Animal phobias are common, but a study indicated that among the animal kingdom, spiders cause intense fear. Due to this constant association with the fear of spiders, there are chances of seeing them in dreams. 

Furthermore, it could be one of the reasons why people are looking for an interpretation of spider dreams because a study evaluated by ThePleasantDream found a hike of 23% in the query “dreams about spiders” in the United Kingdom.

ThePleasantDream analyzed the Google Search data of common dreams to compare the stats of 2021 and 2022. During the survey, the team found that the query “Dreams about Spiders” witnessed a hike of 23% in 2022, wherein the average monthly search volume in 2021 was 4400 and went up to 5400 in 2022. 

The team undertook the research with the help of Google Keywords Planner & Google Trends.

What are the other terms people searched for?

It’s not just “dreams about spiders” that people search for because the list comprises some more dreams too. However, the statistics of spider dreams have seen a positive fluctuation compared to other dreams.

Which common dream searches went up in the UK in 2022 compared to 2021
Which common dream searches went up in the UK in 2022 compared to 2021

Scenarios that witnessed no change

Though “dream about teeth falling out” had the highest search volume of 27100 in 2021 and 2022, it did not see any upsurge or downfall. Instead, it remained steady with 0% variations. “Dreams about pregnancy” also witnessed zero growth, with the average search volume being 2900 for both years. 

And “dreams about falling” also faced the same fate, with an average search volume of 1900 for both years. 

Dream scenarios that witnessed downhill

Dreams about being chased” had a fall of -17% as it stood at 2900 average search volume in 2021 and 2400 in 2022. “Dreams about dogs” also faced a backlash of -17%, with average search volume going down from 2900 to 2400 compared to 2021 and 2022. Followed by “dream of money,” which faced an ax of -18%, wherein the average search volume was 720 in 2021 and went down to 590 in 2022. 

Dream about snakes” went down by -19%, wherein average volume in 2021 stood at 8100 but fell to 6600 in 2022. “Dreams about flying” also faced a -21% downfall wherein the average search volume in 2021 was 2400, and in 2022 it stands at 1900.

Finally, “dream about cheating” had the least takers as it witnessed a -45% downhill, with the average search volume going down from 2400 in 2021 to 1300 in 2022.

Expert’s Opinion

Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, reviewer and certified psychiatrist of ThePleasantDream, commented, “dreams are usually based on our daily-life activities, thoughts, or other issues in real life. They are often manifestations of our actions and emotions. So, your association with the spider leads to its appearance in dreams. 

However, spider dreams are not always bad. Spiders are hardworking insects that can weave elaborate webs and demonstrate patience and resilience to stalk their prey. So, dreams about spiders can pour into the creativity ahead of you.”

She adds, “as spiders denote implausible tolerance and forbearance in the way it weaves its creative web. In dreams, too, they tell you to develop awareness and focus on whatever you pursue. Besides, these dreams symbolize perseverance, patience, skill & hard work.

Depending on the scenario, though they highlight our dark corners, they remind us that it is crucial to change our perspectives in real-life situations, heal negative feelings, and head towards positivity.”