Many psychologists have given up trying to interpret dreams, but we talked to one who hasn’t.
Psychologist Ian Wallace has interpreted over 150,000 dreams during more than 30 years of practice.
He helped us compile a list of nine of the most common dreams, their meanings, and what action you should take in waking life.
9. Finding an unused room
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What it means: The rooms in a house represent different aspects of your character. So finding an unused room suggests that you’re discovering a talent that you weren’t aware of before.
What you should do: The more time that you spend exploring your dormant talents, the more likely that you will find other doors opening for you in waking life, says Wallace.
8. Out-of-control vehicle
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What it means: The car represents your ability to make consistent progress toward a specific objective. In waking life, you may feel that you don’t have enough control over your road to success.
What you should do: Instead of trying to over control the situation, Wallace says to relax your grip and allow your fundamental instincts and drives to steer the best path for you.
What it means:Feeling yourself falling in a dream indicates that you are hanging on too tightly to a particular situation in waking life. You need to relax and let go of it.
What you should do: Rather than being so concerned about losing control, sometimes you just have to trust in yourself and others by allowing everything to fall naturally into place.
What it means: Being able to fly suggests that you have released yourself from circumstances that have been weighing you down in waking life.
What you should do: Although you may regard this feeling of liberation as just luck or coincidence, it is usually because you have managed to make a weighty decision or risen above the limitations of a heavy responsibility, says Wallace.