When you have a dream and want to decipher its meaning, the best thing you can do is immediately begin writing down the details after the moment you wake up. The human brain begins to forget 50 percent of the details in a dream only five minutes after a person wakes up. At 10 minutes after you are awake, your brain will forget 90 percent of the details of your dreams. While there is an array of common dreams that people tend to experience, you can interpret your dreams in a more specific fashion if you keep track of the specific colors, people, themes and shapes that appear in your dreams. Until you get to the point of becoming a dream interpreter, here are the interpretations for the five most common dreams experienced in American society.
Your Teeth Are Falling Out
It may seem odd that many people have this dream, but it may just be a reflection of our society’s need to keep their lips shut every now and then. The meaning of this dream is that you have been saying things that should be kept zip-locked in your mouth. When your teeth fall out in a dream, it means that you are being too “loose” with what you are saying in your life. Your subconscious is telling you that you need to keep hurtful words or gossip kept in your mouth. This will ensure that your words stay kept within your mouth, just like the permanent existence of teeth in your mouth.
Your Significant Other Cheated on You
Having this dream can make a person wake up in sweat. The good news is that you need not fear that your spouse has actually been cheating on you. Contrary to popular belief, this dream actually means that your spouse simply has his or her attention diverted at the moment. Your spouse may be very focused on paying the bills for the month or in landing a new job promotion. Whatever the case, you should use the dream as a sign that you should probably have a discussion with your spouse about what is capturing his or her attention.
The Feeling that You Are Trapped
In this type of dream, you may feel an endless struggle to escape a large structure or box. You likely are overwhelmed with a feeling of terror or fear in this type of dream. You probably also see that the structures have a dark or black color. What this dream is telling you is that you are actually feeling trapped in your real life. You should take the time to figure out what is bothering you. This dream is trying to help you confront the force that is having such a negative affect on your life.
You Are Involved in a Car Accident
The dream of being involved in a car accident is one of the most common dreams. This dream usually involves a rollover car accident or a sudden crash on the highway. If you have this dream, it means that you are feeling like you lack power in a situation in your life.
You Are Back in Your Old High School
In some dreams, you may take a trip down memory lane find yourself walking alongside the lockers of your old high school or elementary school. This type of dream usually means that you are feeling pressure or scrutiny in your career.
Deciphering dreams can give you knowledge that you need to deal with difficult situations in your life. Deciphering dreams can also be fun when the meaning shows that you have positive things to look forward to in your life!
Carla Boggs is a family therapist and guest author at Best Psychology Schools Online, a site with guides and resources to help prospective students find the best psychology schools.