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Here are the most common dreams, according to Google data

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Earlier this year, sleep website Mornings.co.uk conducted an analysis of Google search data to see which dreams were the most searched for in each country.
The team looked at data (where available) from the most common dream searches on Google, breaking it down by country and providing a worldwide overview. Worldwide, the most commonly sought dream is that of snakes. According to the analysis, dreams about snakes are searched for as many as 352,000 times a month in Brazil and 214,000 a month in Turkey. Areas, where venomous snakes exist, tend to see snakes at the top of the list, perhaps unsurprisingly. Interestingly, snakes they have been common protagonists of dreams even in most western countries. In the UK, where a snake bite is probably harmless, reptiles rank second among the most searched dream terms.

 

However, with similar results between North America and Western Europe, the most sought-after dream is “ teeth falling out ”. It is the second most widespread dream in the world and is the first in 17 countries, mostly north-western. In the United States and Canada, teeth are number one, with an average of 81,000 searches per month on the subject. Holidays are also on the European continent list, as well as animals like bears and spiders. In Italy (as in Switzerland), the most common dream is pregnancy. The French, on the other hand, more often dream of an ex, of a finished love affair . In Palestine, cut hair, in Iceland, snow.

Here are the most common dreams, according to Google data

The explanation of certain dreams

According to dreamodds.com, which uses a “psychological perspective or Freudian view” coupled with mythological insights for its dictionary of common dream symbols, dreaming of pregnancy symbolizes the fact that the dreamer is developing within themselves an aspect of the own character or personality. It could also mean the birth of an idea, a project, a goal.

 

To dream of an ex would mean that someone you are dating in your current life brings up some of the same feelings you experienced during your past relationship.

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If the recurring dream, on the other hand, is a snake that bites, this could represent hidden fears and worries. The dream (the subconscious mind actually) is trying to warn the dreamer of something in everyday life that one is not aware of or has not yet come to light.

What problem do we have with teeth?

As for the most recurring dream among the human population, namely that of falling teeth, it is not a novelty of our times. Surprisingly, there are written records of teeth falling out in dreams dating back to the 2nd century AD Over time (and unscientifically, of course) people have interpreted the dream as a foretelling of the death of relatives, an interpretation so popular that it is cited and rejected by Freud. While most dream analysis can be dismissed as pseudoscience, a more recent (in the 1960s) interpretation has offered a more plausible explanation, namely that it deals with the fear of growing old .

 

However, dreaming was examined in a small 1984 study, which sought to identify particularly different personality traits between people who have dreams and those who don’t. “Personality questionnaires indicated that the tooth dreamers were significantly more anxious and depressed,” the team writes in the study, published in Psychological Reports. Also “they had less ego strength, they were less satisfied of their life, they felt they had less control over the decisions to be made and felt helpless compared to subjects who dream of flying”. The research team then found that people who had dreams of falling teeth were no more concerned about aging than other participants, suggesting that this explanation is not entirely correct.

“One possible explanation is that the dream of losing teeth represents an unconscious historical vestige or archetype from a time when teeth played a significant role in people’s lives. Actual tooth loss may have portended death due to subsequent dietary changes and other difficulties associated with feeding or defense,” the team wrote. “For the current group of dreamers it seems possible that psychological conditions of impotence or loss of control could trigger the vestigial and archetypal dream of tooth loss.”

On the other hand, dream motifs recur from person to person and across cultures. Our dreams are shaped – in part, however – by the environment around us.

 

  • The Loss of Teeth in Dreams: An Empirical Investigation. (journals.sagepub.com)
  • The Most Common Dream in Every Country. (mornings.co.uk)
 

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