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Types of Dreams - What types of dreams are there?

We have already dealt with dreaming a number of times in our sleep magazine and dedicated our own special, Dreams, to this important aspect of sleep. This time we will deal with the different types of dreams.

Now, find out what types of dreams are distinguished. So that you can orientate yourself more easily, we have put all dream types in alphabetical order in our table of contents (see below). Please note that individual types of dreams can certainly overlap because different distinctions are sometimes made. Some of the dream types presented assume a certain belief or special spirituality, while others are well documented and better researched by dream research and other sciences.

We wish you a pleasant read and an exciting journey through the world of dreams.


The majority of nightmares are said to be traced back to early childhood, the time when we were completely dependent on others due to a lack of experience. Before we have reached the age of three, we have no conscience and no sense of injustice or right.

Suppressed primal fears come to the surface through nightmares. In general, these are often caused by excessively strict moral regulations by parents or siblings. Often the fear of being punished innocently is behind nightmares.

Some nightmares can also be seen as warnings of impending disaster that could overtake you or someone close to you. A nightmare can therefore also be a warning that can help one to prevent what is dreamed of in the waking state by adapting one's behavior or not allowing certain feelings.

Sometimes a nightmare is also related to an old problem that has not yet been overcome and which is so scary that we cannot bear the dream and have to escape from it. - We wake up from sleep and cannot find a solution in the dream or nightmare.

Nightmares are characterized by particularly intense feelings, which are usually extremely frightening. Even if it may seem to us that our waking consciousness is almost incapable of enduring such bad emotional states as in nightmares, in nightmares it is apparently quite possible for us to allow such a thing.

In the context of nightmares it goes e.g. For example, it is often about scenarios in which we are trapped in unbearable or impossible situations and cannot move even though we feel a very urgent need to flee. Usually there is no direct explanation for such nightmares. However, if one deals with experiences and fears from the past, one may find a kind of key to unraveling the disturbing dream images and viewing them on their own. Often it is then possible to develop an understanding of the fears that lie behind the nightmares and thus to ensure that the nightmares recede.

Often nightmares arise when we have a crisis in the waking life. In the course of this crisis, we feel fear of losing something that we have grown to love or that has become a pleasant habit for us. Humans also take physical changes z. B. puberty or menopause as crises, because he first has to process and cope with the changes and the newly emerging life situation, to which he has to adjust, stirs up fear in him.

Further information on this in the sleep magazine:
Fear comes in dreams: nightmares

Anxiety dreams

An anxiety dream differs from a nightmare in intensity. - Anxiety dreams are much less intense than nightmares, so that it is easier for the dreamer to repeat the dream and to find out what does not fit in life and where changes or adjustments may be necessary so that the associated anxiety dreams cease.

Anxiety dreams are among the most common dreams, although it must be taken into account that we can remember fear and anxiety in dreams better than other feelings, so that anxiety dreams are particularly often well remembered.

In our dreams, we encounter those thoughts, impressions, feelings and memories that we suppress in the waking state as disturbing elements. Problems and worries that concern us subliminally may appear protected in anxiety dreams. In the assessment, one should particularly deal with the perceived emotions and pay less attention to the images of the anxiety dream. If you deal more intensively with the feelings that you encountered in the anxiety dream, this usually also helps in dealing with the everyday fears that you have to "struggle" with in the waking state.

Working with one's own dreams or anxiety dreams is a sensible and effective way of helping to become aware of one's fears, to research them and, if possible, to refute them.

Bad and good dreams

The distinction between bad and good dreams comes from America.

By a higher level of knowledge the dreaming should be able to turn a bad dream into a good dream. In the USA, a technique has been developed as a therapeutic agent for this purpose. This technique consists of four separate steps:

  1. Recognize bad dream even during the dreaming process.
  2. Define the bad feeling.
  3. Stop dream.
  4. Turn the negative into something positive.

If you often have to struggle with bad dreams, you will still have to wake up from the dream at the beginning of the therapy in order to take away its "bad side" by following the steps mentioned. With time and enough practice, the dreaming can then get the change process going even during sleep and turn the bad dream into a good dream.

You have to expect that it will take about six to eight weeks before you can notice any changes on the psychological level. So it takes a lot of patience and perseverance if you want to learn and use this technique. Changes in attitude and behavior are often noticeable very quickly, but it can easily take two months until everything is properly established.

Ordinary dreams

During the day our consciousness is active, while at night the subconscious takes control of our thinking. When we talk about ordinary dreams, we mean dreams with which the subconscious reacts to what we have heard or seen while we are awake. Basically, a single thought is enough to trigger a dream.

Everything that has left any impression on us remains unnoticed in our brain until it suddenly appears in the form of a dream symbol - in the language of the soul, so to speak.

In the sleeping mind, both events of the day and events many years ago are reflected in ordinary dreams. Memories that seem to have been forgotten for a long time come back to the surface in the form of dream images.

Our soul is particularly sensitive to memories that appear as images in the mind's eye.

When you understand what a dream means, you can sometimes draw important conclusions that can help you come to terms with the past, live in the present and set the course for the future optimally.

Big and small dreams

The division into big and small dreams can be traced back to C. G. Jung.

The big dreams are important dreams that are usually easy to remember. The meaning or interpretation of big dreams is usually relatively easy for the dreaming.

The small dreams are the counterpart to the big dreams. Accordingly, they are less significant. Often the dreaming also finds the access to his small dreams much more difficult and an assessment can only be made when all components of the small dream have been considered in detail.

When dealing with your own dreams and the dream interpretation, it is often recommended to keep two dream diaries: a diary for small dreams and a diary for big dreams.

It is not uncommon for topics that were first dealt with in big dreams, then also appear in small dreams. The discussion and assessment of the dream topic is easier for the dreaming if he first deals with the contents of the important, big dream and then looks at his notes on the small dreams connected to it and connects both with each other.

Clairvoyant dreams

Clairvoyant dreams are basically dreams of premonition. Opinions vary widely as to whether such dreams actually exist. It is, however, the case that dreams are indeed often excellently able to point one in the direction of future action. In addition, dreams with clairvoyant content can be an important decision-making aid and help to gain deeper insights. Often it is also the case that the dreaming uses his dreams for orientation, although his consciousness is not yet regular to accept such a situation or behavior.

Children's dreams

Even in infancy, children dream - long before they can even speak. - A fact that proves that the optical sensations are more pronounced in the dream.

Children's dreams are more intense than adult dreams. Children's dreams often reflect very personal wishes. In addition, external stimuli (environment, television, traffic, fairy tales, legends, children's books) have a strong influence on the child's dream images.

Strong anxiety dreams with sweating awakening occur more often in children. Persecution dreams and dreams about falling are particularly common in scary childhood dreams.

Children's dreams are clearer and simpler than those of adults. The child's soul is not yet so burdened due to a lack of life experience.

Lucid dreams

In a lucid dream you have the opportunity to actively influence it because you are aware that you are in the dream. Lucid dreams are also known as lucid dreams.

If you have mastered the technique of lucid dreaming correctly, you can decide for yourself at bedtime what you want to dream or how you want to behave in a certain dream in order to give it a new twist.

Further information on this in the sleep magazine:
Lucid dream - what is it? How does lucid dreaming work?

Magical dreams

For many people, magical dreams belong in the realm of fairy tales, legends and myths. For some, however, there is absolutely no doubt that magical dreams are an integral part of awareness. Dreams reach people on a deeply spiritual esoteric level. By means of magical dreams, people should be able to access traditions, wisdom, rituals and ceremonies, which are based on in-depth knowledge of symbols in dream interpretation and dream research.

Sexual dreams

In the dream there is no regulation by civilization or upbringing, so that in sexual dreams it can "get down to business" in an extremely extreme, taboo and dissolute way without any shame.

Dreams with sexual or erotic content are not always to be assessed as expressions of secret desires or sexual desire. Often sexual dreams only make spiritual and spiritual things recognizable. Erotic dream images can be a measure of the subconscious to point us out of partnership problems via the detour of the rough instinct and help to break down inhibitions that prevent or make human contact significantly more difficult.

How often sexual dreams occur depends on the instinctual strength of the person. Occasionally, erotic dreams occur when a previously intimate partnership has been disturbed. In this case the "wish is the father of the thought", one would like to go back to the times of partnership, when the closeness in the interpersonal and emotional area was still perfectly fine.

A sexual dream can also be an indication of fear of loss. - Sometimes you are unconsciously afraid of losing something that you normally believe you are absolutely sure of in the conscious waking state.

Telepathic Dreams

Telepathy is also sometimes referred to as the language of angels. In the dreamland, the dead and the living should be able to communicate with each other through telepathy. Death is not an insurmountable limit in the realm of dreams. The living dreamer enters a heavenly sphere of being.

Even two living people can spiritually exchange ideas via telepathy. While we are dreaming, we can send our own thoughts on the journey and perceive thoughts that others have wanted or unintentionally sent out in our direction - a kind of spiritual exchange of dream visions.

Telepathic dreams unite the day world of the body and the night world of the soul.

Death dreams

Sometimes we die in a dream or see in a dream that relatives or friends have died. In reality, however, we enjoy a refreshing liveliness and everything is in perfect order with our loved ones too.

Death dreams - and occasionally also death dreams - are by no means dark predictions about one's own death or the death of a loved one. It is rather the case that dreams of death indicate that something new is looming and that we have to adjust to it. In every change there is a dying and a new arising.

A death dream can also arise from a desire to separate from the partner and then indicates the end of the current relationship.

Dream about flying and falling

Dreams of flying should be a characteristic symbol for an inhibited, prevented climbing, constant failure and increasingly poor contact and isolation. Dreams of flight express ambition and striving for power. People who are “set back” in their waking life experience the dream of a flight as a sense of achievement in connection with the feeling of outstripping which is not possible in everyday life.

Dreams of flight often already include finding out from an awkward situation. Dreams of flying, like dreams of falling into the abyss, can also be a warning signal. In this context, the flight dreams often indicate problems in the intimate area, inhibitions and a lack of contact.

Deep fall dreams are especially found in very successful people. With these, there is an effort to secure what has been achieved, which is usually associated with a certain lack of contact and a certain ignorance of the feelings and wishes of their environment. Here a reference to the saying “arrogance comes before the fall” can be made.

There are also dreams in which both flying and falling play a role. The dreaming is torn here and there: On the one hand, he is inhibited towards his fellow human beings, on the other hand he wishes to be able to convince them in his sense.

Dreams of the blind

“How do blind people dream?” - People who were born blind do not dream in pictures. They can dream about what they touched or felt. This can be, for example, an everyday process such as eating or drinking, or an experience such as riding a horse or feelings towards other people.

Blind people who have only lost their sight in adulthood can still experience visual perceptions in dreams during the first years of blindness. However, the longer the blindness lasts, the more the dream images are lost or are increasingly replaced by acoustic impressions. - In the case of sighted people, acoustic perceptions in dreams are not very pronounced or not at all.

Premonition dreams

Premonition dreams have a certain similarity to telepathic dreams. In this type of dream, the mind leaves the body and goes on a journey of discovery. Premonition dreams are remarkable because in these the future is supposed to reveal itself and so allow the dreaming to recognize truths which would remain hidden to him in the waking state.

Waking dreams

The waking dreams are basically lucid dreams, i.e. dreams in which we are aware that we are dreaming and in which we can therefore (with a little practice) influence what is happening.

True dreams

True dreams correspond to predictive dreams or clairvoyant dreams, which we have already discussed in more detail in our list of dream types in this article.

Recurring dreams

Recurring dreams are mostly related to suppressed emotions. They point us to as yet unsolved problems and serve to restore our integrity as a person, our complete health.

A few memories make us aware of the source of a problem, but remain patchy. If we are afraid to face the problem, we wake up from sleep or forget or suppress the dream completely after waking up. Now the same dream returns to us again and again - sometimes in more drastic variations - often until we have understood the dream message and are ready to tackle the problem.

With each repetition of the recurring dream, memories of our subconscious and future fantasies merge more and more into one another, which improves our thinking and acting until we can finally recognize a solution.

Some dream motifs or dream symbols appear more frequently in recurring dreams and thus also affect many different people or personalities.

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