Common Dreams


The Most Common Dream Symbols

This page explores some of the most common dream symbols and the chances are you are likely to have had at least one of the dreams below.
Dreams that you are falling or naked in a public place, or losing your teeth or flying are all dreams shared by a great many people.
One of the great mysteries about dreams is that people of diverse backgrounds and cultures with varying experiences and of different ages can share these dream themes.
The human mind has the ability to generate and conjure up a myriad of images, yet we can still share such similar themes in our dreams. Perhaps we are not so different after all?

These so-called universal dreams transcend all generations and cultures. Whilst not all experts agree on the same list and frequency, these symbols are perhaps the most commonly reported in dream psychology, and you will find them listed below in alphabetical order.

Their interpretations are meant as starting points but don’t forget that their exact meaning will vary depending upon your personal associations.
Although people tend to have more negative dreams than positive ones, bear in mind that most dream themes have both negative and positive sides.


Common Dreams: Teeth falling down Unable to find a toilet Being chased Naked in public Unprepared for an exam Inappropriate intimacy Flying Out of control vehicle Finding an unnoticed door Being late Looking for something Climbing uphill Falling in love unexpectedly Hunted by ghosts Ex lover Traveling to the future Taking a shower Being invisible Defeated by vermin Losing your shoe Empty workplace Trapped in a prison Becoming a friend with a wild animal Burning building/fire Being addicted Restricted tunnel Surrounded by snakes Uninvited guest Chewing glass Kidnapped by aliens Meeting an old friend Sinking into the water Attacked by a dog Kidnapped by a gang Travel back in time Threatened by a spider Bad food Leaky roof Trapped in a lift Missing a body part Lost in shop A stranger with a message Becoming a superhero Malfunctioning machine Escaping a tornado Being pregnant Mysterious corridor House burglary Wrong paperwork Being in a deep forest Dark basement Getting married Unknown street or city Hounded by zombies Stuck in mud Meeting dead relatives Performing in public Having an affair/unfaithful partner Guilty of a crime Catching a train Meeting a celebrity Back to school/college Earthquake or eruption Dead of a loved one Wrong number/wrong button Angry confrontation Can’t find your way home Chase by the authority Winning the lottery Childhood house Unable to move Losing something Being stabbed or shot Taking the wrong route Life threatening illness Starring in a movie Winning a sport Unexploded bomb Missing a plane Invincible barrier Airplane crash/accident Children in danger Massive wave Endless packing Lost/broken car Graves or corpses Spies/secret agents Wearing the wrong clothes Forgotten baby Watched/stalked by someone Spooky loft Abandoned house Life or death battle Mouth full of chewing gum Neglected animal Caught up in a war Fatal injury An animal in the garden Confined to a kitchen Restricted opening Falling dream
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