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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook CLOWN : To understand a dream symbol you need to analyse them in depth. Think through exactly what is happening and what emotions you feel. A clown is someone who goes around making people happy. Some people think they are delightful and fun but others think they are creepy. We also call people a clown if they are foolish or incompetant. Our dreams studies have shown that dreams will use a clown in all these types of ways. One dream occurred the night after the dreamer had behaved incompetantly. So its safe to assume that this dream was the dreamers way of recognising this. We constantly assess how well or badly we have done something. If you have acted foolishly then you will be the first person to spot this. We are our own worst critic and will be the first person to call ourselves a clown.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you feel like a clown on the day before the dream who did not really know what he was doing?
- Who does the clown with its false smile remind you of?
- Who in your life seems friendly but is actually a bit false?

KEY WORDS : Incompetent, inadequate, false, a brave face(write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind. Then see if any of these words could appear in those quotes)

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I was incompetent and made a fool of myself"
- "He seems friendly but actually I think he is a bit false"
- "trying to put on a brave face"
- "she didn't know what to say she just smiled and nodded"


SEE ALSO : Little Girls : Sisters : Brothers : Fathers : Mothers : Grandmothers : Unknown man : Grandfathers : Witches : Police
DREAM STUDIES : Grandparents : Sisters : Brothers : Fathers : Bosses : Unknown Man :
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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 clowns in dreams?

Clowns can link with moments when you really need to talk through your emotions. Something deeply upsetting may have happened and you need to work through your feelings. The clown stands for false emotions and putting on a brave face but not really dealing with an issue. E.g.

"I have just had an abortion. I feel though that my husband is not dealing with this as well as I am. He seems to be trying to put on a brave face but its a little false."[Dream Dictionary - Clown]

"My sister has run away from home and its causing so much disruption. I want to be able to talk about this with my friends but they just do not seem to be able to offer me any support"[Dream Dictionary - clowns]

Clowns can be symbolic of deceptive people who you do not entirely trust. E.g.

"I am a bit worried about my roommate. Sometimes I think she is a bit false and deceptive."

Clowns can link to moments when you feel foolish and ridiculous(like a clown). They may capture moments when you need to be more business like and authoritative. E.g.

"I do not like doing business presentations as last time I really messed it up."[Dream Dictionary - Clown]
SAMPLE DREAM : Dreams generally link to some real issue of relevance to you right now. They may capture your feelings on some health issue, work problem , relationship in difficulty , your feelings about how things are generally going, your plans for the day ahead or some simple paranoia or fear. The dreams featured in this website will try to reduce the dreams meaning to a quote which captures your current feelings on some issue. When studying your own dreams try to think what quotes could capture your own feelings on pressing issues. Think especially of the day before the dream and your thoughts about the day to come.
THE DREAM This one guy came to me when I was in the garage and said this sheet metal wasn't thick enough. So I took it in the garage I was talking to someone and saying I don't know how to make it bigger so I started stapling things to it. I was closing the garage door so they wouldn't come back but they got it then I was tied to a chair and these two other people (a boy and a girl) were also tied up but they were my friends. I didn't know who they were. So this one guy shot me in the stomach. Then they went after the guy that was my friend. I guess his name was Ryan because I kept saying that name. But they had knifes and they were just cutting him not deep enough to kill but to cause pain. I was saying stop it every time I spoke this guy beside me would stab a toothpick in my legs. So then everyones heads were down. I could see through the corner of my eye the guy slit the girl?s throat and then the guy I think they slit his. I didn't really see it, but then they came at me. I jerked up somehow and got away. I was running down my driveway.

Two guys were behind me saying see you tomorrow. I ran by my friend’s house and these clowns were coming out. I ran around the corner there was a car accident. A clown was on the ground. Someone behind. He said "thats Blank for ya"(I forget his name) I was running down the sidewalk. There was a big traffic jam. Then I jumped into the street. Everything went slow motion. There was an explosion or something but all the cars were being crammed together from the force of the explosion. They were backing up heading for me. I went on the sidewalk again but then I was outside of a theater where you get your tickets for the movie. I was still bleeding pretty badly but no one was helping, they ignored me. Then this grandma was talking to this girl saying, "is this....”? But was cut off by the girl saying "yes grandma.” She sounded angry with her grandma. So I was going to this one movie the door was very hard to open you had to press a button at the same time as you pushed on the door but it was heavy too. I went back out then I saw a shadow and I knew it was them. I tried to get the door open but it wouldn't open and the guy said "Awww it's locked." I could feel his smile though

THE REALITY The dreamer was experiencing a lot of disruption at that time. Her sister had run away from home and there was a lot of fighting in the house. She was trying to discuss and share her problems with friends but felt as if they were not helping.

THE INTERPRETATION Well this dream is probably quite difficult to examine in very close detail. But it is very obviously linked to the dreamers current emotional situation. This dream features a lot of men and lots of stabbing and bleeding. That is often symbolic of male type emotions and painful feelings. So we have a good fit with the dreamers personal state of mind. When asked the dreamer mentioned that she felt let down by her friends. In the dream she is bleeding - obviously in need of support - but she is ignored.

One obvious symbol to link to this lack of support is the clowns. The dreamer wants help from friends but gets none. Perhaps the clowns symbolise their own fixed and pointless smile. It shows a superficial type of expression which in real life has no meaning. Maybe it symbolises the exact expression on the friends face. In difficult moments a friend maybe will not know what to do. How could they help someone in the midst of real and very complex emotional situation.

Traffic is symbolic of mixed feelings and indecision. In the dream the dreamer is presumably trying to move forward and make progress in her situation. Yet things have suddenly come to a standstill.

One interesting symbol is the slow motion. When something happens in slow motion it often links to things which are very predictable. We can see every aspect of the situation yet we are unable to act. For instance when a child is slowly getting worked up you know soon that what is going to happen is quite predictable. The child is going to have a temper tantrum. The slow motion shows the intense focus on the dreamers situation and knowledge of what is happening.

The movie theater perhaps links to the very public way that the dreamer is sharing these major life changing emotions with friends. The movies represent the major issues of her own life being replayed publicly for her friends to see.

Perhaps the door is heavy because it symbolises the serious and very difficult issues which the dreamer is trying to express. Perhaps this is too serious for her friends.

Symbolic Meanings
BLEED : "the dreamers own hurt feelings and pain due to the situation at home"
CLOWN : "the dreamers friend just smiles blankly and is offering no help at all"
EXPLOSION : "troubles in the dreamers life"
MOVIE : "replaying some event - the dreamer wants to recreate and talk through what is happening at home"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I have got so much disruption at home right now due to my sister who has run away from home. I have been trying to get some support from a friend but she just smiled and looked embarrassed when I told her. It was a bit pointless talking to her."

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

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