Dream meaning of nightmare

Did you dream of a snake or spider? Being chased by a lion? Aliens or Demons?

Browse through different animal symbols in our dream dictionary to learn what these specific things may mean.

Scary Events

Often times we may have dreams of events that are frightening.

Drowning in water, falling down stairs, being trapped and more.

These things can often be symbolic for what we might feel about a situation.

Learning to understand what these events might mean can help us with knowing what a nightmare means relating to our life.

Change and Transformation

Often times we will have nightmares as a result of sudden changes.

Many dreams about death and dying are symbolic for change.

Dreaming about someone being killed can often be a dream for wanting to change an aspect of your personality or stopping a behavior.

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The Dream Encyclopedia

Too much indulgence in the things that cause upset to the mind, the body, or the spirit is indicated by nightmares, indicating it is time to cut back, identify problems, and reorganize one’s lifestyle.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

If you suffer nightmares, it is evident that the insecurity, fears, and worries are having an effect on you.
However, to interpret this type of dream correctly, you should try to remember if you have recently seen a horror movie or read a hair- raising story that could have affected you subconsciously. Not in vain, these mechanisms of a narrative type have the ability to awaken dark points of the past that are repressed in the unconscious. Their function is to remind you what types of situations frighten you.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

To dream of having a nightmare is an extremely rare phenomenon and suggests you are probably repressing a rather deep-seated emotional problem; if you know what it is, talk it over with someone you trust; otherwise get help from a professional psychologist.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox
Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox

These are the important dreams that help us maintain emotional and psychological balance and equilibrium in the face of stress and fear.

Nightmares are those frightening and often very memorable dreams that can wake you up and leave you riddled with anxiety. While there may be underlying neurological causes for nightmares, for the most part they are simply a common experience in the world of dreams; sooner or later, you are likely to have one. There are many emerging theories about the neurological structure of nightmares and what some of the value of having them might be with regard to stress and psychic balance. However, these don’t address the question that most people want an answer to, and that is, what causes them? Of course, the answer to that question is that we still don’t really know what causes nightmares, or any dreams for that matter. We do know that there are some medications that can impact the quality and intensity of dreams, including the frequency of nightmares. There are plenty of old wives’ tales associated with activities that can supposedly bring them on, such as eating red meat or other heavy foods before going to sleep. There are even those who believe the direction you lie in while you sleep can cause bad dreams. These are not, however, proven scientific facts, nor are they validated by my personal experience of interpreting thousands of dreams over many years.

Nightmares are not easily forgotten, and the residual emotional reaction they sometimes generate can often linger in our conscious awareness far longer than the fond memories of our more pleasant dreams. However, this inherent capacity to remember them often makes them easy to work with. Additionally, people are sometimes highly motivated to understand them because of the upset they can create. If dreams are indeed messages from the unconscious, a nightmare is one way it has of telling us to pay attention, as there may be shadow material coming up. This always means there is something important to learn.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

If you have a nightmare, something is making you anxious or fearful in your waking life. Look up the particular images in the nightmare to see what might be causing your anxiety. If you wake up generally fearful or anxious but can’t remember the details of the nightmare, something is bothering you, and you need to face it if you want to have a peaceful sleep.

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