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Did You Dream About Cheating in a Relationship? Here's What It Means

When a complex dream subject like cheating in a relationship appears in your dreams, it can have many different explanations.

Below are three interesting explanations of dreams about cheating in a relationship from our dream experts.

Which meaning makes the most sense for your dream?

What does cheating in a relationship 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 cheating, either being the cheater or being cheated on, often signifies feelings of insecurity, guilt, or fear within a relationship. The exact meaning of cheating in a relationship vary quite a bit, however.

It doesn't necessarily predict actual infidelity. If you're the cheater in the dream, it may reflect guilt or regret about a decision. If your partner is cheating, it could symbolize your fear of abandonment or feelings of inadequacy. Remember, dreams are a reflection of your subconscious mind and not a crystal ball. They should be used as a tool for introspection and self-improvement.

Cheating in a relationship is colorful and puzzling dream image to to give you a single meaning for. To really say with any kind of confidence, I'd have to understand the dreamer's life and current circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreams of infidelity, either as the transgressor or the betrayed, often mirror deep-seated anxieties rather than literal premonitions.

Some additional thoughts on this: If you're the adulterer, it may symbolize a Freudian "guilt complex," perhaps stemming from an unresolved Oedipal conflict or a transgression against your superego's moral code. If you're the one betrayed, it may reflect a fear of loss or an unconscious recognition of emotional distance in your relationship, a manifestation of the Freudian "castration complex." These dreams, rather than prophetic, serve as a conduit for your subconscious to communicate unresolved issues, encouraging introspection and emotional growth.

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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 infidelity, whether you're the cheater or the cheated, is a spiritual call to examine the integrity of your emotional bonds. If you're the one cheating, it could symbolize a spiritual disconnect from your partner, indicating a need for deeper emotional honesty. If you're the one being cheated on, it may reflect a fear of emotional abandonment, suggesting a need for reassurance and trust-building in your relationship. These dreams are not literal predictions, but spiritual signals urging you to nurture your emotional connections and foster a more authentic, spiritually fulfilling relationship.

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So whose dream explanation matches your dream?

Which of the preceding explanations for cheating in a relationship best matches your dream vision?

Only you can know for sure. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex landscape. Just about any dream concept can represent many different meanings — or symbolize many different themes from our waking lives.

Got a slightly different dream interpretation on a dream about cheating in a relationship you can add? Please consider adding your own analysis to the comments at the bottom of this page.

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