Your nightmares explained: Scientists reveal how bad dreams reflect our daily frustrations
Many of us have had recurring and disturbing nightmares that are difficult to comprehend. Now, research has discovered these dreams are a reflection of our daily struggles. In particular, feeling of lack independence, incompetence or being misunderstood can trigger nightmares, scientists claim.
These feelings suggest that a person's 'basic psychological needs' are not being met, and nightmares occur when we haven't processed these emotions properly.
A number of recurring themes seem to crop up during disturbing dreams. These may include being trapped, chased or attacked, or failing at an important task.
Previous research has identified what some of these dreams might mean. For instance, people who are frustrated with their daily lives tend to have recurring dreams in which they were falling, failing or being attacked. Those who feel under pressure in real life are more likely to experience a dream in which they are unprepared for something important like an exam.
Falling from a height 梦见从高处坠落
In their latest study on nightmares, Cardiff University found a recurring dream about falling from a height could mean someone feels frustrated in their daily lives.
'We found that people whose recurring dreams were felt to have more negative emotions in them also felt more incompetent, isolated, or pressured by others in their daily life,' Dr Netta Weinstein told MailOnline.
Dr Weinstein said that finding help for challenges in life could help to alleviate recurring dreams.
Dr Weinstein said that recurring dreams in which people experience failure were also common among those who frequently felt frustrated.