A warning in order to prevent a state of desolation
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about “changing sides” (becoming a deserter) is a warning: don’t sacrifice your convictions because you are fearful and concerned about rejection. Remain true to yourself!
(see Banishment, Desert, Island, Separation)
Recent emotional traumas like divorce or the death of a loved one. In this case, the dream expresses repressed sadness and fear.
Childhood fears. Latchkey children who came home to an empty house, for example, sometimes have residual apprehension about finding themselves alone.
A sense of loneliness or emptiness. Feeling lost in a sea of humanity, or neglecting to care for yourself properly due to poor self-images.
A portion of self that you’ve outcast or rejected for boon or bane.
For example, it’s not healthy to push your emotions aside regularly, whereas rejecting prejudicial outlooks is a positive thing.