In an average lifetime, humans spend around a total of six years dreaming. In dreams, negative emotions tend to occur twice as often as pleasant feelings. Fear and anxiety are the most commonly expressed emotions in dreams, followed by anger and sadness.
Some psychologists believe that our shared dream experiences serve to connect us as a human race. As human beings, we share common concerns, hopes, anxieties, fears, and conflicts. Thus our dreams often reflect these notions. Common dream themes are chase dreams, cheating dreams, falling dreams, and flying dreams. Trojan News explores the meaning behind these dreams and how to interpret them.
Being chased in a dream stems from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. In the dream you could be running from an attacker, an animal, a monster, or an unknown figure who wants to hurt you. Flee and flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat so it’s natural for to run or hide from your pursuer. Being chased signifies avoidance. The actions in your dream show how you cope with fears and stress. Instead of confronting the situation, you tend to run away and avoid issues you are uncomfortable with. If you are the chaser it might signify your drive and ambition to go after something you want. On the other hand, it may also mean that you are falling behind in some aspect of your life and you are trying to catch up.
Being cheated on in a dream can sometimes feel so real that you wake up and accuse your significant other of it. Such dreams are unsettling and lead you to question your relationship. But often these dreams are not really about being unfaithful, but about your own self-doubt. Being cheated on in your dream points to neglect. Your significant other may be spending more time at work, with sports, or with other activities. A lack of attention may trigger a cheating dream. Dreams like this also suggest fear of abandonment. You are concerned about the future and whether your partner will be there for you. These dreams may occur because you were abandoned before by an important person in your life.
Another very common dream is where you are falling from a cliff, a building, a rooftop, an airplane, or from a high place. You will not actually die if you do not wake up before you hit the ground from the fall. To understand your falling dream, you need to look to what is going on in your waking life. Falling may suggest a loss of control. When you fall, you have no control and have nothing to hang on to. This might represent a feeling of being overwhelmed in school, in your work environment, in your home life, or in a personal relationship. Falling may also suggest reckless behavior. It may be a wake-up call of your reckless behavior and poor decisions. You are headed the wrong way in life, and if continue down the same path, you are going to hit rock bottom. Falling in your dream may be an analogy of your fall from grace.
Flying dreams fall under a category of dreams known as lucid dreams. Lucid dreams occur when you realize that you are dreaming and then take control of the dream. Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyful, and liberating experience. Flying represents control. If you are flying with ease and enjoying the view then it suggests you are in charge and on top of a situation. Flying dreams and the ability to control your flight is representative of your own personal sense of power. To dream of flying can also function as an escape from the stresses and pressures of your everyday life. Instead of confronting your daily problems, you take flight and try to get away from it all.
Dreams are a way to evaluate what you are focused on and what you need to do to improve the quality of your life. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language, and we as humans need to listen.