Dream meaning » back

The back area of the body is often associated with carrying burdens and things that weigh you down, such as regrets.

The back is associated with getting work done.
A strong back is meant figuratively to mean ability to carry a heavy load. For example, a man dreams he is at the gym doing back exercises such as pullups. He shows off his back muscles to people in the gym. The dream occurs after a day spent straightening up the house and working in the yard.
He feels proud of the amount of work he got done.

Injury to the back in a dream can indicate inability to carry a load, or lack of confidence. Injury can indicate a physical issue with the back that needs to be addressed.

The dream is about the teen’s struggle to handle his responsibilities and carry his burdens. The mare with a bad back symbolizes the feeling that he can’t do it; he doesn’t think he has the strength.
However, the stallion represents another side of the story. He does have the strength but doesn’t see himself that way. The dream is helping him to subconsciously tap into his inner strength by first making him aware he really does have it. He is delicate like the mare, and has the strength of the stallion—at least, the potential for it.

Something behind your back can mean it’s in the past. For example, you dream about your ex following you from behind, symbolizing that the relationship is in the past.
Anything dragged or carried behind your back can symbolize personal baggage.

Something positioned behind your back can be a way of expressing the phrase “go behind your back.” Be careful of betrayal, gossip, and sneakiness.
You might need to “watch your back.”

The back is a blind spot, so something positioned behind your back is hidden from your awareness.

The dream shows the dreamer two aspects of himself he needs to deal with. The man in front of him symbolizes anger. It’s an aspect of himself he knows about. The man behind him is an aspect of himself that’s in a personal blind spot. He is not consciously aware of it.

Turning the back toward someone or something can indicate withdrawal of care or attention, or turning away from needs. It can symbolize ostracism, rejection, or disapproval.

To be stabbed in the back is a classic sign of betrayal. Or it can symbolize stabbing pain in the back experienced while asleep.

The word “back” is loaded with possibilities for wordplays, such as “back to work,” “back of the line,” and “got your back.” Dreams can make obscure references through comparisons, so if you dream about the back or positioning behind something, consider the possibility of wordplay.

Physical Physical
The back of the body symbolizes your strength to handle life’s difficulties. There may be literal back problems, or issues concerning physical support or finances.
Emotional Emotional
Being behind someone else shows your comfort about following and not receiving recognition. The back also indicates stubbornness.
Spiritual Spiritual
Anything in back of something else, like a backyard, indicates a private, personal area, something not revealed to the public. You’re focusing on something that is just about to become conscious.

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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

Because of the dreaming mind’s tendency to literalize metaphors, the back can signify meanings from familiar sayings. For example, in a dream the back may mean “watch your back” (beware of treachery).

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

The back symbolizes physical strength and endurance. However, if it is curved it reflects weakness of character or emotional dissatisfaction. According to other interpretations, the back is where we keep our secrets or those aspects of our personality that we do not want to hear about. If, in this case, the dream gives you an unpleasant feeling, traits that may have hidden in your back contain a good dose of guilt, shame, fear or disgust.

Traditionally, it is said that evil is right behind. Therefore, to scare it off, many superstitious people throw spilled salt over their left shoulder. This dream may also point to a problematic situation that you have overcome, something that you have left behind.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

In its broad interpretation this is a warning in regard to giving advice or lending money, but its meaning varies greatly according to its details.
If you dreamed of a bare back, be prepared for some reverses or loss of status.
If you dreamed of anyone turning his or her back on you, it indicates jealousy and envy among your associates which may cause you some worry, but it won’t be serious.
If they turned around and faced you again, you can be sure that the trouble will be temporary.
To dream of your own back is an unusual and happy omen indicating that whatever your problems may be they will soon evaporate.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

It’s right behind you! Dreams of your back represent what follows you or lies hidden. 

Back injuries or abnormalities mean something unexpected could hurt you. 
Someone or something riding on your back indicates a burden you carry. Do you enjoy it, or wish you could throw it off?

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