Dream Interpretation Work | Dream Meanings
(see Jobs, Professions by type)
To be tired from work, a dream of sickness; to see men at work denotes success in business; to work *with the right hand signifies good fortune, with the left embarrassment (Gypsy).
Dreaming of searching for jobs denotes the need of the protagonist to feel useful.
It is possible that you are dissatisfied with your current activity and you are trying to find a way to change it.
If you succeed in finding a job, it foretells a possible change in profession.
To dream that you are hard at work, denotes that you will win merited success by concentration of energy.
To see others at work, denotes that hopeful conditions will surround you.
To look for work, means that you will be benefited by some unaccountable occurrence.
1- Dreaming of being at work highlights issues, concerns or difficulties we may have within the work situation. VVe could be actively trying to make changes in our lives and these changes, in dreams, become reflected into the work situation.
2- Often what we do as a job bears no relation to what we consider to be our real work. Dreams can very often help us to change our situation by giving information as to our real talents and gifts. When we dream of working at something which docs not have a place in our ordinary everyday lives it may be worth exploring the potential within that line of work.
3- There may be some degree of activity of the spirit ahead.
The dreamer could be being moved towards the beginning of new spiritual work.
Usually dreams about your work signify that your subconscious mind is attempting to give you solutions, answers, and clarity to help you work out your unfinished business from the day. See Processing Dreams.
If one is at work, some sort of stressful situation has presented itself.
To dream that you are hard at work, denotes that you will win well-earned success by concentrating your energy. It can also signify a creative breakthrough.
If unusual characters appear in the workplace, such as members of your family, try and bring their influence into your work life. Also see “Coworkers”, “Fired” and “Quit.”
Problems and burdens of the day are being carried over into sleep. Image of emotional work done in a dream.
Vision + Depth Psychology: Dreaming about working (regardless of the kind of work) is a sign of success in life. Seeing others working for you: you are working hard and are being manipulated by others.
If you are delegating jobs to others: you can now make a profit.
As an activity that occupies a large part of our lives, a dream about work can simply be a reflection of our everyday experiences. Perhaps a work dream can be symbolizing other kinds of efforts, such as “working” on one’s marriage.
The term “work” is also a part of several dozen different idioms, from “dirty work” and a “nasty piece of work” to making “short work” of something and “working one’s fingers to the bone.”
There may be some degree of activity of the spirit ahead. We could be being moved towards new spiritual tasks.
Psychological / emotional perspective: Often what we do as a job or daily occupation bears no relation to what we consider to be our real work. Dreams can very often help us to change our situation by giving information as to our real talents and gifts. When we dream of working at something which does not have a place in our ordinary everyday lives, it may be worth exploring how we could use those skills to enhance our lives.
Material aspects: Dreaming of being at work highlights issues, concerns or difficulties we may have within the work situation. We could be actively trying to make changes in our lives and these changes, in dreams, become reflected into the work situation.
Gives gender - specific: There used to be a strong division between men’s and women’s work. In dreams if we find ourselves doing work that traditionally belonged to the opposite gender we perhaps need to develop some of the qualities of that occupation.
For instance, to dream of being an engineer might suggest we need to use precision and vision.
You are dreaming of your daytime obligations and responsibilities. We are a society centered around jobs and work. Most people relate to their jobs as something that they have to do in order to make ends meet. In this way, your job and your workplace are symbolic representations of all of the responsibilities and obligations that life presents you with. Very often, dreams about your work are to be taken very literally. You spend a great deal of time there, and your dreams may be filled with images from your day.
A dream taking place where you work may very well be a compensatory dream helping you cope with the stress and wake up the next day to face it all over again. However, such a dream could also be a convenient way for your unconscious to express feelings surrounding other responsibilities and obligations that need attention. Not all dreams taking place at work are stressful.
If this is the case, use your feelings about your job, the environment at work, and your coworkers to help you identify what elements of your own personality are being expressed in your dream. Many people have a very different sense of self in the workplace than in other parts of life. Consider your relationship to your work carefully when examining a dream that took place there.
At work: concerns or issues connected with one’s work or lack of it. Working: actively trying to change a situation in one’s life—one might be working at one’s marriage or learning something, depending on dream surroundings.
Example: T am working in a hospital in outpatients. Nobody is there. My two children appear. I know I have to find them somewhere to sleep. I lay them on seats, tell the only nurse I can find that I am going to find them a bed. I know where the children’s ward is but I can’t find it. When I eventually find it all the side rooms are filled. I know I have been a long time so I stan to panic, worried my children are missing me, and worried night sister will have found them. I pass a military meeting. As I continue the men come out and I get caught in the cross fire and am shot in the leg. I am now terrified. I have to get back to the children. Night sister must have found them by now and if not what will they be doing. When I got back they are there with night sister’ (Laramie F). Laramie works as a nurse, was divorced just prior to the dream, and was obviously concerned how her work affected her children. This internal conflict (the crossfire) injures her confidence (the shot leg). Idioms: have one’s work cut out; set to work; worked up; work like a horse; work off; work out; dirty work; donkey work; spanner in the works.
clothes Working at something; attitudes concerning work.