By Madeline McDougal, Jennifer Kowalczyk, Elizabeth Brown, Madisson Hill, Katarina Capalbo
Imagine this: you’re standing on a beach and it’s a beautiful, windy day. The sun is glowing in the bright blue sky until the view is obstructed by fast-moving, dark clouds. You look out into the ocean to spot a wall of water, otherwise known as a tsunami, rushing toward the beach. You and the rest of those with their feet in the sand watch it in wonder instead of fear, and before it reaches the shore, you wake up.
Dreaming is something everyone has experienced in their life, but have you ever wondered why dreams happen or what they could mean? Many people have wondered if dreams reflect their needs, wants, or even their daily life. The word “dream” means a series of sensations and images that occur in a person’s mind while they sleep.
Dream interpretation is the process of placing a meaning to the dreams. According to a popular dream meaning site, dreammoods.com, dreaming of a tsunami means, “You are experiencing some unhappiness and emotional instability in a waking situation.” Some of the most common themes to dream about are being chased, free-falling, flying, and teeth melting. When you dream of being chased, it symbolizes avoiding a situation that is unfavorable. Dreams about falling while afraid symbolize lack of control or insecurity about something; falling dreams where you are not scared symbolize overcoming something without a problem. Dreaming about flying means freedom from something that has made you feel restricted, and a dream of teeth melting symbolizes having said something you shouldn’t have.
While these could be applicable to you, sometimes your dream may require a more intimate interpretation from specific details. Most people are content with these explanations, yet some wonder how those who interpret dreams reach these conclusions. By paying attention to symbols that stand out in your dreams, and through connecting them to your waking life, interpreting your dream is equivalent to clarifying a blurry picture one piece at a time. Your dreams are typically a reflection of your life and you could use the symbolism shown to you while you are sleeping to shape how you view your daily behavior while awake.
A majority of the time, people have dreams involving negative emotional content since negative things in your life typically stand out more in your mind than that which is positive. “A reoccurring dream I have is being kidnapped,” a student confessed when asked about what their most common reoccurring dream is. Dreams about kidnapping symbolize the feeling of being trapped and restricted, or a person could be going off track from their goal.
According to Mrs. Wayne, a psychology teacher at Viera High School, “Everyone has unique sleep cycles and it has to do with brain waves. However, if you keep your eyes closed after you wake, then you are more likely to remember your dreams. 50% of dreams are forgotten in five minutes and 90% after fifteen minutes of waking.” This may explain why some people don’t remember their dreams at all as most forget soon after waking up.
The way a person interprets their dream can influence how they view their everyday actions. Dreams could make a person feel both happy and guilty about something; dreams are a way to reflect on your day in an abstract way. In any case, the way our brains act while we sleep still contains a lot of mysteries, and we may never really know exactly why we dream.