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

A subject like a journal can be a complicated one to analyze. Because dreams are visual manifestations of our subconscious mind, and they often represent symbolic references to our everyday lives, no single explanation fits every dream about a journal or any other symbol.

Below are 3 different perspectives on dreams about a journal, seen from very different angles.

Which meaning best matches your dream?

What does a journal 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 writing in a journal signifies self-reflection and introspection. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

It suggests you're trying to understand your thoughts and emotions better. It may also indicate a need to remember or document certain aspects of your life.

Alternatively, reading someone else's journal in a dream can symbolize curiosity or intrusion into someone's privacy. It may reflect your desire to understand others better or your fear of being exposed. The common themes among these variations highlight the importance of communication and understanding, either self-directed or towards others.

A journal is often a very deep dream image to to really give you a single answer for. To really say confidently, it would be necessary to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's past and circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of inscribing in a journal may denote a subconscious endeavor to externalize and organize one's internal psychic milieu, a manifestation of the Freudian concept of 'Abreaction'.

Some additional thoughts: It could also signify a latent desire for self-preservation, a symbolic attempt to immortalize one's existence through written words. Conversely, perusing another's journal in a dream might represent the unconscious yearning to penetrate the 'Other's' psyche, a manifestation of the Freudian 'Scopophilia'. It could also indicate a subconscious fear of 'the gaze of the Other', a dread of one's secrets being unveiled. The common themes among these potential variations, thus, underscore the dialectic of 'Self' and 'Other', and the perpetual human quest for understanding and validation.

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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 writing in a journal symbolizes a spiritual journey towards self-discovery and self-understanding. It's a divine call to introspect, to delve deeper into your soul, and to document your spiritual growth. It's a reflection of your desire to connect with your higher self. Conversely, dreaming of reading someone else's journal signifies your spiritual quest to understand the divine in others. It's a call to empathize, to see the world through another's eyes, and to appreciate their spiritual journey. It could also indicate a fear of your own vulnerabilities being exposed. The common themes among these dream variations are spiritual reminders of the interconnectedness of all beings and the importance of empathy and self-awareness in our spiritual journey.

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So whose dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a journal makes the most sense for your dream vision?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complex landscape. Just about any image in a dream can reflect multiple meanings — or result from multiple forces in our waking life.

Do you have a different interpretation for a dream about a journal of your own? Please consider adding your own thoughts in the comments down below.

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