What does it mean to see an watched, attacked or chased by an animal in a dream?

Watched, Attacked Or Chased By An Animal Dream Meaning: From 1 Different Sources


Watched, Attacked Or Chased By An Animal

Hiding from or being trapped by animals can suggest you are feeling controlled or threatened by your urges or the emotions or feelings of others.

If the animal is watching you, your unconscious is reminding you not to forget or neglect the instincts that it represents.

If the animal is attacking you, this could indicate that you are in the grip of a rage that you fear you may unleash. Your dream is urging you express or deal with your anger in a controlled way.

If an animal is chasing you in a dream, this may suggest that in real life you are in flight from some area of your personality that wants to be expressed.

If you are trying to find refuge from animals—either by building a defense or running away—this indicates a struggle with instincts that threaten your safety in waking life. In some cases dreams of being threatened or attacked by animals may be telling you that you are repressing your instincts—perhaps being too civilized— and you should try and loosen up more. Being bitten by an animal could indicate aggression from someone close to you or that our own aggressive instincts are not under control. Any threat from a sinister animal suggests fears and doubts you may have about your ability to manage your emotions. See also SURREALISM AND FANTASY.

Animal noises

If you hear animals making sounds in your dream, you need to consider what these sounds mean to you in waking life and then to make a symbolic link. For example, if you hear an animal barking, wailing or whining for attention, these sounds could be calling your attention to the qualities that that particular animal represents to you.

If you hear ominous growling, roaring or cackling, it could reflect pent-up anger either within yourself or another person.

If you hear braying, it could indicate a need to overcome basic animal instincts.

If you hear bleating, you may be taking on new cares and responsibilities that could be positive or negative depending on your attitude towards them. See also SENSES.

The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung

80 dream interpretations related to the symbols you see in your dreams.

Animals

Represent people, according to color and character; research accordingly... animals dream meaning

Animal(s)

1. If killing, the desire to eliminate a certain aspect of one’s personality as symbolized by the particular animal (e.G., One might kill a lion to eliminate aggressiveness).

2. Aspects of one’s own or another’s personality as reflected in the characteris­tics of a certain animal.

3. Religious or spiritual representations. ... animal(s) dream meaning

Chased

Pursued by the pressures of life from which one tries to escape... chased dream meaning

Being Chased

Dreams of being chased are a natural response to stress. It could be events are catching up with you and you’re running to keep ahead of the game.

• Or you’re running away from something literal in your life or perhaps an emotional or psychological issue. Revisit the dream and face what’s chasing you.

• By accepting who you are, exactly as you are, right now will help you make real progress towards your future and relieve some of the stress.... being chased dream meaning

Attacked

A warning to avert the situation... attacked dream meaning

Chase / Chased

Spiritually the image of being chased or pursued suggests either fear of our own actions, or is a play on words, as in ‘chaste’, i.E. Trying to preserve our innocence.... chase / chased dream meaning

Wild Animals

If the males thereof are seen in the dream with no desire to hunt them, they represent such people who have no Deen; they have alienated themselves from the Muslim community so as to follow their own whims and fancies.... wild animals dream meaning

Stuffed Animal

Discovering a stuffed animal in the attic may point to childhood issues and feelings that have been repressed.

A stuffed animal is an object of emotional comfort and attachment.... stuffed animal dream meaning

Game (wild Animal)

The willingness and ability to track and trap a wild animal indicates one has great confidence and courage. ... game (wild animal) dream meaning

Helpful Animal

The instinctive self.

A guide.... helpful animal dream meaning

Parts Of Animals

(The limbs, eyes, mouth, etc) these all have the same significance as parts of the human body.

If the four legs are particularly emphasized – possibly in contrast with a three-legged animal – the whole rounded personality with all four functions of the mind fully developed is being highlighted. You may also like to consult the entry for body for further clarification.... parts of animals dream meaning

Animal Feeder

One’s needs being met daily, without accumulation... animal feeder dream meaning

Horns (animal)

1. Strength, aggression; conflict.

2. Mischievous (“of the devil”).

3. A phallus.

4. Magic (unicorn). ... horns (animal) dream meaning

Animal Bones

(See Bones)... animal bones dream meaning

Animals With Fangs

They all symbolise one’s enemies.

The size and strength of such animals is the deciding factor for the strength and power of such enemies.

And Allah knows best.... animals with fangs dream meaning

Becoming The Owner Of Wild Animals

If a person sees himself as becoming the owner of will animals and these animals are under his full control so that he leads them to wherever he desires, it means he will become the leader of a people.... becoming the owner of wild animals dream meaning

Dreaming Of Men, Women And Animals

To see someone speaking to the observer or giving him something suggests that the observer4 will socialize or deal with him or someone who bears a similar name or resembles him.... dreaming of men, women and animals dream meaning

Droppings Of Animals That Are Not Eaten

It symbolises haraam wealth.... droppings of animals that are not eaten dream meaning

Eating The Head Of An Animal

This is a glad tiding that the one who eats this will be blessed with a long life and plentiful of wealth. And the head of a human being is regarded as better and more excellent.

And Allah knows best.... eating the head of an animal dream meaning

Excreta Of Man And Animals

This symbolises wealth.

If it gives off a bad smell it symbolises unlawful wealth.

The stronger the odour the greater the unlawfulness.... excreta of man and animals dream meaning

Hunting A Wild Animal

If a person sees himself as hunting a wild animal it means he will acquire wealth and booty-whether the hunted animal is a male for female.... hunting a wild animal dream meaning

Hunting Wild Animals That Are Females

they represent men, women and slave-girls.... hunting wild animals that are females dream meaning

Killing A Wild Animal With No Purpose Of Hunting

he will become a recipient of a fortune from some woman.... killing a wild animal with no purpose of hunting dream meaning

Saddling An Animal

Improper saddling of an animal for a ride in a dream means imposition upon oneselfor others, or it could mean unnecessary and inadequate going out of one’s way.... saddling an animal dream meaning

Skinning An Animal

(Peel) In a dream, skinning an animal represents an unjust ruler, a tyrant, an oppressor, a policeman who takes people’s money and disappears, or a policeman who can be bribed.... skinning an animal dream meaning

Slaughtering A Haraam Animal

This means he will oppress someone whom the Haraam animal represents.... slaughtering a haraam animal dream meaning

Sound Of Animals

In a dream, the sound of a crowd means money beside other benefits.

The bleating of sheep in a dream means distress and fear.

The neigh of horses in a dream means might and honor.

The barking of a dog in a dream meansvain talk and meddling in others’ business.

The sound of a lynx in a dream means pampering oneself and wantonness.

The cooing of pigeons in a dream means crying, sorrows or marriage.

The chirp of swallows in a dream means 402 beneficial words.

The croaking offrogs in a dream means beatings or death.

The sound of bells and the hissing of snakes in a dream represents a fight, an argument, a warning, or a war.

The braying of donkeys in a dream means cursing in the darkness.

The braying of mules in a dream means vain talk, or it could mean indulging in suspicious acts.

The mooing of a cow in a dream means temptation.

The gurgling or braying of camels in a dream signifies travels and difficulties.

The roaring of a lion in a dream means threats.

The yowling of a tomcat in a dream means uproar, backbiting, defamation and insinuation.

The yapping of foxes in a dream means a warning for one to escape from danger, or to move from one field into another.

The howling of a wolf in a dream means robbery.

The squeak of a mouse in a dream means profits, reunion, love and peace.

The crying of a female gazelle in a dream means longing for one’s homeland.

The barking of a jackal in a dream means a mission of good intent, or a forthcoming evil.

(Also see Dog; Listening; Roaring; Speaking; Voice)... sound of animals dream meaning

Animal Situations

Example: ‘I am given an animal to look after (usually somebody’s pet) while they are away on holiday. I then completely forget the animal, go away and when I return the animal is either dead or very dried up or has been got at by another animal and is in the throes of dying. When I wake from the dream I feel most dreadful and it is only when I am fully awake and realise it is not true do I feel better’ (Lynda E). Neglect , mutilation or killing our ‘animal’ is a common theme. Lynda’s feelings show how she senses what she is doing to her inner nature, but she dismisses this by convincing herself such feelings are not ‘true’. We have a responsibility to care for our animal drives, to see our sexual, nutritional and body needs are met. Eating the animal: inte­grating our natural wisdom and energy. Hiding from or trapped by^an animal: see wolf in this entry. Animal with its young: parental feelings; one’s basic childhood needs. Baby animal: oneself when young; baby feelings; desire for babies; see example in eating. Talking, shining , holy or wise ani­mals: important intuitive information; a meeting with the gathered wisdom we have unconsciously. This is one of the sources of religious inspiration, and many older cultures rep­resent their origin of great learning or holiness as animals or animal headed beings. See ape in this entry, birds; pets; rep­tiles, lizards and snakes; unconscious. ... animal situations dream meaning

Horn (of An Animal)

The animal horn, in the past, was often connected with the devil. Today it is a sign (more or less) of a “healthy” ability to achieve. Also it may be related to the idea of giving somebody horns or cuckolding somebody.... horn (of an animal) dream meaning

Llama (spitting Animal)

Take chances—just once try not to be so proper.... llama (spitting animal) dream meaning

Carrion Or Carcase Of An Animal

Happiness and long life.... carrion or carcase of an animal dream meaning

Animal’s Tail

interpreted upon 4 [sides:] following & companions & wealth, comfort, life.... animal’s tail dream meaning

Animal With A Cub

This represents motherly qualities and, therefore, the mothering instinct.... animal with a cub dream meaning

Baby Animals

The childlike side of our personality, or possibly children known to us, can give us information about innocence and naivety.... baby animals dream meaning

Composite Animals

To dream of composite animals could indicate some confusion in sorting out what qualities we need to use in waking life.

The qualities of the various animals need to be assimilated and integrated in order to progress; there are two potentials of further development.

If a half-animal, half-human is seen it shows that the dreamer’s basic instincts are beginning to be recognized and humanized.... composite animals dream meaning

Deformed Animals

The dreamer realizes that some of his impulses are out of kilter.... deformed animals dream meaning

Domesticated (tame) Animals

When we dream of domesticated animals we are aware of those parts of ourselves with which we have already come to terms. There are passions which are being used in a controlled way, although there is the suggestion that those passions were never very formidable.... domesticated (tame) animals dream meaning

Eating The Animal

Such an image is often about the ‘demons’ we create which can only be overcome by assimilating them in a constructive way. Shamanic societies believe that one takes on certain aspects of the animal that are superior – in certain respects – to ordinary human attitudes.... eating the animal dream meaning

Helpful Animals

The figures of animals are an easy way for us to accept the help the subconscious and spiritual realms can offer. Your totem animal is traditionally your ‘guide’ through the unconscious realms.... helpful animals dream meaning

Hurt Young Animals

We are perceiving a difficulty in behaving maturely or confronting issues in waking life.... hurt young animals dream meaning

Killing The Animal

This is symbolic of destroying the energy derived from the instincts.

It is trying to eradicate the very raw power of basic behaviour. Taming or harnessing the animal shows the efforts made to control our instincts and, if possible, make them productive and useful.... killing the animal dream meaning

Sinister Animals

To find any animal threatening in a dream indicates the fears and doubts we have over our ability to cope with the stirrings of the unconscious. Such dreams are relatively common when starting out on personal spiritual development.... sinister animals dream meaning

Transformation Of Animals

In dreams, the metamorphosis of the dreamer or other people into animals and vice versa shows the potential for change within any situation. Coincidentally, magical techniques allow ‘shape-shifting’, permitting magicians and shamans to adopt animal form, and dreams give us an understanding of that process.... transformation of animals dream meaning

Trapped By Animals

To dream of trying to find some refuge from animals, whether by building defences or perhaps by running away, is indicative of our struggle with our animal instincts and whether the action being taken is adequate. Such instincts may be threatening or damaging to aspects of our life.... trapped by animals dream meaning

Wounded And / Or Trapped Animals

This suggests that we have been wounded, either emotionally or spiritually, or perhaps that our natural instincts are not being allowed free expression and are, therefore, not functioning properly.... wounded and / or trapped animals dream meaning

Chase / Being Chased

Being at a disadvantage in a given situation.

Actually being pursued, probably in the sense of being “chased” by a potential lover, employer, or customer. Astrological parallels: Aries, Gemini, Mercury.... chase / being chased dream meaning

Watched / Watching

To dream that you are being watched by others may reflect your need to be the center of attention.

If you were uncomfortable being watched in your dream, this may indicate a self-conscious personality - you need to be more confident and self-assured.

If you dreamed that you were watching something, you have trouble taking the initiative and acting on your feelings. Or, it may be that you feel neutral about a situation, but others want you to take sides.... watched / watching dream meaning

Chase / Chased / Chasing

(1) If you are being chased in a dream, what is chasing you probably symbolizes something you are afraid of, either in your external life or - more commonly - in your inner self, your unconscious. For example, a woman who dreams of being chased by men is probably afraid of sex. (Freud would add that her dreams present, in disguise, an unconscious, repressed desire for sex.)

(2) If you are doing the chasing, the ‘you’ in your dream is probably your conscious ego and the thing you are chasing is almost certainly some part of yourself that frightens you. Chasing it away means disowning it, banishing it from your conscious life. It might be much better to try to integrate it into your conscious life. At the very least, get to know it and understand it.... chase / chased / chasing dream meaning

Seal

(animal)

Seeing a seal in dreams points to emotional loneliness, the result of immaturity or inexperience.... seal dream meaning

White Animals

There is a rich history in many aboriginal cultures that is still part of the collective consciousness around the purity of the color white in the realm of animal totems. Most commonly associated with the buffalo, the wolf, and large cats, the elevation of an animal’s power is what is being expressed when that animal appears as white. In the color spectrum, white is perceived when all the vibrations of light are combined, so the symbolic meaning of white relates to complete integration and wholeness.

It is a holy color (pun intended). Any animal that appears in your dream as white is a very sacred visitation indeed.... white animals dream meaning

Agricultural Animals

Neither pets nor wild creatures, agricultural animals often represent personal traits that you may have tamed to a certain extent, although there is always the risk that they will escape conscious control and run wild. It’s important to reflect on the context of the dream involving a working or farmyard animal as it may reflect how you feel about the burdens and responsibilities of your daily life... agricultural animals dream meaning

Animals In Pain

To dream that you are rescuing, caring for or saving the life of an animal, suggests that you are successfully acknowledging certain emotions and characteristics represented by the animal. A wounded animal can mean a pain you need to come to terms with that has caused an instinctive reaction, such as reactive anger or terrible fear. To find yourself in the waiting room of an animal hospital suggests a desire to avoid a responsibility or commitment you have in your waking life. To see lab animals in your dream, suggests that an aspect of yourself is being repressed. Alternatively, it suggests that you need to experiment with your fears, choices, and beliefs. Try not to limit yourself.... animals in pain dream meaning

Animals In Water

Dreams about animals in water are symbols of our emotions. Water is a symbol of emotion because water, like emotion, constantly moves and flows. How the animal moves within the water reveals our emotional mood. For instance if the water is calm and beautiful then it shows our emotions are good.... animals in water dream meaning

Domestic Animals

Domestic animals symbolize fundamental urges and drives in ourselves which we have learnt to meet and direct with reasonable success. They still have to be cared for though or they may rebel against what we ask of them. Buying and selling an animal may indicate the need for the dreamer to be aware of possible tensions with the people close to him.

If the dreamer is selling an animal, this could indicate delays and frustrations; the need for inner calmness to help the dreamer through until he or sees the light at the end of the tunnel. See also PETS.... domestic animals dream meaning

Neglect Of Animals

A common dream symbol that typically represents neglect of some aspect of your inner nature. For example, you may have been given an animal to look after, usually somebody else’s pet, while they were away on holiday and then completely forgot about the animal, only to discover it later starving, injured or even dead. This dream is reminding you that you have a responsibility to yourself and to see that your own sexual, nutritional and bodily needs are met.... neglect of animals dream meaning

Animals With Their Young Or Baby Animals

Maternal and paternal instinct; your basic childhood need for love and protection or your own experience of being parented. A baby animal can refer to yourself when young and vulnerable; feelings or memories concerning your childhood; desire for babies; vulnerability; fundamental survival instincts such as crying out for protection and comfort and the need for dependence and bonding.

If the young animal is injured or dying, this could suggest problems with maturing or dealing with adult life.... animals with their young or baby animals dream meaning

Caught Or Caged Animals

To see wild animals caged suggests that you are in control of your instincts.

If you are in the cage with them, it could suggest a need to break free from constraints.

If you dream of an animal tangled in barbed wire or in a trap, this could suggest an unhappy relationship with yourself or someone else.

If the animal seems calm, it suggests inner strength during adversity but if the animal panics, unhappy memories or unhealthy habits are limiting your potential for development and growth.... caught or caged animals dream meaning

Changing Into An Animal

Also known as zoomorphism, to dream that you are changing into the form of an animal indicates that you are becoming less civilized and restrained, and becoming more free and instinctive. You may be expressing your new-found freedom and independence. Alternatively, taking the form of an animal can also suggest repressed urges that need to be understood and managed. Consider also the qualities of the animal that you turn into and what happens to you in the dream. According to Jung the end of the dream is particularly significant.

Favorable resolutions direct us to the most constructive ways of solving problems, whilst unfavorable dream resolutions contain a warning of negative changes. Dreaming of animal skin could mean you may have found or need to acquire the traits, power and wisdom of the animal concerned.... changing into an animal dream meaning

Killing Or Eating An Animal

Attempting to kill the animal within (our lower brain functions) can cause tension, depression and illness; giving in entirely is no answer either as our higher brain functions need expression also. One of the challenges of maturing and growing is to meet and relate to our ‘animal instincts’, and if possible find ways to express them positively. To dream of eating an animal suggests that you need to draw upon your own inner wisdom and energy, but it can also suggest a desire for sensual pleasure.... killing or eating an animal dream meaning

Wild Animal

The symbol of a deep-rooted instinct or the beast within you. Freud suggested that dreams of wild animals represented our most sensual passions, and sometimes the ‘evil instincts’ that lie deep within our unconscious. The more wild and dangerous the beast, the greater the danger that suppressed aspect of yourself will break free from the control of your conscious mind and force you to confront and deal with it in waking life.

If you dream of a herd of wild animals, this could suggest you are meeting, or need to meet, aspects of yourself you have not yet learnt to direct or usefully integrate. Taming or harnessing a wild animal indicates a need to control your instincts and if possible make them productive and useful.... wild animal dream meaning

Do Animals Dream?

It seems that they do, although we can’t know for sure. All we can measure is whether or not they have REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is more or less associated with dreams. All mammals have REM sleep, and that increases the likelihood that they do dream.

Because REM sleep is recognizable in mammals and birds, but not in snakes and other reptiles, scientists think that most warm- blooded animals dream. Studies have monitored the sleep of goats, sheep, cats, dogs, rats, mice, monkeys and apes, and all had dream periods and symptoms; all except the spiny anteater, which seems to be a dream-free mammal.

Watch a sleeping dog or cat sometime, and you can tell if it is dreaming of running after something. Its eyes twitch, sometimes it moves its paws—something could be happening in its dreams.... do animals dream? dream meaning

Wise Or Talking Animals

To dream of wise animals suggests important information from your intuition or inner wisdom. This intuitive wisdom is within every one of us and the result of thousands of years of life experience. Many cultures all over the world represent great wisdom and holiness as animals or animal-headed beings. To dream that animals can talk represents a wisdom inside yourself that is innocent and simple. It could also represent your potential to be all that you can be.... wise or talking animals dream meaning

Cold-blooded Animals Or Reptiles

The unfeeling, cold, almost inhuman element in some human instincts is often suggested by cold-blooded animals or reptiles. See also REPTILES, FISH AND AMPHIBIANS.... cold-blooded animals or reptiles dream meaning

Composite Or Deformed Animals

To dream of animals mixed up with each other, for example, half animal-half man, could suggest confusion in finding the best approach to a situation in waking life. Perhaps the qualities of the animals in the dream need to be assimilated and integrated? The dream could also suggest that the dreamer is recognizing his or her potential for development.... composite or deformed animals dream meaning

Game Animals

Game animals—notably the deer, rabbit and hare—offer encouragement, and dreamers should view their presence optimistically. The rabbit’s renowned ability to breed offers the promise of fertility in women and virility in men. Hares are closely associated with the moon goddess and they suggest an ability to see the magical in everything. Deer are also viewed as animals of the spirit. Due to the branching nature of their antlers, stags have been linked with the ‘tree of life’, and are thought to impart intuitive wisdom to those who dream of them.... game animals dream meaning

Wild Animal Attack

When children begin school they often dream of wild animals attacking, such as lions, bulls, alligators and bears. Wild animals tend to reflect a person or situation that is upsetting the child. For example, a child may be worried about parents who are constantly fighting, and this fear can be symbolized as a bear fight. Or a child may be frightened by a strict head teacher, who subsequently appears in their dreams as a mean lion.... wild animal attack dream meaning

Being Chased Or Hunted Down

The most common type of nightmare or bad dream is the one in which you are being chased or hunted down by something or someone. According to Jung, being chased or stalked as prey is a primal memory of your human collective unconscious and may refer to early times in the history of humankind when it was common to be chased, often to the death, by an animal.

If you are being chased in your dream it is important to think about who or what was chasing you, and then ask yourself whether there is anyone or anything in your life that reminds you of your pursuer.... being chased or hunted down dream meaning

Animal / Reptile / Insect

Animals in dreams are generally associated with behavioral patterns or your natural instincts, the beast within. Being bitten or attacked by an animal may suggest feeling hunted, vulnerable or doubting your own strength. Cats, dogs and horses are the most common dream images. Snakes are the most common dream reptile. They can be symbols of trouble or male sexuality but they can also represent the afterlife or the potential for transcending a difficult situation. Birds are a universal symbol of spirituality. Spiders are the most common dream creepy-crawly, and they can have a wide range of meanings ranging from being industrious or helpful, to provoking irrational or hidden fears and phobias.... animal / reptile / insect dream meaning

Chased / Attacked

The origin of dreams of being chased or attacked probably dates back to an era when humans fought off beasts or other tribal members to survive. The ‘monsters’ of today are more likely to be emotional beasts, such as fear, anxiety, anger, hatred and envy, or the pressures put upon us by the fast pace of life. In these dream scenarios you are often being pursued by some attacker who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stresses or various difficult situations in your waking life. Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself who is the one chasing you, as that may give you some understanding and insight into the source of your fears.... chased / attacked dream meaning

Animal Dreams

Humans have been dreaming about animals for ages. It has been speculated that some of the ancient cave paintings of animals may perhaps be dream images from cave dwellers whose lives were mostly spent chasing, hunting, and taming animals. In ancient Egypt, human-figured deities with animal heads suggest dreams images.

A study carried out by Robert L. Van de Castle found a larger number of animal dreams in children than in adults. Dreams of a group of 741 children (383 girls and 358 boys) aged four to six- teen were examined for the presence of animal figures. The frequency for each animal figure at each age level was tabulated for girls and boys. Animal figures were present in 39.4 percent of dreams from the four- and five-year-old children. The percentage steadily dropped for each subsequent age grouping (six- and seven-year-olds, 35.5 percent; eight- and nine-year-olds, 33.6 percent; ten- and eleven-year-olds, 29.8 percent; twelve- and thirteen-year-olds, 21.9 percent; and fourteen- through sixteen-year-olds, 13.7 percent).

Boys had higher animal percentage figures at ages four through six (44 percent, versus 34 per- cent for girls), while girls had higher animal dreams at ages nine through eleven (36 percent, versus 26 percent for boys). Overall, animal figures appeared in 29 percent of the combined girls’ dreams and 29.6 percent of the combined boys’ dreams. There were more than three times as many animal figures in the dreams of children as there were in the dreams of adults. The seven most frequent animal figures for children were dogs (30), horses (28), cats (15), snakes (15), bears (14), lions (13), and monsters (e.g., wolfman) (13).

If the frequencies for all animal figures are considered, it is clear that children dream more frequently of large and threatening wild animals, while college students dream more often of pets and domesticated animals. Bears, lions, tigers, gorillas, elephants, bulls, dinosaurs, dragons, and monsters accounted for twenty-seven percent of the animal figures in children’s dreams but only seven percent of the animal figures in adult dreams. This collection of wild animals appeared more frequently (forty-four times) in boys’ dreams than in girls’ dreams (twenty-seven times). Several theorists have suggested that these large, threatening animals may represent parental figures in the dreams of children.

An interesting gender difference was found in the types of animal figures. Women and girls reported significantly more mammals, while men and boys reported significantly more nonmammals. This may indicate females identify at some level with other forms of life that nurse their young with mammary glands, and this identification is reflected in the type of animals that appear in their dreams.

The meaning of animals in dream ... animal dreams dream meaning

Sleep In Animals

The observation of animal sleep patterns has long been of interest, dating as far back as 44 B.C.E., when the Roman natural philosopher Lucretius described “the twitching movements of dogs sleeping upon the hearth” (Hobson, p. 151—see Sources). However, it was during the 1950s that research into the sleep patterns of animals really peaked: first with the discovery by William Dement, that cats exhibit the phase of sleep called rapid eye movement (REM), followed by the experiments of two Frenchmen, neurosurgeon Michel Jouvet and his co-worker, the neurologist Francois Michel. Jouvet and Michel observed that a sleeping cat, devoid of motor output or movement, still exhibits an activated EEG, which means that while an animal is asleep, its mind is awake. Jouvet’s discovery led to the general understanding that during REM sleep “the body’s muscles are actively inhibited.” In essence, “we would act out our dreams were it not for this inhibitory suppression of motor out- put” (Hobson, p. 150—see Sources). Further, because it has been found humans experience the most active dreaming during REM sleep, this research may indicate that animals do dream, although it is, of course, impossible to say for sure because of the communication barrier.

Animals such as cats and dogs apparently have dreams, too, just like people; animals are also a theme in many people’s dreams.

It has been suggested that when animals dream, they are focused on the types of things they usually do in their waking state. For example, animals that use their noses a lot, such as dogs, have dreams with a significant olfactory component.

There was one behavioral study that showed that monkeys have visual dreams. Some monkeys were taught to respond to visual stimuli by pressing a button. Later, when they were sleeping, they made hand motions as if they were pressing buttons, suggesting that they were seeing some- thing. To add further credence, in a separate study, a gorilla who had been taught sign language put together two signs to form the combined term sleep pictures, presumably a reference to the visual components of dreams.

Again, in an experiment on cats, portions of the brainstem responsible for muscle inhibition during REM sleep were damaged. These cats entered REM sleep, and rather than lying quietly with their eyes moving, they stood up, walked around, and chased imaginary creatures, as if they were acting out their dreams without waking up.

Such findings, as well as our everyday observations of household pets that growl and make movements in their sleep, make it almost certain that animals dream in much the same way that we dream. The implications of this conclusion, however, tend to undermine certain dream theories, such as Sigmund Freud’s notion that the sole purpose of dreams is to allow us to act out socially unacceptable urges—an idea clearly inapplicable to animals.... sleep in animals dream meaning

Animal Noise

A noise an animal makes (such as a dog bark or a rooster crow) can represent: A traditional or cultural meaning of that sound or that animal, such as a rooster crow representing dawn.

The animal that makes that sound, or one of its characteristics.

The situation or feeling associated with the particular sound, such as a dog’s whimper representing sadness or an unmet need.

A personal experience you associate with that animal or its sound (such as a sheep’s “baa” representing your recent trip to Scotland).

See also: Communication; Crying; Noise; Animal... animal noise dream meaning

Attacked, Being

Being attacked, beaten, or otherwise harmed can represent: A feeling or fear of persecution, hostility, aggression, criticism, or other hurtful expression by someone else.

A situation in which you feel or fear your boundaries being invaded or your integrity being compromised by someone else.

See also: Injured; Killed, Being; Invaded, Being; Attacking; Tormented; Abuse; Violence; Fight; Terrorism; Shot, Being; Weapon; Knife; Criminal; Soldier; Enemy; Bully; Helpless; Surprise... attacked, being dream meaning

Baby Animal

Promise or potential.

A new beginning.

Hope.

Vulnerability.

Innocence.

The need for care and nurturing.

See also the particular type of animal.

See also: Puppy; Kitten; Baby; Animal... baby animal dream meaning

Petting An Animal

Connection.

Communication.

Expression of positive feelings.

Love, compassion, or good will.

Support or reassurance.

Companionship or togetherness.

Petting an animal you don’t know could represent: chatting with someone new; exploring a new situation; showing good will; showing positive intentions in a social situation.

See also: Pet; Animal... petting an animal dream meaning

Living With Animals

If you find you’re enclosed in a space with a group of animals, or living among them, it is important to note what kind of animal they are and what they represent. If, for example, you’re trapped in a confined space with a pride of lions, but they leave you unharmed, this suggests that you will face your fear and realize that there was nothing to worry about. It also suggests an affinity with these big cats, and that you need to draw upon deep reserves of courage.... living with animals dream meaning

Chased, Being

If you dream someone is chasing you, consider the context.

If the chaser wants to harm you, this could represent: a feeling or fear of persecution, hostility, aggression, criticism, or other harm by another person (or by others in general); a real-life situation in which you feel your boundaries have been crossed or your integrity has been compromised.

Someone playfully chasing you could represent the idea of that person interacting with you or your feeling of friendliness toward them.

See also: Escaping; Attacked, Being; Catching Someone; Killing; Hunting; Stalking; Chasing... chased, being dream meaning

Mole (animal)

Adept at improvising or navigating “in the dark” (without information or cues for guidance).

A subconscious activity or process.

Secret or stealthy activity, perhaps leading to surprises for others.

Keeping your actions or feelings to yourself, perhaps until they erupt to the surface.

Dreaming of this animal can represent too much or not enough of one of those qualities, or someone or something you associate with the quality or animal.

Consider also the animal’s actions, context, and your feelings about it.

See also: Animal; Groundhog; Hedgehog... mole (animal) dream meaning

Caring For Animals

To see yourself caring for an animal in a dream denotes a compassionate personality. It is likely that in real life you’re being called to look after a person or situation, or perhaps there’s something that you need to nurture within yourself. If you’re caring for a pet, this suggests that you have a strong bond, and the emotional connection between you transcends any barriers to communication. It could be that you’re feeling overanxious about your pet, and this worry has seeped into your dream.... caring for animals dream meaning

Turning Into An Animal

In ancient times, tribes throughout the world looked to the animal kingdom for inspiration, strength and power. Animals were chosen for their specific skills and used as totems. This practice involved taking on the form and behaviour of the animal, by wearing its skin, or moving in a certain way to look like the creature. If you dream of turning into an animal, it’s likely you feel an affinity with it, and even want to develop similar characteristics and traits. Consider what the animal represents and make a list of qualities, then see if any resonate with you.... turning into an animal dream meaning