Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Creative? Conservative? Close to death? All can be revealed by the character of your night-time imaginings. Dreams are unique to every single human being, and their interpretation often open to much discussion.
So just what is your mind trying to tell you when you slumber?
Follow on for the 6 things your dreams reveal about you.
1. How creative you are
Creative people are more likely to dream about unusual settings (rather than home or work) and about obstacles in the natural world, such as a log or a rock they can’t get around.
2. Your political views
People who describe themselves as conservatives are more likely to have mundane, realistic dreams, while liberals have a more varied and active dream life. Does that mean liberals are more open-minded? Or that they’re caught up in their own fantasies? Take your pick.
3. If you’re avoiding something
Do you ever dream about being pursued by a stranger, a scary monster or a giant tidal wave? This could indicate that you’re afraid to deal with something in your waking life.Ask yourself what issue, person or emotion you’re not confronting. Just remember, avoidance and proscrastination happens to even the greatest minds.
4. How you pursue the big answers
Adults who attend religious services frequently may recall fewer dreams than those who don’t attend worship services regularly. If you’re not relying on religion to answer big life questions, then your dreams may become a resource for insight.
5. That you’re a workaholic
Type A personalities tend to report more disturbing dreams than laid-back folks. Hard-driving types put more pressure on themselves, and that stress can appear in dreams.
6. If you’ll pass a test with flying colours
University students spent an hour learning how to navigate a complex maze. When tested later, the only students whose performance improved were those who had dreamed about the maze during a nap. Dreaming may consolidate memories, which boosts learning and problem-solving skills.