Dreams About Falling
Dreams about falling from great heights are very common. While there is a popular
myth that if you hit the ground in your dream you will die in real life, it simply
is not true. So what exactly could dreams about falling really mean?
According to many popular dream interpretations and at least one study, falling dreams are a sign that something in your life isn't going well.2 It might suggest that you need to rethink a choice or consider a new direction in some area of your life.
"Dreaming of falling is very common. It is a symbol of fear in real life - perhaps of failing at work or in your love life," claims Russell Grant, author of The Illustrated Dream Dictionary. "Falling often expresses a need to let yourself go more and enjoy life more."
Dreams About Being Naked in Public
Have you ever have one of those awkward dreams where you show up at school or the
office in your birthday suit? Don't worry. Dreaming about being naked is hardly
Penny Peirce, author of the Dream Dictionary for Dummies, suggests that dreaming of public nudity might indicate that you feel like a phony or that you are afraid of revealing your imperfections and shortcomings.
Dreams About Being Chased
Dreams that feature being pursued by a known or unknown attacker can be particularly
terrifying. These types of dreams are very common.2
But what do these dreams say about what's going on inside your mind? Dream interpreters often suggest that such dreams mean that you are trying to avoid something in your daily life.
Tony Crisp, author of Dream Dictionary, suggests that being chased in a dream might indicate a desire to escape from your own fears or desires.
The key to understanding what such a dream might mean depends partly on the identity of your pursuer. Being chased by an animal might indicate that you are hiding from your own anger, passions, and other feelings.
If your pursuer is a mysterious, unknown figure, it might represent a childhood experience or past trauma. If you are being chased by someone of the opposite sex, Crisp suggests that it means you are afraid of love or haunted by a past relationship.
Dreams About Losing Teeth
Penny Peirce, author of Dream Dictionary for Dummies, suggests that dreaming about
losing teeth can have multiple meanings. It might mean that you are worried about
your attractiveness or appearance. It might also indicate that you are concerned
about your ability to communicate or concerned that you might have said something
"The real essence of teeth is their ability to bite through, to cut, tear, and grind," she explains. "If your teeth fall out, you lose personal power and your ability to be assertive, decisive, and self-protective."
Dreams About Dying
Death is another common subject of dreams and one that can be particularly disconcerting. Dreamers sometimes dream of the death of a loved one or even dream of dying themselves. Popular dream interpretations sometimes suggest that such dreams reflect anxiety about change or a fear of the unknown.
"Like death, change can be scary because–also like death–we do not know what is 'on the other side,' of the change, which is why the dreaming mind equates change with death," suggests Lauri Loewenberg in her book Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life.
Loewenberg also believes that dreaming about the death of a loved one can reflect a similar fear of change, especially with regards to children reaching milestones and growing up. Such changes, she suggests, indicate that a child is growing up and a parent's mind begins to wonder where the younger version of the child went. Such dreams of dying, therefore, reflect a sort of mourning for the inevitable passage of time.
Studies have also shown that those approaching the end of life and loved ones around them experience significant and meaningful dreams, often relating to a comforting presence, preparing to go, watching or engaging with the deceased, loved ones waiting, distressing experiences, and unfinished business.3
Dreams About Taking a Test
According to Craig Hamilton-Parker, author of The Hidden Meaning of Dreams, taking an
exam your dreams might reveal an underlying fear of failure. Studies have also found
that dreams of this nature are common.2
"Examinations are stressful experiences in which you are made to face up to your shortcomings," he writes. "To dream of failing an exam, being late for one, or being unprepared shows that you feel unprepared for the challenges of waking life."
Dreams About Infidelity
Dreaming that your spouse or romantic partner is cheating on you with someone else
can be incredibly distressing. In some cases, people even start to wonder if the
dream might really be true. Does dreaming that your partner is unfaithful mean that
it might happen? Or that it is already happening?
While in some cases such dreams might be the reflection of waking fears of such infidelity, Trish and Rob MacGregor, the author's of the Complete Dream Dictionary: A Bedside Guide to Knowing What Your Dreams Mean, believe that such dreams probably don't mean that your spouse is cheating or will cheat.
"This is another 'what if' dream–you are testing the limits of reality," they suggest.
Eve Adamson and Gayle Williamson, authors of The Complete Idiot's Guide Dream Dictionary, posit that such dreams about infidelity indicate issues with trust, loyalty, and communication in a relationship. "If you or your partner cheated in your dream, one of you isn't getting what you need from that relationship right now," they write.
Dreams About Flying
Dreams about flying are experienced by many. 4Theycan be exciting and even
liberating but they can sometimes be quite frightening (especially for those afraid
of heights). According to Tony Crisp, author of Dream Dictionary, dreams about
flying often represent two very different sides. On the one hand, such dreams can
represent feelings of freedom and independence. On the other hand, they can also
indicate a desire to flee or escape from the realities of life.
"Flying alone occurs most frequently," he writes, "showing the independent aspect of flying. But because it often involves positive feelings of pleasure, flying may depict our sexuality…especially aspects of it expressing freedom from social norms and restraints."
Dreams About Pregnancy
Dream interpreters often suggest that dreams about pregnancy represent everything
from creativity to fear. David C. Lohff, the author of Dream Dictionary, believes
that pregnancy dreams might sometimes represent a woman's fears of being an
Author Tony Crisp, on the other hand, suggests that such dreams indicate that the dreamer is developing some area of potential or deepening a relationship. Dream interpreter Russell Grant writes that these dreams presage difficult times.
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