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Sharks in dreams
SHARKS IN DREAMS:Understanding dreams is not so difficult. In practice dream symbols translate into certain words within the English language. For instance one shark dream translated into the words "feeling nervous" and the dream meaning was linked to the feeling "I am very nervous about my friends invitation to stay. He enjoys wild parties". So dream meanings are in fact very relevant yet they seem so bizarre.
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In practice sharks have several symbolic meanings. Here is the full list.
- "very nervous" (Sharks can often translate into very relevant emotions. If you see a shark you get very nervous so a shark can symbolise any situation where you feel very nervous? This is how the dream mind expresses a situation you are very nervous about. Were you very nervous yesterday? If so then the dream probably captures that particular emotion from the previous day)
- "real doubts" (A shark is an excellent symbol for real doubts as shark waters are filled with doubts and uncertainty. Think of the film Jaws as the victims do not know when and where the creature may strike)
- "sensing a problem" (Did you sense a problem yesterday? Do you fear that someone was offended by something? Are you trying to avoid a bad situation tomorrow where you fear offending someone)
- "troubled waters" (We often use the phrase "troubled waters" to describe sharks. Its also an emotional metaphor to describe your fears about some situation. How were you in troubled waters yesterday? Do you worry about getting into troubled waters in the near future? What relationship is in troubled waters?)
- "avoid someone at all costs" (Dreams will often translate into very real emotions. Who did you avoid like a shark yesterday?)
- "bad reaction" (Do you fear someone's bad reaction?)
- "confrontation" (sharks are predators that we all fear so they can represent any confrontational situation. WWas someone very confrontationla yesterday? If so then the shark is probably the minds way of saying "he confronted me" or "he is going to confront me")
- "expect the worst" (Are you expecting the worst from someone? Have you been traumatised in the past and fear putting yourself in a similar position again)
- "danger signs" (Have you noticed some danger signs? Do you worry that things are about to go wrong?)
- "devastated" (A shark can symbolise any situation where you feel devastated. Take the example of an ex boyfriend who you bump into. He may not have any bad feelings or even have seen you at all. But seeing someone you have broken up with may cause all those bad emotions to resurface. You can end up troubled all night as you relive the break up. The shark does not represent the ex boyfriend but rather the bad feelings that this has brought up)
- "ruthless" (a shark is obviously ruthless and can symbolise any cold and heartless actions. Do you fear someone who is cold and heartless? Do you feel brutalised by someone who has been ruthless?)
- "fearing terrible consequences" (Have you been thinking about how badly something could go wrong? Could something have easily gone wrong yesterday?)
- "temper" (Was someone's temper as fearful as a shark? Whose temper have you been worrying about? Do you feel someone may unleash their temper when they find something out)
- "arguments" (We associate sharks with all sorts of confrontation as that's how they eat by confrontation and killing. A shark can symbolise any confrontational arguments from yesterday)
- "going badly wrong" (Do you fear things might go badly wrong? Did you feel things went badly wrong yesterday?)
- "Hidden danger" (A shark lurks deep in the water and so can represent dangers which we are not quite certain of. We sense that something is wrong but cannot quite say what?)
- "hesitant" (Sharks make us hesitate so can symbolise any situation where we are hesitant - even for no reason.)
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 of threatening sharks seemed to link to the dreamers worries about men as she was thinking of dating again. The following phrases and words seem relevant to her situation:
- "very nervous" as the dreamer was very nervous about dating
- "troubled waters" as dating was full of troubled waters
- "avoid someone at all costs" she was tending to avoid men at all costs
- "expect the worst" as she expected the worst from men
- "devastated" because she had been devastated by previous relationships
- "ruthless" as she felt all men ruthless
By carefully looking at the dreamers state of mind and recent events we find the dream captures this feeling exactly - "I am about ready to start dating again. But I am very nervous about it all. I see the worst in men and fear being devastated again".
Dreams can represent very sophisticated thoughts. One dream of a shark involved the dreamer telling a story of how he was nearly eaten by a shark. It had swallowed him up to the chest but he was still laughing and joking. In real life the previous day had involved the dreamer being humiliated. He expected to be devastated but was not too bad - in fact quite happy and settled. Actually, the dream captures this exact feeling as he had wondered why he was not so badly hit by being humiliated. So laughing about a shark half eating you was an exact symbol for him being in good spirits about being completely humiliated.