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What your dreams mean and symbolise about you

In the run-up to your wedding you might find you're experiencing more vivid dreams and left wondering what the heck they mean when you wake up with a start. Well, it's nothing to worry about. Whether you dream about being chased, a tooth falling out or flying through the air, there's often a common explanation to your imagination. Have a read to find out what your dreams mean about you.

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It’s said the average person dreams for at least 90 minutes every night. A load of these people will have no recollection of the tale once they wake up, but many others are left wondering what it’s all supposed to mean. For many of those instances, it seems there’s an explanation that links the tale to your everyday life or a particular event that’s taken place. Have a read to learn what it all means…

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Being chased

This is one of the most common dreams out there, and many people wake up remembering the instance because it causes them to feel anxious. Chase dreams can symbolise an issue in our real lives that we are running away from and need to address. 

Cheating

Dreams of a cheating partner are often so emotionally disturbing that it’s not unusual to accuse your partner of cheating when you wake up. In reality, cheating dreams are often related to your own low self-esteem or guilty conscience.

Water

Dreaming about water is a symbol of emotion. This emotion can be defined by the form of the water – is it cloudy, calm, turbulent or clear? If you think about it, it’s probably a spot-on comparison to how you’re feeling. 

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Guns

Dreaming of a gun may represent fear, anger or aggression; or may be a symbol of power or control; may also suggest that you feel you need to protect or defend yourself.

Trains, planes and automobiles

Dreaming about different vehicles can help identify how much control and direction we have in our lives. The journeys you face in your dreams will highlight any obstacles or destinations that we want to overcome. 

Teeth falling out

Dreaming about losing your teeth may be an indicator of anxiety and, possibly, depressive states. Dreams about losing teeth also tend to point to feelings of helplessness and a lack of control over one’s life circumstances.

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School exams and tests

Another extremely common situation in the dreamworld, many people find themselves about to take a test, lesson or exam that they haven’t prepared for. This is known as a ‘dream pun’, which is the mind using a word or concept and giving it a different definition. The ‘lesson’ or ‘test’ we face is frequently one we need to learn from our past. 

Paralysis

The body encounters a form of paralysis during sleep, so dreaming about it represents the overlap you will experience as you go from deep sleep to being awake. Dreaming about paralysis can also indicate that you are not completely in control of your waking life. 

Dying

This doesn’t feel like a nice situation to be dreaming about, but it’s actually not as negative as you might think. Dreaming about death can often mean the closing of one chapter and the recognition of moving on to the next and making room for something new. 

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Flying

Flying in a dream relates to how much control we feel we have in our lives, and whether we are confident and able 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 can be immensely frustrating.

Falling

Not all falling dreams will cause that gut-wrenching tummy tumble that you get on the Gallion ride at Chessington World of Adventures (which was totally awesome, right?). Some people experience a slow and peaceful fall, which indicates the serenity of letting something go. Other, more rapid falls, will mirror something in our waking life that has become out of our control. 

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Nudity

Feeling self conscious and vulnerable will be mirrored in a dream that exposes various parts of your body. Let’s hope no nudey sleep-walking takes place. 

Babies

Dreaming about a baby doesn’t always mean it’s time to get a bun in the oven. It symbolises something new in your life that is owing or maturing. This can be a new project at work, a new job, a new house or development.

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House

Houses can be a direct representation of a dreamer’s mind. The different rooms and levels can relate to different parts of the mind and consciousness. A bedroom relates to intimate thoughts and feelings while the basement or cellar represents something that has been neglected or undiscovered in that person’s waking life. 

Sex

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Dreaming about sex can just be a way of expressing your sexual appetite. But it’s not all hanky peaky; they can also symbolise an integration of new things and information into your mind.