Famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud described dreams as the royal road to the unconscious and suggested that they reveal much about our hidden anxieties and desires.
Today, there is a lot of debate about Freud’s theories, with some experts rejecting them entirely, saying that dreams are nothing but meaningless “memory dumps,” with still others holding that they do have deeper meanings.
Here are 7 of the most common odd, or strange dreams, and what most dream interpreters believe they mean.
- Flying Dreams
Flying dreams, with or without wings, airplanes, and other aircraft, often indicate an overall sense of accomplishment, freedom, and a sense of power. Conversely, problems encountered while flying (power lines, trees, mountains, mechanical breakdowns, fear of flying too high, etc..) indicate struggles to stay on course. Often this means something or someone is standing in your way from moving forward or that you’re afraid of the next step and success.
- Sex Dreams
Most of us have startled awake having traveled in our slumber to the arms of a stranger, ex, neighbor, mailman, or even a same gendered friend, to rise confounded and guilty next to our partner.
Don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind. Dreaming of sex is often just fantasy, but it could also mean your subconscious is working on merging parts of your inner self with your outer world. Dreaming of sex with your ex may signify your anxiety or hesitation to begin a new relationship or enter a new situation.
Dreaming of sex with a stranger may be an indicator to loosen some of your inhibitions, dump emotional baggage, and may relate to your uncertainty about the future. If you dream of homosexual activities when you’re heterosexual, often it means you need to cultivate your self-love and get in touch with your sexuality and is not usually an indicator of “latent homosexuality.”
- Dreams About Falling
Dreams about falling from great heights are very common. While there is a popular myth that if you hit the ground in your dream you will die in real life, it simply is not true.
According to many popular dream interpretations and at least one study, falling dreams are a sign that something in your life isn’t going well. It might suggest that you need to rethink a choice or consider a new direction in some area of your life.
- Dreams About Being Chased
Dreams that feature being pursued by a known or unknown attacker can be particularly terrifying. These types of dreams are very common. Dream interpreters often suggest that such dreams mean that you are trying to avoid something in your daily life.
Tony Crisp, author of Dream Dictionary, suggests that being chased in a dream might indicate a desire to escape from your own fears or desires. The key to understanding what such a dream might mean depends partly on the identity of your pursuer. Being chased by an animal might indicate that you are hiding from your own anger, passions, and other feelings.
If your pursuer is a mysterious, unknown figure, it might represent a childhood experience or past trauma. If you are being chased by someone of the opposite sex, Crisp suggests that it means you are afraid of love or haunted by a past relationship.
- Being Nude in Public Dreams
Many folks have had the naked in public dream, such as going to work sans clothing, sitting bare-bottomed on the bus, or just doing your day to day activities and realizing you are butt naked. The experts say that this dream often reflects a variety of issues, depending upon your response to your nakedness in the dream.
If you’re embarrassed of your public nudity, you could be concealing something from yourself or others, are seeking acceptance, or are in a new environment that causes fear or apprehension. Being naked in a classroom often indicates that you’re off guard, unprepared to make a decision, or fear exposure. Being nude in a dream while no one else cares (or notices) often symbolizes freedom, honesty, openness.
- Car Accidents or Breakdown Dreams
Car accidents and/or car problems often reveal an emotional state driven by anxiety and fear regarding one’s chosen path. Often when we dream of these instances, it’s our inner wisdom eliciting a warning to slow down, redirect, or rethink our present path to determine if it’s the one we really want to be on.
Car accident and breakdown dreams are a direct symbol of our wakeful situations which make us feel out of control. Re-evaluating our wakeful lives and regaining control of ourselves is often implied by a car accident or break down in dreams.
- Break-ins/Being Robbed Dreams
If you dream of break-ins or being burglarized, it often indicates a feeling of helplessness, violation, or invasion of your space. This dream often occurs following highly traumatizing life experiences, a major life change, or relationship issues.
Burglary dreams often are a symptom of post-traumatic stress and are the body’s signal to slow down, allow yourself to adjust, and if recurring perhaps seek the help of a qualified professional to assist you in working through your emotions.
Do you have these kinds of dreams often? What do you think of these interpretations? Have you had a recurring dream that is not on this list? Please reply in the comments below.