From their mother, father, and family, people learn both positive and negative patterns of behavior, relationship-forming, and attitudes. Parents, who are like Gods to the young child (even if absent), establish a template which must ultimately be broken as the child finds his/her own way in life.
Dreams of the whole family as a group indicate the entire background of experience that comprises the dreamer’s values and views. It symbolizes the entirety of the “family” of the dreamer’s psyche; the feeling tone of the family, the unconscious ways of coping within the family that have been absorbed by the dreamer.
Interpretation of Dreams About a Mother, Mom or Mum
Dreaming of a mother can have both positive and negative interpretations. The positives symbolised by a dream of the mother can include feelings, being looked after, fed and given things, protection, dependence, the unifying spirit of family, strength to nurture the self and intuition.
When discussing dreams, negative symbolism associated with the mother can include will based on irrational preferences, anxiety and jealousy-driven opinions, lack of bonding and domination of the emotions. The meaning of the dream will, of course, also be affected by the dreamer’s feelings about his/her own mother.
Analysis of Dreams About a Father or Dad
Similarly, dreaming of one’s father can have both positive and negative symbolism. The positive dream associations with the father are authority, ability in the external world, physical strength, protectiveness, family and social conventions and the will to exist.
Negative associations of a father in a dream are introverted aggression, rule by fear of the authority of others, uncaring sexuality, and feelings of being unloved. Once again, the dreamer’s feelings about his/her own father will also affect the interpretation of the dream about a parent.
Meaning of Both Parents in Dreams
Dreaming of both parents together can indicate general wisdom, or the sum of information and experience possessed by the dreamer. It can also represent the sometimes arbitrary rules imposed by the parents, which the dreamer may be unconsciously and automatically passing on to their own children.
To dream of hurting or killing a parent, whether mother or father, symbolizes freeing oneself from an aspect of behavior or attitude presented by the parent, which the dreamer no longer wants. It may seem shocking, but it is part of the drive to independence.
Interpretation of Dreams About Grandparents and Other Relatives
Dreaming about a grandmother or grandfather may relate to the dreamer’s feelings about their grandparents, or symbolize wisdom, family traditions and values, spirituality, old age, or death. The dreaming of other relatives, such as uncle, aunt, cousin, nephew, or niece, is usually linked to the qualities that person represents to the dreamer, or may relate to the totality of the dreamer’s experience of their family.
Dreaming about a husband or wife generally signifies the dreamer’s relationship with their spouse or with their own sexuality. A brother or sister in a dream can relate to the projection of a denied aspect of the self. A dream of a son, daughter, or child can represent the marriage state.
It’s important to note that in dreams, family members represent aspects of the dreamer’s psyche. The dream is not about the actual person who appeared in the dream; rather, it’s about what the individual represents. However, the family member may well-depict qualities in the dreamer which the dreamer associates with that family member (an overanxious sister, for instance, may be used to depict the dreamer’s own hesitations).
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