Monday, January 21, 2013

10 Common Nightmares And What They Mean

A bit simplistic, but entertaining nonetheless. My personal favorite is the one where it's a week before finals and you realize you have a class that you never even attended. 

From HowStuffWorks.

FALLING/DROWNING

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.

MACHINE MALFUNCTIONS

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.

NAKED SHAME

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.

TEST ANXIETY

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.

HOUSE/PROPERTY DAMAGE

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.

CAR TROUBLE

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.

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5 comments:

  1. My most common nightmare is a variation of the classroom/test anxiety one. What usually happens is I am back in school and can't find the classroom I'm supposed to be in. I'm walking all over reading signs and asking people where it is, but no one can help me. No one knows where it is. I am panicking because I know it is getting later and later, and I don't want to walk into the class after it has already started. I finally find the room and am so relieved, but when I go in, I am still in the wrong place with a strange teacher and classmates. I don't recognize any of them and there are no empty seats for me to sit down in. I've been out of college for 32 years now and still I have this dream!

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  2. My therapist gave up on analyzing my dreams when I told him about some of the more bizarre but frequent ones. And when I added that they are always in color and have commercials, he reached for his prescription pad.

    I don't think I've ever dreamed of machine malfunctions, property damage, or car trouble. But everything else? Yep.

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  3. I was contemplating leaving my first husband. I had a dream one night where we were in a car, he was driving and he calmly drove us off a cliff. Decision. Made.

    23 years and counting with hubby number two. I guess it was the right decision.

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  4. Always naked. Occasionally pooping. Naked pooping with an audience is the stuff of my night terrors. (of course I should be used to an audience, having two children...) FML

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  5. "Embarrassment about nudity implies vulnerability, guilt or shame, while being oblivious to your nudity can mean a lack of self-awareness."

    So, what's it mean if you're in a dream buck nekkid and strutting?

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