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Did You Dream About Abandonment? Here's What It Means

Whenever a curious dream subject like abandonment is revealed in your dreams, it can have several different explanations.

Below are 3 possible dream interpretations of abandonment from our dream experts.

Which explanation makes the most sense for you?

What does abandonment 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 experiencing abandonment often reflects feelings of insecurity, isolation, or unworthiness in waking life. There are many different takes on that idea though.

It may indicate a fear of being left out or rejected.

Alternatively, dreaming about someone else being abandoned might suggest that you're neglecting aspects of your own self. It could also be a reflection of your feelings of guilt or regret for neglecting someone in your waking life. These dreams are a call to address these issues and work towards self-acceptance and better relationships.

Abandonment can be a colorful and puzzling dream experience to to give you a single meaning for. To really say confidently, I'd need to get an understanding of the dreamer's background 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 personal abandonment can be a manifestation of the Freudian concept of 'castration anxiety', a fear of loss, not necessarily physical, but symbolic or emotional.

Dream concepts like abandonment can be multilayered, however. It may signify a perceived threat to your autonomy or security. Conversely, dreaming of another's abandonment might be an externalization of your own 'shadow self', a Jungian term for the unconscious aspects of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify with. This could imply a subconscious desire to disown certain aspects of yourself. Alternatively, it may reflect a latent guilt for failing to meet perceived responsibilities towards others. These dreams serve as a subconscious prompt to confront these latent anxieties and integrate the shadow self.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 of experiencing abandonment is a spiritual signal of your soul's yearning for connection and acceptance. It may indicate a subconscious fear of being alone or unloved, suggesting a need for self-love and spiritual grounding. Conversely, dreaming of someone else being abandoned could symbolize your spiritual self's concern for neglecting certain aspects of your being or a subconscious guilt for not fulfilling your spiritual duties towards others. These dreams are spiritual wake-up calls, urging you to nurture your inner self and foster deeper connections with others, embodying the universal spiritual principle of love and unity.

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So whose dream explanation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for abandonment makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a complicated thing. Any dream image can reflect multiple things — or symbolize many different forces in our waking lives.

Have a unique dream analysis on dreams about abandonment that you want to share? Chime in with your own interpretation to the comments down below.

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