Common Dreams


Common dreams are dreams that are experienced by many different people at least once during their lifetime.  Often they are recurring dreams that attempt to alert us to something in our life that needs attention.  It is said that common dreams are proof that all of humanity is connected, because so many of us have similar dreams.

There are many dreams that occur with frequency among the general population.  We’ll discuss fourteen such dreams here:


Flying dreams are among the most common reported dreams.  If you are dreaming of flying free, not in danger of falling or running into obstacles, you are probably feeling on top of your game.  Your life is going well and you feel like you can do anything.  Take advantage of this feeling and start something new.  Take that risk you’ve been thinking about taking because if there’s any time in your life when you are most likely to succeed, this is it.

If your flying dream is fraught with danger, however, it can mean something very different.  If you’re in danger of running into obstacles, then you may be feeling as if you are unable to move forward in your waking life.  It may be that someone or something is blocking your way and the frustration is coming out in your dreams.

If your flying dream suddenly becomes a free falling dream, you are likely experiencing a feeling of free fall in your waking life.  You may feel that your life is out of control and that you can’t stop whatever is happening to you.


Dreaming of falling is something many of us do when in our waking lives we’re dealing with something we worry we’ll be unable to handle.  If you are dreaming that you’re falling off a tall building, or a cliff, or falling during flight either in an airplane or by yourself, there is likely something going on in your life that is threatening to overwhelm you, and you feel as if you are losing control.

Naked in Public

Dreaming of being naked in public can be terribly humiliating.  Often this dream occurs when you’re about to face a new experience with new people, such as going from Junior High School to High School.  You may feel exposed and vulnerable.  You may feel as if you’re on display and unprepared.  Everyone else remembered to get dressed that morning but you are there in public in your birthday suit and now you have to go through your day with everyone knowing that you don’t have your act together.  The dream may reoccur until you’ve actually lived through the event and have, hopefully, remembered to get dressed beforehand.

Alternately, if you’re dreaming that you’re naked in public but you’re showing yourself with pride, it may mean you are craving attention and recognition for your accomplishments.  It may also result from sexual urges.

Running Toward Someone or Some Thing

Another common recurring dream is when you are running toward someone or something and are unable to catch up.  You may feel as if you’re running through water or mud, or simply unable to run very fast and you don’t know why.

This dream is symbolic of your desire to reach a goal that you feel is consistently out of your reach.  Maybe it’s a promotion or maybe you’re trying to find the ideal mate.  Maybe one of your children seems to be out of control and you can’t reach them.  This dream acts out your desire to reach a goal that you currently believe to be unattainable.

Take notes on this dream when you wake.  Look for symbols and try to figure out which goal is bothering you enough to cause you to have this dream, then do something in your waking life that takes you a step closer to the goal.  By reducing the expectations in your mind to steps toward the goal instead of simply focusing on the goal itself, the dreams should end.

Being Chased

Alternately, dreaming that you are being chased is also quite common.  Sometimes it’s unclear who or what is chasing you because the focus is on getting as far away as you can as fast as you can.  It can be a monster, a predatory animal, or a human who means you ill.

As in dreams in which you are doing the chasing, you are often unable to run quickly, though this time the chaser is able to come ever closer.

This dream can be interpreted as time running out.  You may feel as if something in your waking life is dogging your every step, coming ever closer.  Maybe you feel as if old age is gaining on you and will soon overpower you.  Or perhaps a fellow employee is gaining respect in the bosses eye, and soon he’ll catch up and then pass you by.  It could be that you’ve been trying to keep up with the Joneses, but your neighbor’s expensive new car is beyond your means, and then they go and build a new sun porch   Maybe your colleges are better dressed than you, or slimmer, or have the newest electronic device while you’re still paying off the old one.

When you are being chased in a dream it can be an indication that you are simply unable to stay ahead of the pack and you fear you’re going to be left behind.

Car is Out of Control

Another common dream is when you are in a car either as a passenger or as the driver, and the car is out of control.  Your brakes have gone out, or you’re on snow or ice and you can’t stop the car from spinning and slamming into things.  Or you could be in an airplane that’s coming down fast and a crash is inevitable.

This is an indication that you fear that some area of your life is out of control.  You feel as if you are unable to contain the problem and that it’s going to cause a lot of damage in your life.

Try to find a way to contain this problem and take control of the situation or at least minimize the damage.  That should not only help you live a happier life, but give you some peace at night, as well.


About Author

Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.

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  1. I have had reaccurring dreams about being in a car and out of nowhere it started spinning out of control. I felt the weight of the spin out and knew I was going to crash hard.. i just held on to the arm of my seat and once it felt I was falling in a barrel roll off a cliff but never actually crashed because I woke up. Does anyone know what this means? It bothers me because I’ve had these dreams more than once.

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