What are group dreams about?
This symbol is identified by words like group.
Groups in dreams is a common dream symbol, occuring in about 5.5% of dreams. That's about 1 out of every 20 dreams.
What are the major highlights of group dreams?
Groups is a very interconnected dream symbol. Having groups in a dream substantially changes the nature of the dream.
Group dreams are friendly
Dreams of groups have greater increase of friendly interactions within the dream than most other dream symbols. While not all dreams of groups will be friendly and they can also contain aggressive interactions, dreams of groups are more likely to have friendly interactions than most other dream symbols. Other symbols that are like this include hanging, forwards, Jamaica, stages, things, lost, music, keys, the evening, and money.
Dreams of groups are aggressive
Group dreams have more aggressive interactions than a lot of other dream symbols. This doesn't mean that all groups have aggressive interactions or only aggressive interactions. It simply means that having groups in a dream increases the probability this dream contains aggression. Other symbols that are like this include shaking, emaciation, opponents, Voldemort, attacking, barns, lodging, trapping, terrorists, and biting.
What symbols more present in dreams of groups?
Group dreams are notable because they have substantially more apocalypses, hostages, verbs, terrorists, tyrants, crowds, ambushing, Ecuador, characters, machine guns, armies, escaping, unnamed groups of people, cults, bandits, students, underground, wilderness, El Salvador, distant people, campuses, executing, war, cheering, prisoners, antelopes, movement, exits, zombies, mafia, general movement, limousines, infecting, circles, abandonment, psyches, jungles, Ethiopia, places, paying attention, bartenders, enemies, tents, buildings, paths, teenagers, nazis, Kuwait, Bangladesh, abandoned places, large gatherings, desserts, protecting, capturing, going, avalanches, rescuing, threatening, entrances, and hunger than 95% of other dream symbols.
What symbols less present in dreams of groups?
Group dreams are notable because they have substantially less bedrooms, recurring nightmares, sleep paralysis, paralysis, miscarriages, beds, seeing a dead grandmother, childhood homes, teeth falling out, recurring dreams, giving birth, infidelity, pregnancy, seeing a dead grandfather, groups, uncategorized, adoptions, funerals, laundry rooms, seeing a dead relative, seeing a dead mother, sleeping, cancer, molesting, snakes, trying to scream, nightmares, uncles, former partners, beetles, mothers, owls, acne, old houses, pets, boyfriends, seeing a dead father, grandmothers, opened my eyes, grim reapers, rabbits, parents, mirror, pregnancy tests, and insights than 95% of other dream symbols.
How does the dream symbol of groups affect the different aspects of a dream?
Explore different elements related to dreams of groups
Who is in groups dreams?
Overall, dreams with groups are more related to characters in dreams. Specifically, dreams of groups are more related to different roles, much more related to distant people, and much more related to close people than dreams in general. They are less related to family.
What are the emotions in groups dreams?
Grief and sorrow
Who is in groups dreams?
Overall, dreams with groups are aren't really related to places in dreams. Specifically, dreams of groups are more related to human places, more related to transportation, and more related to natural places than dreams in general. They are less related to home.
What happens in groups dreams?
Overall, dreams with groups are less related to events in dreams. Specifically, dreams of groups are more related to aggressive interactions, more related to friendly interactions, and more related to disasters than dreams in general.
How do groups in dreams related to other dream phenomenon?
Overall, dreams with groups are less related to dream events in dreams. Specifically, dreams of groups are less related to recurring dreams, less related to sleep paralysis, and less related to sleeping.
How can you make sense of groups in dreams?
Group dreams are common. Among other things group dreams are very postively interconnected, friendly, and aggressive.
Do you think this is true for your dream of groups? How might your dream of groups be different?
All dreams have meaning
You can gain insight from thinking about any dream, no matter how strange. Only you, as the dreamer, have final say on what your dream may or may not mean. Each dream is unique.
Look for the differences
The DreamWell dictionary provides information on how each dream symbol appears in dreams in general. Finding how experience groups in dreams can be a key to understanding its meaning.
Return to the feelings
Our emotions in dreams can help us understand its meaning. Pay attention to how you felt in the dream. Pay attention to how you feel about groups in dreams. See how you feel about groups now, in your waking life.
What are possible meanings for dreams of groups?
Family, social, and work lives involve groups of people, so it is natural for groups of characters in dreams to symbolize something related to those areas of life, such as relationships with family, fitting into society, and correct behavior.
How you behave and think in a group can contrast with how you behave and think when alone. Fitting into groups, or not fitting in, raises issues related to inclusion, exclusion, and self-image, which in turn open many avenues for dreams to explore. Socialization, a huge part of life, will be a subject of many dreams throughout your lifetime.
A group can symbolize a subject related to the group. For example, a group of friends can symbolize the subject of friendship. A group of your cousins can symbolize your relationship with your cousins in general, not with specific ones. A group of co-workers can symbolize your general relationship with them. For example, a dream about hiding from your co-workers can symbolize hiding your personal life from them. See: Family
Groups can be used in dreams anytime you’re thinking about how people will react to something you have done or created. For example, dreaming about a group of people who are hostile toward you can symbolize cutting against the grain or falling outside expected social behavior, such as when a liberal works among conservatives, or a fan of a particular sports team finds him- or herself in “enemy territory.”
On the other hand, being welcomed by a group of people in a dream can symbolize good social behavior, and beliefs and opinions that conform to a group or group thinking.
Groups of animals can symbolize groups of people and your perceptions of them. For example, a group of lions can symbolize the “in crowd,” or a pack of power-hungry or prideful people. Then again, animals quite often represent instinctual qualities in yourself and groupings of related parts of your psyche.
A group of sheep can symbolize people who are easily led (or misled).
A group of wolves can symbolize family or friends, because wolves are very social animals with strong familial bonds. Or they can symbolize a group of ruthless or predatory people, similar to the symbolism of a group of sharks.
A group of fish can symbolize people moving in the same direction with each other, or in a coordinated fashion. This analogy works particularly well with students and teachers in dreams because groups of fish are referred to as “schools.” See: Fish
Groups of characters in dreams can symbolize interrelated personal characteristics and personality traits that work in tandem or in support of each other. For example, as a parent you might draw on your organizational skills, inner authority, and compassion. For your job you might draw on your social skills, rationality, and motivation. These are simplistic examples. In reality, many more aspects of yourself come into play as a parent or employee. The point is to make you aware that groups in your dreams can represent internal dynamics. See: Psyches
On the other hand, characters at odds with each other can symbolize working against yourself and disorganization inside yourself.
Groups of all males or all females can symbolize your thoughts, feelings, and perceptions about men in general or women in general.
Similarly, a group of people of the same profession can symbolize your impressions of the profession, the people in it, or a related subject. For example, a group of computer technicians could symbolize the subject of computers.
Groupings of four can symbolize what Carl Jung called the “primary mental functions,” also called cognitive processes. Each character represents one of the functions. A grouping of three characters implies that something in yourself is incomplete. A grouping of four implies completeness in the sense that all four functions are in a balanced configuration in the psyche, especially likely in dreams that feature squares. See: General thinking, Squares
Three is an incomplete psychological grouping because functions of the psyche come in pairs. A grouping of three implies that the other half of a pair is missing—though not technically “missing,” just underdeveloped, underutilized, or repressed. Jung said that one of the four functions is dominant, or primary, meaning it is the main function used in the psyche. Its counterpart function is “inferior,” meaning sub-dominant.
For example, some people are predominantly intuitive, some factual, some rational, and some “feeling.” Feeling is not synonymous with emotion. Instead, it means judgment based on value, as opposed to the thinking function’s judgment based on utility. Everyone has a dominant function, though the degree of dominance is lesser or greater depending on the person. People who are especially intuitive can devalue their factual function, and vice versa. People who are especially rational can devalue their feeling function.
The devalued function is “inferior” and will be portrayed in a group as one character of your opposite gender and three of your gender.
Consciously, you might have no awareness of the mental functions, but your unconscious mind is well aware and will portray your mental functions as groups of characters.
People you know can be portrayed as a mental function if they embody it. For example, someone you know might be highly rational and embody the image of the thinker. However, usually the functions are portrayed by generic characters—for example, your thinking function can be symbolized as a scientist or professor.
The subject of mental functions and their relationship to dreams is fascinating and can go on seemingly forever. The intent here is to introduce you to the subject and provide enough information for greater insight into your dreams and exploration on your own.
Groups of characters can symbolize archetypes, especially if the characters within a group are strongly contrasted between old and young, rich and poor, black and white, and other polar opposites, or they’re mythological. In which case, groups of three are “strong” because the internal configuration of an archetype is made of three parts. See: Pyramids
This interpretation is from ""The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Signs, and Meanings" and is provided by J.M. DeBord aka "RadOwl". He is the author of several acclaimed books about dreaming, the host of The Dreams That Shape Us podcast, and is a moderator of r/Dreams, one of the largest dream sharing communities on the internet.
Examples of dreams of groups
Read some real dream reports of group dreams.. These real life dream reports come from the moderated dream sharing communities of Reddit including r/Dreams, r/Nightmares, r/DreamInterpretation, or r/thisdreamihad. Please note that some of these may contain graphic, sexual, or violent images and text. Use the source link for each dream to view and join the discussion of each one.
Had a dream about a woman I’ve never met but feel in love with and can’t stop thinking about
I (29F) usually don’t dream much, but last night I had the most vivid dream that I can’t stop thinking about. I was at a small house party, and I walked into a room and a woman was sitting on the couch. We made eye contact, and she immediately challenged me, something like “I bet you can’t...” but I can’t remember what she said. I sat down next to her, I could smell her, see every detail of her summer dress. We were sitting on one of those big leather chesterfields that sticks to your thighs when it’s hot out. We talked for hours and every time someone would look at us we felt obligated to “straighten up” and look platonic even though we were clearly flirting. At one point I think I put my finger in her mouth, just to see what would happen. I remember us exploring each other in very unconventional ways. Eventually we were asked to go outside to do something for the party, take a group photo or something, and I lost her. She was nowhere to be found. She was very similar looking to me, but had a bit of a kinder face and smaller frame.
What does this mean? Why am I so obsessed with her, even when I’m awake, but I can’t identify her?
I (29F) usually don’t dream much, but last night I had the most vivid dream that I can’t stop thinking about. I was at a small house party, and I walked into a...
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Dreamt I was interacting with a large group of people. How did my brain make up 100+ strangers?
Most people were complete strangers to me. I was interacting with them as they were all interacting with each other. The interactions were fun, joking, flirting, etc. I wasn't the center of attention, the group had something else going on and I wasn't involved with it. How did my brain make up a ton of people I've never seen before?
I did recognize a small number of people (maybe 3) that I believe I've seen or met in awake life but even they were basically strangers to me as well. I interacted with them as if I hadn't seen them in a long time. I felt that I was seeking them out because they were more recognizable to me and I felt some kind of small connection to them. I was hoping they would help me find what I was looking for.
From what I gathered, the group was working in my industry so I was trying to find the leaders of the group to make a connection. While interacting with multiple people and sorting out who the leaders of the group were the police arrived and started searching for the same people/person. The group disbursed and I ended up finding the leaders who stayed behind but now they were dealing with this police situation. I waiting around trying to find an opening but ultimately decided to leave them alone because it would have been seen as bad taste to try to make a connection while some of their friends were getting arrested.
Then my alarm went off.
Most people were complete strangers to me. I was interacting with them as they were all interacting with each other. The interactions were fun, joking,...
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Dreamt of a Biblical Angel, I'm not Christian.
Last night I had a dream that a golden wheel/ball with one eye and two wings came flying towards Earth's atmosphere. Right before that, in my dream, a group of women and children were killed by what looked like the military? (Messed up, I know) I've never dreamt of a biblically accurate angel.
Last night I had a dream that a golden wheel/ball with one eye and two wings came flying towards Earth's atmosphere. Right before that, in my dream, a group of...
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Looking for help with a dreaming research study
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(cross posted in the lucid dreaming subreddit)
My name is Michael Hoefer, I’m with a group of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder conducting a survey on dreaming and dream tracking...
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I referenced an old dream inside of my dream last night.
Has anyone ever done this? It was a dream I had a long time ago about trying to run from the cops and almost getting away. Well the guy I did this with, was in my dream last night. I was talking to him in a car as we were going somewhere with a group of people, I said "bro do you remember that time we almost got away from the cops?" And he responded with "yeah that was crazy".
Sometimes I swear dream world is just an alternate reality lol.
Has anyone ever done this? It was a dream I had a long time ago about trying to run from the cops and almost getting away. Well the guy I did this with, was in...
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