Your subconscious can put on an amazing - or nightmarish – show.

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Dreams can have you waking up smiling or screaming, set the tone for your day and make you feel mad, sad or downright annoyed.

But what do dreams mean? Surely there must be some reason behind them?

Tamara Trusseau, author of The Key to Your Dreams, explains: “Dreams have continuously aroused curiosity and debate. Both mystical and psychological references have been frequently incorporated into dream interpretation. Whether prophetic or subconscious analogy, dreams can provide clarification by highlighting aspects of the past, present and future.

“Due to the fascinating complexities of the mind, dreams normally occur in symbolic format. Frequently, the symbols used stem from one's own experiences and beliefs, although social, cultural and historical elements can contribute vastly to the imagery used.

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“Usually dreams can be divided into different categories. While each category is triggered by its own unique point of reference, the common denominator remains an instinctive desire to eliminate problems and reach a constructive conclusion.”

Here, Tamara explains the basics of your dreams and what they mean:

Dream categories and what they mean

Psychological dreams

“This type of dream is induced by the subconscious as it tries to analyse recent events and suggest viable solutions,” explains Tamara.

“Quite often, the images contain characters and experiences from everyday life. By decoding the symbols utilised, practical solutions can be found to everyday problems. The most important objective is to remove any misguided perception by offering a truthful interpretation of unresolved conditions.”

Recurring dreams

If you have the same dream over and over, it could be a sign of a psychological or emotional blockage.

Tamara comments: “By repeatedly displaying the same set of events, the subconscious draws attention to long-held fears and traumas that have not been dealt with properly. This type of dream should be taken very seriously as it refers to the existence of psychological and emotional blockages that need to be addressed in order to initiate positive confrontation and effective healing.”

Dreams prompted by physical and environmental conditions

Some dreams can be easily deciphered – as they simply play on your circumstances.

“In this type of dream, images have been manipulated as a result of physical and external conditions. Whether provoked by indigestion, a change in room temperature or any other unexpected element, the result is then projected into the dream as it starts to affect the senses.

“As such, there's no necessity to delve any further into the dream as the meaning is clearly defined by the circumstances,” she adds.

Predictive dreams

These, says Tamara, are the most mysterious.

“They are based on intuition and premonition,” she says.

“There is a heightening of senses and the events and emotions feel exceptionally real. Normally, the experiences associated with these types of dream feel different to all other formats. Often the objective of predictive dreams is to provide unparalleled guidance, while unravelling curious and puzzling situations.”

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Nightmares

Nightmares can be produced within all categories of dreams.

“Whether associated with psychological conditions expressing fear or perhaps heightened premonition sensing danger, the underlying need is to shock the subject into action.

“Unless triggered by environmental conditions, nightmares portray a desperate attempt by the subconscious to highlight important issues and as such should be treated with care and caution,” Tamara explains.

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