In ancient Greece, people believed that dreams were a direct contact with the gods. One of the principal uses of dreams was for healing. Sick people went to special temples that were dedicated to dreaming as a curative method. There, a physician would help to induce a dream, which the physician would then interpret as a guide to the treatment of the ailment, and its cause as well. In modern times, the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, drew upon the writings of Artemidorus, a Greek who lived in the second century B.C.E. whom Freud much admired. Artemidorus’s books have been preserved for over two thousand years and were in constant use as references before the scientific revolution put dreams into the category of “unimportant nonsense.”
At the time of the Italian Renaissance, when rational thinking was beginning to come to the fore, dreams began to be dismissed as trivial by-products of sleep. William Shakespeare denounced dreams as “the children of an idle brain.” (On the other hand, he wrote eloquently on the nature of dreams in his play Hamlet!) John Dryden, an English philosopher, dismissed dreams as the result of indigestion or infection. The bias against dreams continued through the nineteenth century, when most people thought that dreams were caused by some external stimulus—such as a knock on the door making a person dream the house was being burglarized. Aside from such shallow interpretation, most ordinary people, doctors and philosophers, church fathers and professors, believed that dreams had no meaning and saw no need to heed them.
In his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Dr. Jung tells of a dream in which he was a guest at a garden party. Another guest was a woman from the town of Basel, a good friend of both Jung and his sister. In the dream, Jung says, he instinctively knew the woman from Basel would die. However, when he woke up he had no idea who the woman was in real life, though the dream was exceptionally vivid. He writes, “A few weeks later, I received news that a friend of mine had a fatal accident. I knew at once that she was the person I had seen in the dream but had been unable to identify.”
It took the work of Sigmund Freud to open people’s eyes once more to the possibility of dreams being important and useful. Though Freud was obsessed with sexual meanings in dreams to the exclusion of all else, he performed a useful service with the publication of his book on dream interpretation. However, his narrow view held that dreams were mere “wish fulfillment” and a substitute for sexual satisfaction. Fortunately, one of his student colleagues, Carl Gustav Jung of Switzerland, disagreed with Freud and formulated a more comprehensive theory of dream analysis.
Jung researched the previously unstudied territory of the unconscious and came up with the idea of a collective unconscious, through which all people were connected by a common store of knowledge and experience that often revealed itself in dreams.... Dreampedia
If you do not recognize the boy, it suggests that you need to be a little more adventurous and bring excitement to your life. In a man’s dream, an unknown boy can represent new potential and the part of himself he needs to ‘father’ in order to grow and mature. In a woman’s dream, an unknown boy can suggest your developing ability to express your feelings in actions.
If the child in your dream is a girl, this may be a symbol of your spontaneous, vulnerable side trying to emerge, regardless of whether you are male or female. In a man’s dream, it can refer to feelings about a daughter, or emotions and sexual feelings towards the opposite sex in general. In a woman’s dream, the girl can represent a sister or a daughter, but can also represent aspects of the dreamer portrayed by the girl. According to ancient dream oracles, threatening a girl or boy in a dream is an ominous sign that indicates you should take extra care of your health in the weeks ahead.... The Element Encyclopedia
It is impossible to very dramatically shut the person out of thoughts and feelings. Just because the relationship ends does not mean that all is finished. As we go through relationships we learn and at times pick up “battle wounds.” You will continue to dream about your ex-girlfriend or boyfriend until you “let go” of them on a very important level, or until you learned your lessons from that relationship. Either way, dreaming about your ex-romance does not predict future involvement. It may be wish-fulfillment, reliving memories, or working out old issues. Dreams are very rarely prophetic. See also: People ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The dream may be a way of alerting you to the same or similar behavior in a current relationship. What you learned from that previous relationship may need to be applied to the present one so that you do not repeat the same mistake.
If you dreamed of getting back together with an ex, see “Reuniting.” If you dreamed about your boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, the dream is warning you not to make the same relationship mistakes that ended their relationship.
If you dreamed about your ex’s new girlfriend, you may be comparing yourself to this person.... My Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Meeting a person you know: the feelings you have for the person in the dream are the same as those you have for a friend in real life.... Dreamers Dictionary
In male dream: emotions; sexual feelings; daughter. Example: I was away from home somewhere and was helping and encouraging a young Japanese girl, who was pregnant, to come back to England to have her baby here. I felt a lot of care for her’ (Dave L). Dave processed his dream and discovered a lot of sexual pleasure in connection with the girl. He had held himself back in this area most of his life and, as he was learning to allow his sexual feelings (not simply genital sex), he found a deepening in his caring also.
In female dream: oneself at that age, whether older or younger, feelings about sister or daughter, the aspect of oneself ponrayed by the girl, as in following example: ‘I was watching and at the same time I was a young girl sitting on a lawn’ (Honey J).
Another girl with your man: how you deal with your sense of being wanted; anxiety about not being attractive or lovable; suspicion, a side of yourself which relates you differently to your man. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If the girl is known to us we probably are aware of those qualities, but need to explore them as though we were approaching them from the girl’s point of view.
If she is unknown, we can acknowledge that a fresh approach would be useful.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If you know her, and the other dream symbols support it, this is a portent of new opportunities; if she is a stranger, expect some surprising news.
For a woman, a strange girl can represent her youthful side; for a man, she could represent his ideal lover.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
For a man to dream of being a girl indicates a latent sexual problem and a visit to a psychologist might be helpful.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you don’t have one in real life, the dream represents a desire for more affection and appreciation. This dream may equally spring from anxiety or from sexual excitement. Often, the girl is actually a reflection of yourself, so take note of how you treat her, because that represents your own self-image. Most girlfriend dreams involve travel - if yours doesn’t, you may be overdue for a trip.
If you dream of fooling around with somebody else’s girlfriend, you are suppressing passion in your waking life.... My Dream Interpretation
If a Boy Scout guides you somewhere, your intellect is leading you toward new experiences.
If a Girl Scout guides you, then your supportive mind (emotions and intuition) will lead you to the new experiences.
For what those experiences might be, look to other symbols in the dream.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If this dream is about your ex-girlfriend, see Ex-Girlfriend.
If this is your friend, see Friend.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If a girlfriend appears in a woman’s dream, there can either be a concern about her in our mind, or we need to search for – and find – qualities belonging to the friend in her.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If she is thin and pale, it denotes that you will have an invalid in your family, and much unpleasantness.
For a man to dream that he is a girl, he will be weak-minded, or become an actor and play female parts. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
A little girl in a dream also represents something exclusive for the one who saw her in his dream. Carrying a little girl in a dream means release of a prisoner, or if one is suffering from difficulties, or if he is at fault in an argument, or if he is indebted or poor, it means that all of his worries will be dispelled by the glad tidings of this little girl.
If none of these conditions apply, then it means distress or misfortune.
If a mother delivers a sick baby girl in a dream, it means relieffrom her difficulties. Ifshe gives birth to such a child from her mouth, then it means death.
A little girl in a dream also means a new world, while a young girl in a dream implies getting a newjob.
If a woman sees a little girl in a dream, it means that she cannot conceive children.
If one hires a little girl to work for him in a dream, it means that he will receive glad tidings. Ifhe hires a little boy, then it means bad news. Carrying a little girl in a dream is better than carrying a little boy. Ifone carries a baby boy wrapped in a swaddle in a dream, it means imprisonment or a sickness.
If one is poor, then it means that he will live to an old age in misery.
If he is rich and diligent in the dream, it means that he will lose his money and reason.
(Also see Child; Young woman)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A diminutive adult in your dream might also represent connection with your inner child, and that you are feeling vulnerable.
If you dream of being short and of someone else being tall, then you are processing feelings of inferiority, powerlessness, and intimidation. If, however, you dream that you are tall and someone else is short, then this dream expresses your feelings of superiority, power and domination. Consider the feeling tone. See Size and Dwarf.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Depth Psychology: Older men dreaming about young girls: they want to have an affair with a young girl. Other than that, the dream is a sign of the dreamers feminine side and indicates that he is maturing sexually.
A woman dreaming about being a young girl or being in the company of a young girl: she would like to escape from her adult role and all its responsibilines; or she wants to return to the “innocence” of earlier years.... Dreamers Dictionary