Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?
As a child I had a recurring nightmare of myself in a burning car. I was terrified, and would run and stand in the cold by my mother sleeping. She’d usually awaken in fright finding someone standing beside the bed, and then return me to bed. She’d ask why I hadn’t woken her, but I didn’t want to do that. Just standing next to someone made it better.
As to the meaning, I really haven’t worked that out. Perhaps it was fear of driving in the car, which was new to me.
When I grew up, being chased was a terrifying dream until I read a book about dreaming. In that, it told me that I had control of my dreams. If you are being chased, turn around and face your pursuer and you find they are no longer chasing you. You can smile and they are no longer terrifying. They usually slope away. So, I no longer have such dreams.
As to why I’d have had such dreams? Probably it was being scared of boogeymen, or just the unknown.