Dream meaning of doll

To dream that a doll comes to life signifies your desires to be someone else and escape from your present problems and responsibilities. The doll serves as a means to act out your wishes.

To see a doll in your dream symbolizes childhood innocence and light-hearted fun. The dream may also be a metaphor for someone that you call or refer to as “doll”.

To dream that you are playing with a doll represents a lack of communication between your conscious and subconscious mind. The dream also indicates an immature attitude towards the opposite sex.


To see or play with a dollhouse in your dream suggests that you are idealizing family life. You have the notion that everything is perfect or problem-free. Perhaps you are in denial about any problems.

Alternatively, the dollhouse in your dream may serve as an indirect way to solve and work out waking problems with family members.

Matryoshka Doll

To see a Matryoshka Doll in your dream refers to the many inner components of your persona.

There are many layers to your personality that you need to get through in order to unveil what is truly underneath. Perhaps you feel that no one knows the real you or that no one has taken the time to discover all the different sides of you. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor for some revelation.

The doll, as a symbol, appears more often in psychopathology than in the main stream of traditional symbolism. It is well known that in a number of mental diseases the patient makes a doll which he keeps carefully hidden. According to J.-J. Rousseau the personality of the sick person is projected into the toy. In other cases it has been interpreted as a form of erotomania or deviation of the maternal instinct: in short, a hangover from, or regression to an infantile state.
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5 Definitions
  1. Dolls in dreams may indicate children, childhood, or childlikeness. Depending on the dream, they sometimes embody either the persona or the shadow self.
    Dolls also indicate fashion (as in manikins), beauty (a “doll”), manipulation (as in puppets), and revenge (“voodoo dolls”).

  2. The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke April 5, 2022 at 6:12 am

    This dream (especially if a woman experiences it) represents childhood nostalgia, the desire to feel protected and cared for, and above all, the urge to avoid present responsibilities. Sometimes the dreams featuring dolls suggest that the dreamer faces overwhelming situations.

    If the dreamer is a man, the dream may indicate in very scathing way that his attitude toward women is old-fashioned and immature. The dream could also refer to dreamer’s maternal instincts.

    If you have your own children, maybe you should ask yourself if you behave maturely enough with them.

    Dolls have played an important role in history. From Voodoo, in which they represent the enemy and are stuck with needles, to the image of a girl telling a doll about her problems. This dream expresses the same concept, our needs, fears, desires, and hopes to seek a way to be expressed.

    During childhood, you have much more trust in a doll than in any adult. Perhaps, in the dream, you are telling your doll a big secret.

  3. The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett April 9, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    It is generally agreed that dolls, being a symbol of childhood, predict social and/or domestic happiness. If you bought a doll in your dream, it indicates a small but pleasing profit or gain; however, for an accurate interpretation, other details of your dream should be examined. 

  4. Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox April 13, 2022 at 10:18 am

    A doll is a representation of a child for an actual child to have an experience of his or her own maternal instincts, and this might be expressed by a doll appearing in a dream. Conversely, a doll could indicate an infantilization of impulses that relate to maternal feelings.

  5. Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson April 17, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Dolls represent childhood, or you as a child.

    To dream of playing with dolls symbolizes a return to youthful thinking or a refusal to face adult responsibilities.
    Watching children play with dolls represents your evolution from child to caretaker.
    Breaking a doll symbolizes a recent event that has forced you to grow up in some way.
    Dreaming of a Barbie doll or other teen or adult doll symbolizes your feelings about cultural ideas of femininity. Is the Barbie something to emulate, or are you throwing it away or ignoring it?
    If someone treats you like a doll or thinks you are a doll in your dream, you feel objectified by someone. They want to possess you and care for you, but you feel they are mostly concerned with how you look and not the real you.
    Dressing or undressing a doll symbolizes your focus on appearance. What are you trying to accomplish? Who do you want to resemble?
    If you have a nightmare that a doll comes alive and becomes evil, a bad memory from childhood may be surfacing, triggered by something in your current life.
    Friendly dolls coming alive suggest your inner child is still alive and well and helping you retain a joyful innocence in your adult life.
    Dreaming of a dollhouse represents the environment you wish you lived in, or the environment you feel stuck inside and unable to escape.

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