Anxiety and stress in everyday life may show up in your dreams as a nightmare. Many clinicians believe that nightmares are a normal reaction to stress and can help people deal with traumatic or stressful situations in their lives.
But do specific dreams have meanings? Lots of people believe that they do. You may think that a dream about getting shot reveals some deep seated fear about being violently murdered – however, it more than likely means something else entirely.
Nightmares are a way that your brain lets you know something is bothering you. However, many believe that common nightmares are caused by certain specific feelings.
Below are the 10 most common nightmares and an explanation of what they might mean.
10. Being Injured
A dream about being injured can have many different meanings. It could mean that you are feeling powerless about something in your life. If you intentionally injure yourself in your dream, it could mean that you are afraid of sabotaging something you’ve been working for, such as a personal or work related goal.
9. Car Accident
A nightmare involving a car that doesn’t work or a car in which you are travelling that goes out of control, is quite common. If you dream that your car has no brakes, or you are in a car car without a driver it could be representative of a feeling that your life is out of your control.
8. Getting Shot
Getting shot in a nightmare doesn’t reveal a fear about being violently murdered, instead it is often an indicator that you’re worried about something which you have to confront in your life. The problem could be with a partner, a co-worker, or a friend, or it could be about a problem you haven’t dealt with yet.
7. Being Chased or Attacked
If you dream that you are being chased or attacked by someone or something, it can suggest that you feel insecure about something that’s going on in your life. These dreams can also occur because you’re afraid of confronting something. Being chased usually represents not being able to deal with a situation. What you actually do in the dream might reveal something about how you deal with problems in real life. If you hide from the danger in the dream, it may mean that you tend to hide from problems in real life, rather than confronting them head on.