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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook DREAM DICTIONARY : This dream dictionary is based upon hundreds of real dreams and has been meticulously researched. However, the only person who can truly identify the cause of a dream is the dreamer. Use the questions and quotes on this page to help you find out what has triggered your dream.

SHOPPING : Shops symbolise two things - the options available to you and the things that you want and how to go about achieving them. The dream may concentrate on some change in the options available to you - do you have time problems or has some health issue suddenly changed the options available to you. The dream may also be making a point about the things you want. Has some interest ceased to be as important as it once was? Shops do not just consider your own desires but they also refer to group decisions and the need to convince others to follow your choices. For instance the way a committee has to deliberate and choose.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Have you been reassessing what you want to do in life?
- Have you decided to make more time for some activity?
- Do you feel that ecerything is possible right now?
- Are you in a relationship with someone who wants to go in a completely different direction?

KEY WORDS : What I want, my options, finding time(think how these words appear in your feelings about yesterday and your thoughts about tomorrow)

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "what I want from a friendship is..."
- "I want to ..."
- "everything is possible right now"
- "what I would really like is "
- "what I want and what he wants from a relationship are maybe very different"
- "I really want to find some time to do this"


SEE ALSO : Money : Shopping Bags : Thrift shop: Gift shops : Houses : Mansions
DREAM STUDIES : Shops : Money
METHODS : For a full explanation of the methods used in this dream study CLICK HERE
Below you will see a series of quotes. Each quote represents the meaning of a particular dream(these are all dreams where the meaning is understood totally). For instance one dream may have meant that the dreamer was having trouble at work. In that case the quote may simply be "There is a bad atmosphere at work". Some information is included about which dream symbols were included in the dream(within the squares brackets). Often a sample dream is included which shows you how the dream interpretation was reached.
ESSAY : What is the symbolic meaning of shops in dreams?

Simply speaking we go into a shop and we choose the things we want from the range of goods that are available. Shops in dreams represent the things that we wish to achieve. They also take note of the effort that we wish to put into achieving something. If the goods are cheap then we maybe have little time or few resources available to us.

In a simple sense the shop represents your options at the moment and some thought connected to those options. E.g.

"My friend does not understand me at all. I feel like I should end the friendship. She really doesn't know me and I should seek a friend who understands the way I think and feel"[Dream Dictionary - buy bra in shop][the dream on which this is based on is featured in full at the end of this article]

"I want to make up with my sister yet I am not sure how its going to be achieved"[Dream Dictionary - make-up store]

"Well I am not sure I want a relationship with her. But I seem to encourage her and maybe she feels all options are open"[Dream Dictionary - shop]

"I am worried about my grandma. She maybe will not cope with the big storm but I am not sure how I can help her."[Dream Dictionary - Skate through a store]

"Once agreeing to it I was forced to change my whole schedule. I had all sorts of things forced upon me"[Dream Dictionary - man serves in shop]

Also the shop represents the things that you want and thoughts connected to those. E.g.

"I know it makes no real difference but I want a nice suit so that it at least makes me feel important"[Dream Dictionary - sweet shop]

"I want my holiday to be a great experience. I hope to fit in all sorts of activities"[Dream Dictionary - shop]

"I know I want to do something artistic yet at the moment I do not seem to get a chance. But even when I do get the chance I don't seem to get round to it"[Dream Dictionary - reluctant to enter shop]

"I realise now that my interest in photography is on the wane but I am just wondering what will replace it"[Dream Dictionary - camera shop closes]

"I really do not want to see that guy"[Dream Dictionary - see that guy outside a shop]

Shops may also represent your thoughts in connection with a group or committee of people and the options available to them. E.g.

"I know we tend to talk to much in meetings but eventually we have to make a decision about what we want"[Dream Dictionary - shop]
DREAM TIP : Shops in dreams are quite easy to understand. Usually are about the things you want. But also remember that dreams are very much linked to the here and now. So look at what it is that you want right now. That maybe linked to what you want from your job or from a relationship. Think about what is getting in the way of those wishes or how your own needs have changed.
THE DREAM I had some strange dreams last night. The first one my boyfriend and our roommate were being mean to me in the grocery store, then my boyfriend and I went to some guys house, we were walking up to the garage and a black guy was yelling at the white guy, something about drugs, the black guy some how fell and hit his mouth on the little step part as you walk into the garage, busted out his 2 front teeth then blood started pouring out, you could hear it falling from his mouth hitting the ground, sounded like rain, it was A LOT of blood.

The next my boyfriend and I were at an Astros game, they were playing UofT and won, after the game I was talking to my boyfriend then heard a noise from the field, which was now an arena. A UofT football player was on the field trying to lasso a bull, then another UofT player came out to do tricks with it, but something went wrong and someone in the crowd yelled at him to just leave it alone and run away, he yelled back that he didn't know what was going on and he was about to do that, thats when he fell over the edge of the arena. It was like an orchestra pit, he hit the concrete and people started laughing until he started crying, and someone (sounded like my aunts voice) said oh he broke something, I looked over the edge and there was blood everywhere, he was laying face down, so I made my boyfriend go down there to try to help him. Then the thunder woke me up.

THE REALITY The dreamer wished for a closer relationship with her boyfriend so he could share more emotions and feelings. She sensed that beneath his male exterior he had problems that perhaps needed to be talked out. But the dreamer faced opposition from a largely male household. The dreamer feels that their home is too male in its outlook and needs some female emotions.

DREAM ANALYSIS Shops are symbols of what we want in life. In this case the dreamer is been ridiculed in the shop. That suggests that her desires are not been taken seriously.

The dream also features a lot of pain and violence. That perhaps suggests that the two are connected. That the dreamer feels overwhelmed by her boyfriend and roommate both who are male. That she is perfectly aware of the largely male atmosphere and so any attempts to show feelings and emotions are shunned. But she also senses that they probably need to talk some issues out. That frustrations tend to be alleviated through male aggression. The two black guys, the bull and the sports arena all tend to link to male attitudes.

Symbolic Meaning
BLACK GUYS : "a very male orientated outlook - inability to express frustrations "
BLOOD : "the dreamer senses pain and frustration in her boyfriend that she feels should be talked out"
BULL : "male aggression and attitudes"
LAUGHING : "her wishes are ridiculed by her boyfriend and roommate"
SHOP : "what the dreamer really wants from a relationship"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I am living in a flat with my boyfriend and his roommate. Its a very guy environment. I keep trying to introduce some female energy into the place but its really not working at all."

See how the Symbolic Meanings above weave together to form a key insight in the DREAM MEANING

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