William M. Bernstein PhD

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dr. William Bernstein is an author of psychology in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He has over 20 publications since 1979 and is trained in biology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, psychoanalysis, social, organizational, and medical psychology. 

William M. Bernstein PhD NM

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Dream Interpretation Answers

For many years, the topic of dream interpretation has been a popular subject. Understanding the deeper meanings of dreams can help you gain insight into your own thoughts and feelings.

Interpreting Dreams

Sigmund Freud, a well-known psychoanalyst, described dreams as “the royal road to the unconscious” and suggested that we could uncover the hidden desires and motivations that lead to neurosis by studying dreams.

Popular culture has made it a way to entertain and reflect on dreams by analyzing them and assigning meanings. Are dreams actually able to reveal hidden meanings? Are your dreams able to reveal your subconscious desires and wishes?

Although some modern theories about dreams suggest that they are not, there are still interpreters and analysts who publish a lot of content to try to determine what common dreams themes and symbols actually mean.

Let’s look closer at some common dreams and see what dream interpretation books can tell us about them.

Common dreams and interpretations

What does it mean when you dream about someone else?

The most fascinating part of life is the dream. These dreams can occur while we are asleep and can be extremely informative.

Sometimes they can be a sign of something wrong in our lives and need to be addressed.

Your thoughts and feelings toward someone could be what you dream about when you are thinking about them.

It could be a symbol or sign of something more important in your life.

Although it is hard to know what dreams really mean, they can often be symbolic of situations in our lives where we are most at risk.

It could also indicate what we think about during our waking hours.

Sometimes dreams can be about everything, and sometimes even things that we haven’t experienced in real life.

Dreams about people are often a reflection of how you feel about them in real life.

You may dream that your dream is telling you to pay more attention to this person in your waking world.

Your subconscious might be trying to find the right connections and may need your help.

For clues about your life, you might want to note any recurring themes.

Dreams about falling

There is no consensus scientifically regarding the psychology of dreams.

Research shows that dreams involving falling are very common. Researchers believe this could be a sign of feelings of helplessness and rejection.

A dream of falling can be triggered by a single event, such as a hike near a cliff or rolling too close to your bed. However, dreaming of falling can also mean feeling:

  • Insecure or unstable
  • Inadequate or inferior
  • Anxious
  • Overwhelmed
  • Out of control

You may be able to find out the reason why you often dream about falling. Sometimes, nightmares are a sign of:

  • sleep disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

According to many dream interpretations and at most one study, falling dreams can indicate that something is not going right in your life.

Dreams about death

The idea of dreaming about your own death is symbolic of inner transformations, self-discovery, and positive developments in your life. You are in a transitional period and becoming more spiritual or enlightened. You are about to make big changes. Dreams of your own death may occur if you’re getting married, divorced, promoted, or moving to another country. Dreaming of death is a sign that you’re taking control of your own life and starting a new chapter. You desire change in your life.

Death in a relationship

Your subconscious will tell you to dream about your ex dying because it is your way of telling you that your relationship is over and you are ready to move on. Dreaming about your deceased parents is a sign that your life is going through significant changes. Your relationship with your parents is changing. As children reach certain milestones in their lives and become adults, the dream of their deaths is symbolic of their self-discovery, transformation, and transition into a new stage.

Dreams About infidelity

Sometimes, it can feel so real to be cheated on in dreams that you end up accusing your partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other. These dreams can be disturbing and unsettling. This can often make you question your relationships. Dreams about infidelity often involve your own insecurity and not about cheating. What is the dream about?

Feeling of neglect:

Your mate might not pay attention to you, which could lead to a dream in which your partner has an affair. If they don’t pay attention to you, you may think that they are focusing on something else. Maybe your partner is working more, traveling more, or spending more time at work. It may seem innocent but your subconscious mind makes time you spend away from home feel like an affair.

Fear of abandonment:

Dreaming that your spouse, mate or significant other is cheating on your indicates that you are afraid of being abandoned. Your concerns about the future and your partner’s ability to be there for you are a sign that you are worried. You may be waiting for your partner to commit. These dreams can often be triggered by the fact that you have been abandoned by someone, such as an ex or a parent.

 

Low self-esteem:

You may feel inadequate, unworthy or not worthy of the expectations of others. This could lead to the dream that your partner is cheating you. A low self-worth may make you feel like there’s no reason for your partner to leave. Think about who your partner is cheating with in the dream. Do you consider this person to be superior in any way to you? Are they prettier, more beautiful, wealthier, or smarter than you?

Issue with trust:

Trust is an essential element of a relationship. You may have doubts about the relationship if trust is breached. A dream that is not true can be interpreted as an adulterous dream.

Dreams About teeth falling out

This dream may be accompanied by feelings of loss of control or worries about someone or something important. Maybe the dream reminds us that we haven’t been to the dentist in a while and makes us anxious about our dental health.

You are not the only one who has had dreams like these. Research on common dream themes shows that 39% have had dreams about their teeth breaking, falling out, or rotting at least once in their lives.

A vivid dream about teeth falling out can raise concerns about your sleep quality, health, and well-being. Whether you are worried about your teeth or curious about the reason for these dreams, it is important that you know that they do not indicate anything serious.

However, dreams about trauma to teeth are quite common. Although there are many ways to interpret these dreams, the majority of people have used superstition rather than science.

Dreams About taking a test

A dream in which you are taking an examination indicates that you will be put to the test. These dreams can highlight the anxiety or agitation you may be experiencing in your daily life. You may dream that you are unable to answer the questions, that the test is being administered in a foreign language, or that your pencil keeps slipping during the test. You might find that the time is running out, and the exam cannot be completed in the time allowed. You might arrive late or miss the exam. 

These are all factors that can lead to you failing the dream test. These dreams often have to do the self-esteem and lack of confidence. You are more likely to believe the worst about yourself, and you worry that you don’t measure up to others’ expectations. Fears of not being accepted, being prepared, or being enough may be a part of your life.

Test dreams can also indicate that you feel unprepared for a challenge. These dreams rarely refer to the content of the test. Instead, they are more about how you feel during exam taking. These feelings can often mirror how you feel in a specific situation or challenge in your day.

Also, test dreams can indicate that you are being evaluated. These dreams can be used to help you examine an area of your life that you have neglected and to which you need to pay more attention. It is possible that you feel guilty about not being prepared enough for an exam, meeting, business project, or other events. People who dream like this are less likely to fail real-life tests. This dream is grounded in fear and anxiety about not meeting other people’s standards. Fear of being let down by others is a part of your dream.

Dreams about seeing a dead loved one

You may experience dream visitations when you see the remains of a loved one. It is possible to see a friend or relative, feel their presence, and even speak with them. Because of our beliefs about death, it can be difficult to explain or prove visits. It is not possible to prove the existence of heaven, hell, or the afterlife. Only when you experience the visitation of a loved person in a dream will you be able to know that the dead can visit you in your dreams.

It is personal to dream about a loved person. Interpreting the meaning of your dream will depend on your current state of mind, life situation, and the nature of your relationship with the deceased.

Most likely, your brain is processing your thoughts and feelings about the deceased person you are dreaming of. Dreams are the manifestation of thoughts and emotions that have been buried deep within our subconscious.