Feelings and Emotions in Dreams

Fear and anxiety are the most commonly expressed emotions in dreams. Anger ranks next. Fear, anger, and sadness occur twice as often as pleasant emotions. The feelings we experience in dreams are not symbols of something else but are reflections of our real feelings. Such feelings may not have been repressed during the day and as a result are coming out in your dreams.

To dream that you are feeling anger forewarns that you will be involved in a terrible and tense situation. It also forewarns that once solid ties will be broken. In your dream, you may have a safe outlet to express such emotions. You may have some suppressed anger and aggression that you have not consciously acknowledged.

To dream that you are experiencing some anxiety is a reflection of what you may be feeling during your waking life. You may have repressed thoughts, unexpressed emotions, resentment, and hostility that are triggering your anxiety dream.

To dream that you are confused, may reflect your true confused state of mind and the nonsensical events of your dream. Isolate the single element in your dream that is confusing to you and analyze the meaning of that particular symbol. Alternatively, dreams of confusion signifies that you are being pulled in opposite directions or do not know which viewpoint is right.

To dream that you are experiencing delight signifies a favorable and positive turn of events and much pleasantness.

To dream that you are embarrassed signifies hidden weaknesses and fears. You may feel that your self-confidence has been undermined. This dream also suggests of insecurities about your sexuality.

To dream that you feel fear signifies that you achievements will not be as successful as you had anticipated. You are having anxieties in certain circumstances of your life. However, your worries will be temporary and short-lived.

To dream that you feel guilty about something, relates to how you are handling your successes and failures or competence and incompetence. You may feel undeserving of your achievements or on the other hand, you may feel that you have let other down. Alternatively, it is also symbolic of repressed and negative feelings that you may have about yourself.

To dream that you are happy, may be a compensatory dream and is often a dream of the contrary. You may be trying to compensate for the sadness or stress in your waking life.

To dream that you are jealous of another's fortune signifies misfortune and difficulties in climbing the social ladder.
To dream that you are jealous of another person, signifies that such feelings may be carried over from your waking life this dream may reveal you unconscious feelings of jealousy toward that particular person.

To dream of love of being in love, suggests intense feelings carried over from a waking relationship. It implies happiness and contentment with what you have and where you are in life. On the other hand, you may not be getting enough love in your daily life.

To dream that you are in pain signifies that you are being too hard on yourself with regards to a situation that was out of your control. It may also be a true reflection of real pain that exists somewhere in your body.

To feel peace in your dream indicates an end or a resolution to an emotional issue or inner conflict. It may signal and end of a cycle and the pause before the beginning of a new endeavor. It also suggests that you have reached a new level of stability and calmness.


At 2:07 PM, Blogger Me said...

Great info to know. Know only if I knew I had dreams

At 3:02 PM, Blogger mari said...

very interesting!!

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Sim Whitman said...

Thanks for the mention, Spirita. I have to say, I think I've experienced virtually every one of the feelings you mentioned today, so I can't imagine what my dreams will be like tonight. No doubt I'll be picking your brains again soon!

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Sim Whitman said...

I don't know if you're familiar with Eastenders, but I had a dream about one of the characters, which then led into a second dream. This character, Arthur Fowler, had gone mad - he was sitting in a wheelchair, menacing one of his relatives with a revolver. I walked through this scene with the french ex, into dream #2 (I guess), where we're wandering through Budapest, a bit lost. We go into one of the underground stations, and I can't figure out which exit to take to get to where we're going. So we get a taxi... Help?

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Spirita said...

Sim, characters in your dreams represent unfinished communication with those persons and may continue to appear in your dream until the conflict is resolved. When you see a particular actor or actress in your dream, look at the role they are playing. How you perceive them or the characters they play, can provide understanding in how it relates to you.
To see a girlfriend in your dream may indicate temptation and guilt and it may symbolize the concerns and feelings you have about her.
To dream that you are lost, suggests that you have lost your direction in life or that you have lost sight of your goals. You may be feeling worried and insecure about the path you are taking in life.
To see an exit in your dream indicates that you are looking for a way out of a waking situation.
To dream that you are hailing a cab, suggests that you need to ask for help in order to be able to move forward in some waking situation.

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Sim Whitman said...

It all seems so simple when you explain it, Spirita... It's a gift!

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Spirita said...


At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Bertus said...

I have had this dream about a white face turning brown as i stared at it.The person whose face i saw lay on his back with his hands folded on his chest.I dreamt it for 4 nignts in a row.The last time happend nearly the same exept the eyes of this face opened and was very very blue and very very bright.Can you tell me what this means please.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

Bertus, first, to see a stranger’s face in your dream, symbolizes the part of yourself that is repressed and hidden. To see eyes in your dream represents enlightenment, knowledge, comprehension, understanding, and intellectual awareness. Unconscious thoughts may be coming onto the surface. This dream may be literally telling you that you need to look within yourself. Trust your intuition and instincts.

Second, consider your own personal and special associations with the colors you see in your dream. Does the color remind you of a particular person, a body part, a childhood toy, or some object?
Brown denotes worldliness, practicality, domestic and physical comfort, conservatism, and a materialistic character.
White represents purity, perfection, peace, innocence, dignity, cleanliness, awareness, and new beginnings. You may be experiencing a reawakening or have a fresh outlook on life.
Blue represents truth, wisdom, heaven, eternity, devotion, tranquility, loyalty and openness. The presence of this color in your dream, may symbolize your spiritual guide and your optimism of the future.

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Danelle said...

What does my dream mean? Is it truthful or is it just hinting something?
First of all, my father passed away in August. We were told that he tried to hang himself and when he jumped of the roof, it broke and he fell and thats what killed him.

Now I had a dream last night that I was at my old house, where it happened, and the front door opened. A black cloud came out and flew into me, knocking me over. I hit my head and when I got up, I heard my dad arguing with someone. I went behind the house to see what was going on and I saw my dads ghost on top of the house wrestling with the black cloud. He was telling me to get out of there and to stay away and then the black cloud pushed him off the roof.

Please help me. I cant seem to get this out of my head and I dont know what it means.

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

Danelle, house in dreams symbolizes your emotional and psychological self. All of your experiences, stages of development, and parts of your conscious and unconscious life may be represented by that house. The house may be representing issues concerning a particular dilemma in your life.

Clouds are made of air and water, two of the four basic elements. The soul is represented by air and spirit by water. Your negative personal characteristics and deeply intimate thoughts could be represented by those dark storm clouds. It also signifies depression or anger.

To see and talk with your dead father in your dreams represents your way of coping with the loss. You may want that last opportunity to say your final good-bye to him.
It indicates that you miss your dad and are trying to relive your old experiences you had with him. In trying to keep up with the pace of your daily waking life, you dreams may serve as your only outlet in coping and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous karmatroll/LindaD said...

I had this dream where my best friend and I met up in front of Toys r Us and I was angry at him and yelling at him for betraying my trust, turning my friends against me and using me. I ended up telling him that our friendship is over and I walked away then I woke up.

He has not done any of the things and I am not angry at him. On the contrary, I am extremely happy with our friendship and our friendship is great. What does this dream means?

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

Karmatroll/LindaD, dreams about friends are very rarely prophetic, and whether your dream was good or bad, don't expect it to come true. This dream is more than likely attempting to bring up uncomfortable feelings that you have about yourself or others.

Your anger in dream may be a carry-over from your daily life. Feeling great anger in your dream may be disturbing but pay attention to it and attempt to deal with all of your emotions in a more appropriate and productive manner. To dream that you are yelling, represents repressed anger that need to be expressed.

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I had a dream I was wondering if you could take a look at and maybe tell me your ideas on it.

okay it was awhile ago so here it goes.

I was in a place where ive never seen before, it seemed like it was in a school/ice arena combined. Well, for some reason this girl i know in real life, not good friends with her or anything, she was painting a wall in the auditorium, and i took the brush and painted the wall behind her, and as i went to stroke beside her face, the mood got very intense, we both seemed to have an undying urge to kiss eachother, and she backed away and said but she still has a boyfriend, she gave me a look that suggested to me that she was going to break up with him though. I was crushed and walked away, later on i encountered people that i fear in the arena, but they never did anything to me, they just looked at me and walked away, sort of angry, but calm enough to walk away. I feel in this dream i have experienced true love at its fullest, i woke up and was pretty depressed about it because the feeling was so amazing. (I was thinking about my xgf before i fell asleep if that makes a difference, and of course i know the response from everyone i tell is going to be " maybe its because you have feelings for this girl you dreamt about, but i dont, and im sure of that. " Sorry this was long, i hope you can find the time to evaluate it thanks.

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Im speachess. You have such an amazing talent. I cant thank you enough for how much what you said meant to me. Ive just lately been very interested in dreams, and you've definately given me a reason to think that way ;) Thanks for your time.

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

NeVeR_ALoNe, you sound like a very romantic soul.

Concerning your dream, it seems for you love is a full-time obsession. Dream about love is all about acceptance and belonging-to be loved is to feel accepted and have a sense of belonging. In your dream you may be trying to figure out this mystery called love. So the dream may be wish-fulfilling or compensatory in nature. In other words: what you are lacking in waking life, that’s what you are getting in your dream.
Regarding the urge to kiss or be kissed, same as above - if you don't receive enough love and affection in your daily life, then this also emphasized compensatory dream.

A wall in your dream shows the boundaries you place between yourself and others.
So, those who are saying “maybe its because you have feelings for this girl you dreamt about” are wrong. Your dream was just a general manifestation of your need to love and to be loved.

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous An said...

Spirita, first of all, I love your Blog!! :)
I had a dream that i was in journalism class, but it really wasn't one, it looked more like a dorm room. and this guy who i think likes me was supposed to be in it. then he came, and kept on looking at me the way he does, and i think got mad that i didnt pay attention to him and became invisible, literally, on purpose. so then i had this feeling he was there with me, but i really wanted to know where and i kept on calling out "Casey, come back. Casey!" and started to feel kind of bad. what do you think this means, if anything?

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

An, I’m glad you like my blog, thank you. I hope this site can help people to better understand dreams and why and where they come from.
Your dream uncovers some wrong idea, false opinion, deception, wrong conclusion about someone, possible the guy in your dream. Becoming invisible suggests something emerging from the unconscious, being forgotten, or relating to the unconscious. It could also signifies some hidden influences - as when touching dimensions of experience states of realization usually unknown.

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a dream one night where my crush and I were in a van, riding on a slow-ish roller coaster track to a toy factory on top of a mountain. What does that mean?

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your help and response I am still having very weird dreams and they are still scary...You helped me understand why I am dreaming like this. I think it is because my bf of 4yrs his dad passed away unexpectedly on Dec 4 2006 and it was not a natural death he was only 53 yrs old. His dad was like a dad to me too and it really hurts and it is first time I have experience someone dying that was close to me and Im not taking it well I can't eat Im losing weight my nerves are bad I can't sleep, etc. And to make it worse I spoke w/ a psychic and she told me he isn't in peace she said the light is there for him but he is in "idle" and wants to stay around us bc he feels he needs to help us and I didn't tell her how he died and she even said it was not a natural death. She said for him me to pray every morning for 9 days tell him to go into the light and tell him he can't help us but I cant say that and then she said to me get him out of your head..I can't do that!!! And I dont know how to handle this....If you have any suggestions please let me know I will appreciate it greatly. Thank you

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

Anonymous, dreaming about a ROLLER COASTER seems to symbolize the emotional ups and downs that you are experiencing. Although, this ride can be fun, as a dream symbol it suggests that you may need to achieve greater emotional balance. The most literal interpretation of climbing a mountain is that it represents accomplishment of goals. If you are ascending a mountain you and your boyfriend may be are working hard and trying to accomplish your goals, whether they are spiritual, emotional, or material.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

Jackee5285, as long as you have issues regarding a death of a loved one, your scary dreams will appear. I know it is hard for you to deal with situation and I am deeply sorry. Grieving process is a lengthy but HEALTHY process and it demands a lot of efforts and strength. People grieve in order to accept a deep loss and carry on with their life. Experts believe that if you do not grieve at the time of death, or shortly after, the grief may stay bottled up inside you. This can cause emotional problems or physical illness later on. Working through your grief can be a painful process, but it is often necessary to ensure your future emotional and physical well-being. There are many things you can do to help yourself cope during this time. Ask for help and support from family, friends or a support group. Try to express whatever you are feeling, be it anger, guilt or sadness. Accept that some things, like death, are beyond your control. Avoid making major decisions - your judgment may be off kilter and changes could increase your stress levels. Give yourself the time and space to grieve. By doing so, you are able to mourn properly and avoid problems in the future.

At 2:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi spirita. can you please explain this? Dreamt I was at the wedding of a couple i know but the bride, her mother and her mother-in-law were wearing black! The bride is a distant friend of mine and the groom is what you can call "the man I'll never have" in my waking reality these people actually exist and they are a couple but they're not married yet since we're all still in college(I'm 18 years old and they're both 20) . I used to be MADLY in love with the "groom" but since they hooked up I've backed off and have been working on getting over him and moving on. I've had dreams about him before but never so disturbing! So what am I doing at their wedding? And why are they wearing black? Is it a sign of some kind or just my subconcious expressing its sorrow (something my consious waking mind refuses to aknowledge) ?

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Spirita said...

Anonymous, it seems you already know the answer. In this dream you’re subconsciously expressing a sorrow, sadness and regret.
BLACK WEDDING in you dream shows your feelings about the couple you dreamed about. Dream can clarify your feelings, difficulties, unconscious attitudes.
Your dream is not a bad sign; try to learn from the dream to sort out what is troubling you. Don't use them to trouble yourself.

At 1:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dream Interpretation?
i had a dream the other night about my crush
his name is jordan, like whenever i talk to him, i get nervous.

and in the dream we were kissing, and it felt SO real , it was wierd, and then in my dream my mouth filled up with water while we were.

and then i woke up

what does that mean!?!!?!!

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

Anonymous (dream about Jordan), water usually denotes your flowing feelings or ability to responds. It can thus represent emotions and desires. In this dream you may be expressing feelings that are difficult to express during the day. Kissing is usually an indication of warmth and fondness. Kissing the object of your affection in the dream could be a form of wish fulfillment.

At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Spirita, your analyses are really insightful and I'm hoping if you can tell me anything about my dreams? Well it's winter and its night though the sky is pitch black with a purplish haze. I stand under a street lamp on a gravel road that slants downwards to the side down a small hill. As I walk the gravel crunches and I pass by this small one-story red bricked building with bars across its windows. I stop and look down at this empty snow filled parking lot and out of no where, I am tackled by a girl in a red coat (resembles an oven mitt) with a hood over head tightly so her face is hidden. She lands on top of me, and lays there for awhile. Coincidentally I have had other dreams involving a female in a red coat. winter, and the same gravel path. Though she was unhooded in those cases, though I've quickly forgotten what she looks like, besides the fact that she may have red hair. In the two of the other cases its daytime and we were skating with many people I knew around me, or we'd just be walking arm in arm. The one reason I contemplate over this dream is due to the overwhelming feeling of happiness that goes with these later dreams as I am sure I haven't exactly experienced these feelings anywhere else. Looking forward to your response.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Spirita said...

Anonymous, when you dream about the winter it can depict a hard time in life perhaps a period of cold, in the sense of nothing growing in your life, or little feelings - being cold emotionally or sexually.

There can be many different associations with night and darkness in your dream. So try to define what you are feeling. Some possibilities are - not understanding clearly what is going on around you; anxiety about life, inability to see or understand what’s going on around you, etc.

The gravel path in your dreams signifies you miss seeing the cues or signs in your environment that suggest a change in direction in your life. Some changes have to be done (possibly emotional) to ensure your happiness and satisfaction.

The girl in your dreams depicts a new guide, a new opportunity to relate to a female.

Generally speaking, if you are currently experiencing sadness this type of dream may be an attempt to compensate and to comfort you. Traditionally this may be called a dream of the contrary. Extreme happiness in a dream calls for an evaluation of daily reality in an attempt to identify those things that are difficult and painful.


At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks alot, this makes more sense to me now


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