Example: ‘I was walking down the steps of a house, leading into the front area of the basement. I was with a man, perhaps a friend. At the bottom of the steps a psychiatrist was talking to a male client. They were having a session there in the open. I sensed the man’s feelings of embarrassment and exposure. But I felt it was necessary to be thus exposed, i.e. the psychiatrist was purposely holding the session in the open so the man could leam to relax’ (Bernard O). Bernard, a practising therapist, is all of the men in the dream. It portrays the interaction between different parts of himself.
The T walking down the steps is the active, fairly adventurous person Bernard sees himself as; the man following—a fnend—is a man Bernard knows who has sexual difficulties, and represents Bernard’s own sexual hesitations; the psychiatrist is Bernard’s therapeutic skill used in his own life, the male client is Bernard’s difficult feelings when dealing with groups of peo- pie—the public—which he is trying to expose’ or get to know and transform.
Generally, a man depicts an aspect of self—even in a woman’s dream—depending on the activity and character of the man in the dream. Any indication whatsoever in the dream gives a clue to what aspect of self. In the example, the character of the friend, the role of the psychiatrist and the feelings of the client indicate which aspects of Bernard s character are being dealt with. Therefore a man trying to rape a woman would be her fears about sex; a homosexual would depict those feelings; a businessman, one’s work or business abilities; a loving man, one’s feelings about love, and so on.
Older man: father or one’s accumulated experience and wisdom; perhaps even wisdom from the unconscious if man is white haired or holy. Wild, ape, half animal man: urges which have not yet been integrated and socialised, usually pertaining to sexuality in today’s social attitudes or natural social feelings at odds with present attitudes.
Man in woman’s dream: in general, a woman’s ability to question conventional behaviour and social habits; her strength to look with insight into her own life and change it thereby—but not her feeling values, emotions and intuitions, her creative or business ability in the world, and power to be competitive and challenging, her defence against just knowing’ out of the power of her emotions and inbuilt prejudices. Man she knows or loves: feelings, worries about relationship. Dreaming the man is looking at other women or leaving is usually fears about same. Two men: might be a triangle.
Idioms: man to man; be a man; front man; hit man; make a man of; odd man out; right hand man. See family; woman; and other entries pertaining to particular roles or age.
Any man appearing in a dream shows an aspect or facet of our character in a recognizable form. Each of us has a repertoire or portfolio of behaviours, some of which are acceptable and some of which are not. In dreams those behaviours and characteristics can be magnified so that they are easily identified, often as personalities. By working with the characteristic, more energy and power becomes available. Even when we are threatened by a negative character trait, we can still access room for improvement.
A man in a dream can identify the shadow for a man, and the animus for a woman.
An older man (if the man is white-haired or holy) can represent the innate wisdom we all have. Such a person can also signify the father in dreams. When a large man appears in our dreams we are usually appreciating the strengths, certainties and protection that our basic beliefs give us.
A man in a woman’s dream signifies the more logical side of her nature. She has, or can develop, all the aspects of the masculine that enable her to function with success in the external world.
If the man is one she knows or loves she may be trying to understand her relationship with him.
An unknown man is generally that part of the dreamer’s personality that is not recognized. In a woman’s dream it is the masculine side of herself, and in a man’s dream it is the self.
To dream of a man represents male attributes that you may possess – particularly the side that is hostile, pushy, logical, and spirited.
If the man is known to you, then this dream may be focusing on how you perceive the particular man.
If you are a woman and dream that you are in the arms of a man, this implies that you are acknowledging your masculine traits. Perhaps you are longing to have a meaningful partnership and this is the type of man you desire.
To see an old man in your dream symbolizes intelligence and the ability to offer absolution to those you have transgressed.
Vision: Seeing an old man: it’s difficult right now, but relax; you’ll get good advice and, if you follow it, your problems will be over.
A fat man in a woman’s dream: a certain man is worshiping the ground you walk on. Seeing a young man; discomfort and stress in the near future. Men seeing a man without a head: you are acting without thinking and need to change that quickly. Women dreaming about men means they have secret sexual desires.
A man dreaming about women means he is in conflict with himself—it is time for some soul-searching.
Depth Psychology: In women’s dreams a man usually stands for her secret, erotic, and sexual desires. In men’s dreams, a woman stands for how he sees and judges himself.
(Person) When a man is recognized in a dream, he is the same person in wakefulness, or it could be his brother, or a person with the same resemblance or name.
If he takes something valuable or cherished from the person having the dream, it means the opposite, and one will receive from such a man what he wishes for in wakefulness. Ifhe takes a shirt or a rope in the dream, it means that he will accept a promise from the person seeing the dream.
If he takes a child away from him, it means enmity between the two. As explained under ‘Human being’ p. 217, seeing the children ofAdam in a dream is an exalted thing in general. Each category of people conveys a different interpretation.
The category of rulers and judges in a dream means courts.
The category of government authorities represents fear. Soldiers mean travels. Craftsmen in a dream mean profits, or they could represent their respective trades. Women in a dream signify temptation, while pious people represent devotion. (Also see Human beingrMankind)
See Companion. In the case of a woman, this dream may be pointing to a father figure or ego ideal.
A strange man in a man’s dream always means his own unknown side, the shadow.
An older man represents the father figure in dreams of men as well as women, or he may represent the dreamer himself.
A naked man means openness.
To see a man in your dream, reflects the masculine aspect of yourself - the side that is assertive, rational, aggressive, and/or competitive.
If the man in your dream is known to you, then the dream may reflect your feelings, hopes or concerns about him.
If you dream of being embraced by a man you don’t done, this suggests that you are accepting and welcoming the stronger, more assertive side of your personality . It may also highlight your desires to be in a relationship and your image of the ideal man.
To see an old man in your dream, represents wisdom or forgiveness.
It is a fortunate omen to dream of a strange Man, but not of a strange woman.
In general dreams of a man represent masculine energy, power, force, initiation, strength, manifesting, decisiveness, and the focus to make things happen in the world. This can also represent the masculine energy within a man or woman.
If you dream of a man you know, then consider the qualities he represents and who he means to you. See Husband, Father, Brother and King.
To dream of a man, if handsome, well formed and supple, denotes that you will enjoy life vastly and come into rich possessions.
If he is misshapen and sour-visaged, you will meet disappointments and many perplexities will involve you.
For a woman to dream of a handsome man, she is likely to have distinction offered her.
If he is ugly, she will experience trouble through some one whom she considers a friend.
All different kinds of people clutter our dream landscape.
The men in your dream may include family members or total strangers. You may dream about your father, son, husband, or friend and should interpret the dream according to its details.
A man, particularly the father figure, may represent collective consciousness and the traditional human spirit. He is the Yang and his energy, when mobilized, creates the earthly realities. Depending on the details of the dream, the masculine figure could be interpreted as the Creator or Destroyer. At times, women dream about men that are strangers to them. These men may represent the women’s unconscious psychic energy. Carl Jung called the stranger in a woman’s dream the “animus.” He represents autonomous, unconscious energy and he plays a vital role in obtaining a deeper understanding of self. At times, a strange and ominous man in men’s dreams could represent their “shadow” or their negativity and darker sides of personality. See also: People, Woman