Common Dream Meanings

Andrea Valerio


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Public Radio International

    Dreams are known to be fictional scenarios that our minds create when we’re sleeping, but what if there’s an actual meaning behind them? Although there is no scientific evidence to support this information, scientists have studied dreams for many years to promote better self-awareness. Below are a few common dream meanings.


Falling or Sinking

People who dream about falling or sinking find themselves falling from a tall building or sinking into an ocean. Although it’s a common misunderstanding that these dreams may be foreshadowing your own death, it indicates your fear of falling or that you’re not happy with where you currently are in life. People who dream about these scenarios may feel helpless or overwhelmed, to prevent this from continuing, try creating a new path for yourself to succeed.


Missed Opportunities

Have you ever dreamed of missing your bus or transportation? It’s easy to miss this message because of the moving vehicles. People who dream about these scenarios often reflect the regrets they have for not following through with what they wanted. Remember that it is never too late to chase your dreams.


Being Chased

This is one of the most common dreams people with anxiety have. It usually involves the person being chased by an animal, person, or unknown identity. Dreaming about this scenario may mean that you are running away from a certain situation or an emotion you are not ready to encounter. Don’t feel afraid to talk to a trusted adult in your life about this situation. If you feel uncomfortable talking to an adult and want to talk to a student, inform your teacher or Mrs. Castillo (room 222) and request a peer advocate.


Being Lost or Trapped

Like being chased, this is one of the most common dreams many people have. People who dream about these scenarios often are unsure about what to do next. Dreaming about getting lost and not finding a way out reflects the emotional and physical burden they’re currently experiencing. It’s easy to trap yourself in these burdens and forget that you’re not alone. To prevent this from continuing, talk to a friend or family member about how you’re feeling, or contact a staff member on campus to schedule an appointment with a peer advocate.