Dream symbol Hippo


credulity, receptivity, feminine side, plumpness

Hippos, or as they are also called, hippos, are among the heaviest and largest mammals. They are at home in Central and South Africa and mostly live along rivers, in lakes or near water.

What can a hippopotamus stomping or bathing in water illustrate in our dreams? How is the dream related to our waking lives ?

General dream interpretation

There is a close connection between the hippopotamus and the water in which it likes to splash. In dream analysis, the water represents the feminine pole, or stands for the feminine part in the dreamer. The hippopotamus, in relation to the water, therefore, embodies the protection of the feminine parts of the dreaming person.

Generally speaking, this dream animal also indicates receptivity, which is associated with the dreamer's credulity . He is easily influenced or easily convinced by others. This also exposes the person to the danger of vulnerability. Any little thing can cause him pain. He seems to wear a somewhat thin skin. It would be important to acquire the ability to not take everything personally because it is not meant that way. More to take things with lightness and humor, so he remains well rooted in himself.

However, there is also an opposite interpretation for this dream symbol hippopotamus, which says that the dreamer tends to be emotionally cold and makes it difficult for people to look behind his facade. This dream wants to ask to tear down the cemented wall around himself and to open up more to his social environment or to allow deeper encounters.

Psychological dream interpretation

According to psychological interpretation, a dream hippopotamus stands for sexual-erotic fantasy that has not been lived out. The hippo tells the dreaming person about unexpressed urges that have not yet found a suitable outlet to be expressed. The dreamer lacks attention and attention of this subject, which can be changed by the dream. He has devoted too little to the testing of a love life and has not explored how all this can be set in motion. Now is the time to take a closer look at it.

For Carl Gustav Jung, the famous psychoanalyst, a hippopotamus in a dream represents the inner monster , revealing the aggressive and dominant or violent side of the dreamer. The hippopotamus also stands as a symbol of clumsiness and represents to the dreamer his not yet matured abilities. He should protect himself from these subconscious forces, which could otherwise overtake or take over the dreamer, by learning to deal with them. Acceptance is half the way to success. The dreamer would be advised to do this as a first step.

Spiritual dream interpretation

For the transcendent dream level, the dream animal hippopotamus reflects an escape of the dreamer into his inner world. He seems to be unaware of his potential, greatness and charisma.


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