Frequently Asked Questions
Before we get into any specific interpretations of
the meaning of dreams, I want to answer some frequently
asked questions about them.
Every dreamer has asked questions about why we dream,
and what those dreams mean. While every dream
is unique to the person who dreams it, the world of
dream interpretation is a rich, fascinating and exciting
one. We have included here some of the most commonly
asked questions about dreams and their analysis.
What is the significance of dreams?
Yes, dreams do have significance in the real world.
Dreams are told in a symbolic language, and the
images in dreams tend to contain hidden meanings and
hidden messages. When analyzing and interpreting
dreams, it is important to understand that the stories
told in dreams are symbolic and not meant to be taken
literally. The significance of dreams for each
dreamer is a personal matter related to each personís
experience and emotions.
Why do recurring dreams happen?
Recurring dreams are among the most common types
of dreams. Most often, recurring dreams indicate
that the dreamer has some issue that is not being confronted
in his or her waking life. Examining these recurring
dreams, and understanding what triggers them, can often
allow the dreamer to resolve the underlying issue and
banish the recurring dream.
Do most people dream in color?
Most people do dream in color, but many may not notice
the colors in the dream world. Since color is
such a natural part of our normal day to day experience,
color may be overlooked in the dream world. In
addition, because dreams fade so quickly, the sense
of color may be the first thing to leave the conscious
Do animals dream as well?
All mammals studied have exhibited the same brain
activity that humans exhibit during dream sleep. Many
scientists see this as proof that animals do in fact
dream, although what they dream about is likely to remain
How are dreams affected by our daily lives?
Any feelings or thoughts repressed during the day
are likely to make an appearance in your dreams during
the night. For example, if you wanted to show
your anger to someone but were unable to do so, you
may express anger to that person or a similar figure
in a dream. In addition, those who have experienced
traumatic events are often troubled by nightmares in
which they relive that trauma.
Do men and women dream differently?
Men and women both experience the same brain wave
activity during dream sleep. The content of the
dreams of men and women do differ, however. Studies
of dream content have shown that men tend to dream more
about other men than about women, while women tend to
dream about men and women equally.
Why do I remember only bad dreams and never good
One reason is that the most vivid dreams tend to
be those that are remembered, and nightmares are generally
more vivid than good dreams. In addition, sleepers
are often awakened by a particularly vivid nightmare,
and waking during dream sleep means that the dream will
most likely be remembered in its minutest details.
What does it mean to dream about dreaming?
Experiencing a dream within a dream may be a way
to deal with items from the subconscious mind. A
dream within a dream may prevent the dreamer from waking
up prematurely, and they often are reflections of a
critical issue that the dreamer needs to confront and
gain control of.
Will I really die if I hit the ground during a falling
The many people who have described hitting the ground
during a dream about falling are proof positive that
hitting the ground in a dream is not a terminal experience.
It is true, however, that dreams of falling often
wake the dreamer, and that is probably where that old
legend got its start.