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

A dream symbol like a reward can be a difficult one to really explain for sure. Because our dreams are like transmissions from our subconscious minds, and they may represent specific references to our daily lives, no single dream interpretation will ever work for everyone.

Below are 3 different interpretations of a dream about a reward, taken from very different viewpoints.

Which of these explanations best matches your dream?

What does a reward 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 receiving a reward points to things like recognition, self-worth, and achievement. The meaning isn't likely to be quite so simple, however.

It suggests that your subconscious is acknowledging your efforts and hard work.

Alternatively, dreaming about someone else being rewarded could indicate feelings of jealousy or inadequacy. You may feel overlooked or undervalued in your waking life.

Alternatively, it could also mean that you admire the person being rewarded and aspire to achieve similar success. Both of these dreams encourage self-reflection and evaluation of personal goals and relationships.

A reward can be a deep and multifaceted dream concept to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To say without any doubts, I'd need to get more information about the dreamer's past 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"

Dreaming of receiving a reward may symbolize the ego's desire for validation, a manifestation of the Freudian concept of the pleasure principle.

Getting a bit more complex: It reflects an unconscious yearning for gratification and approval. Conversely, witnessing another's reward in a dream could represent the shadow self, a Jungian concept referring to the unconscious aspects of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify with. This could denote feelings of inferiority or suppressed envy. Alternatively, it might symbolize the superego's ideal self, indicating admiration and aspiration. Both dream scenarios prompt introspection and an exploration of one's unconscious motivations and desires.

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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 receiving a reward is a spiritual sign of divine acknowledgment. It signifies that your soul is in alignment with your life's purpose and your efforts are being recognized by the universe. This dream encourages you to continue on your path with faith and determination. Conversely, dreaming of someone else being rewarded can be a spiritual nudge to reflect on your own journey. It may symbolize feelings of being undervalued, urging you to assert your worth and claim your divine right. Alternatively, it could represent your higher self's aspiration, indicating that you admire the person and their achievements, inspiring you to strive for similar spiritual growth. The common themes among these dream variations are divine messages, prompting self-reflection and spiritual evolution.

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So which analysis of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which interpretation above for a reward best matches your dream?

Only you can know for sure. Remember that our higher mind can be a complicated thing. Each and every dream image can represent a wide range of meanings — or result from many different activities in our daily lives.

Got a better dream analysis for dreams about a reward that you want to share? Chime in with your own thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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