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What does a dog biting your mother’s hand without leaving a wound in a dream mean?

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Dream 495: Being more assertive couldn’t hurt

 

A man dreamed that he was walking with his mother and all of a sudden a pitbull ran out and bit her on the hand. But somehow, when she pulled her hand away, there was no wound and no bleeding. He wondered what this might mean? I, as usual, gave him an answer off the top of my head.

Interpretation

At the first level of dream interpretation, each a living thing represents a different part of your mind. Your mother usually goes with your emotions. Dogs and animals in general represent instinct. Dogs in particular usually represent something to do with protection and loyalty. In a dream like this, figuring out what the contradiction means is always important. The contradiction in this dream is how is it that she gets bitten, but isn’t hurt? In the dream, your mother usually represents the basis of your emotions.

A dog would represent your loyalty or protection of your emotions. I wonder if you tend to be a person who is hesitant to express anger. Because what happens is the dog does something very aggressive, but no harm is done to your emotions. In other words, I think the dream is emphasizing that you’re very worried about hurting others, but might not be standing up for yourself enough.

It is interesting that the dream is exaggerating the point by making the dog a pitbull, a dog known to be aggressive. The dream seems to be saying that it’s not going to hurt your feelings or others feelings by showing some aggression, as long as you don’t draw blood, that is, be too aggressive in your remarks or actions. I believe your dream is going out of its way to exaggerate that being more assertive wouldn’t hurt anything, especially your feelings.

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Mother of All Conflicts

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Dream 260: A 42-year-old man had some interesting dream images. He dreamed he was looking out over a field of devastation. Machines were extracting people buried in the rubble. The people found were almost invariably old. Each previously buried person was then “replaced” in the ground by a teenage rescuer who then was buried alive.
 
He also dreamt that a blackbird was sitting on his left pointer finger. The bird was gentle but assertive biting his finger so that it was just enough pain to know the bird was there. The bird then started to have baby caterpillars come out of it. He could see the new-born caterpillars crawling toward him.
 
Interpretation–His abusive mother had recently died and he felt intense conflicted emotions. He came to therapy to rid himself of his mother’s influence. She believed he was unlikely to succeed and warned him to stay away from women.
 
The setting of destruction reflected his intense feelings. Each character in the dream can represent a part of the dreamer’s psyche or mind. The buried people being replaced by adolescent rescuers shows his feelings that he had to deal with past “old” parts of himself. The teenagers replacing the buried old people signaled his feelings that he felt having to deal with old maternal conflicts were interfering with his developing relatively new parts of himself which in this case were his artistic pursuits. His feeling was why did he have to deal with old conflicts instead of new growth.
 
Birds often indicate freedom. Blackbirds in particular often are associated with death. He in many ways felt freedom from negativity with his abusive mother’s death. The bird is sitting on the left on his pointing finger because this bird is pointing to subconscious conflicts as the left often represents unconscious involvement.
 
He feels pain which is the dream’s way of showing that his subconscious pain can give birth to creativity. Caterpillars form a cocoon and are transformed into butterflies. The dream was saying he could use his pain to create beautiful things that would transform his life.

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Feelings Petrified in Wax

1538579-bigthumbnail-582991848Dream 249: Witches Waxed My Feelings

A 19-year-old college student dreamt that he was in a cave made of wax.  Wax was all around him and his feet even sank into wax as he walked. He saw immediately in front of him were two evil and horribly ugly witches.  As they moved toward him, he was filled with wax form inside of him which solidified. He somehow escaped because the floor of the cave opened and he fell safely into an athletic locker room.

Dream 249–Interpretation

His parents divorced when he was in first grade. He blamed the divorce on his “evil stepmother” seducing his father. He simply referred to her as “the devil.”

In high school, he had a long-time girlfriend who was like the evil stepmother, but she wasn’t as bad. (His dating a girl friend who was like his stepmother was classic “repetition complex” according to Freud which I will discuss in the next post.) Females most often go with emotions, while men usually go with actions.

Witches usually represent negative emotions. The fact that the setting is a cave suggests that you just dealing with the subconscious (what lies beneath). Wax is associated with artificiality as in wax museum which contain mannequins, i.e. “fake people.”

He squelched his emotions and reactions to his stepmother and manipulative girlfriend. Thus, it was the parts of his psyche that dealt with these two disturbing women that caused him to wax his insides, to cover his feelings. He managed to escape these two negative unfluences by falling into, subconsciously entering, the heroic masculine.

The heroic masculine, positive action, can be associated with athletics. His falling into a locker room meant that he subconsciously entered the arena of the heroic masculine archetype. Witches are good representation of the negative mother complex.

The heroic masculine (positive actions) is frequently the only archetype that enjoys success against this powerful emotional complex. The appearance of the heroic masculine in dreams is virtually always good news. It means the dreamer has committed himself to positive action. Of course, he felt better at the end of this “big” dream.

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You Cannot Go Back

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Dream 225: You Cannot Go Back

A 52-year-old woman dreamed that her earlier house was on fire. She wanted to go back to get some of her old things. A male fireman would not let her go back inside.

Dream 225–Interpretation

A house can represent the dreamer to some extent because it is the framework out of which one lives. Fire represents change because it transforms matter into energy. The dream is screaming that she wants to go back to some of her old ways before she engaged in therapy.

The fireman is male specifically because the dream is using the male action part of her psyche to emphasize that it is more about how she does things than it is about feelings. In dreams, males are associated with an action part of the psyche. Female characters in a dream usually represent an emotional part of the mind. This is not absolutely so, but is usually the case.

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