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Did You Dream About Video Games? Here's What It Means

A dream concept like video games can be a complicated one to understand. Because our dreams are like reflections of our subconscious minds, and they may include specific references to our daily lives, no single dream interpretation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are three contrasting perspectives on a dream about video games, taken from very different perspectives.

Which explanation best matches your dream vision?

What does video games 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 playing video games suggests you may be spending too much time in a virtual reality. What video games means in your dream may be more nuanced.

It could also indicate your desire to escape from daily stresses. If you're inside a video game in your dream, it suggests you feel controlled by external forces or circumstances. You may feel like you're not in charge of your own destiny and are being manipulated by others or by situations beyond your control. Both scenarios could also reflect your competitive nature or your desire to achieve a specific goal.

Video games is a somewhat complex and fascinating dream object to get one's head around. To really say confidently, it would be necessary to get to know 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 of playing video games may symbolize an unconscious desire to retreat into a controllable, rule-bound universe, a manifestation of the Freudian pleasure principle.

Thinking a bit more creatively... It could also reflect a latent competitiveness, the ego's struggle for mastery and achievement. Dreaming of being inside a video game, however, is a more complex scenario. It could represent feelings of depersonalization, a disconnection between the ego and the self. This could be a manifestation of the Freudian concept of the uncanny, where the familiar becomes strangely unfamiliar. Alternatively, it could symbolize a struggle with external forces, a manifestation of the reality principle, where the ego negotiates with the external world. Both scenarios reveal a tension between control and surrender, a fundamental dynamic in the human 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 playing video games can be a spiritual message about your need for balance. It may suggest that you are seeking a controlled environment where you can manipulate outcomes, reflecting a desire for order in your waking life. This dream can also symbolize your spiritual journey, with the game representing life's challenges and your ability to navigate them. If you dream of being inside a video game, it may symbolize feelings of being trapped or controlled by external forces. This could be a spiritual call to reclaim your personal power and assert your free will. It could also represent your soul's journey through life, with the game's challenges symbolizing your spiritual lessons and growth. Both scenarios ultimately speak to your spiritual evolution and self-mastery.

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So whose interpretation of the dream matches your dream?

Which interpretation above for video games fits with your dream?

Only you can say for sure. Remember that our subconscious mind can be a multifaceted puzzle. Just about any dream concept can symbolize multiple meanings — or be the result of multiple realities from our daily life.

Do you have a different analysis for a dream about video games of your own? Please consider adding your own thoughts in the comments down below.

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