List of Common Dream Characteristics and Its Interpretation

We all dream even if we don’t always remember them after the.

There are varied opinions about the meaning of dreams, shifting through time and culture.

Dream interpretation had dated back to 5000-4000 BC. The earliest written examples of dream interpretation materials date back approximately 5000 years ago, in Mesopotamia, where they were documented on clay tablets.

Though the content ranging from the normal and ordinary to overly surreal and bizarre purpose and natures varying from frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual of dreams are not definitively understood, psychics have found that the majority of us have dreams with similar themes and characteristics.

Interpretations of Common Dream Characteristics

Here’s a quick list of common dream characteristics and its interpretation:

  • Strong and Powerful Emotions. Dreams often entail extremely intense emotions. Anxiety is the most common emotion experienced in dreams. Other emotions also include abandonment, anger, fear, surprise, joy, happiness, and being in love. However, negative emotions are much more common than positive ones.
  • Bizarre or Unusual Sensory Experiences. Our dreams often entail strange sensory experiences. Some of the few commonly reported sensory experiences that occur during dreams are the impression of falling, the inability to respond or take action quickly and the inability to control body movements.

  • Confusing and Illogical. Generally, the visual nature of dreams is highly surreal and unrealistic, showing a constantly far-fetched sequence of haphazardly changing scenes composed of numerous associative imagery elements. The visuals (including locations, characters/people, objects/artifacts) are believed by a psychic to generally reflect a person’s memories and experiences, but often take on highly exaggerated and bizarre forms.

According to sleep researcher J. Allan Hobson, “illogical content and organization, in which the unities of time, place and person do not apply, and natural laws are disobeyed” is one of the hallmarks of dreams.

  • Difficulty of Recall. The recall of dreams is extremely unreliable and difficult. Though dreaming appears to intensify memories within the context of the dream, the ability to access the information contained within the dream diminishes rapidly once the dreamer wakes. Dreams that are difficult to recall may be characterized by relatively little affect, and factors such as salience, arousal, and interference play a role in dream recall. Often, a person may recall a dream upon viewing or hearing a random trigger or stimulus.

Dream researchers estimate that approximately 95% of all dreams are not remembered. Unless a dream is particularly vivid and if one wakes during or immediately after it, the content of the dream is not remembered.

  • Easily Acceptable Strangeness. Our dreaming mind easily accepts without question the oddities of events and contents of our dreams. According to Hobson, the unquestioning acceptance of dream content is attributed to the potency of our internally generated emotions and perceptions. During a dream, our mind does not see these strange and illogical events, perceptions and objects as being out of place or out of context but are instead taken as a dream reality.


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