What Does My Dream Mean? 10 Most Common Dream Interpretations

Dreams are a fascinating reflection of our waking lives and people from all walks of life have always wanted to know the meaning of their dreams.

Some people see dreams as a reflection of our souls; our hidden and deepest desires, emotions and needs long forgotten by the conscious mind.

What Does My Dream Mean

Sometimes, a person can become aware that they are dreaming, that’s called a lucid dream.

This article will be dealing with dream interpretation, as well as showing you how to interpret your own dreams.

10 Most Common Dreams Interpreted

Before we start, just a quick disclaimer, only you can actually determine what your dreams mean for two reasons:

  • Only you know the feelings and emotions you’ve experienced during your dream.
  • No one else but you knows your actual waking situation and how the dreams you have relate to it.

With that in mind, we’ll be using general dream interpretations that apply for most people but they don’t necessarily have to apply to you.

We’ll be using the works of Freud, Jung and Domhoff in our dream interpretations.

1. Falling

Falling indicates a lack of control in our lives and a fear of changing our actual situation.

It is one of the most common dreams in today’s world, where people increasingly feel like they don’t have a say in their lives.

Not addressing this issue can easily lead to learned helplessness and even bigger problems down the road.

2. Teeth Falling Out

Not only does it indicate embarrassment over something in your waking life but it also means that you’re dealing with some type of loss.

It might be the loss of a loved one or simply a change in your life that left some people out of the picture.

It also has ties with anxiety and stress over your social standing. Think about your position in the human hierarchy and decide if all the worrying is even worth it.

3. Back To School

Here we have two types of people; some are quite happy to be back in the classroom to relive the best years of their lives, while others want to be swallowed by the ground.

If you experience positive emotions during your dream, it signifies longing for better times, lost youth and wasted opportunities.

It can also be a sign of self-growth and self-actualization.

However, if the dream has negative connotations behind it, you fear the strict and unrelenting authority figures, including your classmates, that made your life in school miserable.

This translates to fear about meeting your past classmates, your social standing within the classroom group and your current social status.

4. Having Sex

Along with survival, the role of reproduction in our lives is critical. It is so ingrained in our brains that most people don’t go a day without thinking of having sex.

Having sex in a dream could mean different things, based on who your partner is or what emotions you’re experiencing.


If you dream about cheating on your partner, it could signify that you’re not being sexually satisfied by them, at least in your subconscious mind.

It also shows insecurities in the relationship and if the dream persists, it’s time to have a deep talk with your partner.


If you dream about doing it with one of your parents, it shows a lack of intimacy and genuine love between the person you’re having sex with and you.

Your desire to be more loved by one of your parents drives the feelings outlined above.

However, this doesn’t mean you’re attracted to your parents, just that there is some emotional void to be filled.

5. Flying

Generally speaking, flying is an enjoyable activity and you will be happy during your dream.

Mankind has desired to fly since its inception and therefore, flying represents liberation from stress, anxiety, depression or any other worry.

Flying can also mean that you’re taking giant steps in your waking life that will propel you to new heights.

Flying in your dreams is almost always a good sign and you should be content with your situation.

6. Someone Dying

According to old folklore, dreaming about someone dying prolongs their lives and makes them healthier.

However, modern dream interpretations don’t agree with this and claim that someone dying signifies changes in your relationship with that person.

If the setting around you is gloomy and you’re feeling sad, then the changes brought on are negative in your book.

If the opposite is the case, then you’re happy with the changes made.

7. Moving In Slow Motion

Dreams, where you’re moving in slow motion, are often blurry, spotted or distorted in some kind of way.

You feel weird and out of place.

These dreams signify that you feel like something is holding you back, maybe anxiety or depression and that you’re having trouble fighting against it.

It’s akin to imagining yourself walking through mud, with the mud being the problem in your waking life.

Your dream is basically a simulacrum of that situation.

8. Finding Money or Jewelry

Finding valuables in your dream is almost always a good sign.

It tells you that you’re about to hit a stroke of good luck and that your waking life is about to transform for the better.

The luck you’ll inherit will depend on the amount of money or jewelry you find.

Money can also symbolize the love and affection you have towards materialistic things and your energy in pursuing these things.

9. Seeing Snakes

Snakes have been a controversial figure in almost every religion and culture. They represent toxicity, stress and depression in your waking life.

If you dream about seeing snakes, try to distinguish the type of snake you’ve encountered.

If it’s a deadly snake, then you have to look closely at the new people you’ve let in your life.

They might be wolves in sheep’s clothing.

However, if you’re dreaming of a harmless snake or if your emotions are positive during the dream, then it could signify new changes in your life.

10. Seeing Bugs

In ancient times, humans used to be scared of bugs as they represented a potentially life-threatening enemy.

This has translated into today’s society as well, with bugs generally being seen as a pest.

Seeing bugs in your dreams could mean a couple of things.

First of all, in large numbers, bugs represent your repressed feelings and emotions.

They signify that you have some anxiety or guilt left unchecked in your waking life.

Also, bugs can symbolize working on yourself and your desires, if your emotions are positive or neutral during the dream.

How To Interpret Your Own Dream

It’s now time to learn how to interpret your own dreams.

This will help you out more than you think and is a far better resource when compared to generalized dream interpretations.

Here are the three questions you have to ask yourself after a dream:

1. What emotions and feelings did I experience during the dream?

The emotions you experience during your dream mean more than the setting of the dream.

For example, being unprepared for a test can signify a fear of missing out on things in real life, provided you experienced negative emotions.

However, experiencing positive emotions and being unprepared for a test means that you’re carefree and that you feel ready to face any challenge in your life.

2. What dreams have I repeatedly gone through in the last month?

Sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself; what dream was the most recurring during the past month?

What dream caused the most emotional hardship?

Questions like these will help you to scope out the pivotal problem bothering you in your waking life.

3. What is this dream trying to tell me?

You have to remember that you’re an individual, with your own unique problems and life experiences.

Once you recognize the most prevalent dream, it’s time to sincerely ask yourself what that dream is trying to tell you about yourself.

Is it warning you against other people in your life?

Or is the problem self-created?

There are numerous possibilities but by asking yourself and keeping a cool head, you’ll be able to narrow it down!


Dreams are doors to our subconscious minds.

If we imagine our mind to be an iceberg floating in the sea, only 10% or the tip of the iceberg would be our conscious mind.

The other 90% represents our subconscious mind.

Help yourself understand your life, your problems and your subconscious mind better with the tips outlined above.

We wish you the best of luck and fruitful dreams!

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