A sense of how others, particularly our parents, felt about us while we were a child.
This feeling of not being wanted may have become habitual. It may not be true that we are not wanted, but our feelings are saying it is.
Example: My mother asked me to go and buy some butter for her.
A chain on my left leg prevented me from going very far. I look down the road and see my mum, dad and my four brothers in the back of a car. I wave and call and they drive right past me, going over the chain I am wearing on my leg’ (Lorraine).
Lorraine’s dream illustrates not only her feelings of being left out of family life, but also the chain on her leg shows her not fully independent.
We often feel abandoned while we are trying to become more independent.
Being abandoned in the sense of allowing sexual and emotional liberty: finding a new freedom, dropping usual social codes and unashamedly expressing ourselves.
Also: it can be an example of one of the functions of dreams, which is to release held back sexuality and emotion.
See alone; functions of dreaming; hero. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
1- Similar to the sense of being rejected, this represents a sense of how we experienced not being wanted when we were young. This may not actually be how it was but our feelings give us that perception.
For instance, a child having had to go into hospital may- have recurring dreams in adulthood of being abandoned, and may have problems in forming plans for future success.
2- To be abandoned, i.e. without restraint, within a dream may mean that we are looking for freedom. This could be emotional freedom, or the freedom to be ourselves.
3- This links with the Dionvsian concept of abandoning the serious for fun.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To abandon or leave behind characteristics or attitudes no longer needed for self-growth, or feelings of loss or bewilderment because of giving away self-power to others; abandonment of own inner resources and strength through disregard.
Need to work on loving, accepting yourself and taking responsibility for life direction.... The Dream Books Symbols
If you dreamed of being lured into bed by a person with sexual magnetism only to be rejected or criticized after the sexual act, your unconscious may have been warning you to steer clear of the archetypal huntress or siren if you are a man, or the archetypal wastrel if you are a woman.... The Element Encyclopedia
Dreams of abandonment sometimes represent real life (you recently broke up with someone or fought with a friend), or you fear these things. On the positive side, it can also mean you’re dropping old patterns and attitudes.
To see an abandoned building in your dream suggests that your approach toward a situation or relationship is all wrong. You need to change. Your own self-image may have suffered and taken some blow.... My Dream Interpretation
You may have a dream in which you are a child again and are being left at school, in a shop, in the street or park by your mother and running after her, perhaps not being able to reach her or not being heard. To be abandoned by a parent or carer in a dream—or to be separated from them so you feel lost and vulnerable—may represent a sense of not being wanted when you were young. This may not actually have been the case, but you may feel that way.
Alternatively, such a dream might also suggest that you are searching in waking life for the emotional freedom to be yourself and to be independent. On another level it may be pointing to your need to find guidance or help from others; many people have dreams of childhood abandonment after the death of a loved one.
If you are trying to attract your parents’ attention but they cannot hear you, such a dream may be saying that you feel neglected emotionally and you need to express your feelings and be understood by others.... The Element Encyclopedia
Dreams of an infant are symbolic of purity, innocence, and the need for assistance and support from others in order to make it through to your next level of evolution. This dream may be giving you the message to joyously trust the unfolding of the events of your life.... Strangest Dream Explanations