Friday, August 27, 2010

Rapid Eye Movement

After work, I went home with my cousin Aileen, since we both work in the Orchard area. On the taxi, she mentioned she had this dream that she was in a burning building in Eastwood in Manila. It made me realize the most common dreams I usually have which are "falling" and "naked" dreams. As you know, dreams happen during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. Do you ever experience a sudden jolt like 2 minutes into your sleep? Or do you ever dream about being completely butt naked in public but no one else seems to notice but you? Well, here's what I found out through Dream Moods...

"I'm Naked!"

Becoming mortified at the realization that you are naked in public, reflects your vulnerability or feelings of shamefulness. You may be hiding something and are afraid that others can see right through you. Metaphorically, clothes are a means of concealment. Depending on the type of clothes you wear, you can hide your identity or be someone else. But without them, everything is hanging out for all to see. You feel completely exposed and are left without any defenses. Thus, your naked dream may be telling you that you are trying to be something that you really are not. The dream is literally try to strip you down to your true being. You are fearful of being ridiculed and disgraced.

Often times, when you realize that you are naked in your dream, no one else seems to notice. Everyone else in the dream is going about their business without giving a second look at your nakedness. If this happens in your dream, then it implies that your fears are unfounded; no one will notice except you. You may be magnifying the situation and making an issue of nothing.

If you dream that you are proud of your nakedness and show no embarrassment or shame, then it symbolizes your unrestricted freedom. You have nothing to hide and are proud of who you are. Alternatively, the dream may be telling you that you are drawing the wrong kind of attention to yourself. You want to get noticed, but are going about it the wrong way.

I often find myself stressing about things that I suppose other people don't really notice or care about. Add to that my perpetual insecurity about my weight and my skin. Thus, my naked dreams.

"Help! I'm Falling!"

Falling dreams are one of the most common dreams that people have. Everyone at sometime in their life will have at least one falling dream.

Falling is an indication of insecurities, instabilities, and anxieties. You are feeling overwhelmed and out of control in some situation in your waking life.

Falling dreams also often reflect a sense of failure or inferiority in some circumstance or situation. It may be the fear of failing in your job/school, loss of status, or failure in love. You feel shameful and a lost sense of self-esteem You are unable to keep up with the status quo and feel that you don't measure up.

According to Freudian theory, dreams of falling indicate that you are contemplating giving into a sexual urge or impulse. You are lacking indiscretion.

Falling dreams typically occur during the first stage of sleep. Dreams in this stage are often accompanied by muscle spasms of the arms, legs, and the whole body. These sudden contractions are also known as myclonic jerks. When you sometimes have these falling dreams, you may feel your whole body jerk or twitch and actually awaken from this jerk.

Now isn't that interesting? I guess there's a common theme to my recurring dreams - insecurities and uncertainty. Like at work, I get to meet a lot of people doing IT sales and I can't help but wonder on how much they judge you based on your appearance.

I haven't really dreamt a lot lately because I'm too damn tired when I fall asleep so I guess that's good? It's amazing how your mind can play tricks on you and manifest your daily thoughts into your dreams.

What do you dream about?

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