25 Common Dreams and Their Meanings

21. Celebrities

Paparazzi and celebrity

It might seem strange that we talk about, and even dream about, celebrities almost as much as we do our own group of friends and family, but evolutionary psychology has a solid theory to explain it: If we see or hear about a person a lot, even if it’s on TV or in magazines, our brains cannot distinguish between whether we actually “know” the person, or if we just think we do. Thus, we can feel like a celebrity or public figure is a member of our “tribe” even though we’ve never met them. So, having a dream about hanging out with Jack Nicholson is not necessarily more significant than dreaming about hanging out with a college friend you admire (unless, perhaps, Jack is in character from The Shining). However, if you have a dream where you feel a rush of pride or elation because a celebrity is showing you attention, this could mean you long to attain a higher social status, possibly due to low self-esteem.

22. Can’t Make a Phone Call

Man frustrated with phone

Although telephones don’t resemble the form they did 20 or even 10 years ago, we are still dependent on our phones for much of our communications, whether it’s via text or using it to actually speak to someone. In fact, you could argue that we’re more addicted to our phones than ever before in history. As in real life, a phone in a dream represents communication. Thus, the common dream of not being able to get through to someone over the phone indicates communication problems or fear of not being able to connect with the person at the other end. Perhaps you are having communication issues with this person in real life. On the other hand, you might be a little too dependent on using your smartphone as a primary means of communication and could benefit from some in-person human interaction. (Ever heard of meeting for coffee?)

23. Being Paralyzed

Man in wheelchair

You try to move, but your legs are paralyzed or physically trapped. Or maybe you try to speak, but can’t make the words come out. Whatever the exact context of the dream, you are unable to use your usual tools to flee a threat, go somewhere, or express yourself. According to thecuriousdreamer.org, paralysis dreams can indicate that you feel unable to progress in a certain situation because something is holding you back, possibly even self-sabotage. As a result, you may be exerting a lot of effort but still “going nowhere.” Try to figure out what obstacle you feel is hindering you in real life.

24. Can’t Find the Bathroom


In some cases, the common dream of not being able to find a bathroom could have the same meaning as being exposed to the public when trying to use the bathroom: you seek privacy so that you won’t have to feel vulnerable or embarrassed. However, in many cases, people have this dream when they need to use the toilet in real life. If you frequently have this dream and wake up with an urgent need to go to the bathroom, or worse, you find and use the bathroom in your dream, but not in real life, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to make sure you don’t have any, um, plumbing problems. If the dream is unrelated to a real-life urge to use the bathroom, it could symbolize that there is an issue in your life where you are finding it challenging to express your fundamental needs, according to Wallace.

25. Being Frustrated

Woman having fit

A general feeling of frustration is perhaps the most common theme in dreams. Maybe you lost your car keys and can’t find them, or you can’t figure out the answer to an important question, or you can’t cry out for help when you need it. Or maybe the context is so nonsensical that can’t even figure out why you found it so frustrating once you wake up. This theme runs through most “bad” dreams, including many of the dreams discussed above. According to threat-rehearsal theorists like Keith Stevens, these dreams motivate us to be persistent and overcome challenges in real life. However, if you have these bad dreams so often that they are causing you significant distress, this could indicate that you have severe stress or a psychological condition, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. In such cases, it is a good idea to talk to a doctor or mental health professional. If your dreams have you tossing and turning every night, you might also want to talk to your doctor about taking a natural sleep aid to achieve more restful, restorative sleep.

  • Alfred

    great article as usual ive experienced some of these dreamss at a certain point in my childhood life, now that im a teen all i dream of is sex lol :p

  • i do have celeb dream and a annoying dream needle being inserted in my eye.

  • i do have dream of needle pinching in my eye but not one of them.

  • Desiree

    *Also have heard that dreaming of losing your teeth represents the loss of money or the fear of losing money. Never quite made the connection but thought it was interesting. Love the post!

    • suzy Q

      Not really, it means your gonna lose a relative or your parents might die… I dreamed loosing my teeth many times and i lost my grandma and 2 friends… You lose money when you dream of finding silver coins like twenty five cents

      • Chiara Fucarino

        Sorry, but I have to disagree. I think that dreaming about losing teeth can mean so many things. It could stem from the fear of losing money, family members, or anything else one couldn’t live without. As for me, it’s kind of silly. I had braces for 5 years, and after I had them taken off, I was in constant fear of losing my teeth or screwing them up somehow (because that’d mean five years and thousands of dollars down the drain). I had those dreams frequently.

      • zack randall

        suzy q was right if your dream about losing teeth it means your beloved someone will pass away…it is true proven and tested therefore if you dream losing teeth again all you have to do is PRAY for your love ones..

  • lola

    I have never had a dream about falling, yet they say it is the most common type. I actually had a dream about losing teeth the other night though.

  • Cameron

    I am a heavy lucid dreamer. I first started when I was a kid, I found out a way to wake myself on demand but now I have full control now. For example when Im up high in a dream, like a cliff or a building and i am scared of falling off, I all of a sudden figure out I’m dreaming, so I jump and keep falling and without waking up until I hit the floor, but the weird this is I land on my feet and carry on in the dream. As a matter of fact I can do this in all dream circumstances. I take what I want, go where I want and pretty much do what I want to do as if I were invincible! Is there some sort of reason for this? Am I the only one? Please help me. I would love to know the reason why I can do this. Thank you.

    • Mae Grace

      I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted to do this. Some people describe this as astral projection. I am able to wake myself up in a few of my dreams, but nothing as good as this. Try watching this video: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=8VB6h_bWR3Y&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8VB6h_bWR3Y&gl=GB you may not buy into this, but spirit science is a great series and very interesting.

      • jeffen

        I awake when I can’t explain a situation, or move a limb the problem becomes confounding and annoying and wakes me. Acceptance of the impossible, must be the answer.

  • I hate bad dreams.

  • Maria

    I have many dreams , but then again as pshycotheripist describe me as a astral dreamer, people say my dreams are very unique and mean something very special …..

    • Maria

      If a psychotherapist describes you as an astral dreamer then they are taking the p*ss out of you. Everyone thinks their dreams are unique and special, don’t get ahead of yourself.

    • cm

      But the dream is very closely relates with your real life and perfectly indirectly, that you will understand afterwards .

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  • linda

    I have dreams about my family and them dieing in my dreams or i am trying save
    Then also i dream of children crying in my dreams and i can’t find them i wake my self
    Up crying in a panic and can’t breath . My dreams seem so real

  • tom

    i dream that i was having sex with a friend and woke up to see sperm in my shot what those that mean please

    • cm

      that means many things but that is also a disease .You should go to doctor as soon you can NOR it will loose you in many times you did not even expected .
      According to your dream with real life it means that you are going to fall ill in between those days .

      • Kalvo

        or u could have a simple problem with a succibus or incibus

  • Petra cottontail

    My friend needs this dream interpreted.She has a little boy(in the dream..she is childless) who has an obviously crippled leg.Her leg is also crippled.A handsome stranger offers to fly her to Philadelphia from Italy to try to get medical help. At a house they went to, there were hundreds of rabbits all around the grounds.What’s it mean?

  • little

    I just finish reading a book called screwing in the dream otherwise called sex in the dream, by GOD ALMIGHTY. A powerful book that talked about having sex in the dream, the author talked about his own personal experience. His definition of dreams are different, heck the book out you will enjoy it.


    I dreamed that I swallowed a very long snake. Then I tried to pull it out of my mouth. With much difficulty at first but was eventually able to take out all of it which was many feet long. I woke up feeling so bad. Is it such a terrible dream? Thank you.

  • saniya

    Many times i saw shit in my dreams what does it mean?

    • jeffen

      Think of transformation – food into energy – waste product nutrient for the soil and cleanser of the body. You are the ultimate Transformer

  • Rowan

    Dreams are so facinating, i’m doing a speech on them currently and am finding so much information that it will likely be very long, but definitly interesting.

  • Nico

    Morning all i dream my girlfriend was walking hand in hand with a man and when she me she let go of the mans hand and carrys on walking

  • sue

    my latest dream was a muddle – i had lots of money i couldn`t spend -a big house that every time i left i ended back in- words popped up that i couldn`t read because they contained on vowels – i was in an old peoples home but every door i used to get out led to a tiny garden – roads i couldn`t cross – buses where the drivers wouldn`t drive and a shop where i could`nt get served …..

    • Kirmani

      Having everything but having nothing?

  • Ruth Fontanilla

    i have a dream haveing a thrie stars uponme…….and the if moving upward…pls helpi dont know wats the meaning of that dreams……………….

  • zackey

    what does it means when your dreams are opposite on what you think like i would like to run faster but i cant or i would like to jump but i cant jump

    plsss help…….

  • mar

    i dream a rode in the ship what in means?? anwser please !

  • stv

    I had a dream last night I was halfway on a staircase at the bottom it was pitch black and there was a door I was looking down and got an instant chill I turned around and at the top of the stairs there was light and people as I started to go up I started getting warmer………any ideas????

  • Lisa

    I dreamt I was enjoying a sensual bath with a colleague, leant forward to kiss him and woke up. What does it mean?

    • millicent

      I had a dream that i was given a comb to comb my hair

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  • bernadette

    i don’t know how to explain this dream of mine, its like i am floating in the middle of nowhere and seing light and dark. its like i am fighting for something, in my mind while i’m sleeping i know that i am trying to wake up or open my eyes but it is very hard and feels heavy and i cannot move my body or even my toe. In my dream i am screaming but not sure if i ever screem while sleeping but it feels like i do. all i wanted to do is to open my eyes when i am having this kind of dream but i can’t do it ( i know that i am trying to but i can’t also move my body) i would like to know what this mean????

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    • teribear

      The devil is the image of the snake and he wants to devour that which reflects the sun (representing God and/or God’s love, which brings light to the world). Thus when the snake eats the moon, there is darkness everywhere. If there is a devil, you can bet he wants to destroy you and everyone. So I think we are the moon. Just my thoughts.

  • Hello Shannon your blog is really wonderful. Once I had a dream that I am sleeping on my bed and suddenly fall down from my bed does it also signifies depression or something going in wrong direction in my life?

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  • peisi

    i dreamt of my baby getting lost in the supermarket

  • Jim

    This is a little different. My friend/coworker had a dream about us. Now normally I don’t really read into dreams that much, but I am attracted to her. Unfortunately she is already taken. Which makes work difficult.

    Anyways she dreams that we are working together in our country of birth (were immigrants). I tell her to go look for something within our department of work and she gets lost and finally comes back to tell me she was unable to find it (can’t remember what “it” is, not sure if she tells me), and then she asks me to go look for it and I can’t find it either and we are both upset at each other. I guess i was more upset. We both attempt to go look for it and get lost together in the process. She tells me that she doesn’t understand why she asked me to look for the item or thing especially when i can’t read the language. She pretty much ends on the note that we were just lost. No resolution.

    She brought up the dream randomly on the premise that I’m someone who doesn’t get upset easily, and she has this dream which is the opposite. Her outward attitude about it, was that she was slightly shocked and slightly amused. I didn’t think much of it, but it came back to me this morning about a week after she told me.

    Just curious what it all means.

  • Guest

    in my dreams i saw my husband having sex with another women.near of my side n my mom as well….i saw after sex he is getting colhes even i saw his organ…n he trying to avoid me..i was cried lots in my dreams… please please response me…..n please let me knw the meaning of my dream…m really stress of this dream…my husband is not that kind of man..he is very loyal n loving….how could i saw this…please reply me…i will be thankful….please…

  • garadis

    my dream last night theres so many lices on my hair..and so itchy

  • Tiffany

    i have dreams about needles in my eyes, being chased with a lighter, rapes, and being in the middle of burglarys and anything that involes a wepon, conflict, or death and tourture. once i had a dream my best friend (my dog lol) got stabed in the back wit a screw driver and suffered. i woke up screaming. im 13.

  • Sebernard

    I had a dream about a spider coming after me. In real life I hate spiders but in the dream I got mad at the spider and hit it away then I woke up. I am just wondering what it means when you confront a spider in a dream and win the fight lol.

  • Robert Davis

    I enjoy those dreams when i’m being chased by some giant robot and i need to run really fast. You may think this as a negative dream but it’s the best dream I can ever have. I have them nearly every night and its so fun because you can do parkour and stuff to run away. Why is this fun?

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  • nathan

    I actually dreamt about being naked but…Everyone didn’t notice that i was, they all thought i had clothes, They said i had clothes on so i acted normal but deep down inside i knew something was wrong…Could someone Answer my question to this dream?

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