. I’m in that water. Which makes sense because it was almost 2 years ago that the fella ran away from home. The dreams are me finding my way. Which is really strange because I’ve never been happier. I guess the nightmares are doing their job.
Update: 3 years have passed since originally writing this post and the anxiety dreams are gone. Poof. Now I mainly seem to dream about buying vegetable seedlings. Sooooooo not nearly as exciting.
It’s amazing that there are so many of us with such different brains and personalities – yet we all have the same themes in dreams. Don’t believe me? Here’s a look at 10 of the most common dreams. I’m guessing you’ve experienced at least half of them.
If you’re looking for a little more information on dream interpretation get The Dream Dictionary for Dummies.
Being chased in a dream can mean you feel threatened by something in your life or you’re avoiding something.
If the water is calm and clear, you’re at peace obviously. If the waters are murky or turbulent you’re struggling with equally turbulent emotions.
Teeth falling out
Teeth rotting or falling out in your dreams? You’re afraid you’re losing control over something. It’s a symbol of powerlessness.
You’re super high. No wait, it means you’re experiencing a newfound sense of freedom or control.
Plus you got a new cape, so …
Exam time/Audition time
The ubiquitous “I have an exam or test and I never went to class and never studied” dream. The test could be in another language or you can’t get into the exam room … whatever the case it’s a test and you’re anxious about it. This is a classic anxiety dream and usually means you feel like you’re being judged or evaluated by someone in your life.
I have both exam and audition dreams. Audition dreams happen more often than test dreams in people who went to performing art schools or studied music and acting. I have them because of my work in television.
omg i’m naked
You’re feeling exposed or ashamed of something if you dream you’re naked in public. It can also mean you’re feeling vulnerable. Or you’re a hippie.
Dreaming that you die means you actually died while sleeping. Just kidding. My 12 year old self couldn’t resist.
Dreaming of your own death signifies starting over.
Cheating dreams are another common anxiety dream. If you dream your husband/wife is cheating it can mean you’re literally worried about them cheating. It can also mean you have trust issues with them or are feeling insecure for some reason.
Dreaming about sex means you want to have sex. Seriously. Well sometimes it does.
Gay Sex (when you’re not gay) means you’re secretly gay. No it doesn’t.
Same sex dreams often mean you need to get in touch with your feminine side (if you’re a gal) or your more masculine side (if you’re a dude). So break out the nail polish or start swinging that hammer.
Dreams where you’re falling are also classic anxiety dreams. They usually mean a situation in your life is spiraling out of control. It could be your job or a relationship.
If you’re falling but aren’t afraid, it means you’re in control of your situation and will easily get through it.
Keep in mind dreams can be interpreted in a few different ways. Also keep in mind some people think dream interpretation is a bunch of hoodoo. But if that was the case, then chances are we wouldn’t all be having the same dreams as each other. A dream may mean one thing for you and another thing for someone else but as long as you know what you’re going through in your real life you should be able to figure out what your dream means to you. If you don’t know what you’re going through in your own life you’re very, very dead so it doesn’t matter.
If you want to delve a bit further into your dreams (and who doesn’t) I can recommend 2 books to keep on your bedside table.
The Dreamer’s Dictionary was published in 1986 and has sold over a million copies with the majority of hundreds of readers on Amazon giving it a 5 star review.
The second book is The Dream Dictionary for Dummies and it includes not only dream interpretations but also techniques for dreaming more and remembering the dreams you do have.
More recently someone came up with a REALLY good idea. This dream journal makes keeping track of common themes, recurring dreams and sleep patterns easy. And fun! Seriously, mark it as a potential Christmas present for any dream obsessed people you know.
It’s now time for you to bore everyone with your dreams!