10 Most Common Dreams And What They Mean

Written by Neha Monga
October 08, 2017  

Every night during sleep, every individual will have around five dream episodes, which can last between 15 and 40 minutes. Sometimes, the dreams are straightforward in their meaning to the dreamer: a long-lost friend reappears or a beach holiday beckons. But dreams don’t always tell a simple story. Dream experts explain that our dreams mirror fundamental patterns of human behaviour. They reflect who we are, and what we need and what we believe in.

Here are the most common dream symbols, and their meanings!

1. Water

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It is a mirror of your subconscious mind. The quality of water often describes the situation of your emotions. Crystal clear, clean, adulterated, calm mostly provides strong insights about the state of your feelings.

2. Baby

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If you are often dreaming of a baby, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you want one. Babies symbolize a start of something new. It could be anything, a project, a new life, etc.

3. Flying

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If you are flying in your dream, then that means that you have liberated yourself of a thing that has been weighing you down. It also tells us how much control we have over our lives, depending upon how effectively or poorly the flying is handled.

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4. Being Chased

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This is one of the most commonly reported dreams. Mostly because the anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid, that it makes it easier for us to remember them. Often, the reason for these dreams comes not from the fear of actually being chased, but rather what we’re running from. Chase dreams help us to understand that we may not be addressing something in our waking lives that requires our attention.

5. Nudity

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Being naked in public is a very common dream and shows your fear of being embarrassed or ridiculed. It can also mean you’re not showing the world the REAL you because you’re scared.

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6. Teeth falling out

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Many people have this dream when they feel that they are chewing something in their mouth and when they spit out to see it, they find that it is their teeth. According to some researchers, teeth are widely associated with our power, wisdom and ability to communicate. Therefore, such dreams mostly come when you are failing to communicate your true feelings.

7. Death

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Death is often (for obvious reasons) perceived negatively in the world of dreams. It is often connected with some dramatic change going on in your real life. Symbolically, it represents the end of something in order to start something new.

8. Vehicles

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Whether a car, airplane, train or ship, the vehicles in our dream can reflect what direction we feel our life is taking, and how much control we think we have over the path ahead of us. Vehicles can give us the power to make a transition and envision ourselves getting to our destination — or highlight the obstacles we think we are facing and need to work through.

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9. Being Late

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Dreaming that you are late represents your worry and anxiety about taking a different direction in your waking life. You may not be 100% confident about making a change. It may also mean that you feel like you are running out of time to get something done. Your unconscious is telling you that it is never too late to do the things you want in life.

10. Exams

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Exams are criteria by which we and others generally judge us. If you have a nightmare where you are not prepared for any kind of exam, it means that you are critically examining yourself in your life.


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