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Did You Dream About a Doll? Here's What It Means

So you dreamed about a doll? It's a complex dream symbol that can have several possible interpretations.

Scroll down for three different explanations from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about a doll.

Which meaning makes the most sense for your dream?

What does a doll mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about a doll often hints at childhood innocence and light-hearted fun. It's often not quite so simple though.

It could be a reflection of your desire to escape from daily responsibilities and return to a time where life was simpler.

Alternatively, if you're playing with a doll in your dream, it might indicate your wish to be more nurturing or to take care of others. It could also be a kind of a situation in your waking life where you feel like you're being manipulated or controlled, as dolls are typically moved and controlled by others.

A doll is often a difficult dream object to really clarify. To really know without any doubts, it's really necessary to get more information about the dreamer's background and mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about a doll, in Freudian terms, may be a representation of a projection of the self, a manifestation of the ego's attempt to reconcile with the id's desires and the superego's moral constraints.

Some alternatives: It could symbolize a yearning for self-understanding or self-acceptance. Playing with a doll, by contrast, could be an expression of the unconscious mind's attempt to exert control over aspects of one's life, a manifestation of the ego's struggle for dominance. Alternatively, it could symbolize a desire to manipulate or control others, reflecting latent power dynamics within the psyche. It's crucial to consider the dream's context and the individual's personal associations with dolls for a more accurate interpretation.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about a doll can be a spiritual message about your inner child. This dream may be urging you to reconnect with the purity, innocence, and joy of your youth. It's a call to embrace simplicity and authenticity in your life. If you're playing with a doll, it can symbolize your divine role as a nurturer or caretaker. It's a spiritual reminder of your capacity to love and care for others. Alternatively, it may also indicate a feeling of being controlled or manipulated, a sign that you need to reclaim your personal power and assert your spiritual autonomy. Remember, dreams are deeply personal and their meanings can vary based on your unique spiritual journey.

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Whose dream explanation works the best for you?

Which interpretation of a doll fits with your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complicated thing to understand. Just about any concept from a dream can reflect a long list of meanings — or symbolize multiple realities from our conscious lives.

Do you have a better dream interpretation for dreams about a doll that you want to share? Contribute your own interpretation in the comments down below.

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