What Does a Dream about Going Back to School Mean?


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I am now in my 70’s yet last night I dreamed that I was back at my childhood school. In the dream, the teacher scolds me and I notice that the classroom is in a state of decay. – Gary T, Leeds, UK.

Psychological Meaning of Dreams About Being at School again:

Dreams set at school are very often reported by people from all age groups. Sometimes these dreams highlight childhood insecurities that have still not been resolved. For example, this dream, set in a decaying school building, suggests that the dreamer is carrying disappointed childhood expectations or unpleasant memories. In addition, the schoolteacher is a classic symbol for authority and may represent his father and others who have determined the course of his life. Schoolteachers may also represent the censoring aspect of his personality that keeps the chaotic impulses in control. Being scolded may indicate that the dreamer has feelings of guilt, inferiority or worries that his misdeeds will be found out. Alternatively, if the teacher in the dream were praising Gary then it would indicate that he has self-confidence and believes in his own abilities.

Another interpretation of dreams set at school is as a metaphor for what you are learning from life over a long period. These dreams may also carry a feeling of nostalgia and reveal a hidden desire to recapture the freedom, optimism and ambition of these formative years.


  • Do I have any unresolved anxieties from my childhood? Clearly these problems are not going to be solved overnight but your dream may be helping you come to terms with long standing worries that need to be addressed. Becoming aware of and identifying your anxieties is the first step in the healing process.
  • Does the dream teach me a lesson? The dream may be showing you what you can learn from your circumstances today. Life itself is like a school where we are set may tests. I like to think that God gives his hardest lessons to his best pupils. It may explain why the most deserving people often have the most wretched lives.

Mystical Meaning of School Dreams:

Some dream superstitions claim that to dream of teaching at school is a sign of good fortune. However, you will experience setbacks in business if you dream of being a pupil. These will be particularly bad if you dream of forgetting your lessons

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  • Saronyo bose Oct 22, 2017, 6:27 am

    I dreamt of going to school in shorts .I am running and playing the whole day in school . And whenever I go to some class i see some indian television star sitting nude with some one or calling me . I mean how weird .?

    • Saronyo bose Oct 22, 2017, 6:31 am

      My age is 24 and I am doing some job which is going normal.

  • Ara Naples Jul 13, 2016, 10:48 am

    I had a dream about being in school. But I’m only 14 years of age. What does that mean?

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