Thursday, December 14

Why We Dream – Decode Your Dreams

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There are many theories about it. Almost everyone dreams regularly, though it is not many who remember. Some do remember if they happen to get up half way through it. Some also remember just the last part of it vaguely; maybe because it was what woke them up in the first place! Although there is no one-size-fits-all dream dictionary, which connects your alarm associations with images in your dreams; the art of interpretation can lead you to successful psychological territory, wherein you could benefit from it. Here are some of the most common dreams we dream about – and their interpretations.

Why Do We Dream?

There are many theories about it. Almost everyone dreams regularly, though it is not many who remember. Some do remember if they happen to get up half way through it. Some also remember just the last part of it vaguely; maybe because it was what woke them up in the first place!

We get up from a dream normally if it is something like free fall near death experience or something that scares us. Good dreams blissfully have a conclusion and we do not get up from it, and hence generally do not recall anything.

Although there is no one-size-fits-all dream dictionary, which connects your alarm associations with images in your dreams; the art of interpretation can lead you to successful psychological territory, wherein you could benefit from it.

Here are some of the most common dreams we dream about – and their interpretations.

  1. Being Chased – Blame this one on the films, media and TV. Kids’ dreams however centre on physical situations whereas adults dream mostly in social contexts. It is often a signal of some fear that is in the background of your thought at that point of time.
  2. Falling From A Height – Tumbling down point at a feeling of loosing self control whereas a free-fall indicates expectation of something that you dislike, akin to the hurt at the end of a fall It does have a variation of sportspersons falling as in skydiving and having an exhilarating experience; though even they seem to get up often from near death dreams.
  3. Taking A Test – Test anxiety dreams are the most common and are not age specific. They generally begin in childhood and continue throughout our lives whenever there is an anxiety related to an exam; be it a simple driving test or more complex situation like a sporting event. It points to the anxiety of being judged and being exposed.
  4. Being Naked Or Inappropriately Dressed In Public – Almost everyone has had this type of dream at some time or the other. However it is more with those who are in public offices open to being exposed. Also, the level and the guilt associated with it vary and are based on personal beliefs of modesty.
  5. Sexual Dreams – These are age and gender specific. They happen more during the adolescent period and are pretty normal. In later years they can occur due to a desire for someone or extreme obsession with sex, watching too much porn etc. Generally men have more such dreams and are negative (read aggressive) in nature, while women have more positive (tender) dreams.
  6. Snakes/Lizards/DemonsThese dreams are more to do with our inner fears and phobias. They tend to occur more in children and women than in men and signify the need for avoidance of certain unpleasant situations.
  7. Giving Birth – Needless to say, these are generally among newly married mothers or younger girls who have not had a child. They arise either out of anxiety or anticipation.
  8. Winning/Loosing – Gamblers and those associated with profit oriented activities often dream of winning or loosing. While dreams of winning normally go un-noticed, dreams about huge monetary losses cause one to get up abruptly.
  9. Flying – Almost everyone has had dreams of flying – generally during the childhood. These dreams have their origin to imaginary pursuits of happiness and childlike disposition of freedom and buoyancy.
  10. Romance – Needless to say, these dreams are common at all age groups; and arise from the underlying need o be loved and coveted by the opposite sex, and of course the storybook romance type of desires.
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