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

Whenever a complex dream subject like hugging shows up in dreams, it can have several different interpretations.

Here are three possible dream interpretations of hugging from our dream experts.

Which of these insights explains your dream the best?

What does hugging 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 hugging or being hugged often hints at affection, warmth, and comfort. But let's talk about some subtleties in that general interpretation.

It can indicate a need for closeness or a desire to express love and support. If you're hugging someone, it may reflect your willingness to embrace new relationships or experiences. If you're being hugged, it could signify that you're seeking reassurance or acceptance. The identity of the person in the dream can also provide significant insights. For instance, hugging a family member might represent familial bonds, while hugging a stranger could symbolize openness to new opportunities.

Hugging is a very complex and intriguing dream experience to pin down for sure. To say without any doubts, I'd need to understand the dreamer's life and 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 hugging or receiving a hug, in the Freudian perspective, may signify a subconscious yearning for the Oedipal or Electra complex's resolution.

With that being said, hugging can be more complicated than that. If you're the one hugging, it could represent a latent desire to nurture or protect, possibly a manifestation of the ego's defense mechanisms. Conversely, if you're being hugged, it might symbolize a deep-seated longing for security or validation, perhaps a reflection of the id's primal needs. The person you're interacting with in the dream is also crucial. Hugging a family member could denote unresolved familial dynamics, while hugging a stranger might indicate a readiness to confront the unfamiliar or the repressed aspects of your psyche.

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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 hugging or being hugged is a spiritual manifestation of unity and divine love. If you're hugging someone, it signifies your spiritual journey towards embracing the divine within others. It's a call to acknowledge the divine spark in everyone you meet, fostering a sense of oneness. If you're being hugged, it symbolizes the divine's embrace, a reassurance of your spiritual worthiness and a reminder of the divine love that surrounds you. The identity of the person in the dream can also hold spiritual significance. Hugging a family member can symbolize the spiritual bonds that transcend physical relationships, while hugging a stranger could represent your openness to receive divine love from unexpected sources.

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So whose dream explanation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining hugging applies to your unique situation?

Only you can know for sure. It's worth noting that our dreaming mind can be a convoluted landscape. Just about any concept from a dream can reflect a long list of meanings — or result from multiple realities from our daily life.

Got a slightly different explanation on dreams about hugging that you want to share? Contribute your personal interpretation to the comment area down below.

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