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The 10 most common dreams and what they mean

Facts and figures about our dreams

Did you know that for the most part, men's dreams are outdoors and involve a lot of action? Women, on the other hand, are more likely to have emotional ties with people they know well. Do you realize that 65% of people know when they are dreaming and can influence their dreams accordingly? Or that in the dreams of men mostly other men appear, while in the dreams of women there is a balance between the two sexes? Take a look at the infographic below to find out more facts about our dreams!

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The meaning of the 10 most common dreams

While scientists cannot agree on the exact meanings of our dreams, there are a number of possible explanations for the most common dreams. However, there are no definitive answers as to why our dreams appear in any particular form. But if we assume that our brain uses our dreams to give meaning to our lives, it seems likely that these are strongly connected to our waking life. Let's look at some of the most popular hypotheses related to the meaning of dreams that people are experiencing around the world. We also address some of the problems these dreams pose and offer real life suggestions for solving these problems.

1. Be persecuted

One of the most common dreams men and women experience is being followed by something or someone. This may represent a problem or person that you - perhaps unconsciously - avoid in real life instead of confronting it or her. Not infrequently, this type of dream is inspired by fear of failure in your waking life. Running away from danger is a primordial instinct, but sometimes we have to face our pursuers so that this situation does not repeat itself indefinitely.

In real life: If someone is chasing you in a dream, try to concentrate on their appearance and consider whether this person reminds you of someone from your waking life. Is there a relationship that is causing you stress? Perhaps you have a problem with your boss, mother, or partner that needs to be resolved and cannot be avoided any further. If you cannot see who or what is following you in the dream, then this can relate to a problem that you are not yet aware of. Try to think about what is causing stress in your life and what you can do to solve the problem.

2. Take an exam

Most of us have had a dream that took us back to school or college and an upcoming exam. Exam anxiety may reflect stress you face in real life or perhaps a lack of confidence in yourself and your abilities. Dreaming about cheating on an exam can be a reflection of the way you approach problems in real life. On the other hand, being caught cheating can reveal a fear of humiliation or of being found out that in some situations you are not being completely honest.

In real life: If there is something in your personal or professional life that causes you to doubt yourself, then focus on how to overcome the problem. Maybe you need to ask a work colleague for help? Such a dream could mean that you are dissatisfied with the way your career is progressing. So if you find yourself at an impasse in your professional life, it might be time to think about making a change. Do you feel that you are not being completely honest in certain aspects of your life? Then maybe the time has come to change something and speak your mind freely.

3. Flying

The feeling of flying could be a nighttime escape from the problems you experience during the day. But it could also reflect the freedom you enjoy in your daily life. If you feel exhilaration while flying, it could be related to the creative or artistic freedom that you experience through your work or hobbies. Fear of flying, on the other hand, suggests that something in your life is out of control and you feel unable to do anything about it.

In real life: If something in your life is holding you back, think about what exactly it is and how you can get rid of it. Stress at home and at work can make you feel restricted and find it difficult to breathe. However, you have the power to change something in your circumstances. If you feel like a certain part of your life is getting out of hand - maybe you are spending too much money or you are jeopardizing a relationship with your actions - then you should sit down and address these issues. Think about the pros and cons of continuing this behavior. Also, if you feel a change is needed, consider seeking professional help.

4. Teeth falling out

Dreaming about your teeth wobbling or even falling out is especially troubling. Women have this dream more often than men. This type of dream can be related to lack of confidence or helplessness. Sometimes it's a communication problem: something that should have been said but instead kept to yourself. It can also indicate a sense of loss, be it the loss of youth from getting older, or losing money or a job.

In real life: Can you identify a specific problem in your life that is causing you distress? Is there an outstanding conversation that you keep putting off? If necessary, ask a friend or colleague you trust for support and talk about what is bothering you. If you are afraid of losing something in your life, then focus on what you can do to prevent or mitigate that loss. Do you have an alternative to make money? Could changing your diet or doing more exercise help you overcome your fear of getting older? Managing stress means being in control of how we deal with and react to external factors.

5. Drive a car

If you drive a car in a dream it is about control and how you feel about the future. Driving on a sunny day indicates that you are in control of your life and know where it is taking you. A car that is spiraling out of control indicates a lack of control over your life and destiny. Driving fast can be related to risky decisions you have made in your life, while driving in the dark suggests that you are dissatisfied with the course of your life so far. If you dream of going as a passenger, it suggests that someone else is making the decisions in your life.

In real life: Think about where your life is headed and where you want to be. Is there something that is preventing you from getting where you want to be? Take the time to focus on those steps that will put your life on the right track. For example, training could have a positive impact on your professional career. Joining a sports team or signing up for weekend courses will expand your circle of friends and acquaintances. Even small changes can have a lasting positive effect.

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6. Can't find toilet

If you dream about bathrooms, a likely - if rather boring - explanation is that your brain is trying to tell you to use a toilet! If not, then there are other possible interpretations. Dreams about the smallest room in the house can relate to negative aspects in life. It could be that you are too busy in your life to address personal issues. However, you may find it difficult to express your feelings and therefore keep them to yourself.

In real life: Such a dream tries to tell you that you need to stop postponing your duties, but also your own wants and needs. Life can seem hectic at times, but that shouldn't prevent you from finding time to deal with your personal affairs. Use an appointment calendar to organize your time in advance. If there's something you've been putting off, build it into your schedule so that you do it confidently.

7. Naked in public

This is a very common dream for both men and women. It can represent vulnerability and insecurity, possibly even shame. Maybe there is something you are keeping a secret and you fear the reactions of others when they find out the truth. This interpretation suggests that you need to become more open in certain relationships. On the other hand, a dream in which you enjoy the feeling of being naked may mean that you have a high level of self-confidence and that you are in a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed.

In real life: If there is an aspect of your life that you are hiding from others, think about ways to reveal it. It can be a problem you have at work or at home, and finding someone to confide in is a positive step. For example, complicated situations in a relationship often benefit from involving a third party. In this way, a mediator therapist can enable you to share your feelings in a safe environment.

8. Fall

Dreams about falling can speak of insecurities that you struggle with in your waking life. Maybe there is something in your life that you have been holding onto for too long and it is time to let go of that part of your life. Of course, falling means a loss of control, which in turn could indicate that certain events in your life are fatiguing you. You may not have achieved a certain goal or you feel overwhelmed because others are asking too much of you.

In real life: Feeling overwhelmed by life itself is familiar to many. For the most part, these are things that we can influence, which allows us to take back control of our own lives. Write down the things that take up most of your time each day and week. Think about which of these you can ignore or delegate, both at work and in your personal life. Getting a little more help at home or in the office can allow you to take a deep breath.

9. Famous people

Anyone we've ever met or even seen can appear in our dreams, and that includes celebrities. You may see something of yourself in a particular celebrity, be it ambition, sense of humor, aggressiveness, glamor, or a host of other traits. Perhaps you are looking for recognition for your own talents or skills. On the other hand, if a certain famous face keeps coming up in your dreams, it could be a sign that you are obsessed with that person.

In real life: Think about the characteristics and qualities of the famous person that appears in your dreams and consider how they relate to yourself. Do you have certain talents that you think others may not recognize? If so, find out how to bring these skills to the fore, both at work and at home. If you feel like you are spending too much of your wakefulness thinking about or reading about a celebrity, then maybe the time has come to focus on those people who are part of your real life, not just yours imaginary world.

10. Death

Dreaming about death - be it your own or someone else's - does not mean that something bad is about to happen to you. The most common interpretation for these dreams is that they refer to something that is coming to an end or is changing in your life. This could involve personal change of any kind, both positive and negative. Experiencing your own death can be related to failures in your real life, such as the end of a relationship or your ambitions. If, on the other hand, you witness the death of "bad" people in your dreams, this can be interpreted in such a way that you face negative aspects of your life.

In real life: Look at the areas of your life that have changed, or should change, and think carefully about how this will affect your future. You can influence your own destiny, all you have to do is remove anything that is holding you back or preventing you from achieving your goals. We all need a change sometimes, and it's up to you to make something positive out of it.

No doubt you've had one or more of the dreams listed above before. People from all over the world and in all walks of life dream of the same things. It is very possible that you have struck them off your mind. Most of us eventually forget 90% of our dreams. But the next time you dream about falling or taking an exam, take a moment to think about whether any of the suggested interpretations might work for you and your life. If so, your subconscious may be trying to tell you something, and it could be that there is a problem that needs to be resolved. We hope the suggestions in this article are helpful in this regard. Nice dreams!

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