Dreams tend to be derived from what the dreamer is thinking about or feeling while awake, so if the dreamer is dreaming about ex-boyfriends, it's likely that the ex is on the dreamer's mind. These dreams have no specific meaning outside that.Continue Reading
The science of dreams is complicated. There's a lot that researchers have yet to discover and many questions that are unanswered so far. What scientists do know is that vivid dreams with a specific subject tend to have a rational explanation related to current thoughts. According to Schneider and Domhoff from the University of California, Santa Cruz, if a recent high school graduate is having anxious, scary dreams about going to college and moving to the next stage of life, it's a safe bet that this person is preoccupied with, or at least has been thinking about, what her new life will be like.
So, it naturally follows that anyone who is dreaming about a specific person, particularly an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, is probably thinking about that person while he or she is awake. These thoughts don't have to be terribly involved, and things can happen in dreams that don't necessarily reflect how someone actually feels. The attribution of value or significance to a dream is mostly an individual decision. Scientists have yet to make a definitive, widely accepted rule about interpreting dreams.
People who find themselves dreaming about an ex may understandably be disturbed or bothered by these dreams, especially if the breakup was bad. Waking up from such a dream can feel discouraging and upsetting, but the important thing to remember is that these dreams don't necessarily mean anything more significant than a sign that the subject is on the dreamer's mind.Learn more about Dream Interpretation
Most modern psychologists agree that meanings derived from dreams are highly subjective and their relevancy or accuracy should ultimately be decided by the dreamer. For those who do put stock in some universal associations, however--snakes are often regarded as representations of strong, unconscious psychic energy. The image of the snake could be potentially threatening or healing depending on the perspective of the dreamer.Full Answer >
Having a dream about being bitten by a snake may be a warning about a particular person, behavior or event that is potentially damaging the dreamer's life, or it may represent fear about something. There is also the Freudian interpretation of the snake as a phallic symbol representing sex or temptation.Full Answer >
Getting married in a dream can have symbolic meanings like a transitional phase, the merging of different aspects of the dreamer's personality or even about coming to terms with a past relationship if the marriage involves an ex-lover. The interpretation of a marriage dream may depend on the type of marriage that occurs in the dream, such as an arranged marriage, or the people involved in the marriage.Full Answer >
When a dream contains a confession of love, it can mean either one of two things: that the dreamer has feelings for the person who is confessing love or that the dreamer has subtly picked up on hints of romantic feelings from the one who is confessing. There are other possible meanings as well, such as the dream being a memory of the time someone said this to them.Full Answer >