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What Do Dreams Mean? Just as there are varying opinions as to why we dream, there are also different views as to what dreams mean. Some experts say dreams have no connection to our real emotions or thoughts. They are just strange stories that don't relate to normal life. Others say our dreams may reflect our own underlying thoughts and feelings -- our deepest desires, fears, and concerns, especially recurring dreams. By interpreting our dreams, we may be able to gain insight into our lives and ourselves. Many people say they have come up with their best ideas while dreaming, so dreams may be a conduit of creativity. Often people report having similar dreams -- they are being chased, fall off a cliff, or appear in public naked. These types of dreams are likely caused by a hidden stress or. While the dreams may be similar, experts say the meaning behind the dream is unique to each person. Therefore, many experts say not to rely on books or "dream dictionaries," which give a specific meaning for a specific dream image or symbol. The particular reason behind your dream is unique to you. Although scientists can't say for sure what dreams mean and why we dream, many people find meaning in their dreams.

Why Do Nightmares Occur? , or bad dreams, are common in children and adults. Often nightmares are caused by:
Stress, conflict, and fear If you have a recurring nightmare, your subconscious may be trying to tell you something. Listen to it. If you can't figure out why you are having bad dreams, and you continue to have them, talk to a qualified care provider. They may be able to help you figure out what is causing your nightmares and provide tips to put you at ease. Keep in mind that no matter how scary a nightmare is, it is not real and most likely will not happen to you in real life. What Are Lucid Dreams? Have you ever had a dream where you knew you were dreaming during your dream? This is called a lucid dream. Research has shown that lucid dreaming is accompanied by an increased activation of parts of the that are normally suppressed during sleep. Lucid dreaming represents a brain state between REM sleep and being awake. Some people who are lucid dreamers are able to influence the direction of their dream, changing the story so to speak. While this may be a good tactic to take, especially during a nightmare, many dream experts say it is better to let your dreams occur naturally.

The meanings of common dream symbols vary from person to person. When interpreting your dream, keep in mind the setting, characters, and other symbols, as this will help you get a better understanding. Aging : Could be fear of change or getting older. Could also symbolize forgiveness, letting go, wisdom, or being at peace. Babies : Something new: news, a project, happiness, responsibilities. Birth : A new project, the start of something new. Cats : Aloofness, independence, vanity, beauty; could mean 'a catty person'. Childhood Home: Old beliefs, parents' ideas and beliefs. Outdated or old fashioned ideas about family. Children : Innocence, happiness, being carefree and playful. Could also mean immaturity or that you are being naГve about something. Dogs: Loyalty, friendship, trust, and companionship. Finding Valuables / Money: Success and prosperity within reach. Hair: Cutting hair symbolizes a loss of power. Bleaching hair may represent vanity. Losing hair can mean fear of aging, self consciousness, worry about appearances. Ladders and Stairs: Walking upstairs means success.

Walking downstairs means failure. A spiraling staircase can mean your life is 'spiraling out of control'. Being Lost: Not feeling in control, feelings of helplessness. Losing valuables/money could mean unexpected gain. New House: New phase in life, new beginnings, happy endings. School: A common dream for adults is being back in school, missing a class, being late, or failing a test and then not being able to graduate. If you have had this dream you may be feeling like you are failing at something or are living below your potential. Snakes: Watch out for back stabbers and false friends. Strangers: Strangers in our dreams represent ourselves. They could be a part of our personalities we are not consciously aware of, or could be a hidden talent that we haven't yet discovered. Note: These meanings are very general. Use this guide but also take note of the feelings you are experiencing during your dream and when you wake up. You should also take into consideration what is going on in your life. Example, the dream meaning of being pregnant would not apply if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

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