Though we may be loathe to admit it, many of us devote a lot of our brain space to thinking about celebrities — which naturally means that dreams about celebrities are a regular element of many of our nocturnal lives. But while having celebrity dreams can sometimes feel embarrassing, and lead to self-critical thoughts like, "I have friends and a family and an actual real life — so why do I just keep dreaming about Miley?," celebrity dreams are totally normal and extremely common (particularly among people who eat a lot of cheddar cheese, for some reason).
So rest (literally) assured: dreaming about celebrities doesn't mean that you're more interested in the lives of famous folks than your own. Rather, a dream appearance by a celebrity is often packed with symbolism. As behavior therapist Shelley Smith told The Huffington Post, "A person dreaming about [a celebrity] is seeking inspiration ... or some characteristic that is associated with that celebrity." So while dreaming about Taylor Swift many just mean you've been spending too much time gazing adoringly at your official 1989 World Tour coffee mug, it could also mean that Taylor symbolizes something important to you, like independence, self-expression or achieving your goals — things you may want more of in your life, but might be too shy to approach directly in your waking life. That's why dreams can be awesome – they broach the subjects that Waking You doesn't want to touch with a 10 foot pole.
Ready to unravel the secret meaning behind five of your most common celeb-packed dreams? With an assist from "definitive dream interpretation site" Dream Moods, we've decoded what's really going on when the inside of your sleeping mind looks like a VMAs after-party.
1. Seeing A Celebrity
Even just spotting a celebrity in your dream — say, seeing Nicki Minaj across a crowded room, or having Nick Jonas cut you off in rush hour traffic — holds meaning. It could "signifi[y] your high aspirations, that may be way beyond your reach at the present moment." Which might mean that you have bigger dreams than you let yourself acknowledge when you're awake — so if celebs randomly start popping up in your REM cycle, that's a good reason to pay attention. You should also "consider what the celebrity is famous or known for, and how you relate to that quality" — so your dream may be urging you to explore a specific new passion (like, say, becoming a Jonas Brother).
2. Being Friends With A Celebrity
If you're dreaming that you're part of a long group text convo with Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence, your dream might symbolize an "idealized version" of one of your real-life friendships — basically, your dream is just saying your friend is as cool as some famously cool person. I mean, honestly, don't we all have at least one friend who seems like she'd be fun to go jet-skiing with?
Alternately, the dream could symbolize a dip in your self-confidence — Dream You is compensating for how awkward and uncool Awake You Might feel. But you shouldn't feel that way! You are cool! I would go jet-skiing with you (if you taught me how to jet-ski first)!
3. Having Sex With A Celebrity
Admit it — you were just skimming the post until you found this one, right? No shame in that game — not only are celebrity sex dreams common; they can often leave us embarrassed or confused about what they could possibly symbolize. For instance, I'm still trying to come up with a decent and dignity-maintaining explanation for a 2013 sex dream I had about Dane Cook (yes, he kept that leather bracelet thingie on the whole time). But here's some good news — a sex dream about a celebrity can signify "a drive to be successful," often in a realm where said celebrity has achieved success. So all that sweaty, naked thrusting could just be your brain expressing a lot of enthusiasm for a particular art form or professional arena. Phew!
Alternately, a celeb sex dream could just be the end product of spending too many waking hours mooning over said famous person — which was not the deal with my Dane Cook dream AT ALL, so don't even suggest it (why do people keep suggesting it?!?).
4. Being A Celebrity Yourself
Hey, look, it's you with your name in lights! It's you, doing red carpet interviews for your hot new project! It's you, getting millions of bizarre, thirsty comments on an Instagram you posted of your shoes! Now you're the famous person in your dream. But while it might feel awesome, it's not just a sign that all those hours you spent playing Kim Kardhasian's Hollywood last year finally paid off.
A dream where you're famous can often mean that you "need reaffirmation, praises and acknowledgment. You want to be admired and looked up to by those around you." So if you find yourself having this dream, think about listening to it — not by immediately trying to land your own reality show, of course, but by trying to let the people close to you know that you're feeling a little ignored or under-acknowledged.
5. Having Your Real-Life Friend Become A Celebrity
In a bit of an inverse move, a dream where a regular person from your life has become a celebrity can point to a "fear of losing the friendship and loyalty of this person" — so, a fear that your best friend/ roommate/ cousin-who-is-really-more-like-a-sister will become as inaccessible to you as Emma Watson, Emma Stone, Emma Roberts, etc. This can be a random, paranoid fear — but if you feel like something has put stress on your friendship or caused distance to grow between you, take this dream as a sign that it's time to face your problem head on. It's what you'd do if you were a real celebrity! OK, it is probably not really what you'd do if you were really a celebrity (you'd probably have your assistant send your friend a very expensive purse). But you should do it anyway. Celebrities don't have all the answers, you know.
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