Thursday, December 5, 2013

10 Common Nightmares And What They Mean

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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2 comments:

  1. I have a lot of dreams where I am looking for someone or something that I can't find. I dream about trying to find a room or building where I'm supposed to be, but I can't locate it. Or I dream that I'm supposed to meet someone somewhere, but when I get there, I can't find that person. Cool list, Cary!

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  2. It looks like my therapist can go ahead and buy that new car. I have dreams where almost all of these things happen in one dream! That can't be good.
    Great list, Cary! I may print it out and take it to my next appointment. :)

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