What Does It Mean When I Dream of a Woman in a Red Dress?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:30:43 PM ET
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Ever wake up after a vivid dream and wonder where it came from and what it all means? Dream analysis is often used as part of psychoanalysis. This type of therapy looks into the interaction between the conscious and unconscious mind. 

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Dreaming about a woman in a red dress could have several meanings. It could be your brain’s way of helping you forget something that you’ve seen. Or it could have a more complex meaning.

The Science of Dream Analysis

People have been trying to find the meaning behind dreams for centuries. In ancient Egypt, they thought dreams were another way of talking with the gods. They also thought dreams offered a way of seeing the future. Sigmund Freud thought that dreams were a way of working through the desires that you’ve repressed. 


Modern scientists have used imaging tests like MRIs to gain a handle on dreams. The science of the 21st century suggests that dreams are a tool for your brain to get rid of some of the excess data you’ve taken in. They could also be an early warning system, alerting us to danger or a way to consolidate information, according to

Time

The Data Dump Theory


If your brain is like one big computer, it’s possible that dreams are the human version of a data dump. Scientists estimate that humans take in loads of images and scraps of information every day. Of that, you only recall somewhere around 90 percent. The theory stands that dreams are a way of getting rid of all that extra data. Perhaps you saw a woman in a red dress sometime during the day or something that reminded you of the image. Your dream about a woman in a red dress could just be the brain’s way of evicting the image. 


The Color Red


Colors can have their own meaning outside of any other elements in a dream. Because they’re so subjective, it helps to consider what the color means to you. It could remind you of a person, a place or an emotion. It’s tied to deep emotions and spirituality in some cases. In dream analysis, the color red often represents raw energy, power and passion. Other possible meanings include:


  • Courage
  • Impulses
  • Anger
  • Danger
  • Violence
  • Rejection

Seeing a Woman in a Dress


According to some interpretations, if you ever dream that you're wearing a dress, it could be a sign of obedience or a lack of control. If you dream of an attractive woman wearing a dress, it could represent some desirable part of your life that's serving your needs.


A red dress is like a red flag. Dreaming of a red dress represents some level of obedience or compliance that's not good for you. It could be a bad habit or it could be a negative situation that's out of your control.