This is part 1 of a 2-part series about dreams. Part 1 discusses the meaning of some of the most common dreams. Part 2 will offer ways to uncover the meaning of your dreams that don’t appear on this list.
For centuries, people have been seeking to reveal the hidden messages in their dreams. Dreams can hold information and insights not readily available to us in our waking lives. If you’re curious to discover more about what your dreams are telling you, you’re certainly not alone.
How do you go about decoding the language of dreams?
Dream meanings are as individual as dreamers themselves; creating “one size fits all” definitions for dream symbols may be an impossible task. However, there are some common dreams that many people experience when faced with particular emotions or life events. These dreams do seem to have some shared meaning among different dreamers.
1. Teeth Falling Out
Dreams about your teeth falling out, rotting, decaying, or breaking are extremely common. Teeth are essential to survival (without them, we’d starve!). People generally dream about losing their teeth in times of high stress, when they feel like some aspect of their lives is unstable or under threat. For instance, if there’s a big project coming up at work (or an educational assessment); if your relationship feels uncertain; if you’re about to move house or start a new job; if you’ve lost your job or it feels in danger; if someone close to you has recently died; if you’re under significant financial pressure; or if you are feeling a lack of security around another important part of your life or livelihood.
Teeth-related dreams can be a useful signal that you’re feeling stressed out and that it’s a good time to engage in some self-care or reassess certain aspects of your life.
2. Falling Dreams
Most people have experienced a falling dream at some point in their lives. Sometimes just imagining falling dreams can lead to people feeling anxious and panicked. Falling dreams usually occur when people feel anxious, out of control, or helpless in their waking lives, or feel like life is moving at too fast a pace.
If you’re having falling dreams regularly, you may find it useful to reflect on the areas of your life where you do have personal power. Recognising the choices you have and the ways you can create change in your life may help you feel less out of control.
3. Naked in Public
Realising you’re naked in a public place is one of the most common story lines in dreams. Usually the dreamer suddenly notices their own nudity, and then experiences emotions such as surprise, confusion, embarrassment and shame. These dreams frequently take place in classrooms or workplaces – places where people may be assessed and scrutinised.
Nudity in dreams often symbolises the dreamer’s sense of being exposed and vulnerable in their waking lives. Dreams about being naked in public tend to occur more often at times when people are being evaluated by others, or have had some part of themselves revealed to others (or fear that something about themselves will be revealed). You may experience these dreams if you are being assessed about a big project at school or work, if you’re feeling scrutinised by someone in your life, if you’re getting to know people intimately such as new friends or a romantic partner, or if you’re stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new in some area of your life. People who suffer from Impostor Syndrome may also have these dreams frequently.
Although there are some shared themes in the meaning of these dreams, the precise message dreams hold will be a bit different for each dreamer. How do people go about discovering the details of what these dreams mean to them? What about dreams that don’t appear on this list? Stay tuned for our next post – part 2 will offer ways to decode any dream, no matter how unusual or specific to your life.