Common Dreams and What They Supposedly Mean [part 2]

{Bhoomika Saini}

What are the most common dreams?

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.

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, 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.

Dreams About Taking a Test

Taking an exam your dreams might reveal an underlying fear of failure. Studies have also found that dreams of this nature are common.

“Examinations are stressful experiences in which you are made to face up to your shortcomings”. “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, 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.”

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”.

Dreams About Flying

Dreams about flying are experienced by many. They can be exciting and even liberating but they can sometimes be quite frightening (especially for those afraid of heights). 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

Dreams about pregnancy represent everything from creativity to fear. Pregnancy dreams might sometimes represent a woman’s fears of being an inadequate mother. Such dreams indicate that the dreamer is developing some area of potential or deepening a relationship.

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