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Did You Dream About Going Overboard? Here's What It Means

Have you dreamed about going overboard? This is a meaningful dream symbol that can have several possible interpretations.

Keep reaading for three different explanations from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about going overboard.

Which of these insights sounds right to you?

What does going overboard 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 going overboard from a ship can symbolize feeling overwhelmed or out of control in your waking life. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

It may reflect a situation where you feel you're in over your head. If you dream about someone else falling overboard, it might indicate your concern for that person in your waking life, or it could represent aspects of yourself that you're neglecting or letting go. Both of these dreams suggest a need to confront emotions or situations that you've been avoiding.

Going overboard can often be a deep and fascinating dream concept to interpret. To really say without any doubts, it's really necessary to really dig deep into the dreamer's life story 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"

Dreaming of oneself falling overboard may be a manifestation of the unconscious mind's grappling with the Freudian concept of Thanatos, or the death drive.

Some additional thoughts on this: It could symbolize a subconscious desire for self-destruction or a radical change. Alternatively, witnessing another person falling overboard might be a projection of the dreamer's own fears or anxieties onto another individual. This displacement is a common defense mechanism, allowing the dreamer to confront their fears indirectly. Both of these dreams, however, could be interpreted as a call to address unresolved issues or suppressed emotions, as they suggest a state of emotional turbulence akin to the tumultuous sea.

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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 going overboard from a ship can be a spiritual message about surrendering to the divine flow of life, especially when feeling overwhelmed. It's a call to trust in higher powers during turbulent times. If you've dreamt of someone else falling overboard, it may symbolize your spiritual concern for their wellbeing. It could also be a reflection of your own fears or neglected aspects of self, projected onto them. Both of these dreams are spiritual invitations to face and release suppressed emotions or situations, and to trust in the divine guidance that navigates us through life's stormy seas.

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So which analysis of the dream matches your dream?

Which of the preceding perspectives on going overboard makes the most sense for your your dream experience?

Only you can say for certain. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complex landscape. Just about any object or image from a dream can signify multiple meanings — or symbolize many different forces in our daily life.

Do you have a different explanation for dreams about going overboard you can add? We'd love to hear your own analysis to the comment section below.

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