Do you remember the last dream you have had? What about your last nightmare? Of course you do. Nightmares are definitely easier to remember since they can leave a mark on a person. I still remember the most terrifying nightmare I’ve had when I was a kid and I still feel scared whenever I think about it. Experts say that our dreams are just our subconscious doing its magic and the symbols we see inside our dreams are actually messages from our selves, manifesting in dreams. These are the things we often worry about or refuse to realize. Decoding these symbols will help you figure out what’s really bothering you in your waking life and what you should do about it. The same thing goes with our nightmares.
Here are the most common nightmares we probably all have had and what they’re trying to tell us:
Almost everyone probably had this kind of nightmare. Whether you’re being chased by a monster, a ghost or a serial killer, this kind of nightmare just wakes you up panting and catching your breath. But what does this mean in our waking life? According to psychologists, being chased in a dream means you’re feeling helpless in real life. There must be something that’s chasing you like an old family issue, a feud with a co-worker or anything that you don’t want to face head on so you run away from it. Your nightmare is basically telling you to stop running away from your problems.
Teeth Falling Out
In our culture, when you dream that your teeth is falling out you must bite onto a tree bark or else, someone you love will die. But in a scientific point of view, the teeth nightmare is actually associated to repress feelings of neglect. Since the teeth are inside our mouths, it may signify that you feel ignored and unheard in your waking life. Also, you might be feeling the need to express yourself more but something is holding you back.
The End of the World
This nightmare is one of the most terrifying because you can really feel the fear building up inside you and personally, whenever I have this nightmare I always wake up crying because I thought my family is gone forever. This nightmare may symbolize unexpressed emotions or fears that we haven’t related to anyone in our waking life. If the end of the world came in a form of a giant tidal wave, that could be your emotional problem in your waking life, acting up. Water always symbolizes emotions. Seeing a tornado in your end of the world nightmare means that you are about to go through a big transformation in your life that you’re scared or anxious to face. Kind of like a plot twist that you know is about to happen but aren’t ready for it yet.
Being trapped in your nightmare is common to people who are claustrophobic or scared of small spaces. However, if you’re not claustrophobic and dreamed of being trapped, you could be feeling the same way in your waking life in a not so literal sense. This nightmare may tell you that you are feeling trapped inside a relationship, a job you hate or under the authority of your parents. It could also mean that you are feeling unsatisfied with your current position in life and that you’re not reaching your full potential.
Death is probably one of those nightmares I never want to have again, ever. When I was a kid I thought it means that the person who died in my dream will die in real life so I was a bit worried. If you dreamed that someone you love has died, it could mean that there’s a part of your personality that you need to kill. It could even be a characteristic of the person who died in your dream that you want to emulate. It could also be a bad habit or a doomed relationship that you need to kill. Either way, having the death dream is actually more sad than scary. That’s what terrifies me the most.