We've all done it before, woken up in a panic after havnig a nightmare about work...but what do those dreams really mean?
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Being naked at work
The dream: This dream involves being either completely naked or inappropriately dressed in the office. Usually the dreamer is panicked, but no one else in the dream seems to notice.
What it means: According to Ian Wallace, a psychologist and author of The Top 100 Dreams, this dream symbolizes feeling vulnerable and exposed at work. You may also be concerned about how others perceive you.
Being late for work
The dream: Usually in this dream you either can't get to work on time or are missing a deadline.
What it means: Dream expert Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, author ofDream on It, says this dream is a really good indication that you feel like you're missing out on an opportunity or what you really want in your career.
Sleeping with a co-worker
The dream: It involves inappropriate intimacy with a colleague or, more often, a boss. Usually there isn't a real attraction in waking life, so the dreamer wakes up feeling confused or concerned about what it means.
What it means: If it's a coworker that you're not attracted to, Loewenberg believes it represents knowing that you need to unite with them on a project or goal, or that you want to take on a skill or personality trait they possess. Alternately, if it's a boss, Wallace believes it represents a subconscious recognition that you have a big idea, and you're trying to give yourself the power to act on it.
Being chased in the office
The dream: Commonly people dream about being chased or threatened in the office, but often can't see the face of the person pursuing them.
What it means: Wallace says this dream typically represents something in waking life that you're pursuing, which is under threat. It's meant to draw attention to obstacles you're encountering.
Feeling unprepared for a task
The dream: This one is marked by anxiety over not being ready for a big presentation, event or work task. It's often specific to the profession, like an actor not knowing her lines.
What it means: It can usually be connected to an upcoming event that you're nervous about, in which your performance will be judged. If it's recurring and not tied to anything specific, Loewenberg says it may suggest a lack of confidence.
Getting stuck in the elevator
The dream: Workplace elevator dreams usually involve an elevator stalling, moving sideways or dropping down rather than going up.
What it means: Loewenberg says elevators represent our ability to progress in our careers. If it's not moving smoothly upwards, it reflects your fear that your career is not progressing as it should.
Can't find the bathroom
The dream: The dreamer is usually wandering the halls and unable to find the bathroom. Alternately, he may be in the bathroom and can't close the door or the toilet is exposed without any doors.
What it means: Wallace says any dream about a bathroom represents your fundamental needs, and if you cannot find one at work, it means your needs aren't being met or you're having trouble expressing them. If you can't secure the bathroom door, he believes you need to establish clearer boundaries with colleagues.
Equipment isn't working
The dream: In this dream, typically the phone, computer or printer is broken.
What it means: Loewenberg says it represents something in your waking life that isn't working. Most commonly the phone is dead, which may suggest a communication problem you're experiencing.
Getting delayed at the airport
The dream: Usually the dreamer arrives at the airport for a work trip, and there are massive lines and/or they get to the front and don't have the proper paperwork.
What it means: Wallace says airports represent your ability to embark on something. Getting delayed may represent exterior obstacles or your own anxieties.
Losing control of a car on the way to work
The dream: Often the dreamer is driving and loses control of the car. Alternately, she may be on a train or bus that is swerving or off course.
What it means: Wallace believes this represents your drive in your career and your efforts to make progress toward an objective. If the vehicle is spinning out of control, it means you feel that you don't have enough control in your waking life.
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