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

Whenever a colorful dream-concept like a game appears in dreams, it can have many different explanations.

Here are three possible ways of interpreting dreams about this dream from our dream gurus.

Which explanation makes the most sense for your dream?

What does a game 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 playing a game signifies your competitive nature and strategic thinking. But let's talk about some subtleties in that general interpretation.

It could also mean you're ready to take on a new challenge or you're testing your abilities. Watching others play a game in a dream, on the other hand, may suggest feelings of being an outsider or feeling left out. It could also indicate that you're observing others' strategies and tactics, perhaps in a real-life situation. Both scenarios highlight the importance of strategy, competition, and participation in your waking life.

A game can often be a complex and fascinating dream symbol to offer a firm opinion about. To know for sure, it would be necessary to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's past and current mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of participating in a game, in Freudian terms, may symbolize the id's struggle for gratification, a manifestation of the pleasure principle.

Also: It could also represent the ego's attempt at problem-solving or the superego's imposition of moral standards. Observing a game, however, may reflect the ego's role as a mediator, observing and analyzing the conflict between the id and superego. It could also denote feelings of alienation or voyeuristic tendencies. Both scenarios underscore the dynamic interplay between the id, ego, and superego, and the constant negotiation between our primal desires, moral compass, and reality.

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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 of playing a game can be a spiritual message about your journey towards self-discovery and personal growth. It may symbolize your willingness to engage with life's challenges and your readiness to learn from them. It's a call to embrace the game of life, with its ups and downs, and to play it with courage and determination. On the other hand, dreaming of watching others play a game can be a spiritual reminder of your role as an observer in life. It suggests a need to step back, reflect, and learn from others' experiences. It's a call to cultivate wisdom and understanding, and to use these insights to navigate your own life journey. Both scenarios emphasize the importance of engagement, learning, and growth in your spiritual journey.

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Which interpretation of the dream matches your dream?

Which interpretation of a game fits with your dream vision?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a multifaceted puzzle. Just about any object or image from a dream can reflect a wide range of meanings — or be the result of many different forces in our waking lives.

Have a slightly different explanation on dreams about a game that you'd like to share? Add your personal ideas to the comment section down below.

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