The Most Common Recurring Dreams, And The Meanings Behind Them

Dreams can come true, or so the song goes. And while that might be great if you dream about winning the state lottery or getting the job you want, it isn’t so good if you dream of being inundated with bugs, losing your voice, or your hair falling out. Or is it? Sometimes dreams can mean something surprising, even positive, when they seem negative. We’re going to take a look at 20 of the most common dreams and see what they mean.

20. Dreaming of flying

It’d be great to be able to fly, and usually when we dream of flying, we’re having a good time. The rush of the air, the feeling of having nothing to weigh you down — it can be fantastic. But is it truly a positive? Or could it actually mean something worrying?

What does it mean?

The good news is that, yes, it is positive. Dream expert Theresa Cheung explained to Woman & Home magazine, “It’s generally a symbol of something happening in your life that gives you a high.” And psychologist Ian Wallace agreed when he spoke to U.K. website The Independent, saying that it “suggests that you have released yourself from circumstances that have been weighing you down in waking life.” So perhaps it means you’ve made a difficult decision or won a promotion at work.

19. Dreaming of bugs

Our next dream’s something more earthbound. Not nearly as positive as dreaming of flying is a dream of bugs crawling on your body. That doesn’t sound very good at all! And Lee Chambers, an environmental psychologist, confirmed to Woman & Home that it’s generally a sign of something negative in your life.

What does it mean?

Chambers said, “Dreaming about insects, especially in large numbers, is often a symbol of negative thoughts or feelings.” Those feelings might be such things as anxiety or guilt. In a sense, they’re crawling themselves — through your sleeping mind instead of on your body. Shudder! And there’s no bug spray that can rid you of them.