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

Did you dream about a hyena? It's a colorful dream symbol that carries a few possible interpretations.

Read on for 3 different points-of-view from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a hyena.

Which of these explanations best explains your dream?

What does a hyena 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 hyena can symbolize your fear of being ridiculed or feeling like an outsider. The meaning isn't likely to be quite so simple, however.

Hyenas are often associated with scavenging and opportunism, so It could also be a reflection of feelings of being taken advantage of. Hearing a hyena's laughter in a dream might represent mockery or being belittled. It could also be a manifestation of your own insecurities or self-doubt. This dream encourages self-reflection and understanding of your emotional state.

A hyena can be a somewhat complex and fascinating dream image to really clarify with certainty. To really say without any doubts, I'd have to get more information about the dreamer's life and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

In the realm of the unconscious, a hyena may symbolize the id, the primal part of our psyche that seeks immediate gratification, often disregarding societal norms.

Somewhat similarly: It's a manifestation of our suppressed desires and instincts. The laughter of a hyena, by contrast, could represent the super-ego's mockery of the id's desires, a Freudian internal conflict. It's a reflection of our internal struggle between our primal urges and the moralistic and societal pressures. This dream could be a call to reconcile these conflicting aspects of your psyche, to find a balance between your desires and societal expectations.

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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 a hyena, in a spiritual context, may be a representation of a shadow aspect of your personality that you've neglected or disowned. This creature, often misunderstood, invites you to embrace your unique qualities, even if they're not conventionally accepted. It's a call to honor your individuality and not to fear being different. Hearing a hyena's laughter, spiritually, could symbolize the divine's way of reminding you not to take life too seriously. It's a call to find joy and humor amidst life's challenges. This dream is an invitation to self-discovery, self-acceptance, and to embrace the lightness of being. It's a divine nudge to balance seriousness with laughter, and conformity with individuality.

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So whose dream interpretation makes the most sense for you?

Which interpretation above for a hyena makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted thing to understand. Any dream concept can represent a long list of meanings — or result from multiple themes from our daily lives.

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