Manifestations in Human Form
Human and human-like manifestations:
The human is the first creature that the child interacts with. Even before birth the child has an exchange relationship with its mother. This exchange is not only on a material basis but it is also an emotional exchange through touch and speech. Further the human is the most important being that the child interacts with and therefore he is being investigated, fathomed and tried to be rigged. The smallest change in facial expressions, face folds or postures (often ignored on animals) is being given maximum attention. The variation of these human dream encounters in psychic symbolism is inexhaustible. It is hardly possible to categorize them due to their variety, yet we have to try if we do not want to lose overview.
characteristic expression: often expression of an own “hidden” property
neglected: symbol for a neglected aspect
accentuated height points to special meaning
dwarfism of dream figures points to lack of development
statues: petrified content that is close to become conscious resp. hindered from becoming conscious
“The policeman” (Here as symbol for a threshold guardian)
“I am going upwards a staircase in hope for something magnificent to happen. I come to the last floor of the building and see a beautifully adorned door in front of me. It is slightly open and I see a huge, brightly illuminated hall. I want to enter but a policeman blocks my path and orders me to go back downstairs.”
children: content is in the stage of becoming conscious
old people: life experience
fancy-dress party: The disguises and masks mean that the content is still covered and has yet to assume shape.
masks as expression of trying to hide: The hiding behind a mask is not something that is socially accepted (as on a fancy-dress party) but there is the endeavor to do something forbidden. This might be something that is against the moral perception of the dreamer.
© Alfred Ballabene (Vienna) translated by Seth