I was going to recommend a long academic paper on child trauma and dissociation, but I would have to admit that I haven’t read it all yet due to being really mental these last few days. Nevertheless, it presents several interesting hypotheses, so if you’re interested:
The following I have read in full. This is an article from the Suite 101 which discusses the possible meaning of dreams, as conceived by the likes of Freud and Jung. I’m always loathe to take this kind of thing seriously, as I think it’s very unlikely that we’ll ever really know the point or meaning of dreams, but nevertheless, the article succinctly describes interpretations of some of the most common symbols in dreams.
The most pertinent for me was falling. Like many others, it’s a dream that I experience frequently. I always wake because I’ve acted out what I am doing in the dream – ie., I am flailing about as I ‘fall’. According to the article, this dream could represent repressed despair or anxiety, with the subconscious using the dream to express “the threat”.
In all honesty, that probably proves that there’s nothing particularly revelatory in this piece but nevertheless, it’s worth having a quick look at.