Father Dream Meaning
As an archetype, the father represents the protector, lawgiver or ruler. It may appear in dreams as a king, emperor, wise old man, or as the sun, a weapon or a phallus. Carl Jung considered this important symbol to play a crucial psychological role in the destiny of the individual. Sometimes this figure may represent the conscience and shows your conventional moral opinions.
If the father plays the role of a protector, it may symbolise that you need to become more self-reliant and depend on your own resources. May people dream of hostility towards their father. This shows how the unconscious is dethroning the father in order to enable you to achieve a proper sense of yourself and be a person in your own right.
Freud considered the ancient Greek myth of Oedipus to symbolise the psychological development an individual. He claimed that failure to achieve freedom from parental influence resulted in an Oedipus complex. Children (usually between four and seven years old) go through a phase where they develop an incestuous desire for the parent of the opposite sex.
The complex occurs when the young boy has feelings of resentment towards his father whom he sees as his rival. Perhaps the father may punish him by castration? Normally the Oedipus complex resolves itself before puberty.
Hidden Meaning of Dreams by author Craig Hamilton-Parker.
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