Why do I keep having the same dream?
Last Updated: 06/04/2018 at 7:16pm
Mark Harrison, MSW, LICSW, PIP
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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Recurring dreams generally indicate an unresolved or persistent conflict in your life. The theme of the dream typically provides a place for this conflict to try and work itself out. Recurring dreams can appear at times of stress.
Oftentimes our dreams depict pieces of various information we received during waking hours, and when we see it in our dreams, our mind attempts to make sense of it -- it is often on autopilot, so to speak, when we have the most vivid dreams. So, to have a reoccuring dream may be indicative of a few factors: (1) to repetitively see, hear, or think about something that shows up in your dream, (2) an inability to fully process highly sensitive events -- such as the loss of a loved one, resulting in showing up in a dream, or (3) experiencing strong emotions of either pleasure or displeasure that is perhaps deeply rooted in the subconscious mind (meaning we may not actively think about something, but it is still lingering in the back of our minds) -- resulting in its reappearance in our dreams. A common example of this is a dream in which one falls and is immediately woken up upon impact -- this is a highly stimulated experience we have all had before, particularly the feeling of anticipation when one realizes they're falling but it's much too quick to process to actively do anything about it.
Dreams are our sub-conscious mind's way of telling us something. I would recommend keeping a dream journal and penning down the dreams on an everyday basis and you will most likely connect the dots. :)
Most probably because there are issues that really need your attention. Think about the elements of that dream, the characters and scenarios and things that keep occurring over and over. What are recurring themes that might have some significance for you? What kinds of things keep happening? What topics are being repeated? What do you think those mean for you?
Sometimes, we have recurrent dreams because our dreams represent something about ourselves that we're trying to better understand or otherwise deal with. Sometimes, we simply have recurrent dreams because we're doing recurrent things. It will really depend on your personal situation. Consider examining your life, and trying to see if there's anything that fits those categories. If the dreams persist and start to impact your quality of life, consider speaking with a health care professional about these symptoms.
It is usually a sign that you are dwelling on something or that you are trying to remember a supressed memory.
It may be your brain seeking to understand something. Just like babies learn in their sleep. Try not to worry about it. Try to trust that your brain will work it out/understand on its own
The same dream could mean that your brain needs to recover from certain events in your life and does that through dreams!
There could be many possibilities. It could be related to stress, past experience, or even just a movie you watched that you remember well. There could be so many reasons.
It may be an underlying thought or condition that is bothering you. Since dreaming is your mind still awake, you normally dream about the same things that you have been thinking or bothering you during the time you're awake.
Maybe it is a subject you think a lot about or maybe subconsciously the subject means a lot to you and you have to work something out in your own head.
Usually a reacquiring dream is a product of your self concise trying to tell you something. In the past when i've had them theres been unresolved business or unneeded worry in my life. Take some "me" time to try and figure out what the big (or small) worries are in your life.
Dreams often try to tell us things, or are about things that have been playing on our minds. For example, if you've been feeling trapped in your day-to-day life, you might have a recurring dream about being stuck in prison, for example. It's the way in with your unconscious mind copes with the stresses that aren't being dealt with by your conscious mind.
Maybe something is on your mind that bugging you, therefore you dream about it constantly.
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