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What do crabs mean in a dream?

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Dream 415: Relationships Can Make Me Crabby

A man reported the following dream:

“I’m on a school boat trip again. There are a few crabs. They creep up my legs and pinch in my boy bits with their claws. I’m not mutilated but it certainly hurts.
Towards the end of the dream I feel something moving in my pants. I open them, and it’s a huge crab crawling up, it’s over a foot / 30cm across. I’m thinking “this could be nightmare material” when I see it appear slowly. Most of all I’m surprised how it makes it’s way through that very narrow space, those legs are incredibly strong!”

He also added:

“The last crab was a different model, like a king crab with a rather small shell and very long legs.
The first crabs were normal, with a big shell and small legs.”

Interpretation 

It is difficult not to get somewhat Freudian in this dreams interpretation because the images occur close to his genitals, but I will try to be more exspansive than that. Freud and Carl Jung would both agree that the dream involves his inner instincts, your sexual instincts, because it is an animal and because of the location of where the crabs attack.

First of all, I suspect the dream is talking about what he needs to learn about sexual relationships because you are on a school boat trip. The school signals that it is going to be about what he needs to learn in that area. Boats float on water and water is invariably emotion. So the beginning of the dream is announcing that it is going to be about what he needs to learn about emotion in sexual relationships.

Crabs are very tenacious and these early in the dream crabs especially hurt him and hang on for a long time so that it is especially annoying. I wonder if the dream is saying something about getting hurt in intimate relationships because he may hang on to situations that hurt him too long.

A crabs have shells which could indicate that defensiveness in intimate relationships in this case. This is the case if the emphasis was mainly upon the size of its shell. If the emphasis was on the crabs inner body, which is soft, vulnerable, and in this case very strong, I feel the dream may be describing the dreamer. He may be emotionally sensitive on the inside and strong on the outside. He was, in fact, a tall and strong man.

Dreams have many levels to them. I always like to think of common sayings that may be in the dream. The thing I am reminded of is that “crabs” is the slang term for sexual diseases. Dreams frequently give advice. It is always good to practice safe sex…

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What does your house falling apart while you’re taking a shower while there is a parade outside being broadcast on television mean?

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Dream 354: Cleaning Up My Life in Public

A thirty-something man dreamed: “One of the worst recurring dream comes of house repairs. I live in a house over 30 years old and parts of it are falling apart. I’m in the shower and the tub collapses to the ground. It’s raining outside. I jump up trying to reach the towel but no luck. To make matters worse, there’s a parade going on live television. It’s my neighborhood. Obviously, the house needs some repairs, but what else does it mean?”

Interpretation
In a dream a house can represent the dreamer because it is a framework out of which you live. The house is over 30 years old. I suspect you are over 30 years old.

The fact that this is a recurring dream is an indication that it is what Carl Jung called a “big dream.” It is recurring because it is a repetitive or perennial conflict that you have run into before repeatedly. Your subconscious cannot come up with a better way of protraying it, so it keeps throwing up the same message.

Taking a shower in a dream symbolically means that you are literally trying to clean up your life. The dream is saying that the “bottom is falling out” of that effort. Rain in a dream can often go with depression.

There’s a parade going on in the dream. There are several interesting things about this. The dream could be saying that you are “missing the parade.” Also not having clothes on in the dream because you are taking a shower and not having clothes usually means feeling exposed and vulnerable.

The fact that it’s on live TV could be emphasizing feeling publicly revealed. On the one hand he wants to clean up his life. On the other hand, he has the feeling that “You don’t have to broadcast it!”

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