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Finding Something in a Dream – Meaning and Symbolism
The meaning of a dream in which you find something depends on the context in which it occurs and advises you to make an effort to keep the item you found. Interpretations also differ based on the type of that object.
To dream of finding something
If you find something in a dream, that is a warning not to expect anything good. There is a chance that you will be gladdened with something too soon and need a lot of effort, hard work, and persistence to make it yours. That can be a promotion at work that many strive for, which is why you will come across many obstacles that will keep you away from your goal.
To dream of other people finding something
If someone else finds something in your dream, it symbolizes jealousy. You will probably find it unfair that people from your surroundings fulfill their wishes with ease, unlike you. You might claim that you are more capable and smarter than them and make yourself feel better by saying that you would come far too if you had influential friends and relatives like them.
To dream of finding something and then losing it
When you find and then lose something in a dream, it means that you will not appreciate what you have. There is a chance that you have started taking your relationship or job for granted, which is why you will not pay attention to what really matters. You will think that some things go without saying, which will cause dissatisfaction in your partner or boss and seriously jeopardize your status.
To dream of finding lost money
Finding lost money in a dream means that you will experience humiliation out of envy. Someone will not be glad that you fight for yourself and don’t depend on anyone’s help. Because of it, that person will humiliate you and minimize your success to make you become dependent on them. There is a chance that that person will convince you that you can’t survive without their help or achieve something more in life.
To dream about finding hidden treasure
If you find hidden treasure in a dream, it means that you will make money in an illegal or unjust way. People from your surroundings will judge you for it, and one wrong decision will label you for the rest of your life. You will be the main suspect in every crime and accused of various things even when you are totally innocent. Think about your decisions and actions not to end up on the pillar of shame. It is not late to change.
To dream of finding a precious stone
If you dream of finding a precious stone, it symbolizes good news. There is a chance that you gave up on one idea because the results were not good. However, things will change, and you will get a new opportunity to achieve your goal. Another possibility is that you will get a job that you have applied for a long time ago. Just when you stop thinking about it and lose all hope, they will offer you a job.
To dream of finding your wedding ring
A dream in which you find your wedding or engagement ring you lost in the past means that you will improve your relationship with a loved one. Both of you have probably been stressed out lately and didn’t have understanding for one another. However, you will soon improve your communication, and everything will change for the better.
If you find someone else’s wedding ring, it means that you will comfort someone who ended a long-term relationship or marriage. That person will be heartbroken, and you will make an effort to help as much as you can.
To dream of finding an amulet
When you dream of finding an amulet that you lost a long time ago, it means that you will achieve your goals after all. You have probably lost hope that something like that is possible, but you will realize that immense changes don’t happen overnight and continue fighting for your dreams.
To dream of finding lost keys
Finding a lost key in a dream means that you will finally figure out what your priorities are. You will change your relationship to money and work and dedicate more attention to your family and friends. That will be your secret recipe for happiness. You might not gain material wealth, but you will feel like a millionaire.
To dream about finding a road sign
If you dream of finding a road sign, it symbolizes unfulfilled promises or unpaid debts. There is a chance that you have sworn to help someone but didn’t do it. You might have forgotten or couldn’t keep your word. Anyhow, you will be ashamed to look that person in the eye when you encounter them. Another possibility is that you still can’t pay off the debt and that your conscience is restless because of it.
To dream of finding a lottery ticket
Finding a lottery ticket in a dream means that you could soon start doing something that will bring you a lot of money. Indeed, you will not earn much right away, but you will make progress with time, and your income will increase. You will also face various obstacles but refuse to let them discourage you.
To dream of finding a message in a bottle
This dream means that you will have to make a decision that will affect your future. You might think about changing your dwelling palace, but you will be afraid of how your kids will fit in a new environment. Another possibility is that you will have to fire employees from the company you work for, but your consciousness will be restless because you know how much that job means to those people.
To dream of finding a cross
If you dream of finding a cross, it means that you will get rid of dilemmas and realize that you have made the right decisions. You are on the right track to achieve what you want. It is crucial to fight for your goals, but it is also essential to have people you love by your side. You will overcome every obstacle in life with their help and support.
To dream of finding an old phot
Finding an old photo in a dream can have various meanings, depending on who is in it. If you took it with your old friends or an ex-partner, there is a chance that you will encounter that person in real life. If you don’t know the people in the photo, it means that you will suffer because of other people’s past sins.
To dream of finding weapons
If you dream of finding weapons, it means that you will have a dilemma about whether to accept a profitable job in another city or state or stay on your old job next to someone you love. Firstly, you have to take into consideration every option you have. If leaving will improve every aspect of your life, not only finances, ask yourself if something like that is worth sacrificing for love.
To dream about finding peace
Finding peace in a dream usually means that you are restless in real life. There are many things that stress you out right now, and you can’t find the solution to some problems. That doesn’t have anything to do with your job or finances but relationships. The communication between you and your loved ones is probably rough, and you feel like you have lost their protection and support. After you fix your relationship with family or a partner, you will achieve for what you long.
To dream of finding the love of your life
This dream can have multiple meanings, depending on whether you are happily in love or not. For single people and those who are in bad relationships, this dream suggests that you have lost hope of ever finding love next to someone. If you are in a healthy and quality relationship or marriage but dream of finding the love of your life, it means that you are in some kind of a dilemma. It is totally normal to wonder, from time to time, if you have made the right choices.
To dream of finding the youth elixir
When you dream of finding the youth elixir, it means that you are afraid of aging. You know that that is inevitable, but you are doing your best to stay young as long as possible. Because of it, you use various skin products, take care of your diet, and exercise daily. You often surround yourself with young people to get some positive energy from them. You have partially succeeded in your plan if people tell you that you haven’t changed in years.
To dream of finding a cure for something
Finding a cure for an incurable disease in a dream usually means that you are someone who never gives up on their wishes and goals. You are a fighter who doesn’t admit defeat until the end. You will come far in life because of it.
To dream of finding an abandoned child
If you dream of finding an abandoned child on your doorstep, it means that one event will change your lifestyle. You might experience something stressful or recover from a terrible illness. You will realize that life has given you a second chance and that you have to use it the best you can. You will make sure to have better quality and fulfilled life than before.
To dream about finding an abandoned animal
A dream in which you find an abandoned dog, cat, or some other animal means that you should be more affectionate with people around you and be more understanding of their needs and wishes. You are often too harsh with them because you have good intentions and want to point out the mistakes they make. However, your behavior and words hurt them, which will not contribute to their betterment.
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The Secret Meaning of 60 Common Dreams, According to ExpertsBest Life
It’s not always obvious what your dreams are telling you, but the art (and science) of dream interpretation can set you on the right path. What does it mean when you dream that you can’t find your shoes? What does it mean when you can’t see in your dream? Should you be worried about your marriage if you dreamt about getting a divorce? From endless falling to alien abductions to that common naked-in-a-crowd nightmare, almost all of your dreams can tell you something about yourself that you may not have realized. Read on for the meaning of 60 common dreams and sleep a little more soundly tonight.
A dream in which you cheat on your spouse or partner does not necessarily mean that you’re thinking about being unfaithful in real life. According to J.M. DeBord in his book, The Dream Interpretation Dictionary, that dream could be rooted in a broader range of feelings about wanting to escape or try something different. He gives the example that “the thought of quitting your job and living on an island crossed your mind, and the desire is growing in you to actually do it.” Or this dream could represent the idea of jumping into a new artistic project or exploring new intellectual pursuits.
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If you’ve had a dream where you’re inexplicably speaking with a southern drawl, cockney lilt, or some other accent you don’t naturally have, it could be positive or negative—depending not on the type of accent, but the way people in the dream react to it. DeBord posits that using an accent that draws positive attention could mean you are feeling a sense of “confidence or sophistication” while an accent drawing a negative reply may mean “you feel insecure or persecuted.”
In The Illustrated Dream Dictionary, Russell Grant explains that cats are largely bad omens and may be a sign of deception or disloyalty among those closest to you. A black cat, in particular, may indicate signs of illness to come, “but chase one away and you may get a surprise stroke of good luck.” What did cats do to deserve this??
Grant says dogs generally symbolize friends and can indicate good times ahead, but a snarling dog may indicate that someone close to you may not be trustworthy. If a dog actually bites you in the dream, “a so-called friend is up to some trickery which can harm you,” he writes. A barking dog could be a signal of danger on the horizon, potentially legal trouble.
If you dream about being abducted by aliens (assuming you weren’t actually abducted and tricked into thinking it was a dream), it may mean that you are encountering something in your life that is unfamiliar or even hostile. Craig Hamilton-Parker writes in The Hidden Meaning of Dreams, “Your first step should be to find out what it is and get to know this neglected aspect of yourself. For example, you may be behaving in ways that are ‘alien’ to you or have feelings that are ‘unlike you.'”
Sure, it might be that you are anxious about an upcoming flight, but being at an airport in your dream can also symbolize a time of transition or change. “Airports are points of departure, such as when you’re leaving behind old beliefs or practices or a time of life,” according to DeBord. It could indicate that you are ready for change or start something new. It’s time to take off!
Like losing your teeth, losing your hair in a dream (assuming you aren’t already bald) can mean a sense of lost vigor, helplessness, or exposure. But it can also have positive connotations. DeBord explains that baldness “can indicate a clean mind, especially if the head is shiny and spotless.” It may also relate to a sense of conformity, “because hair is a strong visual identifier” and may connect to a sense of losing oneself in a corporate culture or organization.
If you are getting athletic in your dream or playing in a competition, it may not mean anything special—if you do those activities in your regular life, that is. But if you don’t regularly participate in sports, it could indicate that you may be pushing yourself in life and must “take care not to overdo things,” according to Grant. It may also mean you are feeling competitive or see rivals in your midst of whom you should be wary.
As with sports, if you’re someone who bakes or cooks a lot in your waking life, doing so in a dream might not mean all that much. But it could have deeper significance otherwise, according to Hamilton-Parker, who says whipping up something in the kitchen in a dream could “represent plans you are nearly ready to put into action.” Baking might even be an indication that you are pregnant or have the urge, whether conscious or not, to conceive.
As you might expect, armor in a dream indicates that the dreamer is emotionally protecting themselves in their interactions with others. Hamilton-Parker recommends examining from where this need for protection may be originating and what could be fueling this fear. With a little introspection, he suggests, “you may discover you need not be so guarded.”
If you dream about someone you like (or even love!) it could just go to show how passionate you are about them. But there’s also some nuance here. If you dream your partner is with someone else, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been unfaithful. It could simply mean you no longer feel as passionate about your life as the people around you seem to feel about theirs.
If you die in a dream, or feel like you’re dying, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re afraid of dying in life or have a terminal illness you didn’t realize you had. It may just mean that something in your life is coming to an end: “Dreaming about death often means that you feel something is coming to an end in your life,” dream analyst and the host of The Dream Show podcast, Jane Teresa Anderson, told news.com.au. “But that being said, how you react to the death in the dream can mean different things.”
If you experience death in a dream but feel at peace, “you have an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ attitude” and “it could be something that you’re ready to let go from,” according to Anderson.
Alternately, if you feel a pang of anxiety or even panic at the thought of death in your dream, Anderson told the outlet that it may be that “you’re not quite there yet” and uncomfortable with letting go.
It may be that events in your life are swirling around you or that you’ve lost a job and with it, your feeling of being in control. The result might be that you dream of losing your teeth. Psychologist Ian Wallace told The Independent, “Your teeth symbolize how confident and powerful you feel, so some situation is causing your confidence to crumble in waking life.”
This dream could mean you’re hoping to hear from someone. Birds have been symbols of delivering information going back centuries, and their appearance in your dreams could be an indication that you are expecting to hear from someone or receive a message. Psychologist and dream expert Michael Lennox wrote in his book Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide for Interpreting Any Dream that these beliefs go back to Nordic mythology, where Odin, the head of the pantheon, was accompanied by a pair of all-seeing ravens that “would travel through the world of men and bring back important information.”
If you’re dreaming of flying in a plane, your dream is trying to tell you that you are feeling the effects of fast changes in your life. Lennox wrote, “Because of the dramatic way an airplane leaves the ground and speeds toward a destination, it is connected with any sudden transition in life.” It may not just be alerting you to the changes you’re going through, but that change “is needed or wished for.” He continued, “As a plane is our world’s fastest mode of public transportation, it connects symbolically to those moments in life where change is rapid and total.”
Lennox’s book also notes that amputations or missing limbs are a typical theme that appear in dreams and indicate some sense of lacking in ability or mobility. If you’re missing feet, it “relates to an inability to be grounded on your path, whereas missing an entire leg or both legs connects to being completely stopped on your path.”
A more extreme absence that you might experience in a dream is the loss of your head. According to Lennox, that’s a sign of “an eradication of a thought process, or to your sense of identity.”
If you are being intimate with a coworker in your dream, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a crush on them. Anderson said that it more indicates that they have “positive qualities you admire” and “welcome in your own life.”
Wallace told The Independent that unused or empty rooms might be telling you that you’ve got untapped talents. “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,” he said.
If that unused room is accompanied by feelings of discomfort or fear, it might represent something very different. “If you go into the room and it’s spooky or scary, that means in the past one to two days you’ve realized something about yourself that’s unexpected,” Anderson said. “It can be something old that you haven’t look at before. It could be any aspect of your life—your job, a relationship—that you’ve shut the door on. It’s about trying to open that door, even if you’re scared.”
If you’ve got an out-of-control car in your dreams—maybe you’re trapped in one or have one coming at you—it may mean that “you don’t have enough control over your road to success,” Wallace said. He also recommended, “Instead of trying to over control the situation…relax your grip and allow your fundamental instincts and drives to steer the best path for you.”
But a car in one’s dreams could indicate the opposite, as well. Wallace explained, “The car represents your ability to make consistent progress toward a specific objective.” So if a dream features a car progressing steadily and consistently, things might be moving along just as they should be in your life.
Ever dream that your car was lost or stolen? The lack of a car has a symbolic resonance about one’s career or ability to get where we want to go. “If we dream about searching for our car, then we have lost our drive and ambition in waking life and are looking for ways to recover it and continue on our journey,” Wallace wrote on his website.
Animals can vary in their significance and how they make you feel. A fierce bear doesn’t mean the same thing as a high-flying hawk. But according to Lennox, any time an animal appears it may be an indication that your dream is “asking you to stop trying to think your way through a situation and turn instead toward your instinctive nature for an answer.”
Having a house in your dream usually connects back to your sense of self, with different rooms representing different aspects of your personality. So dreaming of an attic usually relates to your intellect or memories—and a “musty, dirty atmosphere means you are in realms that you haven’t visited in a while,” said Lennox, which can indicate “unhealthy avoidance.”
Dreaming about a baby is usually a sign that you’re reflecting on burgeoning potential or “some new chapter in your life that is just beginning and has yet to unfold into full manifestation,” Lennox explained. Of course, since a baby is also helpless and needs to be cared for, it can also refer to responsibilities you feel you have.
If your dream consists of you being literally unable to find your shoes, chances are you’re having difficulty deciding what your take is on a topic, whether that’s an important decision you have to make or an ideological position you need to assume.
If you’ve misplaced something of value in our dream or spend the dream trying to find something and fail to do it, it may be that we feel a sense of lower value in our life. Wallace said, “If we are looking for our purse or wallet, then we are reflecting on our value to others as we may feel that we have lost some self-esteem in waking life.”
If you dream you’re searching for someone, it may not have to do with that person, specifically. “When we search for other people in our dreams, we are trying to reconnect with aspects of our own identities that we have lost touch with,” Wallace explained.
If you have a dream about striking it rich or winning the lottery, you’re feeling pretty good about life or have gained a “sudden awareness of the richness of the self,” according to Wallace. “This richness can be an understanding of the wisdom the dreamer has gained, or a realization of their value to others.” In other words, not so much material as spiritual wealth.
If you dream of falling in love or a having a passionate tryst, it may be because you lack this kind of intimacy and passion in your waking life. Wallace has said that dreaming about falling in love “can be triggered when we are about to fall in love with a potential lover in our waking life, or in an existing relationship, where inadequate love is being received and our uniqueness seems to be ignored.”
We’ve all likely felt the sensation of falling in a dream. Though this might make you think that you need to get a tighter grip and hang on, according to Wallace, the opposite is true. It’s a sign that “you are hanging on too tightly to a particular situation in waking life. You need to relax and let go of it.”
While falling is an indication that something is amiss, flying in a dream is usually a sign that you’ve freed yourself from something frustrating or difficult. Wallace explained that the feeling of flying “suggests that you have released yourself from circumstances that have been weighing you down in waking life… 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.”
Flying might not always be a pleasant experience, however. If you’re flying in a dream but feel scared or see an object or obstacle in front of you, it may be that you feel something is holding you back or preventing you from accomplishing something you are attempting. “You feel that something is taking off but it’s not quite there yet,” said Anderson. “It could be a relationship or a job—it’s the details in the dream that really explore your feelings on a deeper level.”
If you miss a plane or train in your dream, leaving you standing on the platform or tarmac, it may be that you feel you are being weighed down by too many other commitments. “You may be taking on too much in your waking life in order to achieve the fulfillment you desire,” Wallace said about this symbol. “You can reach your goals more effectively by being more aware of your deeper priorities, and leaving unnecessary baggage behind. Listen to your own internal rhythms instead of constantly trying to beat the clock.”
Your subconscious might be feeling frustrated that you can’t connect with someone in your life the way you used to—and this may manifest itself in a dream in which you are dialing a wrong number. “This suggests that a logical way of communicating with someone, or a specific personal behavior used when being with a particular person, is not really working anymore,” said Wallace. “It is also experienced in dreams about computers or calculators where the dreamer keeps pressing the wrong buttons. This reflects that what they are doing in waking life just doesn’t really add up.”
You’re standing in the middle of a crowd, at work, or in some other public place, and you’re completely naked. Though it’s a relief when you realize it’s just a dream, you might want to think about your feelings of vulnerability. “Being naked in public suggests that there is a situation in waking life that is making you feel vulnerable and exposed,” Wallace has advised. It might be time for you to take an improv class or seek another way to get comfortable opening up to others.
Just as being naked indicates vulnerability, having bare feet gets to a similar sense in your subconscious—but with a more direct connection to the steps you are taking in life. It can “indicate issues around how you are maneuvering through your current life choices,” Lennox explained. “If you are exposed to the elements, it leaves them vulnerable to injury. This can have a great impact on your journey and how you get to where you intend to go.”
Suffering blindness in a dream usually hints that you’re overlooking something in your life or worry you aren’t able to see something. Lennox said, “By dreaming of the inability to see, you may be expressing areas in your life that you may be blind to…You may be dreaming of a situation in your life, or your personality, where you have a blind spot. You may have to go beyond what the eyes can see in a situation to determine how to respond authentically.”
While some might dream of fights or athletic competition, if you are someone who has board games appear in your dreams, you are more likely someone who prefers “a civilized approach to expressing competitive impulses and conflict-solving skills,” according to Lennox. If you’re playing Monopoly or Scrabble in your mind, it may be a sign that you prefer some emotional distance to actual confrontation, and the more structured, rules-based logic to conflict that board games bring.
While we might usually think of bombs as a destructive force, often when explosions happen in your dreams, it shows that you are experiencing or ready for major change. Lennox advised looking at the specific context in which a bomb detonates and how effectively it destroys its target.
“Whatever or whomever was hunted or destroyed will supply you with the meaning you should assign the symbol,” he said. “The area of life that is suggested by the target is the area of your life that needs a drastic change.”
Another classic dream scenario is the feeling of showing up for an exam and realizing you are totally unprepared for it. Maybe you feel like you studied for the wrong subject or you can’t even understand the words in front of you, but the likely source of the feeling is that “you are critically examining your own performance in waking life,” per Wallace.
Having the unprepared-for-an-exam dream can also be a sign of something positive: you are a high performer who is used to working hard and doing things right. That’s the conclusion of Anderson, who has said that those who have the dream are usually the people who perform well and that “it’s your fear of being unprepared that actually drives you to being totally ready to perform.”
If you have a sense that you’re not addressing your own needs, a typical dream you’re likely to have is one in which you’re trying—and failing—to find a toilet. “Toilets are what we use to cleanly respond to some of our most fundamental needs, so there is an issue in waking life where you are finding it a challenge to clearly express your own needs,” said Wallace.
Dreams of needing to use the bathroom likewise can mean that “you literally want to let the crap out of your life. It’s about decluttering and letting go—you want to release something or someone,” Anderson explained.
Of course, it may be that you actually do need a toilet, and your subconscious will alert you to this fact with dreams of water or in which you are seeking out a bathroom in vain.
Dreams can sometimes torment you by showing you being accused or actually committing a crime. These situations usually arise from a sense that you’re hiding something from yourself in your waking life—and it isn’t always something negative. “The crime we have committed usually represents a conscious choice that we have made in waking life to ignore some of our individual needs and talents in order to gain social acceptance,” Wallace explained.
If you have a large house in your dreams or spend your dreams going through doors and discovering new spaces, it “indicates that exploring the initial possibility will lead onto a number of other exciting opportunities and give you the chance to expand well beyond where you are just now,” said Wallace. His advice? “You need to be open to opportunity and not close the door on any chances that you create. As you begin to explore one talent, you often start to become aware of other possibilities for using your unique abilities.”
If you’re running away from something in your dream, “There is an issue in your waking life that you want to confront, but you don’t know how to,” Wallace posited. Your dreams may be trying to tell you that it’s time to face your fears and pursue what you’ve been putting aside.
If you’re ready to move into a new chapter in your life or to make a change—but without losing touch with your past—the image of a bridge is likely to appear in your dreams. According to Lennox, a bridge “relates to the connections we make in life, hence the warning in the phrase ‘don’t burn your bridges.'” If the water below is especially rough, it might mean you’re uncomfortable with the change.
If you’re feeling a creative spark or an innovative idea just struck you, then you may dream of a candle or candles. “When we light a candle, we are committing an act of creation,” Lennox explained. A candle can reflect the beginning of some important event or relationship in our life or a sense of creative richness. Of course, if the candle is blown out, it can mean the end of something.
If you’re climbing in your dream, straining as you make it up the side of a mountain inch by inch, it may be a signal that you are someone who likes a challenge or the opportunity to take a journey that, while difficult, promises a reward at the end.
Back to the dream house: If you’re exploring a closet or looking at what’s inside a cabinet, it could mean that you are hiding something or ashamed of it. “What you discover in a closet should be viewed through the focus of something you are hiding from or not wanting to face,” Lennox said. “A full or overstuffed closet may point to avoidance issues that need attention.”
Images of a farm or cowboys can indicate that you have a self-reliant nature. Lennox explained, “Working on a farm points to a call to action to dig deeper and take responsibility for getting your needs met. Owning a farm connects to how responsible you are to your self-nurturing and perhaps the dependence of others upon you for such needs.”
If you’ve filled your schedule with too many things and are overwhelmed by your to-do list, you may find yourself dreaming of divorce. Don’t despair that a divorce dream is trying to tell you that your actual marriage is over. According to Wallace, it may simply be giving you the message that “you are trying to balance your commitments and honor the promises you have made to other people. It can be difficult to service all these obligations and it can become very easy for you to start to feel out of balance.”
Whether you’ve taken a new job or agreed to attend an event where you are not totally sure what will be expected of you, a sense that you are committing to something which you are unsure about may manifest in a dream where you’re marrying a stranger.. “Not knowing the identity of the bride or groom suggests you are unsure what you are really committing yourself to, and that you doubt that you will have much time for yourself if you take on these commitments,” Wallace explained.
If you’re someone who responds to being part of a team or being part of something larger than yourself, you might have dreams where you’re a professional athlete, according to Wallace. A dream where you’re competing in the big leagues, “reflects their acceptance into a wider society where in order to have their skills and talents recognized, they will have to work as part of a team, and this will help them to ultimately achieve their goals.”
If you find yourself unable to speak in your dream, Wallace said it may point to “an unresolved tension in our waking lives where we really want to say what’s on our mind and to speak and be heard.” He advised addressing the situations in waking life where we feel “ignored or have no way to make our opinions heard” to see if there is a better way to communicate.
The 10 Most Common Dreams You Can Expect
Every night during sleep, every individual will have around five dream episodes, which can last between 15 and 40 minutes. Dream experts explain that our dreams mirror fundamental patterns of human behaviour. They reflect who we are, what we need, and what we believe in. The definitions of the most common dreams are not black and white. Dream symbols are presented in a metaphoric fashion. Here we explore the 10 most common dreams. For the psychological view on what dreams mean, check out our full guide to dream meanings.
The 10 Most Common Dreams:
To get you thinking metaphorically, we’ve looked at the 10 most common dreams and their probable meanings.
1. What does it mean if your teeth fall out in a dream?
The most common dreams relating to your teeth falling out include having your teeth crumble into your hands, fall out one-by-one with just a light tap, or your teeth starting to rot. These dreams might be reflecting your anxieties about your appearance and how others perceive you. Typically, these dreams stem from a fear or rejection, embarrassment or feeling unattractive.
Dreaming that you are losing your teeth can also relate to communication. When you are missing your teeth, you will find it more difficult to talk. Therefore, your dream might be highlighting some difficulty communicating with someone or expressing yourself in some way. It can also relate to a sense of powerlessness as teeth are used to bite, tear and chew. You may be lacking confidence or need more privacy in some situation.
2. What does it mean if you’re chased in a dream?
Running away from something or someone that is chasing you in your dream suggests that you are running away from something that is causing you fear or anxiety in waking life. Your action of running away suggests that is how you would respond to pressure and cope with stress or fears day-to-day. It is suggesting that you have a tendency to run away from issues rather than tackle them. This dream can be recurring until you find the issue and resolve it in your waking life.
3. If you can’t find a toilet in your dream, what does it mean?
When you have a dream where you can’t find the toilet, this can relate to something in your waking life where you may be struggling to express your needs in a certain situation. You might feel that, as you are putting others first, you are lacking time for personal issues.
4. What does being naked in a dream mean?
Being naked in a public place suggests that you are struggling to find yourself or that you feel that you are being wrongly accused or exposed. If you are not the naked person in the dream but you see a nude person and are sickened by it, it may mean you are worried about exposing that person over a particular issue. It could also mean that you are comfortable in your skin. Also with who you and other people are because you understand that everyone is different.
5. What does it mean if you feel unprepared for an exam in your dream?
Dreams of feeling unprepared for an exam are commonly linked to young adults or children who are under stress. They can feel so real that we wake up convinced that we just failed an important test. Test dreams are a reflection on the individual’s lack of confidence and inability to advance to the next stage in life. This type of dream is a mirror dream that has nothing to do with anyone else. At least 1 in 5 people will experience an exam dream in their lives.
6. What does it mean to fly in your dream?
Dreaming of being able to fly in your dream can be interpreted in many ways. A tough time flying in your dream suggests that someone (or something) is stopping you from moving to the next step in your life. If you are unable to fly it suggests that you might be struggling to meet the high goals you set for yourself. Similarly, being alone and struggling to fly implies that you are lacking confidence within yourself.
7. Falling in a dream, what does it mean?
When falling in your dream and being overcome with fear, it signifies insecurity and anxiety about a situation. You may have failed at doing something in your waking life and the dream is letting out your feelings about not doing as well as you’d hoped. If you are happily free falling it suggests you are not afraid of changes and you are ready to embrace the beauty of it. If it is in water the dream suggests that you have very strong feelings for someone.
8. What does it mean to crash a vehicle in your dream?
Cars in our dreams represent our drive in life and the direction we are taking. If you dream of your car losing control you may feel that you are off track and need to get back on the road to keep going. If you lose control with someone you know driving the car, you might feel you need to get them back on track. The person driving will help you to understand who is controlling your direction.
9. What does finding an unused room in a dream mean?
If you learn of a new room in your dream it denotes new outlooks and abilities that you have realised about yourself. If the room is white it means you are ready to make a new beginning in your life, like a blank canvas ready to be painted on.
10. What does it mean to be late in a dream?
Dreaming that you are late represents your worry and anxiety about taking a different direction in your waking life. You may not be 100% confident about making a change. It may also mean that you feel like you are running out of time to get something done. Your unconscious is telling you that it is never too late to do the things you want in life.
Do you ever experience any of the most common dreams? Check out our guide on dream meanings for a full guide on why we dream and the psychology behind our night-time journeys.
Dream About Being Pregnant? Here’s What It Means
What does it mean if you’re dreaming that you’re pregnant?
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Whether you don’t want to bear children, deeply long to be pregnant, or don’t think much about it at all, you might find yourself dreaming that you’re pregnant. And regardless of how you might feel about reproduction, dreams like this aren’t necessarily directly related to pregnancy or fertility. A pregnancy dream might instead indicate your feelings about some other change or goal in your life. “Pregnancy dreams are typically connected to something else in your life that is in a growing and development phase,” says Lauri Loewenberg, a professional dream analyst and author. “Plans that are in the works, or maybe a degree that’s in the works, that will, when it comes to fruition, result in a new life for you.”
Loewenberg says pregnancy dreams are ways for your subconscious to communicate feelings that are harder to unpack in the waking world. “When you’re within the dream and your subconscious is in control, you’re being forced to focus on things that you might be ignoring or turning a blind eye to or not acknowledging. So the dream gives us a better understanding of our current situation by presenting it to us in a different light.”
Continue reading for Loewenberg’s interpretations of various dreams about being pregnant, and how they might relate to what’s happening in your life when you’re awake.
1. If you’re dreaming that you just conceived
“No matter where you are within [your dream] pregnancy it will directly reflect where you are as far as some kind of new growing and developing thing in your life,” Loewenberg says. “So if you’re at the point where you’re just peeing on the stick, then something is just beginning.”
2. If you’re dreaming that you’re in the third trimester
Loewenberg says the gestation of the pregnancy in your dream is directly related to the progress of your goal or project. “If you’re at the third trimester then you’re about to come to the end of this road, and whatever it is you’ve been working on is about to come to fruition.”
3. If you dream of having “morning” sickness
While morning sickness can be a natural part of pregnancy, Loewenberg says its presence in a pregnancy dream might indicate emotional unease about something in your life that’s growing. “Something in this process of whatever you’re working on, it could even be relationship, something about it doesn’t feel right to you. So you would need to ask yourself, okay, is this just a natural process of this project, this relationship, this degree, whatever it is, or is this something unnecessarily making me feel awkward or wrong. Is there some kind of unhealthy aspect of this that I need to look at and correct?”
4. If you dream you’re pregnant with twins or triplets
“Maybe you’ve got two things on the burner, or maybe there’s several aspects to this one thing. And so it may feel like you’re juggling a lot of things and your subconscious is relaying it to you in the form of multiple fetuses.”
5. If you dream you give birth but misplace your baby and lose it
“That would indicate that this could be a warning from her subconscious that something she’s been working on — perhaps she’s allowed to get lost in the shuffle of life. Don’t lose sight of this thing because it is something that you grew and labored over. You know, and don’t belittle its significance. Don’t lose sight of it.”
6. If you dream that you’re pregnant with an inhuman baby
“That would indicate that this new development in your life is something that seems foreign to you. It’s not something you’ve encountered before. It feels alien, doesn’t feel familiar to us. So it would be a message from your subconscious that you’d need to familiarize yourself with this new situation.”
7. If you dream your ex got you pregnant
“Dreaming of the ex is, I would almost say, equally as common as the pregnancy dream because they’re reported to me all the time. So that being said, if you dream your ex got you pregnant, that’s a very good indication that you’ve learned an awful lot from that relationship. In a sense, that relationship has allowed you to give birth to a new part of yourself. The pregnancy would represent all this new knowledge and wisdom that is growing and developing within you, thanks to that ex.”
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8. If you dream that you go into labor but can’t feel pain
“When that’s the case and you don’t feel the labor and there’s no pain, it’s like one of those sayings: don’t sweat it, piece of cake,” Loewenberg says. Despite the well-documented reality that labor can be incredibly painful, it’s actually pretty common to dream about a painless labor. “Your subconscious is telling you don’t worry, this isn’t going to be painful in any way. Just finish this project, finish this degree, just get it done.”
9. When you dream you’re in pain during labor
“Here’s the thing about physical pain in a dream. When you feel pain in a dream, it’s most often connected to emotional pain in real life. So this could be telling you that this is beginning to emotionally drain you, but then again, it’s also at the very end of your pregnancy. So you know, you just keep pushing. You’re almost there.”
10. If you dream about having an ugly baby
While babies are all beautiful in their own way, you may find yourself in a dream where you’re pregnant with, or give birth to, a not-so-cute baby. Loewenberg says this type of dream can indicate that there is a new element to your life that you’re displeased about. “Your subconscious is saying, There’s an unpleasant situation that has developed in your life, but you have brought it upon yourself. You’re the one that gave birth to this.”
11. If you dream that you give birth out of your head or another unusual body part
You may think dreaming of having a baby through your hands might be completely random, but Loewenberg says those small details can help you unlock meaning from your dream. “You need to pay close attention to which part of your body the baby comes out of, because your subconscious chose that part for a reason. Then ask yourself, What typically is this body part used for? The head is used for thinking and ideas. And so [that] dream is all about giving birth to a new way of thinking.”
Ultimately, your dreams (pregnancy-related or not) are an insight to things you’ve been thinking about or dealing with in recent memory. “Whatever goes on in your dream tonight is usually connected to something that happens today,” Loewenberg says. “So when you wake up in the morning, and you’re looking at your dream, and you’re examining it, the best thing to do is to compare everything in the dream to what happened yesterday, compare the emotions in your dream to how you were feeling yesterday.”
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What your dreams actually mean: Dream symbols, interpretation and causes
Turns out, that dream where you fall from the sky and jerk yourself awake is pretty common.
We all have dreams, whether you remember them or not. Dreams can be pleasant, happy, frightening, frustrating, calming, boring, bizarre or downright awkward. (Anyone else ever dream about standing naked in front of a crowd?)
Each night, you can have anywhere from one dream up to five or six, depending on how long you sleep and how many rapid-eye movement (REM) cycles you go through — but you may only remember the most vivid dreams or dreams that occur repeatedly.
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If you’ve ever woken from a particularly unsettling or outlandish dream, you may wonder why you dream the things you dream. Unfortunately — but not surprisingly — scientists can’t attach particular meanings to every dream. It’s up to the dreamer to determine what their sleepy, subconscious mini-movies mean, and you can start dissecting yours with the help of three sleep experts in this guide to dreams.
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What exactly are dreams?
To put it simply, “Dreams are thoughts, images, sensations and sometimes sounds that occur during sleep,” Alan Kuras, LCSW at Westmed Medical Group, tells CNET.
There’s no definitive evidence about what dreams consist of, but it’s generally accepted that dreams represent a collection of thoughts, struggles, emotions, events, people, places and symbols that are relevant to the dreamer in some way.
The most vivid dreams typically occur during REM sleep, although you can dream during other stages of sleep, too.
Why do we dream?
Dreams may serve multiple purposes, including memory formation.
There are many theories of the function of dreams, Kuras says. “They appear to assist in memory formation, integration, problem solving and consolidation of ideas both about ourselves and the world,” adding that neuroscientists have discovered that dreams help with information processing and mood regulation, too.
While scientists know a great deal about what happens physiologically when people dream, there’s still much to be studied about what happens psychologically. For example, researchers know that people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to have nightmares. But people without PTSD have nightmares, too, so it can’t be said that nightmares always accompany psychological conditions.
One concept that’s generally accepted is that dreaming is a highly emotional process, because the amygdala — an emotional center in your brain — is one of the areas of your brain that’s most active during dreams, according to neuroimaging studies.
Why do some people forget their dreams?
If you’re one of those people who “doesn’t dream,” you probably just forget them.
Part of this is biological, Kuras says, as neurotransmitters forming memory are less active during sleep, and dream forgetfulness also appears to be related to the level of electrical activity in the brain during dreams.
Additionally, it could have something to do with the content of your dreams, Kuras says: Early psychoanalytic theory suggested that difficult or traumatic information in dreams is suppressed, and the dreamer is less likely to retrieve or analyze it.
Dr. Meir Kryger, a sleep medicine doctor at Yale Medicine, tells CNET that most people remember their dreams when they’re awakened in the middle of a dream or in the first few moments after a dream has ended. But the catch is that the memory only lasts for a short time — unless you write it down or repeat it in your head over and over, there’s a good chance you’ll forget the dream. It’s actually likely that it’s more common to forget dreams than it is to remember them, Dr. Kryger says.
When you wake up also matters. Research has shown that people who wake up during REM sleep report more vivid, detailed dreams, whereas people who wake up during non-REM sleep report fewer dreams, no dreams or dreams of little significance.
What do dreams mean?
Dream meanings are mostly speculation, but what matters is how your dreams relate to your own life.
Different cultures throughout history have ascribed meaning and importance to dreams, though there’s little scientific evidence that dreams have particular meanings attached to them, Kuras says, “No one has yet determined with exactitude what dreams or the images in dreams mean. That dreams are significant indicators of one’s subconscious mind is a basic assumption in various cultures, but in different ways.”
Dr. Kryger says that dreams are “mostly speculation in terms of specific meanings.” Among the scientific community, he continues, there are two main trains of thought: One is that every part of a dream has a specific meaning, and the other is that dreams are entirely spontaneous and mean nothing.
The first train of thought can be attributed to Sigmund Freud, who is recognized as the first person to assign definitive meanings to dreams — like that dreaming about a king and a queen actually means you’re dreaming about your mother and father, Dr. Kryger says.
Although dream psychoanalysis may have only begun in the last century or two, people have studied dreams for far longer: Aristotle wrote about dreams as early as 325 B.C., according to Dr. Kryger.
Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, a professional dream analyst, says the problem with arriving at proof across the board “is that dreams and their meanings are so very personal because they are based on the person’s individual life experiences.”
Additionally, neuroscience tends to focus on the function of dreaming (like memory retention) rather than the “comparative analysis between the imagery in dreams and the content of the previous day, which is how I approach dream analysis,” Loewenberg says.
That said, certain dreams do have meanings attached to them, if for no reason other than holding significance for many people. Below, Dr. Kryger, Kuras and Loewenberg discuss meanings about common dreams and symbols in dreams.
What does it mean to dream about water, wind and fire?
Dreaming about water, wind or fire may offer some insight into your emotions.
Though there’s no true evidence that the elements have particular meanings — it’s mostly speculation, Dr. Kryger says — there are some associations that seem common.
Water is thought to symbolize emotions, Loewenberg says, and different types of water can mimic different emotions. For instance, muddy water can represent sadness, tidal waves can represent overwhelm and clear water can represent emotional clarity.
Fire most often equates to anger or distress, Loewenberg says, while wind can represent imminent changes or changes that you’re currently going through.
“As far as these being accepted meanings, all that truly matters is what fits for the dreamer,” Loewenberg says. While many symbols have a general meaning that can fit most people and common situations, you have to account for your personal associations with symbols, she explains.
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What does it mean to dream about death?
Dr. Kryger says it’s very common to dream about death, particularly about the death of someone close to you emotionally. It’s also common to interpret those sorts of dreams as communication from the dead, which isn’t really a surprise: “death has such a great impact on the living that it is often incorporated into dream content,” he says.
Loewenberg says dreaming about death can signify the end of something in real life, and that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a life.
“To dream of your own death isn’t a premonition but rather a reflection of how you are coming to realize that life as you now know it is coming to an end,” she says, adding that it’s not unusual to dream about death during things like moving, the process of quitting smoking or making a career change.
According to Kuras, “this all depends on what these images mean to the dreamer in the context of their life and challenges. Dream work is very much the exploration of feelings and meaning for the dreamer and is somehow related to the ‘work’ of managing life and its challenges.”
What does it mean when dreams are set in nighttime vs. daytime?
Dreaming in dark settings, like this one, may indicate sadness or loneliness.
Like the elements, there’s no actual scientific proof that darkness and light have set meanings, but many dreamers associate each with a particular feeling, Loewenberg says. For example, dreams that take place in the dark can represent uncertainty in real life — such as if you are “in the dark” about something going on and you need more information to make a decision. Darkness has also been associated with sadness or loneliness.
Dreams that take place in the daytime, on the other hand, may not mean anything for most people. But if you typically dream in dark settings and suddenly have dreams set in daytime, it could signify that an issue was resolved or that you’ve come out of a period of sadness.
Again, dream interpretation is almost entirely speculation, and what’s important is how you relate your dreams to your own life.
Why some dreams are common
Dreaming about flying is pretty common.
Have you ever dreamed that you were falling and jerked awake? If you’ve ever discussed said dream with other people, there’s a good chance someone else chimed in saying, “I’ve had that dream, too!”. Dreaming of falling seems to be pretty common, and it’s something called an archetype, Loewnberg says.
An archetype, by definition, is “a very typical example of a certain person or thing” (Oxford) — when applied to dreams, an archetype is something that signifies “patterns of the psyche.”
Other common dreams, which may or may not be archetypes depending on what’s happening in your life at the time you have the dream, include:
- Showing up late for something important.
- Being chased by someone or something.
- Dreams about sexual relations that shouldn’t happen in real life (such as you or your partner engaging in relations with someone else).
- Encountering someone who has died.
- Being lost.
- Being paralyzed or unable to speak.
- Being naked or embarrassed in front of a crowd.
Loewenberg says these dreams are so common because they’re connected to common behaviors, actions, thoughts and fears. For example, many — if not most — people worry about arriving late for something important, such as a work presentation or a plane flight. Likewise, many people may worry about their partner having an affair, which can show up in dreams.
Having dreams where you appear naked or embarrassed in front of a crowd is often related to social anxiety, Loewenberg says, or worrying about how others perceive you.
How to interpret your dreams
Some dreams are straight-up weird — and it’s up to you to interpret them.
Since, as mentioned before, there’s no solid body of evidence about the meanings of dreams, you have to interpret your dreams in ways that make sense to you.
“The determination of what dreams convey are particular to the person and current situation,” Kuras says, “so what the person is experiencing, what challenges they are facing, and what psychological developments are occurring will inform meaning in each case.”
Dreaming is a thinking process, Loewnberg reiterates. “Our dreams, those strange little stories we experience every night while we sleep, are actually our subconscious thoughts,” she says. “They are a continuation of our stream of consciousness from the day.”
But during sleep, instead of talking to yourself in words, you are talking to yourself in symbols, metaphors and emotions, Loewenberg says. The change in language happens because your brain works differently during REM sleep: Notably, the prefrontal cortex, or decision-making center of your brain, is less active or inactive, while the amygdala, the emotional center of your brain, is highly active.
That’s why dreams can be so frightening or frustrating, and feature events that shouldn’t or couldn’t happen in real life.
“In a nutshell,” Loewenberg says, “dreams are a conversation with the self about the self, but on a much deeper, subconscious level.”
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
Psychology of Dreams: What They Mean
A dream can be explained as a succession of sensations, emotions, ideas, and images that occur involuntarily in a person’s mind during certain stages of sleep. It’s not really understood what the purpose and content of dreams are, but they have certainly been the subject of religious and philosophical interest and a topic of scientific speculation throughout recorded history. Interestingly, the scientific study of dreams is known as Oneirology.
When Does Dreaming Occur?
It’s during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep that dreams mainly occur, because this is when brain activity is high and most resembles that of being awake. It’s the continuous movements of the eyes during sleep that identifies REM sleep; however, dreams can occur during other sleep stages, but these dreams tend to be less memorable and much less vivid. (1)
The Length of Dreams
Our dreams vary in length: they may last for just a few seconds, and they’ve been known to last for between 20 and 30 minutes. The reason why some dreamers are able to recall their dreams is because they have been woken up whilst in the REM phase of sleep.(2) On average, people have between three and five dreams each night, with some having up to seven; however most of our dreams are quickly forgotten. It seems that our dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses and, when we have a full eight-hour sleep, the majority of our dreams occur in the typical two hours of REM.
Today’s Explanation of Dreams
Today, many people see dreams as a connection to the unconscious mind. There are varying natures of dreams, such as exciting, frightening, melancholic, magical, adventurous, and even sexual; (3) and our dreams seem to range from normal and ordinary right through to bizarre and completely surreal. With the exception of lucid dreaming, the events that occur in our dreams are normally outside the control of the dreamer. The dreamer is self-aware during lucid dreaming. Sometimes, dreams can implant a creative thought, thus giving the dreamer a sense of inspiration. (4)
Throughout cultures and time, opinions have varied and shifted about the meaning of dreams. It seems that people generally endorse the Freudian theory of dreams, and that is that dreams reveal hidden emotions and desires. Other theories are that dreams help us in problem solving, in memory formation, or that they occur simply due to random brain activation.
Some people have a sleep disorder in which they physically act out their dreams during sleep called REM Behavior Disorder (RBD). In this case, acting out dreams can be dangerous to the individual and bed partner.
The History of Dream Interpretation
Going back around 5000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the earliest recorded dreams were documented on clay tablets. In the Roman and Greek periods, people believed that dreams were messages sent directly from one or more deities, from deceased people, and that they were the predictors of the future. Then there were cultures that practiced dream incubation, their intention being to cultivate dreams of prophecy.
What do Dreams Mean?
In the early 1900s, Sigmund Freud wrote extensively about the theory of dreams and their interpretations. Freud believed that dreams are a manifestation of our deepest anxieties and desires, often relating to repressed childhood obsessions or memories. In addition, it was his belief that almost every dream topic, irrespective of its content, represented the release of sexual tension. In Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams 1899, he developed a psychological technique whereby dreams could be interpreted; he also devised a series of guidelines to help us understand the motives and symbols that appear in our dreams.
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90,000 Four reasons that prevent us from finding a dream job
Most of us want a job to satisfy three basic needs:
Made us feel competent and skilled. This is achieved through the ability to exceed the expectations of the current role and grow through learning, improving the quality of skills.
Gives a sense of community and belonging. It results from honest and respectful relationships with colleagues when you are valued as a professional.This is why corporate culture influences employee satisfaction so strongly.
Endowed with a sense of meaning and purpose. It manifests itself as the feeling that we are dedicating our time to something significant, consistent with our key goals and motives.
It would be naive to assume that all people in the world will be able to find a job that meets these three criteria. Nevertheless, it is widely accepted that employees are capable of achieving these goals regardless of macroeconomic conditions and their talent.As a result, most people strive at all costs to either find the perfect job, or at least improve the current conditions. Researchers call this behavior job crafting.
Several studies have shown expectedly that job crafting has a positive effect on employee engagement and employability. The latter means the ability to obtain and maintain the desired job, while maintaining its relevance to the labor market throughout the entire career. But if people in general understand what they want from a job, why do so many of us make the wrong decisions when choosing it? Researchers have identified several reasons.
Money decides everything. Studies show that there is practically no correlation between wages and job satisfaction. For example, lawyers who earn $ 160,000 a year are as satisfied with their jobs as nurses who earn many times less. We make many decisions based on financial incentives, especially when it comes to work. While many say they would happily agree to a pay cut if they could work less or do something more enjoyable, in reality we prefer to work for consistently high wages.
People are (too) good at adjusting to poor work. We put up with bad work much more easily than bad relationships. Despite the widespread belief that people live comfortably in conditions of uncertainty and do not strive for long-term careers, in reality the opposite is true. We will rather choose the tit in hand. Neither pointless work nor a bad boss guarantees that a person will want to change jobs. This explains the low engagement rates of even the best companies in the world.
Gaps in introspection limit opportunities. People, as a rule, cannot adequately assess their own abilities. There is no guarantee that they will do what they really do, let alone that this activity is useful and in demand. This means that the effect of a career change is questionable. A good example: Despite the appeal of entrepreneurship to young people who are excited by the idea of being their own boss, their chances of success are extremely low.A tiny minority will eventually create the next Apple or Google and will bring huge benefits to society. But behind every success story there are millions of failures. On average, people who quit traditional jobs to work for themselves end up working more and earning less. In many cases, they could be happier and more successful if they were employed.
It’s hard to know what to expect . Organizations spend a lot of time presenting potential careers in their company in an engaging light.This is an integral part of the struggle for the best personnel. Visit any organization’s website and you will see reassurances that they care about diversity, innovation, corporate social responsibility, continuous learning, and an agile culture. But this makes it difficult to find the right person for the right role. This means that job seekers must have a good understanding of their future responsibilities.
To find a job that really suits you, you need to understand what you do best, what responsibilities the chosen job really entails, and shift the focus from financial to other values and career incentives.And you will only benefit if you stop adjusting to circumstances so much – then you will be less likely to agree to a bad job and put up with a bad boss. It is important to remember that very few people regret leaving work. This means people stay in their usual jobs longer than they should. Life is short, so don’t be afraid to choose the path that really suits you right now.
About the Author: Thomas Chamorro-Premuzic is Chief Talent Management Officer at ManpowerGroup.
“The Moscow team” told MADI students where technical specialists can find a dream job
Representatives of the Moscow Team project visited the Moscow Automobile and Highway State Technical University. The students learned about major urban projects in the field of capital repairs and city property and understood which of them they can take part in right now.
To improve the street, you need to work not only with construction materials, but also with residents and small businesses; you need to consider everything: transport accessibility, kiosks for small goods, scooter rentals, green spaces and much more. Such complex complex projects in the capital are handled by the Department of Overhaul. Thanks to the work of this organization, parks are being improved in the city, historical objects are being restored, and a new infrastructure appears.
Mikhail Nikiforov, Deputy Head of the Moscow Overhaul Department, told the students about major capital projects. So, last year, 180 km of underground networks were built in the city, the improvement of the River Station park on 50 hectares was completed – its historical appearance was recreated. There are many projects, and their main goal, according to Mikhail Nikiforov, is to make a person feel comfortable on the city streets, so that everything important is at his fingertips.
“We ask them directly about what residents need: we conduct voting on the Active Citizen platform or collect proposals in public discussions.It is important for us that every resident feels comfortable leaving the apartment. To implement large-scale projects, of course, new personnel are needed – specialists with an engineering education are especially expected in our department: designers, surveyors, and so on. ”
Transactions with land or real estate are associated with numerous approvals, documents and time spent in queues. In Moscow, they are drawn up by the City Property Department, and the organization’s services are less and less consistent with the stereotypes about bureaucracy.This year, all services in the field of property, land and housing relations can be obtained remotely. The department is contacted, for example, to obtain information about the right to housing; register ownership of an apartment received under a social tenancy agreement; redeem a land plot for construction or register the ownership of the premises leased from the city. The work of the department is large-scale: for example, last year the organization entered into about 900 electronic contracts for the purchase and sale of urban real estate.
The deputy head of the department Anton Sorokin told the students about the behind-the-scenes work in the Moscow City Property Department. He noted that the work in the organization is diverse, and new specialists are always needed to participate in large projects; interns are trained here, and the best of them are employed: “The internship program is important for the city. Young specialists bring new ideas to our organization, they can take a different look at our everyday and already familiar work.And the interns themselves get the opportunity to see the work of city managers from the inside, to understand in which area it is more interesting to work. In our department we are waiting for interns and new employees of various specialties: lawyers, IT specialists, managers … The most important thing is those who are initiative and willing to work! ”
Director of the Career Development Center of the University of the Moscow Government Nina Filimonova invited 3rd and 4th year and master’s students to undergo a paid internship at the Moscow Government.The program participants themselves will implement city projects, communicate with representatives of the city authorities no longer at an event, but at meetings and project meetings. The interns will work in three different government bodies for six months. Students can choose to work flexibly and work 20 hours a week, while university graduates immediately come full-time. Applications for the new internship will continue until the end of May.
The commander of the student detachment of the Moscow transport complex, Yekaterina Bakotina, herself had an internship at the Moscow Government.She noted that the program is an excellent start to a career for students: “For six months of internship, you can understand where you are interested in working, whether you have chosen the right specialty. For two months, interns work in three government bodies – this makes it possible to prove themselves in various organizations of the capital’s government and are more likely to receive a job offer. ”
Next time “Team of Moscow” will talk about information technology and healthcare in the capital – watch the live broadcast of the meeting with students of Sechenovka on April 23 at 16:00 in the group “VKontakte” “Internship in the Government of Moscow”.
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90,000 practical advice from MASCOM Vostok
A meeting with young professionals organized by the Khabarovsk State University of Economics and Law took place in the Kommuna space of the Brosko Mall. The event was attended by OOO MASKOM Vostok.
Director of the Center for the Promotion of Student Employment at KSUEP Elena Zharova spoke about how to correctly present your skills and personal qualities in a resume.Viktoria Martynenko, specialist in the selection and retraining of personnel of MASKOM Vostok LLC, shared examples from practice, what mistakes are often found in the resume and at interviews and how to avoid them.
“Young specialists are not always able to objectively assess their work experience and knowledge and correlate them with salary expectations,” says Victoria. – I advise graduates of educational institutions and young professionals to study the labor market in their specialty as a whole and the level of salaries in the company where you are submitting your resume.This will help avoid disappointment and misunderstandings during the interview from both the candidate and the company. ”
- Be careful when writing a resume / filling it out on work sites. If you are not ready to travel, then fill out the appropriate box to avoid frequent travel offers that you are not ready for.
- Do not post photos with other people in addition to you, and photographs using graphics programs (glitter, hearts and other effects).
- Be sure to include contact information in your resume. It so happens that there is no phone or email, which makes feedback very difficult.
- If you worked for a little-known company, it is better to indicate the profile of its activities. If you have a website, it will be a plus to write it too.
- List of different specialties in the title of the resume. When a cook / engineer / secretary is indicated, it seems that the person has not yet decided who he wants to be, and this raises questions.If you suddenly want to try yourself in different directions, write several resumes with the appropriate skills and work experience in each.
“In your resume, it is important to be honest and not ascribe to yourself those qualities that you do not possess,” adds Victoria Martynenko. – In the course of a personal conversation, it will still be found out where the person cheated. I also advise you to avoid formulaic phrases, like responsible, sociable. It is better to indicate those that are really inherent in you, distinguish you from the rest of the applicants.And then the dream job will not be long in coming. ”
90,000 How to Find a Dream Job: Skills of the Future and Secrets of a Successful Resume
How to Find a Dream Job: Skills for the Future and Secrets of a Successful Resume
The department of practice and employment informs you about conducting a master class in the form of a webinar on the topic: “How to find a dream job: skills of the future and the secrets of a successful resume” from HeadHunter.
You have a unique opportunity to get answers to the most pressing questions of concern to every young specialist:
1. What kind of specialists are required in the market and how much is their specialty in demand?
2. What salary can you apply for and how much are employers willing to pay to young job seekers in a particular professional field?
3. How to get a good job without experience?
4.How to write a resume correctly – so that the employer will definitely notice it and invite it for an interview?
5. How to successfully pass an interview? How to answer tricky questions?
You can get answers to these and many other questions as part of the master class.
HeadHunter (hh.ru) (Nasdaq: HHR) is the largest online recruiting platform in Russia with over 322,000 clients. HeadHunter’s goal is to help companies find employees, and people find jobs, and to make the process of finding employees and jobs fast and deliver only positive impressions to both parties.The company’s extensive database contains more than 49 million resumes, and the average daily number of vacancies is more than 645 thousand.
We invite you to take part in the upcoming event!
Event date: February 18, 2021
Event link: https://meet.google.com/due-yjjc-vxw
90,000 How to find a dream job and start living at full capacity
What would you prefer: every day, from call to call, to suffer at a hated job or to do what you love that makes you happy, inspires, energizes? The answer seems obvious.Why, then, do most people choose the first scenario? There are several reasons. Someone is afraid of losing stability, someone simply has not yet managed to understand themselves. And it also happens: a person has a beautiful dream, but he does not believe that he is able to translate it into reality.
How to understand what you want, get rid of fears and start realizing your potential? Elena Rezanova, an expert in the field of career strategies and the author of the bestseller “Never”, talks about this. We share her advice.
How to make a fairy tale come true
We can cherish some dream for years, but we still can’t do anything to make it come true. One person dreams of a writing career, another sees himself as a world famous designer, and a third thinks from time to time how great it would be to open his own small bakery. And all this is endlessly postponed for later.
The longer you think about your dream, the less real it seems and the more scary it is to approach it.Therefore, you need to get down to business as early as possible. The main thing is to decide on the first step.
Stop dreaming, it’s time to act! Source
Elena Rezanova cites her husband as an example:
– Roma worked as a project manager in a cool company. At the same time, he had known for sixteen years that he wanted to become a chef of French cuisine. He kept this dream for a long time and raised it to the level of “impossible”. What have I done? I just wrote to the Parisian school Le cordon bleu, made an appointment, brought Roma there on vacation (he did not know anything in advance) and told him: “Here is the door – go.”It was a simple intuitive move: I transferred a dream from the category of “impossible” to reality. Everything. After nine months we moved to Paris. And now Roma already runs a restaurant in Monaco (he also visited there as a chef).
What does this story tell us? As difficult and elusive as your dream is, the first thing to do is to transfer it from the realm of fantasy to the physical world. Without delay, open a website with the necessary information, look for training courses, study prices, write a letter, go on an excursion, make an appointment with an expert on the topic of your interest …
Once you realize that your dream is real, it will be much easier for you to come up with the next steps.
How to find yourself
What if you do not have a specific dream, but at the same time you do not feel satisfaction from your work and yearn for change? There is a simple four-step algorithm for you.
1. Look around. We have been sitting in our shells for years. As a rule, our life is limited to work and household chores. At best, we have a couple of hobbies that we don’t have time for. When there is a desire to change something, it turns out that we have no idea where to go next.
If all this is about you, then first of all you need to conduct reconnaissance: what else happens? Prepare to spend at least two to three months on research.
Become an explorer and discoverer. Source
Read books, follow events, meet interesting people, attend various seminars, lectures, master classes and conferences. Try to constantly discover new areas of knowledge (maybe you will be hooked on some short online course – take it).Try everything!
2. Experiment in safe area. Pick a destination that interests you and dive deeper into it. You don’t need to quit your job right away and change your life drastically. Your task is to regularly take small steps to get comfortable with a new topic, even if you are not yet sure of your choice. Only in practice you can understand whether it suits you or not.
Don’t get hung up on one thing. If you feel like you want to try yourself in other areas, keep looking and experimenting.You can choose several directions at once and develop in each of them. After all, we are multifaceted, not flat; a lot of things are mixed in us.
When stepping into unfamiliar territory, be patient: it can take a year or two to feel the soil – this is normal.
At first it will seem that you are wandering in a fog, but over time it will dissipate. Source
3. Aim. When you are already deeply immersed in the topic, your vision will begin to appear. At this stage, a long-term goal can be formulated.
Do not be afraid to aim at something grandiose – open your show on a federal channel, become one of the three leading world experts in your area of interest, become a Hollywood star … This image will warm you and energize you in the most difficult times.
If a goal seems too ambitious and even a little scary, but it takes your breath away, then you are on the right track.
4. Start moving towards the goal. Map out concrete small steps for the next few months – and off you go! Walk at your own pace, but don’t stop.
With every step you take, you will receive a mountain of information, so your plan should be flexible enough. Prepare for the fact that you will have to change and complete it in the process. Be attentive to new opportunities!
How to reduce risks
It is not easy to decide on changes when you already have a successful career and a good salary. Many are frightened by the uncertainty that lies ahead. However, what you love is worth the risk.
By the way, any stability is just an illusion.It seems to you that you are in control of something, but your company may go bankrupt, your position may be cut, working conditions may change. You already live in uncertainty, so there is no point in being afraid of it.
If you want to reduce risks, create a financial safety cushion. Elena Rezanova calls it a “runway”. Most likely, for a year or two you will still learn and master in a new field. In order to survive this period without shocks, you need to have some kind of savings.
For your own peace of mind, come up with a small plan in case something goes wrong.At worst, you can always find a temporary job in your previous specialty or live with your parents for a while until you decide how to proceed.
Forget the word “later”. Your life is happening right now. Does it suit you? If not, you know what to do.
The article was written based on an interview with Elena Rezanova on websarafan.ru. For more information, listen to the audio recording (podcast # 49).
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90,000 How can a 1C programmer find a dream job?
October 29, 2018
According to the website Rabota66.ru in a month, 53 new 1C programmer vacancies were posted, and there are only 40 resumes (data as of October 29, 2018), so programmers should not have any special problems with finding a job. This is a very demanded profession today.
So, let’s agree that you are already a competent specialist and you have knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of programming “1C” and you are still looking for the job of your dreams.
If not, read the article “I want to become a 1C programmer.Where to begin?”
Determine what you want from your job, what is important to you and what is your priority: position, salary, development, interesting tasks, etc.
Tell everyone that you are looking for a job. For friends, acquaintances, write on social networks about what kind of job you are looking for and what competencies you have.
Submit your resume on all possible job search sites.
Browse the vacancies yourself and look for those that are interesting to you.
Go to all the interviews that are offered to you, often the employer is ready to make the best offer to the person who is interested in something that is described in the vacancy.
- The period of job search, this is the time, including for the development of your professional qualities, learn something new and improve your qualifications.So a long break in work is a “wake-up call” for the employer. A good person is not looking for a job for a long time.
A programmer’s resume should be clear and specific. Where did they work, how much and what results they achieved. What has been implemented, what has been developed. An employer is often looking for a programmer for a specific project, and if you have experience in this, then you are a priority.
Indicate where you studied, it is advisable to improve the qualifications of a programmer at least once a year.
Be sure to include a high-quality photo and general information about you so that fewer questions arise.
Update your resume, so it will be higher when the employer is looking for it and he will know that the job search is still relevant for you.
- Check the contact details to contact you.
What to do if you have no work experience and there is no queue from employers behind you
Do all of the above.
See vacancies of novice programmers, service engineers, consultants for the 1C program. Having settled on such vacancies, you will already be closer to your dream, as you will gain invaluable work experience. And then, having established yourself, you can grow into a 1C programmer.
- Look for one-time jobs on freelance sites or through friends.
If you need help finding a job or writing a resume, after graduating from the TSA Training Center, the center’s team will help you with this.
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