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

Have you ever dreamed about a monkey? This is a memorable dream symbol that can have multiple possible interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different explanations from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a monkey.

Which interpretation best matches your dream?

What does a monkey 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 monkey often symbolizes mischief, deceit, and hidden feelings or thoughts. But the interpretation can be more multifaceted than that.

It may suggest that you are being deceived or are deceiving others in some way. On the other hand, interacting with a monkey in a dream can represent childlike playfulness, curiosity, and creativity. It may be a call to tap into your inner child and embrace a more carefree attitude. Both scenarios encourage introspection and self-awareness.

A monkey can be a deep and fascinating dream image to to really give you a single answer for. To say without any doubts, I'd need to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's past 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 monkey, in Freudian terms, may be a manifestation of the id, the primal, instinctual part of the psyche.

This can be a multi-faceted dream symbol though — It could represent suppressed desires or impulses seeking expression, perhaps in a mischievous or deceitful manner. Interacting with a monkey, on the other hand, may symbolize the ego's attempt to mediate between the id's demands and the superego's moral constraints. It could suggest a need for balance, to allow some playfulness and curiosity into your life without letting it overrun your sense of responsibility. Both scenarios underscore the importance of self-analysis and understanding the dynamics of one's own psyche.

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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 monkey can be a spiritual sign of your subconscious urging you to embrace your innate wisdom and intuition. It may symbolize the need to trust your instincts and let go of rational constraints. Interacting with a monkey in a dream, on the other hand, can represent a spiritual journey towards self-discovery and enlightenment. It may be a divine message to explore your inner self, to be playful and curious, and to seek a deeper understanding of your life's purpose. Both scenarios are spiritual calls for introspection, self-awareness, and a deeper connection with your inner self.

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Whose interpretation of the dream is best for you?

Which interpretation above for a monkey applies to your dream vision?

Only you can know for certain. Keep in mind that our higher mind can be a convoluted place. Each and every object or image from a dream can represent many different meanings — or symbolize multiple realities from our waking life.

Got a slightly different explanation for dreams about a monkey that you'd like to share? Please consider adding your own ideas to the comment area down below.

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