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Did You Dream About Being Fake? Here's What It Means

Whenever a meaningful dream vision like being fake shows up in your dreams, it can have many different interpretations.

Listed below are 3 possible explanations of dreams about this dream from our dream experts.

Which interpretation makes the most sense for your dream?

What does being fake 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 something being fake points to things like feelings of insecurity or inadequacy. But the dream can be more nuanced than just that.

You may be feeling like a fraud or doubting your abilities in a certain situation.

It can also represent deceit or dishonesty in your waking life.

Alternatively, dreaming about pretending to be someone else suggests a desire to escape from your current circumstances or express aspects of your personality that you normally keep hidden. It may also indicate that you're trying to fit into a certain role or meet others' expectations. The common themes among these possible variations highlight a struggle with authenticity and self-acceptance.

Being fake can often be a deep and multifaceted dream symbol to make any kind of definitive analysis about. To really say without any doubts, I would have to really get to know the dreamer's life 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 counterfeit objects or falseness may symbolize a latent anxiety about authenticity, a fear of being unmasked, or a dread of exposure.

We can take this reasoning to another level: This can be linked to the Freudian concept of 'Impostor Syndrome', where one doubts their accomplishments and fears being revealed as a fraud. Conversely, dreams of impersonation or assuming another's identity may be thought of as a manifestation of the 'Mirror Stage' in Lacanian psychoanalysis. This stage, where a child recognizes themselves in a mirror, is a critical juncture in the formation of the ego. Thus, such dreams may reflect a struggle with identity formation, a desire for transformation, or a need to reconcile with aspects of the self that have been repressed or denied.

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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 something being fake may symbolize a spiritual disconnect or a lack of authenticity in your waking life. It could be a divine nudge to realign with your true self and your spiritual purpose. Alternatively, pretending to be someone else in a dream might indicate a spiritual journey of self-discovery. It could be a sign that you're exploring different facets of your soul or seeking to understand your higher self better. The common themes among these dream variations suggest a spiritual quest for authenticity and self-realization. They invite you to shed illusions and embrace your true spiritual essence.

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Whose interpretation of the dream matches your dream?

Which of the above ways of explaining being fake makes the most sense for your dream?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complex thing. Each and every dream concept can represent multiple meanings — or symbolize many different realities from our daily lives.

Got a better analysis for dreams about being fake of your own? Chime in with your own analysis to the comment section down below.

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