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

A image like a mall can be a complicated one to give a single meaning for. Because our dreams are blurry reflections of our subconscious minds, and they often include specific references to our daily lives, no single explanation fits every dream about a mall or any other symbol.

Below are 3 interesting interpretations of dreams about a mall, written from three different angles.

Which of these explanations works the best for you?

What does a mall 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 mall represents choices, decisions, and needs. It's often not quite so simple though.

It's a symbol of materialism and the variety of opportunities available to you. If you're shopping, it suggests you're in a phase of your life where you're exploring your options or making important decisions. The items you're shopping for can provide further insight into what these choices might be about. If the mall is deserted or closing, it could indicate feelings of loneliness or fear of change. Overall, a mall in a dream reflects your current state of mind and the choices you're facing in your waking life.

A mall can often be a difficult dream experience to really clarify. To know with any kind of confidence, I would need to get to know the dreamer's life story and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of a mall, or shopping within one, may be thought of as a manifestation of the collective unconscious, a concept introduced by Carl Jung.

Also: The mall, teeming with diverse stores and people, symbolizes the vast array of archetypes and experiences within our psyche. Shopping, by contrast, may be a representation of the process of integrating these aspects into our conscious self. The items sought or purchased could symbolize the traits or experiences we are currently integrating. A deserted mall may signify feelings of alienation or a disconnect from the collective unconscious, perhaps indicating a need for introspection and self-discovery. Thus, a mall in a dream can be a potent symbol of our ongoing psychological journey and self-integration.0

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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 mall or shopping within it may be thought of as a spiritual journey of self-discovery and personal growth. The mall, with its myriad of stores, symbolizes the vast universe of spiritual paths available to you. Shopping signifies your active pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, with each item representing a different aspect of your spiritual self you're seeking to understand or embrace. If the mall is deserted, it could symbolize a spiritual void or a sense of isolation from your spiritual community, indicating a need for reconnection and spiritual nourishment. Thus, a mall in a dream is a spiritual metaphor for your quest for spiritual wisdom and self-realization.

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So which analysis of the dream works the best for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a mall applies to your your dream experience?

Only you can know for sure. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a complex and multifaceted place. Just about any dream image can represent many different things — or result from multiple forces in our waking life.

Do you have a better dream analysis on dreams about a mall that you want to share? Please consider adding your own thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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