Monday, October 24, 2011

10 Common Nightmares And What They Mean

A bit simplistic, but entertaining nonetheless. From HowStuffWorks.


Do you feel like you're in over your head? Maybe you're caving under the pressure of a certain task or duty. These anxious feelings will most likely result in a dream of you falling or drowning. Dreams revolving around a continuous fall or drowning demonstrate an internalized anxiety about a situation or task at hand.


Did you call someone in your dream, only to have it ring endlessly without anyone to answer? Did your computer's hard drive crash while you were in the middle of writing a paper? While these are not particularly terrifying nightmares, to some, a crashed hard drive can be just as devastating as crashed car. Malfunctions with technology, especially communicative technologies, may mean you are failing to reach out to someone on an emotional level.


Dreams of appearing naked in public are invariably one of the most common nightmares shared by people of all ages. These dreams tend to act as reliable measurements of your self-esteem. Within them your clothes function as a method of concealment, enabling you to hide things about yourself that you don't want others to see. Embarrassment about nudity implies vulnerability, guilt or shame, while being oblivious to your nudity can mean a lack of self-awareness.


Even if you've been long removed from the day-to-day realities of class schedules, you still might have midnight hauntings of pop-quizzes and impossible exams. Subconscious test anxiety is actually quite common among dreamers, and the grade you receive on your exam is fascinatingly revealing. Failing an exam in your dreams reflects your waking life concerns about how deserving you are for the things you have achieved in life.


If you've had an intense dream about your house, don't panic. It's not because you've been watching too many Bob Vila marathons. You're actually having a very normal dream. When a house appears in your dreams, it usually symbolizes the self. The fa├žade of the house represents your self-image, while the interior symbolizes your inner-self.


Having problems with your car is already a nightmarish experience, but in dreams vehicular mishaps signify much more than a looming oil change or balding tire. Vehicles often represent the physical body, yet they can carry emotional implications as well. Like dreams of a home, the appearance of the car represents your outward perceptions, and your inner feelings are represented by what's under the hood.

See the rest at HowStuffWorks.


  1. I've had many of these, or variations. The falling/dying/being chased dreams always suck.

    What I didn't see listed is one of my recurrent nightmares where some of my teeth fall out. It's usually at night when I'm out somewhere and I never know what to do - it's horrible, and worse than the naked in public dreams.

  2. Teeth falling out is normally related to monetary stress. I have it all the time myself. I'll be dreaming I'm in front of a crowd of people giving a speech and my teeth start falling out. My interpretation is that I am self conscious of my current economic class.

  3. Or maybe you need to cut back on the meth!

  4. When I was six I often had the falling to my death dream, only to find myself on the floor the next morning.

    Turns out my brother just thought it was really funny to push me out of my bed.

    Never had a problem with the "naked dream" as such, but "embarrassing public erection dreams" on the other hand...

  5. My mom would tell me that losing your teeth represented death.
    For what it's worth, I definitely remember losing all of them in a dream a few days before September 11th.

  6. Oh! I've had the losing teeth dream - a LOT! I also have dreams in which I become slowly blind. I can't find anything. And then there are those when you think that you said something to someone in real life. You wake up the next day and wonder why they DON'T KNOW.



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