To dream of a school most often represents social concerns, insecurities, or anxieties. Worrying. Anxiety about how well you are being perceived by others, or how well you are performing in life. There is something happening in your life that you are sensitive about, or that's very important to be to careful about.
Schools symbolize a state of mind when you are caring about what you are thinking. You may have issues at work, or other areas of your life that are weighing heavily on your mind. You are concerned about something.
Positively, schools may reflect your concern with work or long term projects being perfectly accurate. Carefully thinking about what you are thinking. Enjoying learning something difficult. Learning about your problems, your past, or how to improve yourself. A school dream may also appear if you are an expert at something and are very concerned about potential mistakes. Analyzing written work, theories, or ideas.
Negatively, dreams about schools may reflect heightened levels of anxiety or prolonged periods of fear. An unbearable problem that you can't stop worrying about. Worrying or having second thoughts about how other people will react to negative comments you made about them. Second guessing yourself. A worried attempt to come up with excuses or "get your story straight." Feeling stupid that you aren't perfect.
The level of difficulty of an institution, or the grade you are in may reflect how serious or emotionally taxing an issue is. Where as elementary school may simply reflect caring about an issue, university may reflect a more serious concern that requires your full and constant attention.
Attending specific classes in a school may represent the manner in which you are thinking. For example, history classes may reflect the reexamining of your past and math classes your attempts to solve a difficult unforgiving problem that requires a perfect solution.
To dream of a school hallway represents anxiety or a concern about something that is important to you during a transitional moment. You may be concerned or worried about a change that you are making.
School hallways may also carry personal symbolism for current emotions based on memories you have had at specific spots inside the hallway. For example if someone hurt your feelings or made you concerned about what they thought in a certain location (hallway, doorway, or back of a room) in a dream it may reflect your concerns about what other people think.
Examples life situations that may encourage school dreams may be nervousness about dating someone, anxiety about work, or caring deeply about how others will react to a project you are working on or plans you've made.
See the themes section for school for a more in depth look at school symbolism.
Example: A man dreamed of being in school. In waking life he was very concerned about his book being very accurate. He was spending a lot of time reviewing his past work for mistakes.
Example 2: A woman dreamed of hiding in a classroom. In waking life she was very nervous about what to say to someone she angered and was carefully thinking of an excuse.
Example 3: A man dreamed of standing on stairs inside a school looking at a shirt made of good material but looked like poor material. In waking life the person received some rather harsh criticism. The school may have reflected their concern about what other people thought about them or anxiety that what they were doing in life was wrong.
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