Dream symbols - doctors,nurses and hospitals and their dream interpretation

THE DREAM Chris (one of my best friends but also my crush), Malcolm (another one of my best friends and I go for a walk along some coastline promenade. All of a sudden a huge wave floods some 10 or 20 meters of our way. When it retracts, it almost sweeps me away (though the water just goes up to my knees the dead water just is too strong), but Malcolm quickly comes over and saves me by telling me to cling to the close-by guardrail. (This part was somehow all grayish, lacking colour - a bit like the first colour movies)

We are then in some town where there is loads of poverty. The three of us lie down on a large bed in the countryside and as we have something to eat loads of people came and demanded some food. When we have nothing left we hid in the blankets.

Later, some airplanes (reminding of the "raisin bombers" they had during WWII) come by and drop some bags with food which is distributed.

Later I go to some overcrowded bakery and get some cheap stuff. But once again, I somehow end up giving it all away. Then, we go to a city on a hill and walk around. it’s a tourist place with loads of people around and the weather is very nice, a bit like in Italy. But suddenly, a wave comes down the hill, flooding the streets. We run away, lose Malcolm somewhere on the way and save ourselves by climbing on roofs (or rather archways built of fragile wood). But those roofs collapse and we fall down. Fortunately the wave has already passed the area.

Later, we walk through the devastated, destroyed streets and go into some bars. Most of them are completely empty but one Isn’t. There’s almost no-one inside but we stay for some time anyway, sitting on the filthy bar stools, ignoring the waitress (and equally being ignored by her).

Then, we find ourselves in some mixture of a hospital and a youth hostel in a different city. For some reason, Chris and I don’t want to see Malcolm, although we had originally planned to visit him so we flee to some room when he comes out on the corridor. In that room we meet T.K. (Some 28 year-old guy I know) who wonders if he is really in the right city (we seemed to have met in the city on the hill. But I don’t really get what he means).

I arrive at a bus station where I meet a lot of people from my grade. Everyone wants to gather information on his or her studies. Thrisha (a girl from my grade) tells me about some cheap grocery. I go there and it turns out to have a lot of different stuff (loads of fresh fruits and vegetables, jewelry, deodorant, perfume, sweets, clothes,...) with very different prices. I get some ice tea and a bar of chocolate and I promise to come back. I walk out, snatching A.’s feather boa.

So we return to the bus station. I want to go to IBM but as they have their main office in the city on the hill, I wonder if it is destroyed.

THE REALITY The dreamer had had an affair with Chris which several times had started and stopped. This time though Chris had ended the relationship for good because it was destroying the dreamer. Her lover realized that she could not take any more. As other background Malcolm is a friend who is absolutely against the relationship continuing. This was all taking place against a backdrop of exams the final one being the next day.

DREAM INTERPRETATION Well this is a long dream. The mind probably has specific meanings for every little section of this dream. But its probably better to just make general comments. The dream is undoubtedly caused by the on-off relationship. Break ups of relationships can easily cause dreams.

The dream starts off with strong waves. The waves engulf the land later in the dream. The sea symbolizes the feelings in our mind whilst the land symbolizes the grounded reality of our existence(the facts). So strong waves show that feelings are strong and overwhelming how we see the reality of our world. It can show that we are mistaking feelings for facts.

The dream also shows various urban and countryside dwellings. We move through various cities or settings. Towns and built up areas can symbolize the complex circumstances and interrelated situations of our lives. Countryside settings can symbolize the way we look at an issue in a very general way. We look not so much at the specifics of the circumstances right now but rather we look at the issue in isolation. In this case the towns generally symbolize when the dreamer asks the question - should I get back together with my lover in this particular circumstances. The more rural setting symbolizes the more generalized question - Should the dreamer get back together with her lover ever in any circumstances.

That's extremely relevant in this case. In the heart of a situation the dreamer may look at the facts and the specific circumstances of the last break up and argue through the circumstances related to that. However, the affair has got out of hand. So its possible that the dreamer has to evaluate its chances of continuing in any circumstances. The raisin bombers is an interesting symbol.

The raisin bombers flew over Germany and dropped food at a time when the war was virtually over. They dropped food. That must symbolize something here. It must link somehow to how the relationship has been through so many conflicts that there is nothing more left to destroy. All that is left is the need to accept.

It is remarkable how dreams will capture the details of a situation form start to finish. The part of the dream where the dreamer buys chocolate is significant. In real life the dreamer was in the middle of a crisis. In such times we need consoling so the need for chocolate probably represents some real life reaction - chocolate often represents the need for simple and pleasurable experiences. Indeed the youth hostel is probably a symbol for meeting up with other people in real life on the day of the crisis and allowing other people to feed her mind and so distract her from the trauma.

The youth hostel is a public building and in the dream represents the impact of the other students on her life. In that circumstance it symbolizes the way they helped her take her mind off things. The hostel was indeed partly a hospital and so represented the way in which relaxation was helping her heal her hurt feelings. Its remarkable how much detail symbols may closely represent real life. Roofs often represent principles and the use of logic. That's because houses often represent thoughts which are constructed by our minds. The house is ineffective if the roof leaks. So roofs thereby symbolizes ideas and ways of thinking which in principle do not hold water. In this case the dreamer was probably addressing the fact that her affair was in principle not viable. So it needed to end because it was simply not working. So the precise ways in which it broke down are simply irrelevant.

You may even say that the IBM offices represent the need to study. It was after all the day before an exam. Even when we have a major crisis then sometimes we find it difficult to think about things such as studies. The fear that the offices are destroyed may link to a fear of failure in the exams because of her state of mind

Its also important how dreams may pick out specific details of a situation. When the dreamer goes to the youth hostel(which represents the real life need to be distracted by other young people who have no idea of her problems). The way she ignores the waitress maybe links to a wish for people not to pander to her. Not to be trying to cheer her up. She simply wanted to be out with people to help take her mind off things.

In this way the dream is a diary of how the dreamer dealt with the issue on a general level but also looking into the specifics of the break up. It also captures her reaction and then the need to take her mind off things. It also shows her dealing with the pressing issues of other priorities. The need to study was quite a pressing issue given she had an exam the next day.

Dream Symbols
BED : "a very personal issue - this is affecting the dreamer a lot "
BEST FRIEND : "the dreamer is considering something which is for the best - its in her own best interests - the break up is for the best"
BLANKET : "in need of comfort after the break up"
BUS : "the dreamer is looking for support from those around her to help take mind off things"
CHOCOLATE : "a need for comfort and consolation - being made to feel better after the break up"
CITY : "complex circumstances - the dreamer is looking at the complex reasons and considerations which affected her break up"
COUNTRY : "the real you - the way you would be in a perfect world without having to consider other peoples thoughts"
FLOOD : "getting carried away with feelings - having to cope with some immediate emotional crisis"
HOSPITAL : "friends who help to heal her hurt feelings after the break up"
IBM : "having to study for the exams - symbolic of using a computer in real life which helped take her mind off the break up "
WAVE : "overwhelming feelings - the dreamer is overcome by her emotions "
YOUTH HOSTEL : "the impact of other students around her who help distract her from her break up"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I have finally broken up with my boyfriend. I realise now that its for the best as it was not really working out. I am overcome with emotions but its come at a time when I have my exams. I have to forget everything and just get on with things. In some ways the exams are good because they have allowed me to focus my mind on something else"

See how the symbolic meanings represent the circumstances the dreamer finds herself in

DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : The English language tends to use many dream symbols in specific ways yet in dreams they assume a wider meaning. Therefor hospitals explore the health or lack of health within parts of our lives. Think of a relationship that is not healthy and needs to be ended.
THE DREAM I dreamt that my husband introduced me to his girlfriend. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. Anyway her name was celestine. And she had a scarf wrapped and wrapped around her neck. We were talking about something and then my husband said something about the time and the woman pulled the scarf away from her neck. She had a really skinny neck. I mean really skinny. Like I don’t know how it was holding up her head skinny. And there was a big tumor or cyst on the left side of it. My husband took some tweezers and pulled something out of the tumor. It looked kind of like a worm or some tendons. I don’t know. It was gross. She winced like she was in pain and I started yelling at him to stop it. He told me he knew what he was doing and to mind my own business. I asked him when he got his medical degree and that this poor woman needed a doctor. I put my arm around celestine’s waist and told her I would take care of her. And my husband got mad. I gave him a dirty look and we walked away. Then I woke up.

The dreamer and her husband had had lots of trouble and have split up a few times. Recently she thought she would split up again. The night before the dream her husband asked her if she wanted to go out of Friday night. He also said that he loved her. She was shocked. The whole relationship is dysfunctional and I do not know if things can be worked out.

Dreams do tend to focus in on the night before. In this case something important did have happen to the dreamer as her husband made a real effort to show he cared and asked her out on the Friday night. This made the dreamer think so its a good chance that the dream is about this. After all it features her husband. Its just a matter of seeing how the symbolism works.

The girlfriend in the dream could actually represent the dreamer herself. After all the night before she was treated just in the same way that a guy treats a girlfriend as he told her he loved her and asked her out on a date.

The dream features cancer. That's a relevant symbol here. Cancer symbolises a fundamental flaw in some part of your life. In the dreamers case she had been thinking that her marriage was fundamentally flawed. There was something deeply wrong with it.

The dream also features this doctor. The doctor could be symbolic of her assessments about the "health" of her marriage. She had been thinking that it was a deeply unhealthy relationship.

Overall the dream could easily capture these thoughts - "My husband asked me out on Friday night and told me he loved me. But I am not sure if its worth really trying again. Its a deeply dysfunctional relationship. Is it really healthy to keep trying."

Dream Symbols
CANCER : "there is a fundemental problem with her marriage"
DOCTOR : "I think my marriage is very beyond repair. Its really not in a healthy state"
GIRLFRIEND : "her husband asked me out on a date on friday and said he loves me - its like he is treating me like a girlfriend"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I have been having problems with my marriage for years. Yesterday he asked me out on a date. It seems like a new start and he said that he loved me. But I am not sure if this is healthy. The marriage is so troubled is it worth trying to save it"

Notice how the symbolic meanings capture a dilemma facing the dreamer in real life

DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : In dreams symbols can have several different meanings. Hospitals for instance can link to real life illnesses we are suffering from. If you have been monitoring some illness then its quite possible the hospital refers to that. Igf not then look for some wider meaning. Its about narrowing down a symbols meaning.
THE DREAM In my dream, my father hit my mom over the head while I was not there. When I got home, someone told me that they hired a security guard to keep my father away from my mother. I told the security guard to go away because this was my mom and dad and there was no way he did this to her. So, the security guard turned into a Doctor and walked away saying "Your mother is going to die!" I begged him not to leave because I didn’t know that but he left. By the time I got back to the house, my mother had died. I could look out the window of the house and see the paramedics putting her in the ambulance with my family standing all around except me, my mom and my dad were in the house. She was saying something that meant I’m still alive. My dad then started to strangle me and I ran. I ran to a mall where I eventually found my mom and we got into our old car. We drove until we saw a white ford Taurus behind us. We both thought that the car was going to blow up any minute so we planned on jumping. Then I woke up and had a panic attack!

THE REALITY The dreamer was under a lot of stress at this time as she had moved to a different city and was dealing with many things. Her father had made some promises and could not keep them. This had caused problems for the dreamer and now she was learning not to necessarily trust what her father says.

DREAM INTERPRETATION If the dream features someone and that person is featuring in their thoughts in a major way its fair to assume that the dream could be about them. Here the dreamer is beginning to realise that she cannot totally trust what her father says. In the dream there is evidence of her current mindset. In the dream she begins by believing in her father and defends him. But as the dream continues her father attacks her and her mother. When violence exists in a dream its often best to to exaggerate its importance. Here the father is hitting the daughter because he has caused her problems in real life.

Doctors can appear in dreams as a symbol of honest and deep examinations. Perhaps this links to the dreamers examination of her own thoughts. Her first inclination is to support and defend her father but now she is starting not to trust what her father says.

One of the most difficult symbols here is the dreamers mother. She probably symbolises the dreamers own happiness and sense of emotional security. She symbolises emotional support. Here her mother is under attack because she does not feel the same sense of security.

Dream Symbols
DOCTOR : "An honest and deep examination of her own thoughts about her father"
FATHER : "her father appears as himself as problems he has caused are on her mind"
GUARD NOT NEEDED: "the dreamer had total trust in her father"
MOTHER : "the dreamers own peace of mind and sense of security and support"
PARAMEDIC : "immediate problems in the dreamers life. Problems caused by her father which require immediate solutions"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "My father made some promises he could not keep. I am learning not to trust what he says now as trusting him has created more problems"

See how the symbolic meanings represent an insight the dreamer has had into her fathers behavior


HOSPITALS : Hospitals of course can link to real illnesses that we are suffering. They can show that we are trying to get a cure for colds, sore throats and bad backs. Yet they can symbolise much more. In many cases they will represent some emotional illness that we are suffering such as heartbreak. But hospitals can also symbolise the healthiness of some aspect of your life - is a relationship healthy or unhealthy?

Hospitals can also reflect moments when you deeply examine your own life. Doctors can be deeply probing and demand that you give them honesty.

KEY WORDS(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "my illness "
- "needing tender loving care"
- "that could make life much healthier"
- "Is this relationship really healthy?"


DOCTORS : Doctors can symbolise several things in dreams. They can obviously link to real illness and medical issues. They may link to your own assessment of some medical problem you or a loved one is having. The doctor maybe also connected to some emotional or psychological illness. They maybe connected with a wish for some problem to be cured. Doctors can also link to some situation where you are been deeply probed on a personal level. You tell doctors everything and they may stand for a deep and honest probing of yourself.

KEY WORDS(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "highly personal and invasive questions"
- "asking myself searching questions"
- "is that really healthy?"
- "attempting to cure the illness I have"
- "that would make life much better for me!"

DOCTORS in dreams : What do doctors mean in real dreams.
HOSPITALS in dreams : A detailed essay on the symbolism of hospitals in real dreams.
Dream Dictionary : An A to Z of symbolic meanings with every meaning for each symbol
DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP :Dreams are about things that are on our minds. If that's true then simply isolate the issues on your mind. If you tend to think about work a lot then expect lots of dreams referring to work and problems associated with it. If you are thinking a lot about some relationship then it could be linked to that. If you are very paranoid and tend to worry then expect your dreams to reflect those worries. Above all think about the day before the dream and issues alive in your mind then.