According to Adler, dreams are an expression of our ambitious desire for power and success, a way of overcompensating for shortcomings in our waking life.
For example, if a person is unable to stand up to their boss, they may safely lash out in anger at him or her in a dream. Thus dreams offer some sort of satisfaction that is socially acceptable.
Although some dreams can be interpreted as wish-fulfillment, most modern dream researchers believe that dreams have another purpose, to periodically present us with reports on our progress to date. Sometimes these updates are purely expressions of wish-fulfillment, and therefore easy to interpret: for example, those fantastic dreams in which you win the lottery, or audition successfully for the lead role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Sometimes, though, dreams are harder to interpret because the dreaming mind speaks in the confusing language of symbols. Understanding such dreams is, however, important because they often contain pertinent observations and warnings—not yet registered by the conscious mind—that can help us achieve our goals in waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
the arbitration, you will gain something you want.
If you were the arbitrator, you’ll need all the tact you can muster to get out of a tight spot.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
To have someone back-bite you means you will have problems with family and/or children.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
2. Anger, possibly unjustiﬁed, at another (to bite someone).
3. Pressures are building up and need to be reduced, often in others.
4. A feeling of invasion; loss or secrets in danger of being revealed (animal or insect bite). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one bites himself then spits a piece ofhis own flesh on the ground in a dream, it means backbiting and belittling others. Biting one’s own fingers in a dream means regret or fury, rage and anger. Ifone’s fingers bleed from such bite in a dream, it means tribulations caused by one’s own shortcomings.
A bite in a dream also signifies extreme anger. Ifone is bitten by another person in a dream, it means that he will enjoy happiness and success at the beginning of his professional life, then he will suffer from an illness, eye inflammation, ophthalmia, or from heart problems. Biting on an apple in a dream means satisfying one’s desires.
(Also see Pinch; Tongue)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The following example shows another aspect of bite: I had to get a large spider into a small dwelling. At one point it was like trying to get the spider into a narrow necked bottle, the spider was unwilling, and bit my finger. I was worried the bite might be poisonous, but it seemed all right’ (Alan P).
The large spider, small dwelling and finger refer to sexual intercourse. Alan feels fear of introducing his finger into the bottle because he might be bitten. So here the bite refers to the injection of fearful emotions, unwillingness, into his sexual impulse.
The spider often refers to the mother, and in fact Alan’s mother made him fearful of sex. So the bite is clearly to do with feeling attacked by anxieties or one’s urges. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
2- To be biting someone or something such as fruit within a dream indicates that there is literally an idea or a concept which we need to get our teeth into.
3- The dreamer should be aware not only of his capacity for venom, but also his capacity to be on the receiving end of a ‘venomous’ attack.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you dream of a poisonous creature biting you, then this represents your awareness that you are being influenced in a non-supportive way. However, if you enjoy the sensation of being bit, you may be in the process of being influenced in a beneficial way. See Teeth.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the dreamer is doing the biting, it can reflect everything from self-assertiveness to the desire to attack something or someone in one’s environment. Biting finds expression in an usually large range of idioms that might find expression in dreams: “bite the bullet,” “their bark is worse than their bite,” “bite off more than you can chew,” “bite the dust,” “bite the hand that feeds you,” “bite their head off,” and “they won’t bite.” (See also Dentures, Teeth).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
If you dream of being bitten by a vampire this shows there is someone in your life that is draining you, or your resources, and you need to eliminate this person from your life.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you bite someone else in your dream, however, it means that your relationship with your lover is based on false pretenses.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If you are biting someone as a vampire then you feel like you must make your own way and not be dependent on others, which makes you feel like a ‘bloodsucker’. See Vampire.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you dream of getting bitten by a wild animal, you feel out of control in some situation in real life.... My Dream Interpretation
If you are doing the biting and it feels good, the dream may be expressing anger that arises out of repression. What is the repressed part of you that is craving - and undoubtedly deserves - recognition and expression in your outer life?
(2) If vou arc being bitten, what is ‘biting’ you? What is bothering you in your life, or what is the inner problem that you need to resolve? Bear in mind that everything in a dream is usually an aspect of yourself. Therefore, both what is biting and what is being bitten need to be both identified and reconciled. In other words, the biting means there is some inner conflict, which will usually be between vour conscious ego and something in your unconscious.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you are the victim of a bite, you may be burdened by a problem or going through a difficult time.
If an animal bites you, you should ask yourself what aspect of your personality that animal represents. (See MOUTH, TEETH, and JAW)
To dream of bite marks means you will suffer a loss because of your enemy. To receive a bite foretells jealousy and annoyance.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dreaming of biting someone you know is usually a wish-fulfillment dream, expressing anger, either overt or repressed, toward that person and a desire to punish him or her.
Dreaming of biting a stranger, or an animal, indicates a psychological conundrum that needs to be brought to the surface and resolved.
Dreaming of being bitten by a person is a harbinger of treachery and betrayal - and if you know the person, be careful what you say to him or her.
Dreaming of being bitten by an animal implies the revelation of someone else’s secrets - that you’d really rather not know. This also could be interpreted to mean that you should avoid becoming involved in the affairs of others.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If they break or are broken you will be surprised into making concessions to enemies, ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The dream may also represent the unification of formerly separate or opposite aspects of yourself, such as the masculine and feminine sides of your personality.... My Dream Interpretation
The highranking officer or the review officer in such a dream also represents a compassionate person who cares, and who frequently asks about his friends, helps them solve their problems, and assists them in every possible way.
(Also see Hearing board; Inquisitional court)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
• Your sense of responsibility is overwhelmed and you feel you’re in danger of forgetting something important in your waking life. You may feel you’re not up to the job you’ve been given to do.
• It can also symbolise an unconscious desire to leave something behind e.g. you forget where you live because you don’t want to go home.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
Depth Psychology: You have maneuvered yourself into a difficult situation because you are on the wrong track or were led astray. Find a solution—quickly!... Dreamers Dictionary
• Sometimes dreams of being lost can relate to changes in your life that you’ve not yet adjusted to or acknowledged to yourself e.g. an unwanted divorce.
• Have you lost your way? Are you lacking in purpose and direction? Facing the confusion and getting help to clarify your options should get you back on track.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
The dream may also mean getting out of an unpleasant situation in good shape, but don’t “run over” other people and expect that they will accept your plan or idea. Running over somebody with your car: your carelessness will cost you money.
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about being run over by a train, ear, or machine: you have maneuvered yourself into a situation that vou can’t handle.... Dreamers Dictionary
It reveals your desire to get moving after a state of rest. The intention of activity, the start of projects with renewed vigor. To get up after a fall signifies the strength to want to move forward despite difficulties.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If your dreams often feature themes of illness or loss of strength and you are concerned by these, see your doctor by all means; the chances are, however, that you feel unable to meet some internal or external commands in waking life. In your dreams, your unmet goals and high standards are making you ill. But dreams in which you have boundless energy and physical power seem to be telling you that you are capable of far more than you realize. In some cases, as with people who are seriously ill or disabled, dreams of extraordinary energy and good health are compensatory or wish- fulfillment dreams.
If, in your dream, you are weak because you have lost weight, this can suggest concern about body image but it can also indicate possessive, demanding behavior from the people in your life. Conversely, gaining weight and strength may show an excessive need for their approval and a childish need for instant gratification. Finally, if other people are watching either your feats of strength or growing weakness in your dream, this suggests that you are preoccupied with themes of competition. Who or what are you trying to compete with, surpass or vanquish?... The Element Encyclopedia
A riding or religious-type habit suggests that you will have to be firm about breaking off a relationship which has become a drag.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
A black rabbit signifies a high risk situation with your finances.
A white rabbit is a sign of a legacy... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
If the hobbit is nice, you will make many friends and achieve your life goals.
If you dream of someone you know becoming a hobbit, their friendship will bring you much happiness.
If the hobbits in your dream are mean or otherwise unpleasant, a real-life situation is currently making you feel confused or distressed.... My Dream Interpretation
If the obituary happens to be your own then it denotes that you have something or someone in your life that could cause you great trouble, maybe even death. Death can also mean to a way of life or situation, not just physical.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If the obituary happens to be your own then it denotes that you have something or someone in your life that could cause you great trouble, maybe even death. death can also mean to a way of life or situation, not just physical.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you dream of reading your own obituary, then you are gaining a wise and objective perspective of your own existence, dying to your former egoic self, and making a quantum leap in your spiritual growth. See Death.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The circle itself represents the noble and just people.
(Also see Opponent)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To see white rabbits, denotes faithfulness in love, to the married or single.
To see rabbits frolicing about, denotes that children will contribute to your joys. See Hare.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
A rabbit’s foot in a dream represents superstition or a talisman.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A dream of rabbits foreshadows that luck in your business enterprises will be immanent and other events will take a favorable turn in your direction.
A dream of white rabbits foretell faithfulness of a lover, and to see them at play are an indication that children will increase your joy.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: This animal represents sexual desires and fertility, as well as feelings of inferiority, insecurity, or anxieties hiding in your unconscious. What is making you so timid? Why do you withdraw? Is it because you think you are not good enough? Who is the human predator threatening or chasing you? Analyze this dream carefully!... Dreamers Dictionary
A white rabbit may show us the way to the inner spiritual world and, as such, act as a guide. Also consult the entry for hare in this section.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The ancient British fertility goddess Oestre, from whose name we get our word Easter, had a pet hare that laid its egg every Spring Equinox so that life would spread throughout the world.
Dreaming of a rabbit, therefore, especially one that is affectionate and at ease with you, can be a sign of love and domestic happiness ahead.
Dreaming of many rabbits is a sign of new responsibilities - but not unwelcome ones.
A new and wonderful opportunity will come your way - but you’ll enjoy the work required to accomplish it instead of viewing it as a chore.
In Native American mythology, Rabbit is a symbol of needless fear. Therefore, dreaming of a rabbit that is afraid of you means that something in your life is troubling you now - and that your fears are groundless.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
Otherwise, see Hare.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(2) Perhaps the rabbit in your dream symbolizes the innocent victim.
If so, the dream may be advising you to stop punishing or blaming yourself and, instead, to accept and love yourself just as you are.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If in your dream a rabbit disappears through a hole, it can mean you are trying to escape from a problem.
The omens are advantageous if the oneiric rabbits run over a field of green grass.
If you see them locked in hutches, your fortune will decline. And if they are dead it portends a disaster.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The Chinese zodiac features the rabbit as a highly peaceful and likeable archetype.
If the rabbit appears in your dreams, any of these qualities may be being expressed.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The Easter Bunny brings rewards of sweetness and gifts to celebrate new life.
The magician’s hat from which rabbits materialize gives this animal magical associations.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
If the dreamer is hunting wild rabbits, this could suggest that they are being criticized, attacked, ‘hunted down’ or hounded. See also PETS.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you are hunting rabbits in your dream, this suggests that you may be feeling criticized, attacked, ‘hunted down’ or hounded. It may also indicate a need to dominate others.
If you dream of a rabbit hole, this is a symbol of self-exploration, of a going within the self into the unconscious; it might also be a symbol of returning to the womb. Are you trying to escape or avoid problems by turning within?... The Element Encyclopedia
The lunar, feminine aspect of self or the Universe.
Fertility, abundance, and sexuality (e.g., “breeding like rabbits”).
Metaphorically: Prolific energy, as when a writer, musician, or artist overcomes creative blockage and creates a masterpiece.
Potentially sexual obsession that needs to be controlled or examined closelv before it becomes destructive.
An overly large white rabbit in American theater represents the fine line between “imaginary” things and reality.
Rabbit sfoot: The ability* to move quickly and cleverly, or an omen of improved luck.... The Language of Dreams
To dream of falling into a rabbit hole is an omen of caution. There is some pitfall ahead for you. Or you may be “stuck” in some current situation. Perhaps you feel that you have dug yourself into a hole with someone, or in some situation, and you cannot get out of it.... My Dream Interpretation
To see a white rabbit is an indication that your love has been untrue to you, and is engaging in an affair.
To see multiple hopping rabbits foreshadows the children you and your spouse will soon have.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A dream of white rabbits foretell faithfulness of a lover, and to see them at play show children will increase your joy.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
To dream of giving someone a rabbit’s foot is suggesting that it might be an opportune time to make the important move you have been deliberating.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To see a shark pursuing and attacking you, denotes that unavoidable reverses will sink you into dispondent foreboding.
To see them sporting in clear water, foretells that while you are basking in the sunshine of women and prosperity, jealousy is secretly, but surely, working you disquiet, and unhappy fortune.
To see a dead one, denotes reconciliation and renewed prosperity. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To be pursued by a shark may- suggest that we have put ourselves in danger and created a situation by entering someone else’s territory
2- Because a shark is a sea creature it has the significance of creating problems on an emotional level.
It is as though our emotional capacity can be eroded by- unscrupulous behaviour.
3- The shark is a svmbol of the fear of death because of its connection with the Collective Unconscious.
We lack the abilitv to confront these fears without help.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The shark may also represent these same aspects of your own character. Perhaps you are experiencing a stage in your life of great distress and anguish.
The shark represents harsh emotions such as rage, aggression, and violence. These feelings may harm the mental well-being of yourself and those around you.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
Dreaming of one represents imminent danger.
It is a call from the subconscious to be cautious and deliberate toward external agents that negatively affect your life.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you are sailing over shark-infested waters in your dream, some things in your life may be compromising your individuality, or you may be experiencing conflicts that are pulling and pushing you in opposite directions.... The Element Encyclopedia
Talking to individuals, these drives are often hardly recognised. Yet they are powerful enough when manipulated to gather huge armies of people who then march to their death. They are behind enormous hostility between neighbours and nations. Although irrational, and not in our best interest to be influenced by, millions of us are moved by them as if we had little will of our own.
The feelings behind them, although seldom acknowledged directly by our conscious self, are often raised to religious status.
The procreative drive, the election of leaders, the parental and child raising urges, are all to be seen in the Christian religion as the bones behind the robes and rituals. Why does Catholicism ban the condom and divorce, make a giant figure out of the Pope, worship a woman with a baby in her arms, if it is not based on these mighty urges and biological drives?
Dreams reveal that much of human life arises out of these patterns.
The patterns are in us unconsciously. We often venerate the norm’ of these patterns and raise them, religiously or politically, to a level of tremendous importance.
The problem is that many of these patterns are no longer serving us well. They are habits developed through thousands or millions of years of repetition. While they remain unconscious we find it difficult to redirect them or even admit to their influence in our life.
Thereare, of course, many other aspects of the unconscious, such as memories of childhood trauma, the dream process, the image formation process and sensory apparatus.
It is enough to begin with if we recognise that a lot of ourself and our potential remains unknown to us because it remains unconscious, or a pan of our unconscious processes. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences