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Analyzing Dreams: What Does My Dream Mean?

Updated on November 10, 2012



Why Should We Analyze Our Dreams?

I have always been fascinated with dreams. Even my strangest of dreams I have often stopped and wondered what they could mean. I recently I had a long discussion with a couple of my closest friends. During this time we spoke about some of our funniest, strangest, and scariest dreams. We also discussed what each of these dreams may mean. To our surprise most of the dreams that we could still recall had occurred during a time of stress in our lives. We had all decided that these stressful moments in our lives actually had something to do with why we had experienced these dreams. It all seemed to add up.

Due to this recent discussion with my friends. I had decided to make a Hub about analyzing dreams in order to help others figure out why they are having the dreams they are. I feel that once you know the reason for the dream you realize just how much impact a certain life event has made on you. After this realization it is possible to work on correcting this life stressor.

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Dream Symbols

There are many common dream symbols that we have all encountered in our dreams at some point or another. Most of these symbols do have a common meaning associated with them. However, analyzing your dreams according to the meaning of each significant symbol in your dream may not be accurate. The truth is each symbol may have a different meaning for someone else depending on their life circumstances.

Luckily for you though these are still COMMON symbols seen in dreams and sometimes do have the same meaning you are reading about online.

Common Dream Symbols and Their Meanings

  • Abandonment- If someone or everyone has abandoned you somehow in your dreams. The common meaning for this is that it is time to let go of your past. Your past is preventing you from moving forward.
  • Abduction- Whether it be by aliens or people. Being abducted in a dream usually means that you are feeling out of control of your own life.
  • Accident- If you dream you have been in some sort of accident. This usually means that you are feeling guilty about something. And are continuously punishing yourself for it. An accident may also represent a mistake that you have made. And of course these dreams may appear if you actually suffer from great fears of being in an accident. For example, if you have a fear of flying you may dream you are in a plane crash.
  • Angels – As usual an angel signifies good and purity. They may been seen guiding you onto the correct path in life.
  • Animals- Every animal may have a slightly different meaning. It is important to look into what that particular animal may mean in your dream. In general, animals in your dreams may represent instinctual actions, emotions and survival.
  • Blood- If you are bleeding excessively in a dream it may mean that you feel as if someone is draining you dry.
  • Baby- Seeing a baby in your dream may mean that you feel vulnerable. Or that you are longing for love. And maybe some sort of new beginning.
  • Cars- Seeing or driving a car in your dream may represent a sense of being in control or freedom.
  • Clothes- Seeing clothes in your dream may be a look at how you feel others see you. Or even how you see yourself.
  • Death- Dreaming about death does not usually foretell the future suggesting that someone’s life is coming to an end. But more so that there is a change in your life and that something is coming/has come to an end. Usually a new beginning is just around the corner. If you see someone you know dead. This usually has something to do with your relationship with that person.
  • Drowning – Drowning in your dreams may represent that you are feeling overwhelmed by something, or that you are drowning in your emotions.
  • Eating/Food- May say that you are feeding yourself with knowledge.
  • Falling- To dream that you are falling may mean that you feel out of control, or that you are afraid to let go of something/someone.
  • Fire- Seeing fire in your dream may mean that a life transformation has begun. Or is in the near future. It also may represent passion and sexuality. Fire has also been associated with anger.
  • Hair- May represent your thoughts, feelings and emotions that are seen and/or felt by others.
  • Hands- Washing your hands in a dream usually means that you are guilty of something and are trying to wash it away. Or seeing hands in your dream may symbolize one’s ability to do something, create something, help someone/something, or heal someone/something.
  • House/Building- If you see some sort of building in your dreams this usually represents yourself.
  • Knot- Seeing a knot in your dream may indicate that you feel trapped/restrained and are unable to accomplish what you want or need to.
  • Money- Money in a dream often represents your own self-worth.
  • Mountains- Climbing a mountain in a dream may represent your accomplishments. Looking at mountains may represent the choices that you need to make.
  • Nude- Dreaming that you are nude may represent that you feel vulnerable and fear that you will be exposed to others.
  • People- People are often a representation of one’s self. Each person in your dream may possess characteristics of yourself.
  • Roads- If you see a road or roads in your dreams it may mean that you need to pick a path to follow in life. There may be a goal at the end of the road. Or if there is a fork in the road the dreamer needs to make a decision of which path to follow.
  • School or Student- May represent a lesson that is needed to be learned.
  • Teacher- May represent learning and guidance.
  • Tree- A tree in your dreams may represent knowledge or spiritual growth.
  • Water- Seeing water in a dream represents the mind or unconscious self.
  • Weather- The current weather conditions in a dream may represent the emotions you are currently experiencing.

Dreaming Tiger


Common Dreams and Their Meanings

The Naked Dream- One of the most common dreams around is the one where you find yourself naked and vulnerable. The dream often symbolizes your feelings of vulnerability. You are exposed and others can see who you really are. When you are wearing clothes your are able to hide your feelings, or who you really are. Without them you are left out in the open for all to see.

The Being Chased Dream- Another one of the most common dreams is the one that you are being chased by someone or something. This dream often represents your fear and/or anxiety about something in your life. If you know who or what is chasing you. You will better be able to analyze this dream.

The Dream You Are Falling- Falling in your dream does not mean that you will actually die if you do not wake up before hitting the ground. But it does represent your fears, insecurities, and feelings of being out of control.

The Losing All Your Teeth Dream- Teeth are a large part of our physical appearance. Losing all of those teeth may make you feel less attractive. And usually represents an insecurity with your physical looks. It may also mean that you fear rejection or sexual impotence.

The Dream You Are Flying- A dream that you are flying may mean that you feel above something. And that you are in control of the situation. This is usually a very happy and exciting dream an may indicate that you have gained a new perspective on life. However, if your flight is not successful it may indicate that you are feeling out of control of the situation and that there is nothing you can do.


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      Ronald Richards 

      9 months ago

      I'M having terrifying dreams of tsunamis and raging flood waters every night. I don't know whats going on. What does this mean?

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      12 months ago

      I had a dream were my school burned... Now I have no problem with that but I saw many people burn in there and I even saw people I care about.... What does this mean?

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      19 months ago

      What if you dream of slightly different events happening in the same place then when the ending is usually the same it changes from good to bad. I am chased through a house somtimes with people then i run to the basement to a secret place but now when i dream of that the place is gone and the house is different

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      22 months ago

      I was dreaming I was trapped in a lady's house there was a picture with there family on it in the kithchen I found my portable charger and I could see in there hall way and on the road then my mum and dad walked in and said you know this place ad I got a glimpse into the other room and there were two women on the couch the lady in the photo and I didn't know the other one the lady in the photo looked at me had the same eyes as me the I suddenly travelled to a city where the man in the photo was sending a message to the woma and said your grandson is ok we just got back from the hospital and then he showed a baby

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      23 months ago

      I,that i was kissing my mother in the mouth what does that mean/

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      2 years ago

      I dreamed being at a place i don't know, and a dirty bed and picked lice. what is the meaning of this?

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      3 years ago

      I keep dreaming that when I lock up at night, the door flings open and I get dragged (like a force) out into the air and I just disappear. It is always night time .

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      4 years ago

      I keep having this dream that my 11 yr old son is being chases & caught by alligators what does this dream mean?

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      5 years ago

      my grandma and I are very telepathic and see things that some can not but when I was 7 years old(now im 20) my dream consisted of seeing a big city with huge buildings that were ruined with no life around but vines that coved the city buildings..... as I look around and see the building cause it felt like I was hovering over them, I saw bulbs like flowers, but as I got closer I heard baby scream, crying out loud when I saw the infant it was on the road so I look around a huge building that I was near just around the corner and saw the bulb like flower blooming into an infant!! ever since I had that dream ive been confused by it ive tried asking some of my family but like I said only my grandma and I can see thing that you should only see in a nightmare please help me

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      5 years ago

      Here I am again...I had a dream that my current boyfriend of 3years 7months cheated on me a couple of weeks ago with his ex girlfriend,I thought no I just might be insecure about myself.last night I dremt of him cheating on me again with this girl I met this previous weejend at a fashion show competition we both were in.I can't remember much but we were in a room it was lil pary I was standing drinking something in a bright colour I think its the same drink I had at the fashion show after party called 'kiss me quick' I wore heels black or brown and my white dress that I only wear on special thing he walked in and sat down in corner set,he doesn't know anyone there(I never saw him go out though) and she follows,I turned around looked at I know how he looks when we just had fun...and I look at her and I asked him did you just cheat on me pointing at her with my thumb over my right shoulder,he mumbled looked at me and yes .took my things and I walked(I normally walk when upset)some people followed me but then I woke up because I felt some one is in my room and their had(left hand) was about to fiddle with my private part.

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      5 years ago

      I think I had a dream last night but Im not for sure if it was a dream. I was sleeping and I got woke up suddenly hearing my daughter yell "MOMMY" . I got up and went to her room and when I got to her she was sound asleep. What does this mean?

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      5 years ago

      i had a dream where i was with my dad and we were driving then we went down this path where there was a huge wall my dad tried to stop but it was to late and we died instally i gave me the creeps and i normaly don't get dreams like that then i learned that death could also means that a new begging is going to happen and my dad is moving away and so that might be the problem.

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      5 years ago

      i had a dream where i was with my dad and we were driving then we went down this path where there was a huge wall my dad tried to stop but it was to late and we died instally i gave me the creeps and i normaly don't get dreams like that then i learned that death could also means that a new begging is going to happen and my dad is moving away and so that might be the problem.

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      5 years ago

      I had a dream someone broke into the house came into my room and got in to my bed where I was sleeping next to a baby I'm guessing is mine,he raped and I was screaming but I guess not loud enough because no 1came to help me in the house.he tried to stop my palls or make me faint but it didn't work then he raped me using a knife(the baby was crying screaming when I looked at the baby the baby was a white baby and he or she was naked,I'm black)so he raped me usinf a knife turned the nigh up right and pulled it down ripping me into two.I soon realized that the person that's doing this is my bf I could tell from the 1st rap,I couldn't see him because he wore a black mask and clothes.the weird part is that non of that hurt in anyway because I felt as though nothing can compare to the pain I feel emotionally.all of a sudden there is this bright white light pepping into a little opening of my blankets so bright I had to look away half awake I litraly clore my nails into my tummy to feel pain and I woke up to see why it was so bright only to find no bright light and its 3:30 in the morning.this is my second rap dream last time it wasn't my bf.

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      lucy downy 

      5 years ago

      hey i had this weird dream about me and my family being in a house and it was a 4 story house and i was wearing a black dress and i was going up a spiral staircase to the 4th floor and there was a mirror behind the staircase and i looked at it before i went up the stairs and it looked like me but three stairs up i looked again and i saw myself standing in front of the staircase and i had the face of a demon. And this is a reaccuring dream.

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      5 years ago

      This is very interesting but in my dream I was raped by my ex boyfriend who recently broke up with me. Does anybody know what that means?

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks everyone! It is always fun to try to figure out why exactly you are having the dreams you are. Especially if they are recurring dreams!

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      6 years ago from 50% Island Girl, 25% East Coast Girl, 25% Country Girl

      Very interesting....I had the "being chased" dream for years....I finally figured out who I was fearful of. Voted up and interesting!

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      6 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Great HUB . . . voted up, interesting and awesome. I've done the naked and teeth falling out dreams. Glad you included the flying dream at the end. I do that often, with interesting results.

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      Bonny OBrien 

      6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I enjoyed reading your hub. I have had a few of these symbols in my dreams before. Voted up & helpful.


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