Dream Types

Since dreams have been established as being part of the human condition – or rather, the mammal condition – there are certain dreams that are far more common than others. Sometimes based on culture or location, there are certain thematic dreams that seem to translate from society to society. These dreams are popular for dream interpreters and spiritualists to dissect and search for meaning. I can personally vouch for having most of these dreams, what about you?

Chase Dreams: Chase dreams are one of several common dream themes, stemming from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. Flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat in the environment. In these dreams, the scenario features you being pursued by an attacker, an animal, a monster or an unknown figure, who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Consequently, you run, you hide or you try to outwit your pursuer.

Test/Exam Dreams: To dream that you are taking an exam indicates that you are being put to the test or being scrutinized in some way. Such dreams highlight your feelings of being anxious and agitated. You may find that you cannot answer any of the questions on the test or that the test is in some foreign language. Is time running out and you find that you cannot complete the exam in the allowed time? Or are you late to the exam, or did you forget about it entirely? Does your pencil keep breaking during the exam? Such factors contribute to you failing this test. You might have been out of school for years, and still dream about missing exams. It can be very disorienting.

Falling Dreams: Falling dreams are another theme that is quite common in the world of dreams. Contrary to a popular myth, you will not actually die if you do not wake up before your hit the ground during a fall…but could you imagine the news story that would play if you did? “Individual dead…we don’t know why. I think he fell in his dream.”

According to Freudian theory, dreams of falling indicate that you are contemplating giving into a sexual urge or impulse. You may not be as discrete as you should be.

Flying Dreams: My personal favourite, flying dreams.  Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyful, and liberating experience. Flying dreams often fall under a category of dreams known as lucid dreaming. Lucid dreams occur when you become aware that you are dreaming, and are able to control the setting and plot of your dreams. Flying is often the first thing people attempt in these dreams; and be honest, you’d do it too.

Naked Dreams: So it’s a normal day…you’re going to work, waiting for the bus, or just walking down the street when you suddenly realize that you are stark naked. Sometimes you make it all the way to school or work and then are reminded that you’re naked. Dreaming that you are completely or partially naked is very common. Nudity symbolizes a variety of things depending on your real life situation.

Teeth Dreams: An incredibly common dream, dreams of your teeth falling out or breaking can be shocking. The typical dream scenarios include having your teeth crumble in your hands, fall out one by one with just a light tap, grow crooked or rot. Such dreams are not only horrifying and shocking, but they often leave you with a lasting image of the dream.

Snake Dreams: Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Snakes are a very common dream symbol, usually meaning evil, temptation, or sexuality. To see a snake or be bitten by one in your dream signifies hidden fears and worries that are threatening you.  Your dream may be alerting you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet surfaced.

Car Dreams: The great modern symbol of power, status, vitality, sexuality. Automobile dreams are very common and have many meanings in dream analysis. It depends on factors like who is driving? Is it a pleasant journey or a treacherous one? Is the car an old clunker or a luxurious new car? Beginning a drive in an automobile generally means that you are in the beginning stages of a new life-plan. Where the car takes you metaphorically shows you where your life should be going. If your car breaks down, you could be placing your trust in someone not worth it.