2. Don’t Read Dreams Literally
Taking a dream literally doesn’t often help to gain insight–a dream about your partner cheating on you doesn’t mean your partner is cheating on you, or even that you are worried about it. Although often times it does indicate that your partner is spending too much time at work or might be otherwise distracted. Be loose in intrepeting your dreams, look for symbolic significance rather than literal.
Here are some of the most common themes in dreams, and possible interpretations:
Flying and Falling
Flying is usually a sign that you’re in control. The more adept you are at controlling your flight, the higher the chances are that you are feeling in control when awake. But if the flying turns to falling, or if the dream is all about falling, a loss of control is indicated. Falling is a sign that something is not going well–job, relationship, finances, etc. It is a good time to reflect upon what’s feeling slippery to you. Falling dreams are also common for people who suffer from depression.
Dream therapist Patrick Andries says that because teeth “process” food just as the brain digests new knowledge, losing your teeth can mean you’ve come across information that you aren’t quite ready to accept yet. Other dream specialists suggest that losing teeth signifies that you have been talking too freely, like gossipping or using blunt language.
Failing An Exam
This dream often takes places when you are feeling challenged by a life circumstance. Look at how you are being challenged or judged, and what you can do to relax and effectively prepare for what (or whom) you’re facing.
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