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

A concept like laughing can be a complicated one to pick a single interpretation of. Because our dreams are like reflections of our subconscious mind, and they may include specific references to our waking-life, no single explanation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are 3 interesting interpretations of a dream about laughing, seen from three different viewpoints.

Which analysis sounds right to you?

What does laughing 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 laughing signifies happiness, joy, and liberation from the pressures of the real world. That's the most general analysis.

It's a positive sign indicating inner peace and contentment. If you're laughing so hard that it becomes uncontrollable, it could mean you're trying to escape from some pressures in your waking life.

Alternatively, hearing someone else laughing in your dream could mean different things. If the laughter is pleasant and genuine, it suggests companionship and shared joy. But if it's mocking or sinister, it could indicate feelings of insecurity or fear of ridicule. It's important to consider the context and your emotions in the dream.

Laughing is often a deep and multifaceted dream experience to make any kind of definitive analysis about. To know for sure, I'd have to get an understanding of the dreamer's life story 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 about laughter, particularly one's own, may be thought of as a manifestation of the ego's attempt to reconcile with the id, a fundamental concept in Freudian psychology.

Somewhat similarly: It may be a representation of a release of suppressed desires or emotions, a cathartic experience. Uncontrollable laughter could signify an overcompensation for repressed anxieties or fears. Conversely, hearing someone else laugh in your dream might be an auditory projection of the superego, the moral compass. If the laughter is warm and genuine, it may reflect a harmonious relationship between your conscious and unconscious mind. However, if it's derisive or menacing, it could symbolize internal conflict or self-doubt, a manifestation of your own critical voice. The dream's emotional tone and context are crucial in interpreting these symbols.

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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 laughter, particularly your own, is a spiritual signal of inner joy and freedom. It's a divine message of your soul's contentment and liberation from worldly burdens. Uncontrolled laughter could be a spiritual release, a purging of pent-up stress or worries. Conversely, hearing someone else's laughter in your dream is a spiritual reflection of your interpersonal connections. If the laughter is warm and genuine, it signifies shared spiritual joy and harmony. However, if it's mocking or sinister, it could be a spiritual warning about feelings of inadequacy or fear of judgment. The dream's emotional context and your intuitive feelings are key to understanding these spiritual messages.

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Whose interpretation of the dream is best for you?

Which interpretation above for laughing fits with your dream?

Only you can say for certain. Keep in mind that our higher mind can be a complicated puzzle. Any object or action in a dream can symbolize multiple things — or symbolize multiple forces in our conscious lives.

Do you have a slightly different dream interpretation for a dream about laughing you can add? Contribute your own analysis in the comment area down below.

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