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Bathrooms and toileting

Dream Thought 486: 

Dreams about the bathroom focus on what you need to eliminate from your life. If it is number one, it is about getting rid of negative emotions. If it is number two, it is about getting rid of negative stuff you have internalized and/or no longer do you any good.

If you go into a bathroom and there is feces everywhere, the dream is talking about external things that you need to get rid of and out of your life.  It is toxic and must be eliminated.

Water is virtually always emotions in dreams.  If the dream involves showering or taking a bath, it is talking about how you need to clean up emotionally.

If it is a shower, it is more likely to be probable that it is about how you need to get rid of emotions towards others or emotions that are being directed towards you.

If it is a bathtub, it is likely to be more about immersing yourself in your emotions to clean yourself of them and free yourself from the negative portions of those emotions.

Most frequently, whatever proceeded the toileting, is probably what you need to cast out of your life because you do not need that stuff, so to speak.

A man had a dream that he went on a bus with other children to the school field day.  In the dream, he was supposed to go number 2 in a single small hole in the ground. He was extremely embarrassed.

Regarding this man’s dream, questions I would ask would involve whether there was something in his life where he was being treated like a child and forced to go along with the crowd (he traveled on a bus) to learn something that was elementary, embarrassing, and/or distasteful to him.

Freud thought toileting was important. Psychological theories such as Eric Ericsson’s  indicate that we learn skills at that point in our life  involving toileting which is a matter of trust and mainly autonomy.  I devote an entire chapter to the bathroom because it is so frequent in dreams in my book “Dreams: Guide to the Soul” at http://www.drstevenfox.com

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The Love Triangle

images(19)146147910Dream 229: Three’s a Crowd  

A 19-year-old man dreamt an image of an apartment. The single enclosed bathroom was in the middle of the apartment. The rest of the apartment was vague and indistinct except featured prominently were a urinal and a toilet in the open.

Dream 229—Interpretation

He lived with his girlfriend in an apartment where a former lover supposedly now turned just-a-roommate also lived. His girlfriend was consistent in her stance that any sign of a former love relationship with her old boyfriend was nonexistent in her mind; however, it was clear to the dreamer that the old boyfriend still loved the woman.

Urinals and toilets get rid of toxic waste we no longer need and must eliminate. Dreams metaphorically use toilets and urinals as a sign that toxic emotions (water is invariably emotions in dreams) and other toxic stuff (euphemism) needs to be eliminated from the dreamer’s life. There is more emphasis on negative emotions being discarded because a urinal is used only to get rid of waste water (it is uncommon to see urinals outside of healthcare or commercial establishments).

It is an interesting side note that the dreamer and girlfriend had no trouble sharing a bathroom and being quite “open” about it. Her old boyfriend was adamant about keeping the bathroom private which is why the dream isolates and encloses one of the toilets.

This dream was interpreted using the principles from my book at http://www.drstevenfox.com