What Do Your Dreams Mean?


Have you ever dreamt that you were naked in public and everyone's laughing at you? That your teeth fall out? That you are flying? That you are falling? Whether we remember them or not, these are dreams that most of us have probably had at least once. But have you wondered what they mean? If so, you're not alone. Each person is different, but I've found a few basic explanations for common dream symbols.

Being Naked. Nudity represents vulnerability, worry or our 'true self'. Clothing, metaphorically speaking, is a way of concealing things that we don't want others to see. If you are naked and people are laughing, it could signify anxiety about letting your 'true colors' show in a given situation-perhaps a new relationship or new job. It could also signal a lack of 'preparedness'-if you are naked in school or work, it could be due to anxiety about not being fully prepared for something in that part of your life. If you are naked and no one else seems to notice, you are probably worrying for nothing.

Falling. Falling dreams can show anxiety about being overwhelmed or losing control in some area of your life.

Your teeth are falling out. Teeth are said to represent feelings about your appearance or how other people see you. It's not uncommon for someone who is getting older and feeling anxious about it to dream that their teeth are falling out. It could mean that they are worried about being less attractive or fear of embarrassment in a particular situation. Since teeth are also used to bite and chew, loss of teeth in a dream could mean feelings of powerlessness. If there is a situation in your life where you feel like you have lost control, maybe it's because you need to be more assertive and make sure you are heard.

Chasing/being chased. Like many other dream symbols, dreaming that you are being chased could show how you deal with things like stress and pressure in your daily life. If you run away or try to outwit your pursuer, it could represent a similar tendency to 'run away' from problems in life. What sorts of things are going on that you may be trying to 'get away from'? If you manage to evade your pursuer, it could mean that a problem or situation can be avoided.

It's also possible that whatever is doing the chasing represents a particular fear or situation. For instance, I once dreamed that I was being chased around my dorm by a guy that I liked a bit too much for my own comfort. Eventually he caught me. I didn't want to face up to my feelings for him in 'real life' but, since he caught me rather than my getting away from him, I had to. Even if you don't recognize the chaser in your dream, it could still be pointing toward feelings or aspects in yourself that you want to avoid.

If you are the one who is doing the chasing, it could represent ambition or perhaps a feeling that you have to 'catch up' to others.

These are some of 'ballpark explanations' of the more common dreams people have. Like I said, everyone is different, so what one dream means for you could mean something different for me. If you'd like to read more about the various types of dreams and what they mean, check out http://www.dreammoods.com/.

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