You dream of someone who gravely wronged you
“Survivors of trauma may dream about the perpetrators, at first feeling in a helpless position, but as time goes on, [they] may become more and more strong and able to defend themselves,” Englander says. “This may mirror improvements in their mood and sense of self-esteem as they progress in therapy.” You may also be having nightmares for these reasons.
You’re back in school, about to take a test, and didn’t study
“This dream motif happens when we’re anxious about something we have to do – about our performance,” Pagano says. “We feel as if we’re not prepared for a task or an interview and it blindsides us.”
You’re moving from place to place and surrounded by strange people and events
Robyn calls dreams with seemingly no context “wild dreams.” “These dreams are about trying to integrate the many aspects of our life, or feeling unable to integrate them,” she says.