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30 Common Dreams and What They Mean


Animals can symbolize habits. If you are gleefully playing with a basket of puppies, you are likely satisfied with your daily routine. However, if a terrifying wolf is chasing you, there may be some destructive habits you need to work on. 


If someone dies in your dream, it can symbolize a part of you changing. While in the dream, determining how this person died can help you come to terms with if the change in yourself is welcomed or forced upon you. 

Your Partner Cheating

Nothing is worse than dreaming about your partner cheating, mostly because you wake up mad or sad without having a real-life reason for it. Turns out, you may have a reason for feeling this way. A dream like this notes a lack of trust in your relationship. Thankfully, it isn’t a precursor to anyone being unfaithful.

Recurring Dream

If you keep having the same dream over and over again, it is a sign that something is nagging your subconscious. Specific aspects of your recurring dream may be important, but other times, it could just be your brain shouting, "Hey you! Pay attention!" And most of the time, it's worth your while to try and decipher what your subconscious is trying to tell you—figure out what’s bothering you before it gets so bad that your dreams become a reality!

Embarrassing Yourself

Some of the worst dreams are the ones that aren’t exactly nightmares but leave you feeling embarrassed when you wake up. This type of dream could signify stress or unhappiness.

Seeing People You Know

It’s perfectly normal to find friends and family in your dreams, but it can be confusing when you stumble upon an acquaintance. This may mean that someone made an impression on you and could become important to you in the future.

Loved Ones Suffering

It can be the worst feeling in the world to wake up from a dream where you were forced to witness the suffering of a loved one. It can mean that you are feeling some guilt when it comes to your relationship with this person. 


Strangely enough, a romantic encounter in your dream isn’t as straightforward as it seems. If you’re dreaming about intimacy, you could actually want a psychological connection with someone. You may feel disconnected with your partner.

Déjà vu

Have you ever had a dream where you’re sitting on your front porch and a bird lands next to you at the same time a car drives by, then you actually experience that in real life? It could mean that you are worried about the future. 

Losing Your Teeth

One unusual but common dream that people have is losing their teeth. Watching body parts decay can bring to light your fear of aging. This dream can help you pinpoint your fears and possibly help you overcome them. 


Some researchers claim that falling is a huge red flag from your subconscious mind. It means that you’re having a major life problem. This could involve work, relationships, or anywhere in your life. It usually comes because you feel as though things are out of control somewhere in your waking life.


Water-related dreams can be pretty scary. You may be lost somewhere in the middle of the ocean, or maybe you’re drowning. Water-related dreams you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsupported somewhere in your life – either by your loved ones, friends, or at work.

Doing Horrible Things

Some people have dreams where they commit a crime. When they try to cover it up, a whole host of other dream-crimes come to the surface. This could mean that there’s a problem inside yourself that you need to address before you have a meltdown.


Dreaming about pregnancy is a sign that you may want to become a parent, but it could mean something more. It could also mean that you’re looking for a creative project or something new to do in your life.


Flying in a dream is extremely freeing – unlike many of the others on this list. Your dream could be encouraging you to let go of issues and let things fall into place que sera, sera style. That’s a dream we can get on board with.

Quitting Your Job

Quitting your job is a really literal dream. It means that you’re ready to move on and find something new. There could be several reasons behind this dream but the meaning is clear.


Did you finally meet a celebrity only to find yourself waking up without your phone in your hand for a selfie? Well, you’re the culprit of another message. If you’ve been binging a certain music or movie star, they could show up in your dream for this reason. Others believe that it could mean something deeper, like you may not feel recognized or appreciated in life.

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Your Car

Some people find themselves driving their own car in their dreams, and this can tell you about the state of your health. If your car is in pristine condition, you’re probably physically and mentally fit. If you find that your car is run down, it may be time to schedule a checkup. 

Winning the Lottery

These types of dreams can reveal your heart’s deepest desires, whether you want to be rich or travel the world. This is great! Once you know your dreams, you can chase them!

Reconciling With People

You may have a dream where you find yourself making peace with people you’ve had disagreements with. This could be a signal that you feel bad about how things ended and some part of you wants to repair the relationship. 


Maybe you just went to bed hungry, but it could be something deeper. Food symbolizes energy, knowledge, or nourishment. So, when you dream about food, you could be longing more knowledge or insights.

Being Chased

If you find yourself dreaming about being chased, you may have some insecurities. You could be worried about what people think about you at work, how people will react to new developments in your life, or anything else that gives you anxiety.

Test Taking

Nothing is more stressful than a test, and dreaming about taking a test is even worse. Perfectionists may have this dream quite a bit. It reminds a person to stay alert. This dream could also come from someone who has recently graduated. Others believe that these dreams mean you’re under a lot of pressure, something which isn’t uncommon if someone is in school.

Achieving a Goal

You may find yourself dreaming about making a huge scientific discovery when you’re only a lowly, undergraduate research assistant. This kind of dream can serve as an inspiration for you and may even show you the steps you need to take to make that dream a reality!

Clothing (or Lack Thereof)

Have you ever woken up in a dream to find yourself completely naked? If you feel at ease in the nude, it could mean that you are comfortable in your own skin. However, if you are scrambling to find something to cover up with, it could be that you are vulnerable and not completely satisfied with who you are right now. 

Being Late

You’re late, you’re late for a very important date! White rabbit, aside, being late can cause some to panic. This dream could mean that you feel overwhelmed. Lateness in a dream could also mean you feel as though you’re making promises that you can’t keep.

Being Trapped

Are you in a room without any doors or windows? Your brain is telling you that you may need a fresh approach to your life or a change. If you can’t switch up something major, it wouldn’t hurt to go on holiday for a bit.


If you’re having dreams about demons, whether you’re the demon or not, it could mean that you secretly feel as though you should change your behaviors. Your subconscious is telling you that you’re worried about your behaviors as of late.

Being Paralyzed

Being paralyzed is one of the scariest things that can happen to someone in a dream. Dreaming about paralysis could indicate that you feel as though you have a lack of control in your waking life. Sleep paralysis can occur at the moment between REM sleep and the waking stage of sleep.

Empty Rooms

Dreaming about empty rooms is fairly common. It usually comes about when you need to get back in touch with yourself. The empty room symbolizes discovering a new or neglected part of yourself. It’s often a skill or talent you’re not utilizing in your waking life.