When my wife was seven months pregnant she told me “I had the strangest dream last night”.
“I know”, I replied coyly. “You dreamt that you gave birth to a litter of puppies!”
Her jaw dropped and she said slowly “You scare me. How did you know that?”
In truth, I didn’t know, I just knew that this is the most common “strange” dream of late-term pregnant women.
As an undergraduate in psychology, I slogged through the Sigmund Fraud classis book “The Interpretation of Dreams”.
This book was the foundation for psychoanalysis and it is a wealth of information on repression and dreams.
In Freud’s day, the Victorian sexuality mentality ruled and dreams of trains travelling into tunnels were correctly interpreted as sexual repression!
Freud had a huge ego and his sign in his office said “Professor Doctor Freud”, as-if one title is not enough:
Eventually it led to the public mocking Freud for believing that “anything longer than it is wide is phallic”. Sometimes, a train is just a train . . .
Other common dreams (and the underlying causes) include:
- Dreams about becoming naked in public
- Dreams about floating and flying
- Dreams about forgetting a final exam