Have you ever looked at yourself in a mirror in a dream?

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    Have you ever looked at yourself in a mirror in a dream?

    If so, what did you see? What do you think it represents to see yourself face to face in a dream, if anything?

    The other night I looked at myself in the mirror in a dream and what I remember is that aside from barely recognizing myself, my face was extremely pale and I had dark rings around my eyes, like I was sleep deprived or had heavy eyeliner on. I remember being slightly disturbed by my paleness, but my thoughts were more along the lines of "damn dude, you need to get some sun", as opposed to "are you a zombie?" Hmm. Any dream experts around?
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    Never.
    It would be better if you explain your dreams, and let people analyze.

    But, I could speculate. Your inner psyche may show your dualism or what is inside your outer personality.
    Thus, you fantasize about looking at your different self in the mirror.

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    I see my reflection occasionally but it's a little different everytime, sometimes there's no reflection at all. I'll sometimes see myself as I was when I was a child or around 16 y/o or just an idealized version of what I'd like to look like. As far as it meaning something, I think for me it's exactly what it is -- an idealization of how I would like things to be or a reflection of how I currently see myself in relation to the world around me, ie a lost and confused child in a grown up world, or an awkward pimple faced teenager angry at the world. I dunno. I'm not sure what it means or if it means anything at all.

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    Whenever I ''see myself'' in a dream it usually represents my feelings on what might happen or that I ''just know'' something but am denying it.

    I could speculate though.

    It could mean that a distant memory, an idea or a person was bothering you, and you had fear that it might effect the identity you believed you had.

    Or,

    It could mean that you felt as though you destroyed someone or something but were unwilling to face it.

    I'm not entirely sure though.



    However, I advice you to be careful when talking about your dreams, especially odd ones, in public. Certain people have a way of being manipulative about one's inner thoughts and dreams.

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    I've never looked at myself in a mirror, however most of my dreams, I watch myself in them as though it's an "out of body" experience. I've always had dreams from that perspective, so for me it's normal, and I almost always look the same in my dream as I do in real life.

    There is a website though that you should take a look at. It's a dream dictionary, with very good explanations and probable reasons as to why you may have had a particular dream. I've always found it very useful, and quite accurate. You can probably correlate the dreams you are having to some aspect of your waking life, after reading the definition for any dream symbol you have visualized. Dreammoods.com is the place to go.

    This is their definition of mirrors:

    Mirror
    To dream of your own reflection in the mirror, suggests that you are pondering thoughts about your inner self. The reflection in the mirror is how you perceive yourself or how you want others to see you. You may be contemplating on strengthening and changing aspects of your character.

    To dream that you are looking through a two-way mirror, indicates that you are coming face to face with some inner or worldly issue. What you see is related to your persona and unconscious. Seeing images through the mirror may be a safe way for you to consider and/or confront material from your unconscious. Mirrors symbolize the imagination and the link between the conscious and unconscious. But if you are being watched through a two-way mirror, then it suggests that you feel you are being scrutinized and criticized. Alternatively, the dream means that you are unwilling to acknowledge your unconscious emotions.

    To break a mirror in your dream, suggests that you are breaking an old image of yourself. You may be putting an end to an old habit. Breaking a mirror is also an old symbol for seven years of bad luck. To see a cracked or broken mirror in your dream. represents a poor or distorted self-image. Alternatively, it means that you have put an end to your old habits and ways.

    To see a fogged mirror in your dream, signifies a hazy concept of who you are and confusion in your life goals. You are lacking clarity and purpose and questioning your self-identity.

    And their definition of reflection:

    Reflection
    To see your reflection in your dream, represents your true self; it is time to look within. The reflection may highlight both your flaws and positive attributes. Learn from your flaws and how to improve them. At the same time, appreciate your good qualities. Alternatively, your reflection indicates how you want others to perceive you.
    If you see a strange figure or something other than your own reflection, then it suggests that you are undergoing some identity crisis. You are not sure about who you are anymore.


    Take a look at their site for other dream symbols, and see what you can find. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infrared View Post
    Mirror
    To dream of your own reflection in the mirror, suggests that you are pondering thoughts about your inner self. The reflection in the mirror is how you perceive yourself or how you want others to see you. You may be contemplating on strengthening and changing aspects of your character.

    To dream that you are looking through a two-way mirror, indicates that you are coming face to face with some inner or worldly issue. What you see is related to your persona and unconscious. Seeing images through the mirror may be a safe way for you to consider and/or confront material from your unconscious. Mirrors symbolize the imagination and the link between the conscious and unconscious. But if you are being watched through a two-way mirror, then it suggests that you feel you are being scrutinized and criticized. Alternatively, the dream means that you are unwilling to acknowledge your unconscious emotions.

    To break a mirror in your dream, suggests that you are breaking an old image of yourself. You may be putting an end to an old habit. Breaking a mirror is also an old symbol for seven years of bad luck. To see a cracked or broken mirror in your dream. represents a poor or distorted self-image. Alternatively, it means that you have put an end to your old habits and ways.

    To see a fogged mirror in your dream, signifies a hazy concept of who you are and confusion in your life goals. You are lacking clarity and purpose and questioning your self-identity.

    And their definition of reflection:

    Reflection
    To see your reflection in your dream, represents your true self; it is time to look within. The reflection may highlight both your flaws and positive attributes. Learn from your flaws and how to improve them. At the same time, appreciate your good qualities. Alternatively, your reflection indicates how you want others to perceive you.
    If you see a strange figure or something other than your own reflection, then it suggests that you are undergoing some identity crisis. You are not sure about who you are anymore.
    Interesting. My first ever post on this board was related to a sort of identity crisis. I wonder if the dream could be related to my recent near-obsessive introspection and sudden interest in existentialist philosophy.

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    I had a few times.. Once, I remember looking into the mirror and my eyes looking right back at me. At first I couldn't recognize my own eyes, because they were huge and pretty. I always thought my eyes were ugly as a kid. Then I noticed my entire face, and was like, "Is this me? An older more mature version of me?" My own reflection reassured me that I was going the right direction and that I was becoming more of myself but in a really peaceful kind of way.

    The other one was pretty deep. At that time, I think it was really about me looking into someone else and finding myself in that person.. in a one-in-a-million kind of way..

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    Looking at oneself in the mirror is actually a common "reality check" for DILD lucid dreaming, as your reflection is almost guaranteed to be abnormal in some way.
    I personally have noticed that I tend to have obscene amounts of facial hair when I look in the mirror while dreaming...
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    As far as I remember, my reflection is usually normal. Sometimes it's disfigured in some way.

    The most recent time I've done it, it was as a DILD reality check. When I saw that my reflection was normal (and therefore non-indicative as to whether I was dreaming), I raised my right hand to check whether my reflection would raise the correct one. After doing this like ten times (I swear my reflection was just screwing with me), he finally raised the wrong one, and then off I was to lucid dreaming!

    That experience was unnerving at the time, but I can't remember why. All I was thinking was, "Oh my god, why am I doing THIS." Possibly something to do with how real the reflection looked.


 

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