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Did You Dream About Old Friends? Here's What It Means

A concept like old friends can be a difficult one to explain. Because dreams are transmissions from our subconscious mind, and they often include symbolic references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation will ever work for everyone.

Below are 3 possible perspectives on a dream about old friends, taken from three different angles.

Which of these insights best matches your dream vision?

What does old friends 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 meeting old friends often signifies a longing for the past, or unresolved issues. The exact meaning of old friends vary quite a bit, however.

It's a reflection of your subconscious mind's desire to reconnect with aspects of your old self or to resolve past conflicts. On the other hand, seeing old friends interact with each other in a dream can symbolize different aspects of your personality interacting. Each friend represents a different part of you. The nature of their interaction can provide insight into your internal conflicts or harmony.

Old friends is deep and fascinating dream experience to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To really say without any doubts, I'd want to really dig deep into the dreamer's life story and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of encountering old friends can indeed be a manifestation of the unconscious mind's yearning for the familiarity and comfort of bygone days, a phenomenon Freud referred to as "Regression".

Some additional thoughts: It may also indicate unresolved Oedipal conflicts or latent desires. Witnessing old friends interact, on the other hand, can be seen as a dramatization of the ego's negotiation with the id and superego, the fundamental structures of the psyche. Each friend symbolizes a different facet of your psyche, their interaction mirroring the internal dynamics of your mind. The nature of their interaction - harmonious or conflictual - can thus offer valuable insights into your current psychological state.0

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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 meeting old friends can be a spiritual reminder of your soul's journey, reflecting past lessons and experiences that shaped your spiritual growth. It may also indicate a need for reconnection with your roots, suggesting a spiritual longing for the wisdom and comfort of the past. Witnessing old friends interact in a dream, on the other hand, can symbolize the interplay of different aspects of your spiritual self. Each friend may represent a different spiritual lesson or aspect of your soul's journey. Their interaction can provide insights into your spiritual harmony or discord, reflecting your current state of spiritual growth or challenges.

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So which interpretation of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining old friends best matches your dream?

Only you can know for sure. Remember that our higher mind can be a complicated place. Any concept from a dream can represent a long list of meanings — or symbolize multiple forces in our conscious lives.

Got a unique interpretation on dreams about old friends that you want to share? Please consider adding your personal thoughts in the comments down below.

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