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8 Dream Symbols That Point to Stress

8 Dream Symbols That Point to Stress

Kate Carter | DivineCaroline

July 22, 2011

When I was a senior in high school, I had a recurring dream of my teeth falling out. I dreamt about my teeth just about every night for at least three weeks. Sometimes they’d fall out one at a time, sometimes all at once, but the worst was when they’d just start decaying in my mouth and crumble away. In one dream, I was walking around my house, toothless and crying, and nobody would help me when I showed them the collection of my own teeth I held in my hands.

I became terrified that my dreams meant I would actually lose my teeth—my perfectly straight, took-years-of-orthodontics-and-thousands-of-dollars-to-get, pearly whites.

Nine years later and about a million trips to the dreams section of Barnes & Noble, I still have a full set of teeth, but I’ve learned that when we’re experiencing stress in our lives, it tends to show up in our dreams as well, many times cloaked in these symbols.

You’re walking down the street, going to work, or just standing in a crowd … naked. You’re mortified that you forgot your clothes, but nobody seems to notice. Sound familiar?

According to Gustavus Hindman Miller’s 10,000 Dreams Interpreted, dreaming that you’re nude in public foretells scandal and unwise engagements.

Dream Moods, a popular dream interpretation Web site, says dreaming about being naked shows you’re feeling vulnerable or shameful. You could be feeling inferior at work, or feel unguarded or exposed in a situation.

My storm of choice in dreams is always a tornado. I look outside, see a funnel cloud forming, and for some reason, I run right to it. For other people, it can be hurricanes, avalanches, or rain storms.

This one’s pretty simple to crack—dreaming of a storm symbolizes an internal storm in your life.

Dream Moods says storms signify “overwhelming struggle, shock, devastating loss, and catastrophe in your personal affairs.”

Miller says storms in dreams mean continued sickness, unfavorable business, and separation from friends—all things that will cause great distress. The good news is if the storm passes before you wake up, the stress won’t be as bad.

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