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Dream symbols - foreign

Dreams link very loosely to real life. We associate foreign places with terms such as "new people" and "new experiences." Therefore a foreign dream could occur when you have been yearning for something new in your life.

FOREIGN PEOPLE AND PLACES IN DREAMS:Understanding dreams is not so difficult. In practice dream symbols translate into certain words within the English language. For instance a dream about foreigners could be translated into the words "not close" and the dream could capture the thought "he has certain people whom he favours but that is not fair to those who are not close to him". Of course foreign people may translate into several different words and phrases such as "a fresh mood" and "not speaking to someone". Try to see which of these themes features in your thoughts right now. The one that is most relevant could be the way in which your dream has used the symbol.

In practice foreign places and people in dreams have several symbolic meanings. Here is the full list.
- "new people and new places" (We go on holiday to foreign places and its mainly to meet new people and go to new places. In a dream a foreign place may symbolise a wish to freshen your life up and do something new)
- "a fresh mood" (did you wake refreshed and happy? Did you feel you were emotionally in a new place?)
- "a wish to escape from responsibility" (Did you feel the need to get away from it all yesterday? Do parents and authority figures keep pressurising you?)
- "a new unfamiliar feeling" (are you thinking in new ways)
- "not close" (A dream about foreigners could be your minds way of saying someone who is not friends and not on close terms to you. So the dream could deal with a similar theme - such as friends and not friends or people close to you and people not so close to you)
- "never speaking to someone" (Who near by to you do you simply never speak to? Have you been thinking about someone near to you who simply treats you like a foreigner as if you have never met before? Does someone never speak to you and treats you little better than a stranger??)

Its a fallacy that dreams capture unconscious thoughts - dreams represent thoughts that we are all too aware of. A typical dream would translate into the types of thoughts that we might write down in a diary or tell a best friend. Dreams represent your key thoughts which pinpoint the problems right now. Try to write down some quotes which capture your feelings right now and try to include the words and phrases above.

For instance one dreamer dreamt that his parents had died and he ran away to a foreign country. The most relevant of the symbolic meanings to him was "a wish to escape from responsibility". In reality the dreamer was like lots of teenagers who wished he could escape from parental control and live a life free of responsibility. So his dream just caught the typical teenage feeling "I am sick of parents telling me what to do".

Dreams can represent very sophisticated thoughts. Take the following dream - "I was in a house with some foreign people(Chinese). We seemed to mistrust each other and they obviously saw me as a criminal". The day before something very significant happened - which will often trigger a dream. The dreamer had heard his neighbour fall over in the middle of the night. She was very old and in obvious and deep distress. This neighbour had a very loud telephone which was part of her warden service. The dreamer could hear her speak to this warden through the walls. The dreamer felt very guilty for doing nothing but just stayed in bed. He knew that the social services would deal with her and that people were coming to help. To have gone downstairs would have been pointless because he could not have got in so he just laid in bed listening to her distressing cries. The dream pinpointed his thoughts about the situation. In real life he thought it pointless to go down because she really disliked the dreamer. To hear her speak about him you would think the dreamer was a criminal. Usually, they just avoided each other. He treated her like a perfect stranger and usually ignored her. So the dream used two symbols in ways which seemed to relate to these thoughts. His neighbour thought of him as little better than a criminal and in the dream the neighbours thought the dreamer a criminal. This perfectly captures that sense of mistrust that the dreamers neighbour had for him. The foreigners symbol is also interesting as the dreamer and his distressed neighbour virtually never spoke to each other and treated each other like strangers. It used the metaphor in this way - "we never talk to each other. We may as well be from different countries as we have nothing to do with each other".