Dreams can help us navigate feelings of insecurity or anxiety. Dreams that involve losing teeth may symbolize feelings that you are falling short of expectations while being chased in a nightmare can represent feeling powerless over your own destiny.

Dream journals can help to uncover hidden meanings behind disturbing dreams, as can reflecting upon them upon awakening. Here are nine of the most prevalent ones.


Bad dreams may be terrifying, but they serve a useful function: helping us find balance, adapt, and grow. Unfortunately, however, their implementation can be complex: bad dreams may resurrect past traumas while activating your body’s fight-or-flight response and creating physical sensations like faster heartbeat, higher blood pressure, and sweating.

Dreams in which an animal or person chases you can be an indicator that you feel powerless over something in your life and need to make changes immediately. If this nightmare keeps reoccurring, take note – it might just be telling.

Dreams often show us our fears are justified when they make us feel trapped or cornered, whether in physical space or situations in your life. Feelings of being Stuck are often indicators that something may be taking you outside your comfort zone; this can be both a good and bad sign; it should be understood as fear being an understandable response when feeling threatened or overwhelmed.

Researchers conducted a study where they provided 89 participants with dream diaries for one week, asking them to record any remembered dreams as well as emotions felt while sleeping. After this period was up, researchers then used an MRI machine to analyze pupil responses to fear-eliciting stimuli; those reporting more frequent fears in their dreams demonstrated reduced brain arousal and activity levels in areas like the insula, amygdala, and midcingulate cortex which indicate improved control over defensive and alerting responses in real-life situations; knowledge like this can equipping you to face any challenges head on with confidence knowing that you will come out stronger from these experiences than ever before!


Dreams that bring feelings of stress, embarrassment or sadness may be due to unmet expectations. Expectations is an easy trap to fall into; its future-based nature ties your current sense of wellbeing directly to an outcome which may never manifest.

To liberate yourself from expectations, it is crucial that you fully comprehend their purpose and function. While possibilities allow for adaptation, adjustments, and new possibilities, expectations close the mind down with restrictive choices and blind you from possible paths forward.

As important, it’s also essential to keep in mind that you cannot always control the actions and thoughts of others. If your parents or friends have certain expectations for you, fulfilling them is not your responsibility; trying to appease people you don’t know can often prove counterproductive and waste your energy.

An effective way to free yourself from expectations is to practice acceptance and gratitude for everything in your life, particularly those seemingly small things that you usually take for granted. While this may be challenging to achieve, doing so will free you from suffering caused by expectations that don’t meet expectations.

As soon as you can free yourself of expectations, you will open up an abundance of joy in life. Although it won’t be easy, this goal can be achieved with mindful clarity; an open heart fueled by love, compassion, and empathy towards others; and accepting life exactly how it unfolds – though this may take time to achieve! It is well worth making the effort to live beyond the tyranny of expectations!


Insecurity is a natural part of life that most of us will experience at some point or another. But when insecurity becomes an ongoing problem that negatively affects your daily life and becomes difficult to manage, then seeking professional therapy services might be necessary.

Dreaming about a house invasion or being lost and trapped often represents feelings of insecurity and anxiety; for instance, being out of your control (e.g. being stuck in an unfamiliar city or elevator) or not having enough time at work (not being able to complete your duties).

Dreams that represent feelings of insecurity often center around money or financial stability; thus the frequency of dreams about losing your wallet or being Broke are commonplace. Other areas where people feel vulnerable include relationships, careers and self-esteem issues; they also often dream about infidelity and betrayal in relationships – this could represent feelings of insecurity regarding current relationships or an underlying fear that your partner is not committed.

Dreaming that you’re Naked in Public is often an indicator of stress or anxiety related to relationships. Your subconscious might also be telling you to stop being so dependent on others and do more for yourself again; or it could simply be your mind telling you it’s time for a break in an unhealthy romantic relationship if it has gone stale, such as BetterHelp can offer help in finding an online therapist to address anxiety disorders like panic disorder.


Self-doubt can paralyze you from taking action towards your dreams, leading you into inaction instead of action taken towards them. Self-doubt may stem from anxiety or the fear of failure – those struggling with anxiety may focus on all the ways something could go wrong, increasing their fear and deepening their sense of inadequacy and self-doubt further. Such negative thinking may also cause you to downplay your achievements; even believing your successes were due more to luck than hard work is known as impostor syndrome.

One way to break free from self-doubt is to recognize when these thoughts arise and label them accordingly. Once identified, give these unhelpful feelings a name or even personality (such as giving them an imaginary child or pet). Next time self-doubting thoughts arise, try replacing them with more helpful phrases such as: “I am capable”, “I can do this”, or “I will figure it out”.

As another way of dispelling self-doubt, remind yourself that you possess what it takes to achieve your dreams. If your greatest fear is failing rather than the negative repercussions that might accompany failure, then pushing through self-doubt may enable you to take steps and move towards your goals more freely.

Remind yourself that you aren’t alone by seeking support from others and people who will uplift you when feeling down – whether this means finding friends, a mentor, or coach. Also try avoiding negative people who discourage the pursuit of your dreams.


Trauma can have profound ramifications on both body and mind, including long-term feelings of fear and numbness that prevent individuals from enjoying life, finding peace or trusting others. Additionally, trauma may lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health conditions.

Trauma can result from various events or circumstances. Physical trauma might result from surgery or car accidents; emotional distress might stem from sexual abuse, the death of a loved one, witnessing violence, discrimination or prejudice; social trauma could stem from discrimination, prejudice and racism – or events beyond their control such as natural disasters, war or terrorist attacks.

After experiencing trauma, some individuals experience symptoms like headaches, racing heartbeat, fatigue or sleep problems as their bodies’ way of trying to reduce tension and stress. Others may turn to addictions or risky behaviors in order to numb emotions or avoid confronting what happened; others become aggressive, suicidal or self-injurious as a response.

Vicarious trauma, which occurs when one is exposed to another person’s trauma, is particularly risky for professionals working in victim services, emergency medical services, fire services and law enforcement. The VTT Compendium of Resources can help you gain more knowledge on vicarious trauma and its impacts on those serving victims.

A professional therapist can help you decipher the hidden meaning behind bad dreams and other trauma-related responses, such as difficulty sleeping, flashbacks and hyperawareness. Your therapist may also provide tools and techniques that help keep anxiety at bay when trauma triggers stressful feelings.