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Dreaming about rats: Symbolic aspects hidden in commonly-described dream scenarios

Dream interpretation about rats abounds with theories and explanations related to these animals based on their affinity to famine, poverty, unsanitary conditions fed by the fear and disgust expressed by many in regards to these creatures lurking in the dark corners and suddenly crossing our paths.

Rats as dream symbolsBut let us take a closer look at the symbolic representations and some details contained within dream related to the images of rats. Apart from their physical characteristics and features which can evoke deep feelings of repulsion and disgust both inside the dream and afterwards, some commonly-experienced dream visions can reveal interesting, if not unusual associations and imagery, especially in the context of a particular dreams scenario.

An interesting detail often described by dreamers who happened to dream about rats is the environment and surroundings in which the dream took place. Often, it is a place characterized by the presence of water, dreamers refer to “muddy”, “rainy”, “slippery” locations as places where the contact with rats had taken place. The combination of these two symbols, “the rat” and “the water” suggests that dreamer’s mind could be subconsciously reflecting the existing struggle between two contrasting personal positions or attitudes in reality: admittance of guilt, wrongdoing or inappropriateness versus readiness (but quite possibly reluctance) to repent, cleanse or change for the better. By closely examining more predominant details of this dream scenario, one can analyze to what extent this situation can be applied to this kind of interpretation.

Another prominent aspect commonly remembered and described after having dream visions involving rats is their appearance or small physical details pertaining to what they looked like. Often, these are associations and chimera-like images related to the features of a human body: little humanlike hands, human faces or other parts of human anatomy morphed with the image of a rat. Common dreams about rats also include coming into physical contact with these animals, for example stepping on them, being bitten by them and so on.

Scared of ratsFor people who are naturally afraid of rats in wake life, these dreams could be either a confirmation of their phobia and repulsion directed at the animals, or a subconscious attempt to examine or question the nature of such fear. The symbolism of encountering a rat is quite often accompanied by the scenes of dark, untidy and unpleasant surroundings transposed into the dream from reality. Therefore, it’s a good indication of the dreamer’s preoccupation with cleanliness, purity or natural aversion to chaos and disorder. However, it could also be quite possible that the person experiencing dreams about rats spends some portion of his or her wake life in unclean, cluttered and messy environments, e.g. as a warehouse worker, a head of a large household which is difficult to manage, and the like.

It is probably artificial and far-fetched to relate symbolic representations of rats in our dreams to certain personalities and aspects of behavior of human character (a traitor, a person capable of deceit and betrayal), as many dream interpretation sources infer, because the image of a rat in these dreams is heavily dominated by the physical features of the animal and immediate surroundings which evoke, before anything, sensory reactions and responses, both on subconscious (dreams experienced) and conscious (dreams remembered) levels.

When trying to interpret dream visions containing a rat or rats as a central symbol, it would probably be more beneficial to explore tangible physiological reactions to the outside world in order to find a more meaningful interpretation of dreams about rats.

Dream symbols over the span of human life: evolution of symbolic representations about reality

We spend one third of our lives in a state of sleep (unconscious existence), which is referred to as a natural mechanism for restoring energy and giving our bodies much-needed rest at night. As we get older, the duration of such rest tends to become more and more prolonged in order to maintain our vital functions at an appropriate rate as we age. But what about the subconscious side of brain activity? Does it go through a completely different set of transformations compared to the young age and how do symbolic visions change over the span of our life?

Trash CanUndeniably, during the younger formative years, when the very foundation of memory and cognition is shaped, our subconscious reflections capture a great variety of new imagery, visual and sensory aspects of the everyday life. No wonder, adolescents experience very diverse, if not chaotic dream visions comprised of interwoven symbolic elements accumulated during the wake hours. It would probably be a complicated task for a young person to sort out distinct and discernible visions contained in their dreams in order to interpret them in a meaningful way. The exploratory nature of human mind causes us to retain important moments of our lives, but in a very erratic and disorderly way, so their analysis as far as dream interpretation is concerned, becomes difficult, if not impossible altogether. At this stage we could draw an analogy of subconscious brain activity resembling a computer file system which is being constantly updated without a whole lot of sorting and categorizing of the individual files within that system.

Old recordsAs we age, we gain more experience and start to separate discrete events in our “file system” into more stable and recognizable elements, which are often compiled, coded and stored based on their importance to us. Over the span of our lives, we increasingly attribute more significance to some events while forgetting or even completely ignoring those that seem mundane and unworthy of remembering to us. Figuratively speaking, the subconscious retention at this stage could probably be compared to an old vinyl record etched with certain well-defined and vivid symbolic visions coming alive during our sleep and leaving lasting recollections long after we wake up and go on with the conscious existence.

Therefore, it is clear that only discrete and isolated symbolic dream visions become more profound and prominent as we go through the process of maturation. And the biggest questions for any dreamer who is experiencing these recurring symbols and visions later in life are why do some certain symbolic dream elements take over less important ones and how could they be interpreted in a meaningful way, since they were “distilled” by the memory and recorded as distinct marks in our subconsciousness.

Would it be fair to say that older people are capable of finding and identifying much more relevant meanings for the dreams they experience because the “search terms” of their inquiries are considerably narrower, more precise and more defined? Does the number of years lived matter in symbolic dream interpretation just because our long life experience helped us keep only the most memorable life moments and important milestones retained as symbols and visions of our dreams?

Dream interpretation: Scientific and common-folk approaches in trying to explain the existence and value of dreams

The world of unconsciousness when we go to bed and sleep every night can offer many insights and valuable thoughts regarding our brain activity. Many people have devoted their life researching the subject and came up with many theories and explanations that pertaining to the world of dreams and how to interpret them. Interpretation of dreams allows to make meaningful connections between brain activity at night, expressed by visions and symbols on one hand, and what these visions and symbols can represent in reality on the other hand.

Many skeptics of these theories argue that dreams that we have at night have no particular meaning or they are visions that cannot be interpreted or applied in any way to our everyday living. And this is not just the denial of spiritual and superstitious nature of the dreams we have. The scientific meaning of brain activity at night is that it is just a collection of memories and flashbacks that the brain has processed during the day and somehow projects these images into our mind while we are asleep. But one can argue that sometimes we have very interesting and unusual dreams that cannot be explained easily by what we have encountered in our daily activities.

Take, for example, the dreams of flying, meeting celebrities, having magic powers or some other dreams. These unconscious messages bear a very distinct meaning that cannot be just the product off our everyday activity. Many people will look for specific answers in order to explain and find validation for these types of dreams because they do not know how to approach them. While other people can be fearing or become uncomfortable knowing that these images can be a warning sign for something, but they do not know what they mean.

Common FolksCultural and traditional norms sometimes stand in the way for some people to successfully interpret and find the correct answer to their inquiries, because they have some kind of a bias towards resolving their visions and recollections from the dreams they had.

A scientific justification of dreaming usually deals with characterizing human brain and its nocturnal activities as a product of evolution, and having dreams and visions at night means some distinct steps in cognitive activity of human race. This theory offers explanations for different types of dreams we might have, such as nightmares, recurring dreams or something closely related to recollections of reality. At the same time, it is very hard to find a meaningful representation or a connection between various symbols and things that occur in reality, while using this scientific approach. Part of the problem is that people naturally tend to seek for explanation or to console their feelings by finding a direct connection between what they dreamed about and an identifiable, concrete explanation of that dream.

Although scientific theories are valuable being trying to describe and explain dream activities, and also in assessing the psychological nature of dreaming, interpretation of dreams is not fully represented by these methods, so people should look for other sources of information when they try to find a direct connection between their dreams and possible future repercussions or impact on their lives.