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Dream question: Biting your own flesh? Interpretations please?

Asked by nebule (16439points) September 19th, 2010

Last night I was having a dream in which I was dreaming that me and a lot of friends and family were surfing in the sea, having a really good time, when a huge wave came and flooded the entire beach to the point where there was no air anywhere any more and we were all under water breathing, no one knew what was happening. We were all terrified although we could still breathe.

Then, in the dream I woke up (still dreaming) and looked down at my body and had sliced into my belly three times horizontally. There were also great big gashes where I had bitten into my flesh along these slashes. I couldn’t believe I would eat/ bite my own flesh, but I looked in the mirror and true enough I had blood all over my teeth. I had no recollection of doing this in my dream (inside the dream).

Following in I got a doctor to look at it and he prescribed me some mild medication and told me to drink citrus ginger tea….He didn’t seem too bothered about what I had done, but told me I needed to get it sown up and left.

Any interpretations? I have looked on the internet but can’t find anything!

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marinelife's avatar

“To dream that you are being bitten, represents your vulnerability regarding some unresolved issues or emotions. You may be pestered by a problem or obstacle. The dream may also be a metaphor indicating that you have bitten off more than you chew. Perhaps you have too much to handle.

To dream of biting someone in your dream, signifies the pressure you are putting on some people causing them great distress. You may have unexpressed, perhaps even childish, feelings of anger or resentment that need to be recognized. This dream is a message for you to lighten up and alleviate the stress that you are putting on others.”

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Pandora's avatar

Sounds like you may possibly have some worries on your mind, only your concerns aren’t as big of a deal as you think.
The gashes are you tearing yourself apart. Maybe to the point where you may be suffering some stomach problems by worrying so much. You feel concerned but people around you think you may be over reacting to your problems. The doctor is probably yourself telll you to relax before you do something regrettable.
Could also be you went to bed with a full belly or an empty one.

AstroChuck's avatar

Why does every dream have to have some nebulous meaning? As most people, I have surreal dreams quite often. I simply accept that as an overactive imagination.

Pandora's avatar

@AstroChuck Yeah, dreams often are nothing. But more often than not a bad day will lead to a bad night or nightmare. My daughter was always guaranteed nightmares whenever she was punished or if she watched something scary. I always knew punishing her or being cross with her before bed time meant a night of no sleep for everyone. She would wake up screaming in the middle of the night more than one time and even have asthma attacks. Going to sleep does not guarantee that your mind will shut off.
It also depends on how much meaning the dream seemed to hold. I dream a lot. Some dreams mean nothing and some I feel have a real impact. Its not hard to figure out either that when I dream of sex I want sex.

flutherother's avatar

I am no psychologist but it seems clear to me that this dream is related to your other question on Fluther and that the dream is sexual in nature. That the doctor in your dream wasn’t worried about what had happened means that you are coming to terms with it.

nebule's avatar

@AstroChuck I don’t think all dreams have nebulous meanings and certainly there are things within dreams that can be directly related to things one might have heard or seen recently…but I do think that the composition of the dream isn’t random…otherwise we might has well just experience random images in dreams without any continuity to them or story line. However, I do believe that the work of the silent imagination whilst we sleep has secrets for us waiting to be unlocked. If they help us explore our conscious thoughts and provide answers to questions we might be struggling with in our lives isn’t this a good thing? And might I question what the definition would be of a normally active imagination? ;-) xx

@marinelife I connect with what you’ve said deeply… I don’t think the biting is pressure related…perhaps… but!...You’ve provoked me into thinking about what biting means to me, which is anger (and interestingly this further made me think about the recent problems I’m having with me jaw…clenching..) I know I am angry with myself…but what exactly for must be the next question… biting my tummy is probably related to my diet and IBS issues I imagine. But perhaps I need not be so angry with myself…which is maybe where the pressure part comes in…yes, thank you very much sweetie xxx

@Pandora Yes, you’re response echoes my thoughts about @marinelife ‘s post and I do often feel like people do not understand how important certain things are to me…thank you for your insight xx

@flutherother How would you say it’s related sexually?

flutherother's avatar

Because the dream occurred at a time when you were conscious of having an increased interest in sex. I am sure there is a connection between your conscious awareness and the dream. I would suggest that being submerged in water reveals how you feel about being overwhelmed by your sexual instincts. You were frightened but you were able to breathe and this is good as it means you are confident you can deal with it. Biting at gashes in your body could be your subconscious mind’s metaphor for masturbation. You did it but couldn’t quite believe it had happened as you didn’t think you had these kind of impulses. To sum up I think you have been through a very bad time but you are now getting over it.

marinelife's avatar

@nebule I am glad that what I posted resonated for you. It sounded like it might be of significance when I read it. (BTW, congrats on the user name change!)

ninahenry's avatar

you woke up in your dream? sounds like Inception to me.

nebule's avatar

…oh that reminds me…still not seen Inception!!! Well, I didn’t wake up in the dream… more like I was having a dream in a dream…that’s the second time that’s happened to me,... pretty cool hey!! x

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