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Understanding Your Dreams: Common Symbols, Interpretations, and Ideas

Written by Jesse Richardson on December 30, 2011 with 6 Comments

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DreamingFrom professional psychologists to young children, everyone has a fascination with dreams. And that fascination is nothing new: people have been obsessing over dreams for thousands of years. Despite the passion behind this, we still have no concrete understanding of our unconscious adventures.

To some, namely the ancient Egyptians, dreams were the stuff of the supernatural world. They believed it was evidence of gods, and these gods were warning them; given the gravity of this, they spent serious time recording and interpreting their dreams. To the Greeks, there was also a sense that some deity was attempting to communicate with man. To them, though, only a priest could interpret the dreams correctly.

Looking back at history, we see that cultures all over the world had their own way of interpreting dreams and explaining why we as humans have them. This tradition still seeps through today with modern psychology and, of course, with modern religions.

5 Common Dreams (And an Attempt at Explanation)

Although everyone dreams about different things due to different experiences, there are some common motifs we find in dreams.

The Remembered Safe Place

First, a commonly reported dream is being in a place from one’s childhood. Maybe a house. If you find yourself dreaming of some “safe” place like this, you may be because you’re feeling security, belonging, or nurture. In the case that your childhood was just the opposite, you may be dreaming that because you’re feeling the opposite of those feelings in life: insecurity, alienation, and contempt.

The Chase

Another common dream is when you’re being chased. In fact, some say this is the most common dream there is. If you find yourself being chased in a dream, it may be because you feel overwhelmed by someone.  Another interpretation is that you may feel you’re being forced into something, maybe by work or family.

Being Naked

Perhaps the most socially stereotyped dream of them all, everyone seems to – at least once – find themselves naked in from of classmates or coworkers. Freud said this stemmed directly from our deepest desire: sex. That may not mean you’re feeling sexual though. Instead, it may stem from a sexual insecurity.

Flying

These are always my favorite (although they seem to lead to the next on the list) because of how empowering it can make me feel. I remember dreaming as a kid I could just barely fly in my dreams, but when I focused I could take off an go anywhere. Some say this also stems from something sexual, but I never got that feeling myself. Instead, it was a feeling of self-pride, courage, and dedication.

Falling

Another very, very common dream is falling. Just as it would suggest, falling means you’re feeling insecure. You’re missing something in life – support from a loved one, a clear direction, or maybe even finances. Falling may simply point to the feeling of failing.

Recording Your Dreams

So what have you been dreaming? When you wake up in the morning, give yourself a few minutes to recall the dream before you do anything. Keep a journal nearby and jot down any notes about the dreams from the night before. Although I haven’t done it myself, many people find a dream journal both rewarding and, well, revealing!

Sweet dreams!

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  1. Dreams are very interesting at times. My wife has had many dreams of her family members half way around the world (Malaysia). Most will involve a relative wearing white and they ask her to go with them. She always refuses to go.

    Later she will call her mom only to find that the relative was asking about her on their death bed… May be a bit morbid to some, but my wife is very attached to her family and this is how God keeps her in touch with them during trying times.

    Some believe that the soul leaves the body during some dreams and sees things not related at all to their life. I have had many dreams like this. One involved a missing woman. I saw a tunnel in the woods and a black sweater exposed above leaves. I knew who this woman was in the dream by name. Then 2 years later, I saw that this woman was found just like I saw in the dream.

    I have had dreams of the day of judgment and Jesus’ decent back to earth. I just do not know why I have these dreams.

  2. i’m really glad that you put foward this topic..i always have a dream that i was falling down from a high building and i just cant figure out its sign to me.i fully agree with your explaination that it signifies the feeling of being failing..i am having financial problem and also i am not so close with my parents..besides, i am working on something which i’m not really enjoy to do it..it feels like i am living in a meaningless life..right now, even i know well my problem, i just don’t know how to solve it.

    • MEDITATION HELP ME, MAYBE IT CAN HELP YOU

      THE SCLIENCE OF YOUR THOUGHTS GUIDES THE MIND TO TRANQUILITY!

  3. SO THIS WAS MY DREAM CAN YOU INTERPT IT FOR ME. I KNOW ITS IMPORTANT CAUSE IT WAS THE MOST VIVID DREAM I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE

    SO I JUST HAD THE MOST LUCID AND REAL FEELING DREAM IN MY LIFE
    IT WAS WEIRD I WAS TALKING TO SUM GIRLS AN OUT OF NOWHERE THE GROUND STARTED SHAKING AND COMMENTS RAINED INTENSE AND I LAYED DOWN AND WAS HAPPY THE END WAS HERE BUT THEN GOT UP FOR SUM REASON TO GO HOME IDK WELL GASS LINES WERE EXPLODING AND HERE IS WHERE IT GETS WEIRD SANTA CLAWS CAME TO JUDGE ALL THE BAD PEOPLE AN
    HE SAID I WAS ONE OF THEM BUT HE DIDN’T KILL ME LOL HE KNOWS IAM TOO NICE LOL AND I WOKE UP

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