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Subject: Dream Interpretation
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: mickeym-ga
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Posted: 17 Oct 2004 17:19 PDT
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Question ID: 416195
What does it mean when one has a recurring dream of a bear attacking and biting?
Subject: Re: Dream Interpretation
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 27 Oct 2004 20:54 PDT
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Dear mickeym,

What follows is my considered opinion. I take careful note of my own
dreams, giving much thought to their themes and meanings. Your dream
strikes a personal chord with me because a number of my most vivid
dreams have featured one or more beasts in an antagonistic role, this
despite the fact that I am fond of animals large and small in my
waking hours. I have in my dreams been assaulted by dogs, lions, and
on one occasion a flesh-eating squirrel. These animals never bit me,
but they came awfully close, and I did see the squirrel gnaw the flesh
off someone else's fingers. I do not recall any brushes with a bear.

Your dream falls into the broad category of pursuit dreams. It is
generally accepted that dreams in which one is pursued or assaulted
signal nervous tension in the dreamer. If one has been acutely anxious
or guilty, in other words fearful of some event or judgment, the
object of fear manifests itself as a creature who seeks to do one
harm. The creature is not necessarily malign, which may well be a
significant detail. For example, a wild beast who seeks to prey on the
dreamer's persona generally does so from hunger rather than malice.
What is feared is then likely to be a natural force, perhaps an
impersonal one such as the law or a divine one such as final judgment.
In comparison, a human who seeks to do one harm in a dream is nearly
always marked by malice, unless he acts in self-defense. To come under
malicious attack is to be a victim of injustice. It would seem, then,
that an assault by a human represents sheer anxiety, whereas an
assault by an animal stands for guilt.

The fact that you are attacked by a bear, whose natural business it is
to kill and consume weaker creatures, is the first of three salient
details about your dream. The other two are that it bites you and that
the dream recurs. I have already explained why I think it likely that
the bear symbolizes an impersonal force, such as human justice or
divine retribution, which you fear. It is rarely the case that pursuit
leads to physical injury in the dream. Usually the pursuit ends, if
not in escape, then in some inconclusive fashion, often by mutating
into a different dream or by the dreamer's awakening.

A bite is an intimate kind of injury, much more so than a blow, a
stab, or a projectile wound. There are teeth involved in a bite,
perhaps meeting with the victim's bone, as well as blood mingling with
the attacker's saliva. To be bitten is to conjoin with one's attacker.
This is not to impute romantic elements to the attack. There is,
however, a distinctly sensual element in a bite, emphasized by the
shaggy, untamed character of all bears. If the bear is an impersonal
force that the dreamer fears, then to sustain a bite from it may be to
recollect the sensual nature of a transgression or to anticipate
sensual repercussions from it.

The recurrence of a dream indicates not necessarily a recurrence of a
transgression whose consequences one fears, but a fixation, whether
conscious or unconscious, on such a transgression. This may be an
illicit or immoral act one committed in the past, perhaps far in the
past, or one that seemed to be of secondary importance at the time. If
it comes back to haunt one in one's dreams, it is because it has not
yet been resolved, regardless of its remoteness or apparent lack of

There is no need, I don't think, to invoke mystical explanations or
grand psychological theories to account for your dream. The former
would contravene the laws of nature as I understand them, and the
latter too often overlook the importance of common sense. If the brain
is a kind of computer, and the thoughts in it are like programs that
go about allocating memory to perform their computations, then
dreaming is comparable with the procedure known as garbage collection,
where the computer goes about reclaiming portions of memory that are
no longer required by a program. Another way to see it is that because
dreams come out of your mind, they are cut from the fabric of your own
experience. What emerges in your dreams is a distorted rendition of
conscious thoughts you have recently had. I find that the calmer I am
in my waking hours, the less distortion there is in my dreams. When I
am perfectly content, I dream mundane scenes taking place in the
workplace or at the supermarket. It is in response to upheaval that my
dreams begin to bristle with surreal and violent action.

Tension in one's life begets chaos in one's dreams. That is the most
general construction I can put on your dream. A much more particular
one, and one that is commensurately more likely to be wrong, is that
the recurring image of a bear biting your person is the representation
of your fixation on a past wrong you have done for which you fear you
are to be punished, with the transgression or the punishment or both
being of a sensual nature.

If you feel that any part of my answer requires correction or
elaboration, don't hesitate to post a Clarification Request so that I
have a chance to fully meet your needs before you assign a rating.


mickeym-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Dream Interpretation
From: davids77-ga on 17 Oct 2004 18:35 PDT
This is what i found. And from what i take of it is that you know
someone and in your dreams you see this person as a bear and for some
reason you have a reason to be worried about this person. Or it could
even be a situation that is overwhelming.

First of all, anytime you dream of being attacked always exercise
extreme caution for the next several weeks as this is first and
foremost a warning dream. If the attacker in your dream is an animal,
watch out for that type of an animal, but also notice how some people
act like animals. If you dream that you have attacked someone, that is
also a warning that your ill mood or temper fits may cause you to harm
another and bring chaos down on your head. If you are attacked by
someone you know you may have to withstand an attack on your character
and defend your honor, so to speak. If you are attacked by an animal
be very careful of walking the dark streets or putting your self in
the places where you could possibly be attacked by a mugger, etc.. If
you dream that you repel your attacker then you will meet with success
in your current endeavor, and if you kill an attacking animal then
will your life be saved by a stranger.
Subject: Re: Dream Interpretation
From: zelenyoko-ga on 17 Oct 2004 19:02 PDT
There are a couple of interpretations for dreams involving bears,
attacking or otherwise.  First of all, it is important to consider
every detail that you can recall from the dream in order to fully
realize the meaning of your dream.  Not only are you interested in the
bear and it's significance, you should also consider the environment
that you are in; the color of the bear; the weather; where you are
being bitten, etc. (1)

That being said, dreaming of being attacked by a bear can often
symbolize obstacles or competition in your life.  Another
interpretation is one of renewal or the circle of life, an awakening
of sorts.  (2)

Getting bit in a dream is considered a bad omen, showing that you may
be in danger of being victimized by an advesary.  It can also
symbolize a subconscious wish to un-do something negative that has
already happened.  (3)

Again, it is important to take as many aspects as possible into
consideration when interpretting your dreams.  Good Luck!

Subject: Re: Dream Interpretation
From: whyisitso-ga on 17 Oct 2004 23:41 PDT
I once took a psychology class in dream interpretation.  One of the
things the professor tried to make clear to us is that while some
symbolism in dreams tends to be universal (e.g. tooth dreams tend to
come before sickness), usually the things we dream are too personal to
find explanations of in things like "dream dictionaries."

One technique we learned that I've found helpful: 
Pretend that you are an object in your dream.
What would you say to yourself?

This works best when done quickly, with little thought.  Remember, you
are the one dreaming, so the bear in your dream is, in fact, you. 
What might you be trying to tell yourself?
Subject: Re: Dream Interpretation
From: hailstorm-ga on 17 Oct 2004 23:50 PDT
What exactly is the bear attacking and biting?
Subject: Re: Dream Interpretation
From: frange-ga on 18 Oct 2004 06:57 PDT
maybe it would be more helpful if you describe your dream, as what you
are refering to is an element that is part of a whole.

Freudian interpretation links a dream with the activity of the day
before ( with a sexual symbolism; which is generally true), whereas
Jungian interpretion goes beyond the sexual symbolism and relates
dream to a deeper source, the archetypes.

what I would advise you to do is look for the meaning of the bear
symbol, and try to see the complete dream as a message from the
unconscious sphere to the conscious one.

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