Studies of real drea s have shown that guns are linked do specific words in the English language such as "confrontation". So a gun dream could be a symbol for any real life confrontational situation (even ones which definitely do not include guns) Understanding dreams is not so difficult. In practice dream symbols translate certain words within the English language. For instance guns will translate into words like "provoke", "anger", "confrontational", "blame", "argument", "obsessive", "insistent", "passionate", "phobia", "paranoia", "compel", "focus", "determined", "force", "prevent", "defend strongly", "threaten", "trauma" and "resist". (we will discuss why these words are on the list later).

Now try to see how words in this list feature in your thoughts. Think of the things that you write down in a diary or tell a friend. Its likely that dreams translate into conscious thoughts that you are all too aware of - nowadays not many people believe in the unconscious mind. If any of the thoughts that you have seem to feature words on the list then its likely that the dream could link to that exact thought - it may even portray that exact thought process. So if you have been feeling that "recently you have been full of anger" then a gun dream may portray that feeling exactly.

By studying hundreds of dreams we know in practice exactly the sorts of thoughts and feelings that may have triggered your dream. So if you have felt any one of the following its likely that your dream translates into that exact phrase. - "there was a CONFRONTATION" - "I told him PRECISELY"
- "I got totally blamed"
- "she picks up on my every fault "
- "My INHIBITIONS were obvious"
- "The FOCUS was concentrated on her"

WHY ARE THESE KEY WORDS LINKED TO THIS SYMBOL? - "provoke" (people holding guns are obviously provocative)
- "anger" (a person likely to use a gun is often angry)
- "confrontational" (using a gun is a very high level of confrontation
- "blame" (pointing a gun is a bit like pointing a finger of blame)
- "argument" (people with guns have very strongly held views)
- "obsessive" (in practice people who are obsessive are also showing behaviour which links in with other key words such as "argumentative", "angry", "insistent" and "passionate")
- "insistent" (if someone is forcing you to do something with a gun then they are insisting)
- "passionate" (people who hold guns are often very passionate in their views)
- "phobia" (phobic people often have very heightened emotions and behaviour which link in with the other keywords featured here such as blame and argument. A phobic person thinks that the world is pointing a finger at them and blaming them)
- "accusation" (pointing a gun is a bit like pointing an accusations finger at someone)
- "paranoia" (paranoid people believe that the world is against them and they will imagine highly confrontational situations like people pointing guns at them)
- "compel" (you can use a gun to compel someone to do something)
- "focus" (when someone holds a gun its a highly focused situation)
- "determined" (if you hold a gun then you are showing determination)
- "force" (obviously if someone is holding gun they intend to force you into doing something)
- "prevent" (if you are holding a gun you can prevent others doing something)
- "defend strongly"(if you have a gun then you can defend something)
- "threaten" (if you are holding a gun its a very threatening behaviour)
- "trauma" (a gun crime would obviously be something very traumatic and so this could represent any traumatic incident)
- "resist" and "able to resist" (if you hold a gun you are able to resist. A gun may also suggest that you are confident in your ability to withstand something).

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Does someone continually spot mistakes making you feel quite inhibited?
- Were you totally blamed for something yesterday?
- Was something highlighted by others yesterday?


Example dream : Guns in a dream linked to the dreamers confrontation with her father. She had the flu and was having trouble breathing. He confronted her and asked she was truly ill. The specific meaning of the dream featured this theme of "confrontation" and probably linked to this exact thought process "My father was so confrontational asking if I was so ill. I felt like an orphan child he really didn't seem to care." The symbolism is simple as people who use guns are very confrontational. Guns are associated with confrontation. The two go together!
Example dream : Grabbing a gun symbolised the dreamers ex who had been quite insistent and determined the night before (people who point guns will not take no for an answer - they are quite insistent). The specific meaning of the dream featured this theme of "insistence" and linked to this exact thought "My ex was so instistent last night and I really did not know what to say or do."
Example dream : using a gun to force her best friend to do something followed the day before when he had tried to get him to go to the doctors. She desperately wanted to make him go but he wouldn't. The specific meaning of the dream dealt with this theme of "making someone do something" and linked to this exact thought process "I really wanted to tell my friend that he needed to go to the doctors - but you cannot force someone to do something that they do not want to"
Example dream : A gun symbolised a very bitter confrontation a friend had just been involved in. He was still very tense. (men with guns tend to get involved in very bitter confrontations). The exact meaning of this dream features this theme of "bitter confrontation" and links to this thought process "I saw how worked up she was as it had been a bitter and confrontational argument and I did not want to get drawn in as she might start shouting at me."
Example dream : One night the dreamer could not get to sleep for several hours but eventually got to sleep and had a dream which seemed to feature every symbol such as police, rescues, escapes, shooting, torture and revenge. If dreams do link to important feelings then surely this dream in some way links to the dreamers inability to get to sleep. The dreamer did not mention what was causing her stress so we may guess that there was not any major issues. Having read the dream I made the simple association "this dream seems to have everything going on". Actually that association does seem to have relevance to the dreamers inability to sleep. If someone cannot get to sleep then thoughts are racing through their heads and they are unable to relax enough to sleep. So the shooting and other dramatic symbols in the dream were linked to high levels of adrenalin and excitement which was making it difficult for the dreamer to get to sleep. The dream caught this feeling "I simply could not get to sleep. Anyone would think I had just witnessed loads of dramatic events with murders, shootings, and rescues everywhere." The connection is simple, if you had just witnessed a shooting then you would be unable to get to sleep.
Example dream : In one dream the police retrieve a gun from a house. The dream took place whilst the dreamer was having extreme problems with her husband who was being very argumentative. The gun was not being used, it was a symbol of the fear that the situation might deteriorate and that her husband might step over a certain line. He was incapable of controlling his temper but she still felt safe with him. But the situation was bad enough that she was thinking of her own safety. The dream showed that she was trying to gauge how bad her husband's temper was and if she was safe with him.
Example dream : A dream about a gun symbolised the argument the dreamer had just had with her boyfriend. Guns are linked by association with arguments because guns often appear in heated situations and differences of opinion. People use guns to get their own way.
Example dream : A gun in a dream linked to the dreamer talking to his girlfriend - she accused him of behaving irresponsibly and drinking too much - this would get him into all kinds of trouble (He might end up in serious trouble). The dream points to this feeling "My girlfriend says I drink too much. She thinks that this is the first step to something more serious." The dream may even be making a point about the girlfriend exaggerating how bad his behaviour was e.g. "I am not that bad. You would think I was involved in something really serious like gun crime."
Example dream : A gun in a dream linked to the dreamer moving in with her boyfriend. The gun was symbolic of the possibility of confrontation and worries that this could get totally out of hand. (a gun is obviously a symbol of excessive force). For convenience we could even translate symbolically the "gun" into the phrase "getting out of hand" which was a feeling which featured in the following context "I am moving in with my boyfriend. I worry that we are both immature and may get on each others nerves. We might start arguing and things could easily get out of hand. Thats my main worry."
Example dream : A gun in a dream was linked to the dreamer realising that he wasn't thinking straight - the gun was a symbol of his fear that he may do something stupid (guns are often involved if things get out of hand)
Example dream : A dream with people with guns was linked to the dreamers drinking problem. The guns were a symbol helping to express this thought "my drinking and hard living brings me into contact with all kinds of trouble"
Example dream : A gun in a dream linked to the dreamers thoughts about death as she had suffered several losses within a year and the last was very young. The gun was a symbol of the harm coming to these people - why did they die?
Example dream : Using a gun to try to shoot a lion but missing symbolised the dreamers mood the day before. He had sneakily tried to wind up a woman but ended up winding up himself
Example dream : Pointing a gun in a dream linked to the dreamers recent state of mind - he was very confrontational and angry with the world - generally very bitter and twisted.
Example dream : One dreamer continually dreamt of being shot. In real life she was shot in the back and left for dead. The man who shot her was on death row and was eventually executed. She was obviously traumatised by this incident and relived the whole experience in dreams.
Example dream : A gun held to someone's head represented the dreamers thoughts about a friend who was fighting a very real struggle against depression. The dreamer was shocked by how paranoid and ill he had become - he actually believed that people were out to get him. He had said things which were clearly ridiculously paranoid yet he actually believed what he was saying. The gun represented the danger that he falsely believed he was in - caused by his extreme paranoia. For convenience we can even translate the symbolic meaning of "gun" in this case into the word "confrontation" and we see the meaning of this dream by seeing how this appears in the dreamers thinking at the time. In this case "confrontation" appeared in the following context "I am getting so depressed and paranoiac. I actually think people are out to get me."
Example dream : A fear of a gun dream linked to the dreamer thinking about her inhibitions. It was very obvious that she was very nervous in front of her crush. The gun symbolised the dreamer thinking about her phobias - these were out of control fears.
Example dream : A gun dream linked to the dreamers real fears about meeting someone. The gun symbolised this phobia - which his mind was comparing to something really scary like gun crime.
Example dream : A rifle dream linked to the dreamer telling someone precisely what was wrong with their system.
Example dream : A sniper rifle was linked to the dreamer trying to persuade her friend not to get back together with her ex. She focused on all his bad points and was really trying to do him damage by pointing at his faults.
Example dream : A gun dream linked to the dreamer realising how uptight and explosive someone was. He did not want to get involved in her arguments because he feared he might get all her anger directed towards him.
Example dream : A gun dream linked to her friends new obsessions - he was constantly talking about politics and human rights.
Example dream : A guns dream linked to someone directing their attentions on him rather than others. They were just picking on him personally because they did not like him.
Example dream : A gun dream linked to the dreamers tendency to rush and get angry at those around him.
Example dream : A gun linked to the dreamer confronting her brother - she simply made him do something.
Example dream : A woman targeting a gun right at her linked to the dreamers thoughts about her boyfriends ex. She was very confrontational and did not have a good word to say to the dreamer.
Example dream : A machine gun dream linked to the dreamers fears which were going in every direction.
Example dream : A rifle dream linked to the dreamer really concentrating his efforts on a girl. He was really trying to chat her up. The rifle symbolised his targeting of this attractive girl.
Example dream : A gun pointlessly firing into the ocean dream linked to the dreamer thinking about a near accident the previous day. His mother was teaching him to drive. She said to pull out and he did. He was doing exactly as he was told. He wanted to blame his mother but it was all a bit pointless.
Example dream : A gun dream linked to the dreamer feeling blamed directly for her grandfathers death.

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