Dream meaning » fear

To dream that you feel fear indicates that your achievements will not be as successful as you had anticipated. You are experiencing anxieties in various aspects of your life. The key to overcoming your fear is to discuss them and deal with them openly.

To dream that you worse fears are coming true signifies your resistance to change. You are afraid to confront the unknown aspects of yourself.

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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

Fearful dreams are quite common, reflecting either anxiety about concrete problems in the world or anxieties arising from inner tensions.
For a deeper understanding, the dreamer should attempt to identify the source of fear in the dream.

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

Fear in dreams reflects a latent state of anxiety. Insecurity, fears, and concerns are taking a worrying toll on you.

First, to interpret such dreams properly, you must analyze the events of recent days, without ruling out the possibility that you recently watched a horror movie or read a scary story that has affected you unconsciously, and filtered into your dreams. Often these grisly scenes resurrect dark parts of your past, repressed in the unconscious. The purpose of these dreams is to remind you what you are afraid of. They are the ideal opportunity to discover and resolve what frightens you.

To be afraid in a dream reveals, according to the Freudian school, an intense guilty complex.

Popular superstition about this dream is very similar to the opinions of modern psychology.

If in dreams you conquer that which you fear, the same will happen with the things that scare you in real life.

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

The meaning of this dream can vary greatly according to the details, action, and circumstances of the dreamer; therefore all those factors should be carefully considered and correlated. As a general guide if you conquered the cause of your dreamed fear and/or the sensation disappeared during the dream, the forecast is that you will overcome your difficulties; however, if the feeling persisted and/or the cause was indefinable, you should expect to have to cope with problems arising from the deceit or dishonesty of someone you trusted. To dream of calming the fears of others indicates the clearing up of a misunderstanding and/or removal of a threat to your peace of mind.

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

Feeling fear in a dream can be an upsetting experience, but usually the cause of fear in a dream represents something in your waking life that is causing you stress, and you are trying to release or understand those stressful feelings through your dream imagery. This may be something you don’t want to acknowledge, and your lack of dealing with it in waking life has caused it to pop up in your dreams. Look to your dream for specific images to give you clues about what is causing you so much stress.

Generalized feelings of fear without any obvious cause in a dream are also often a physical reaction to too much stress, acknowledged or unacknowledged, in your waking life. Stress management techniques such as exercise, meditation, and talking to someone about your feelings can often help fearful dreams disappear. If you dream about a particular phobia you have, such as about spiders, speaking in public, or small spaces, you are again most likely under stress and tapping into your phobia is an easy way for your dream to send you a message that you are overloading your brain and body and you need to do something about it.

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