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  • A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur in the mind during certain stages of sleep.

  • Why we dream is not fully understood, though dreams have been a topic of scientific, philosophical and religious interest throughout history.

  • Not all dreams are pleasant and occasionally, we experience dark dreams or nightmares.

  • Today, we'll be diving in to the world of the subconscious to learn what's really going on inside our heads at night.

  • In this episode of the infographics show, "Most common nightmares and what they mean?"

  • First, a warning, a lot of the things you will hear in this video are based on pseudo-science and can't be verified.

  • Philosophers Aristotle and Plato, and later psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud all spent time theorizing on dreams,

  • and agreed that this late night brain activity, is a way for us to act out our unconscious desires in a safe state.

  • And a 1960 study by William Dement, a professor of psychology and sleep medicine at Stanford University, documented the detrimental effects of not dreaming.

  • Results from the study showed that individuals who were awoken just as they entered REM sleep, the sleep state at which you dream,

  • had more anxiety, irritability, tension, less motor coordination and more feelings of emptiness and depersonalization.

  • So dreaming is surely good for us, but then there's those dreams that can scare us and sometimes wake us in the night,

  • and often linger in the conscious mind throughout the following day.

  • Bad dreams, nightmares, whatever you wanna call themwe all have them.

  • And something coincidental is, that many of the themes of these dreams are common to all of us.

  • So we thought it would be interesting to take a look at which ones we commonly have, and what they really tell us about our psyche.

  • Here's our top 10 list.

  • 10. Teeth falling out.

  • This dream has to do with insecurity and is common in different cultures all over the world.

  • It can mean that we're anxious about how others are judging us, and having teeth fall out or crack can represent financial concerns, and issues with vanity.

  • This dream can also be due to the fear of aging or becoming less productive - a metaphor pointing to the loss of the ability to fully bite into life.

  • We found there are many theories on this common dream and no one has yet agreed on a definitive meaning.

  • The Talmud, which was written in 400 AD, said that it meant your children were in danger or going to die.

  • Go figure.

  • 9. Meeting a celebrity.

  • Ian Wallace is a dream psychologist who wrote The Complete A to Z Dictionary of Dreams.

  • He says that dreaming of meeting a celebrity is one of the dreams his clients have the most.

  • He believes the actual celebrity could be relevant as it may reveal what talents the dreamer values that they would like to show off in their own life.

  • So while dreaming about Taylor Swift could simply hint that you've been spending too much time watching MTV, it could also mean that Taylor symbolizes something important to you,

  • like self-expression, independence, or achieving your dreams.

  • 8. Unable to find a toilet.

  • Yes, people really do dream of toilets!

  • And if you're dreaming about spending time on the porcelain throne, it's a hint at something private and personal that's lingering in the mind.

  • Expulsion and excretion, can symbolize getting rid of something unpleasant or unnecessary.

  • This could be an emotion, a person, a job, or whatever else you need to rid your life of.

  • But if you're running around in your dream and can never find a toilet, that may represent your insecurities about letting go of what's not needed,

  • even though you desperately long to be free of whatever it is.

  • 7. Dreaming of being naked in public.

  • Maybe you're in school, or on the bus to work, or already there in your boss's office;

  • wherever it is, you suddenly realize you are totally naked.

  • It's a dream many of us have at some point in our sleeping life.

  • Experts still aren't entirely sure what it means.

  • The majority of psychologists agree it probably doesn't represent an actual desire to be naked in public,

  • and that it's more likely related to being embarrassed about something that others don't know about you.

  • Though other psychologists have suggested it comes from having feelings of guilt or inferiority.

  • 6. Dreaming you can fly.

  • This is a very common dream that you hear people recounting.

  • Dreams of flying are generally positive.

  • They may represent feeling that nothing can keep you from reaching your goals that you have high hopes and that you are feeling in control of your life.

  • It may indicate you are reaching new levels of achievement in your career or in your personal life.

  • And it can also relate to your sense of spiritual development and conscious awakening.

  • The flipside of this dream is that flying may also be compensating for a lack of freedom in everyday life or something is being overlooked or avoided,

  • or that you need to see things from a higher perspective.

  • 5. Drowning.

  • When we're under a lot of physical or emotional pressure in waking life, it's common to dream of drowning.

  • It can also mean you feel too deeply involved in a relationship and it is clouding your life in a way that is bringing imbalance and insecurity.

  • The act of drowning can also symbolize the fear of being overcome by your emotions, or debt if you are having money problems.

  • So there are a number of possible causes, but dreaming of drowning is almost always a warning that you have gone too far or gotten in too deep with something.

  • 4. War.

  • It's nearly always a negative sign if you're dreaming about war.

  • It's a warning about a period of hardship and troubles that you are sensing in your life.

  • It may also represent an inner conflict that's in need of a resolution.

  • Or a battle of wills, like an ongoing disagreement with someone in your personal or professional life.

  • And war and fighting in dreams, can even manifest as a result of aggressive behavior or an abusive relationship that you are in or have been in, in the past.

  • 3. Being chased.

  • According to Richard Nicoletti, a psychotherapist trained at the Jung Institute in Boston,

  • dreaming about being chased generally means that you are 'being told by your unconsciousness that you're avoiding an issue or a person.'

  • Nicoletti also explains that context is very important when dreaming about being chased.

  • Identifying the chaser, for example, is it a male, female, animal, or an unknown being in the darkness?

  • Remembering this will help you to understand who or what you're avoiding in real life, that's inspiring these late night adventures in your head.

  • 2. Falling.

  • If you're falling in your dream, then it's most certainly a scary nightmare.

  • Nightmares about falling often represent relationship or career issues, and they're particularly common for people in positions of power, like managers in the office, or parents at home.

  • It's believed to be our mind's way of working through emotional trauma.

  • And that terrible feeling dreamers experience right before plummeting to the ground represents a negative occurrence in your life.

  • Sometimes it feels so real it can jolt you awake.

  • There's a rumor that if you hit the ground and die in your dream, you will actually die for real and not wake up.

  • But, of course, that's not true.

  • And what about dying?

  • Well, that's our number 1.

  • According to the International Association For The Study of Dreams,

  • many people have dreamed that they died or hit the ground in a fall and of course they have lived to tell the tale.

  • There are many different ways to interpret death dreams, but in essence they all boil down to the fact that death symbolizes an ending to something,

  • an event or emotion in your real life.

  • Psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber told the Huffington Post that dreams about death often indicate the symbolic ending of something, whether it's a phase, a job, or a relationship.

  • So, that's our list of 10.

  • Do you have a recurring dream or nightmare?

  • And was it on our list or is it something different?

  • Let us know in the comments!

  • Also, be sure to check out our other video called "Which Countries Are Still Truly Communist?"

  • Thanks for watching, and as always, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.

  • See you next time!

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