|According to the Learning Mind, any recurring dream would mean there is something off in the life of a person who experiences them / Photo by Yuganov Konstantin via Shutterstock.com|
Many have experienced dreaming the same scenarios that could occur every night or in intervals; a few days or weeks apart. It is said that having recurring dreams means that the subconscious mind is trying to say something that is needed to be addressed. According to the Learning Mind, any recurring dream would mean there is something off in the life of a person who experiences them.
About 85 percent of repeated dreams are described as being unpleasant and appears to have anxiety-provoking situations. In numerous studies, about 70 to 80 percent of participants said that they started to have recurring dreams during their childhood. During this time, between 86 to 90 percent of these dreams were recognized as being dreadful or have a threatening nature.
There are numerous studies and researchers when it comes to analyzing dreams. One of the most renowned figures to this is the Austrian neurologist and father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Freud was the first to say the importance of dreams and believed that it is a way for people to have a glimpse of the unconscious mind. Another major contributor to this area is Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung. Jung said that dreams connect the conscious and subconscious minds.
Why Do People Have Recurring Dreams?
As stated, having recurring dreams could mean that the subconscious is trying to relay a message. However, there are theories that can help in shedding light as to why such occurrences happen. One such theory is the Gestalt dream interpretation developed by the German-born psychiatrist, Frederick Perls, also known as Fritz Perls.
According to the Medium, the Gestalt dream interpretation suggests that the elements in the dreams are usually the ignored aspects of people's personalities or problems that they are currently facing. These components would be prevalent in the person's dreams as they are repressed when the person is awake. Moreover, the elements could vary in meaning since each dream is unique and the same symbols will unlikely have the same meaning for different dreamers.
On the other hand, Jung proposed that recurring dreams are important for the integration of the psyche. He also said that there are patterns or objects that would always be present in repeated dreams. These patterns would usually occur when the similar incidents would happen. Simply put, a dream would likely to be experienced again if one goes through a situation that occurred before.
Meanwhile, psychologenie.com mentioned the culturalist dream theory which suggests that repeating dreams could mean a "lack of positive change in the individual."
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Common Themes of Recurring Dreams
Although symbols and elements of a dream can vary from one person to another, it is no surprise that people's dreams would have similar motifs. Researchers have tried to interpret dreams by means of understanding the origin of the themes that they are presented, albeit having the different point of views to their components. Below are some of the common motifs that people experience in recurring themes.
Being chased or attack
Being pursued is one of the most common recurring dreams there is and a lot of people have experienced it. According to psychologenie.com, this indicates that the person is trying to avoid being confronted by something or is struggling with some kind of trouble. On the other hand, the Learning Mind says the attacker or the hunter symbolizes the part of the person that they are afraid of facing.
Suddenly sitting up straight, breathing heavily, and sometimes, drenched in sweat after dreaming of having fallen down can be unnerving. Falling is also a usual theme in dreams. It could mean that the person feels that they don't have any control over their life or that they are lacking in some areas. They feel insecure or feel aimless. It could also mean that they are under immense pressure.
Teeth falling out
A dream like this would mean something has caused that person to feel that they have lost control of their life. It is quite similar to that of out-right falling from somewhere in a dream. A person may be in caught in a middle of a situation that they can't control ar that they fear they are losing something or someone dear to them.
Being naked in public
This is one of those embarrassing dreams that no one likes to talk about but it does occur. Finding oneself being laughed at in a dream for their nakedness could mean that they are afraid of being exposed. They could be hiding a secret that they don't want others to find out. They may also have had a misunderstanding with someone and worry that this person is misjudging them.
Exams or tests
One may find themselves inside a classroom, sitting on their desk, and a test paper laid out in front of them. It stresses them that they forgot to study and their classmates are reluctant to help them. These dreams could mean that the person is worried about their work, feeling as though they are incompetent. This could also mean that they are under stress from the overload of tasks that are given to them.