Do dreams have a deeper meaning? A surprising number of people believe that the answer to this question is yes.
Analyzing dream symbols and ascribing meaning has become a popular source of both entertainment and self-reflection in popular culture. Do dreams really have hidden meanings? Can you learn your unconscious wishes and desires by interpreting your dreams?
While most modern theories of dreams would suggest that the answer is no, this hasn’t stopped interpreters and analysts from publishing a whole host of dream dictionaries that purport to identify what these common dream themes and symbols really mean.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common dreams and what some of the most popular dream interpretation books have to say about them.
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. 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.” “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 unusual.
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.
But what do these dreams say about what’s going on inside your mind? Dreams mean that you are trying to avoid something in your daily life.
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
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 embarrassing.
“The real essence of teeth is their ability to bite through, to cut, tear, and grind”. “If your teeth fall out, you lose personal power and your ability to be assertive, decisive, and self-protective.”