Seven dream symbols and what they mean

Seven dream symbols and what they mean

We've all had one of those weird, lucid dreams before, but did you ever wonder what that dream means?

From free falling through the sky or your teeth falling out, these dream symbols mean something:

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Falling means you're nervous something is going to spiral out of control. Whether you're not feeling supported or you're insecure about the future, falling relates to the feeling of the floor coming out from under you.

Showing up unprepared to a test means you're putting too much pressure on yourself. You're also probably worried about not succeeding or not doing well.

Your teeth falling out may mean you are stressed. In times of big changes and transition, you can start feeling anxious, which can result in the terrifying dream of losing your teeth.

If something is chasing you, you might be nervous to confront an issue and are avoiding it. You could even be running away from yourself by projecting some version of yourself unto an unknown pursuer.

If you see a cat your dream, it could illustrate femininity, creativity or power. One dream expert says it could even show the conflict between feral and domestic versions of ourselves.

Roads mean you're thinking about your sense of direction or your goals. If the road is windy, it could mean you're encountering some roadblocks. If it is flooded, it means you feel like your emotions are holding you back.

Flying signifies you are feeling in control of your life. It could also mean that you're looking at life from a new perspective or you're feeling free and hopeful.

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Common dreams and their meanings
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Common dreams and their meanings

1. You're falling from the sky

We've all had this dream, where you wake up flinching in your bed. The feeling is all too realistic.

Falling means you're nervous something is going to spiral out of control. Psychologist William Braun explains this feeling of free-falling is "associated with feeling out of control or overwhelmed. They may also relate to feeling unsupported and insecure". 

2. You're unprepared for a test

It's such a horrible feeling. It's right before a huge exam, and you show up, and your mind goes blank. Or there's a test you just had no idea about. It's life or death. 

Showing up unprepared in your dream means 'you’re critically analyzing yourself'. You put too much pressure on yourself, or there's an underlying anxiety about succeeding and doing well.

3. Your teeth are falling out

It's gross, and if you're unlucky enough to remember your dream, your first instinct is to touch your mouth and make sure your teeth are still intact. 

Like many other dreams, teeth flying out is yet another symbol of anxiety. In times of big changes and transition, "We might think of this as being concern about one's potency, competence, strength, power, ability to 'take a bite out' of the world," said Braun

4. You're being chased 

It's more than a dream, it's a nightmare. 

While being chased is a pretty popular dream, it's meaning varies on the context. 

In a nutshell, it means you're nervous to confront an issue, and thus you keep avoiding it. If a monster is chasing you, it be an indication that you're avoiding a big problem -- like an addiction or a chasm in your relationship. 

Even if you don't recognize the person who is chasing you, the dream has implications.  "Keep in mind, people in dreams can be substitutions for other people or even substitutions for aspects of ourselves," Braun said. 

5. You're naked in public

Cover up! 

Being naked in front of a crowd, when everyone else is dressed, relays a sense of vulnerability and innocence. "These dreams are often accompanied by feelings of embarrassment and shame," Braun said. Furthermore, it could mean "this person wants to be seen, acknowledged, admired."

6. You need to scream out, or you can't move 

It's really scary when you need to use your voice to ask for help, or something is coming after you but you are immobilized. 

However, Braun explained that  it "may not just be a dream, but may be the result of sleep paralysis." During REM sleep, you're essentially paralyzed as to not move and hurt yourself when we dream. So, according to Braun, if you wake up from sleep paralysis, it's usually before the REM cycle. It's merely you experiencing this as a dream state.   


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