Unraveling the Mystery behind Different Types of Dreams

Unraveling the Mystery behind Different Types of Dreams


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One may encounter several different types of dreams at once. Certain dreams are often recurring and sometimes have a specific agenda behind them. They may be interpreted through self-introspection depending on whatever significance they have on one’s mind. Here are some common types of dreams and their possible meanings behind them.

1. Dreams of being chased

Dreaming of being pursued means that there are chances you are avoiding issues in your life as opposed to tending to them. Your brain is trying to send a message to toughen up and address them. To dream that you are attempting to run yet you can’t make your feet move implies that you may lack the confidence to face your problems.

2. Dreaming of being nude

Dreams of being naked, particularly before a group of peers, is a sign of insecurity, humiliation, shame or feelings of vulnerability. Furthermore, dreaming of ourselves nude may be a message to showing a desire for liberation, or get a taste of true freedom and break out of conformity that has bound you.

3. Dreams of moving in slow motion

These sorts of dreams usually involve a feeling of paralysis or inability to move away from a looming danger. Moving in slow motion in a dream represents your inability to make progress in your real life. They can also indicate your frustration with being held back by someone or something.

4. Dreams of falling

These dreams signify uneasiness and a loss of control in life. An alternate interpretation is that it is simply a   dreadful dream which relates to potential abandonment issues. Usually, falling dreams occur during the first stage of sleep. They are accompanied by muscle spasms and contractions causing the movement of the body and subsequently waking you up.

5. Dreams of ghosts

To see a ghost in your dream represents something that is no longer obtainable or within reach. It indicates that you are feeling disconnected from life and society. The dream may also be a calling for you to move on. To dream that you turn into a ghost implies that you are desperate to escape from a situation. Dreaming about a ghost of a living relative or friend in your dream signifies that the person may be spiteful towards you or bearing you ill will.

6. Dreams of School

It’s a very common situation for people in dreams to find themselves in a school or classroom, often confronted with a test that they aren’t prepared to take. This is a great example of a “dream pun” — the mind using a word or concept and giving it a different definition. The “lesson” or “test” we face inside the school or classroom is frequently one we need to learn from our past.

7. Dream of Flying

Dreaming about being able to fly, and how successfully or ineffectively it’s done, identifies to how much control we feel we have in our lives, and whether we are confident and able enough to achieve our goals. High flying is one of the most euphoric dreams imaginable while flying or skimming low to the ground or being caught in obstacles like power lines can be immensely frustrating.

Let’s sum it up

Some believe dreams are our brain’s attempt to make sense of what would otherwise be meaningless, random messages created from the arousal of the posterior segment of the brain. Others think dreams are merely the brain firing signals as it organizes the previous day’s thoughts and experiences that may end up as memory. They can be influenced by many factors like- state of mind, sounds, scents, medication, etc.

The issue with any theory regarding dreams is that we can’t really prove or disprove any of them, and they aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. There’s still so much we don’t know about the brain and how it operates, waking or sleeping, that we may never be able to pinpoint exactly what dreams are, and how they’re meaningful or necessary for humans. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop science from trying.

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Aryani Aukta

Aryani Aukta was born in Shimla and raised in Delhi. Currently pursuing her degree in BA from Jai Hind College in Mumbai. She enjoys reading during her free time and is a state level swimmer and athlete.

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