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Why do we have recurring dreams?

By December 24, 2008 - 5:23pm
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Why do we have recurring dreams?

Ever since I was a child I have had a recurring dream of being in a helicopter crash (occasionally it's a plane, but mostly a helicopter). I think I survive the crash every time but the crashes are pretty bad. This has been a recurring dream for many, many years and I'm not even afraid of flying!

Does anyone know what triggers a recurring dream?

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I have also had reoccurring dreams since I was a child. It was also about death of a burning house and a large teddy bear that stood in the way of the doorway that would have saved my life to the outdoors. I would always wake up from the dream before I died or was burnt to death.

I love what Tina shared about dream psychology. There are certain interpretations of our dreams that are common to our real lives. Every time I felt like my life was out of control, I had this dream. It was fear.

There is also a dream dictionary that you may want to take your time and try to observe your life and what your dreams are entailing. It may be stress related or fear, (as mine are).

Hope this helps. Here is the website http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/.

December 25, 2008 - 11:00am

Strange. I was thinking about this one myself. I have several vivid, recurring dreams and as a child would frequently dream about birds' nests. (Random, right?) I also had dreams about a troll and Can-can dancers living under a bridge in what appeared to be some sort of Bavarian setting ... but I digress.

As you can imagine there are as many theories as to why we have recurring dreams as there are interpretations of dreams involving snakes.

Dr. Philip Muskin, a clinical psychologist at Columbia University addresses some common recurring dreams that seem driven by our suppressed emotional reactions to particular events throughout the course of our day or throughout the course of our lives.

To address your specific dream involving falling and flying -- Muskin says that those types of dreams are related to feeling out of control. Many of us repeatedly experience time in our lives where we feel fate or destiny has the upperhand. Does this ring true for you?

Here are some other common themes for recurring dreams and Muskin's interpretation of why we repeatedly have them:

Being chased: This is classified as an anxiety dream. It could reflect something during the day or it's a dream that taps from being a kid or being by chased by a parent.

Being naked in public: Fear of being vulnerable

Final exam dream: Missing an important event, feeling unprepared or hopeless.

Losing our teeth: The loss of something important

Have you ever noticed any commonalities in the events or your reaction to events before you have these dreams?

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December 25, 2008 - 6:58am
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