Another common question asked by people is “What do dreams mean?” As always, there are many theories on what dreams mean, some scientific, and others abstract. Scientists to this day are unsure of what they mean. Dreams can be just normal things you see or do in your regular life. But sometimes, dreams involve very wild and random thoughts. A professional dream worker Suzanne Bergamm, who has been working for more than 16 years, has researched and found the 13 most common topics remembered and dreamed. She says, “There’s no single, definitive meaning for symbols and images in dreams, But just as a smile usually means that someone is happy, these dream images are so common, that they do have a generally accepted meaning”(Bergamm). The common images seen are: being chased, school, paralysis, flying, falling, and nudity. I will be explaining what each of these topics mean if you dream about them.
The first common topic is being chased. Being chased lets off a anxiety that has the same, vivid feeling we do in real life, making it easier to remember it. The reason we dream about being chased isn’t because we fear of being chased, it’s what’s chasing us we fear. Usually the thing we fear is what is chasing us. These dreams tell us that we need to give attention to something in our real world that is needing our attention.
Another popular topic is being at school. You could be taking a test, or forgot you had one. Dreams like this teach us a lesson that we are supposed to learn from. As a post by Dreams Cloud said, “This is a great example of a “dream pun” — the mind using a word or concept and giving it a different definition” (DreamsCloud). These kind of dreams mean that we are facing a task we aren’t prepared for. Just like being chased, it can also mean that you aren’t giving something the attention it needs.
Also, flying is commonly done in dreams. The meaning of flying actually depends on how you fly. If you fly low to the ground or poorly is means that you feel like you have little control in your life, and feel like you cannot achieve a goal in life, sometimes because someone may be holding you back. You could also be stuck in a power line or having trouble staying in flight, which represents the obstacles that are too difficult to overcome. On the other hand, flying high means the opposite. You have much control in your life and can be capable of achieving any goal in life. It is common to dream of flying while lucid dreaming.
Another thing that occurs on many peoples dreams would be falling. It could be falling from a high cliff or even just a set of stairs. Most falling symbolizes your anxiety and unsure feeling. It also means that something in life is out of control and you can’t do anything about it. Rarely, some dreamers fall in slow motion. This has a different meaning that indicates you letting go of something. Stephen Klein, from Dream Cloud, says that falling in your dream occurs when you are “falling asleep.” He explains that as we fall asleep our heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure begin to drop. All these factor may lead our bodies to feeling like we are in a free fall, making us dream of falling (Klein). it is usual to us that we wake up right before falling, but myths say that if you experience hitting the ground, your body would die. Fortunately for us, this myth is false.
The final occurrence in dreams I will be explaining is nudity, or being naked. Being naked in a dream means that we are trying to hide something from someone, but having difficulty doing so . It also means that we aren’t prepared for something, but others notice. Sometimes we are naked, but no one seems to notice. According to Lee Ann Obringer in, “How Dreams Work,” she claims that, “If we’re naked but no one notices, then the interpretation is that whatever we’re afraid of is unfounded” (Obringer). But, sometimes we feel comfortable being naked and don’t seem to mind. She also states that, “If we don’t care that we’re naked, the interpretation is that we’re comfortable with who we are” (Obringer). Being aware of what body part being exposed helps scientists find the different emotions it can cause in our dreams.
As you can see, there are meanings for about every situation that occurs in even the strangest dreams. Scientists have also discovered how the meaning of dreams actually connect with the dreamer. Knowing and remembering yours dreams can be important, because the information that comes out of it can mean a lot. Researcher G. William Domhoff says, “Meaning’ has to do with coherence and with systematic relations to other variables, and in that regard dreams do have meaning. Furthermore, they are very “revealing” of what is on our minds. We have shown that 75 to 100 dreams from a person give us a very good psychological portrait of that individual. Give us 1000 dreams over a couple of decades and we can give you a profile of the person’s mind that is almost as individualized and accurate as her or his fingerprints” (Domhoff).
Even with so many scientists working in the field of dreams, they are still one of the biggest mysteries. There may or may not be a meaning to these strange, unexplainable visions we call dreams.
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