Saturday, February 21, 2009


FecesFecesIt was observed in an internet chat room one time that, "No matter what goes wrong with your children later in life, someone, somewhere, will blame it on potty training." In fact, that approach to psychotherapy is one of Freud's most lasting contributions (after penis envy). This is made all the more interesting by Freud's own scatological struggles, as articulated in his biography.

For many people, the feces have been a portend of good fortune or wealth. This may include the actual conveyance of wealth or the desire for such a "find." In either case, the interpretation reverts back to Freud's own feelings that the feces were perceived by the infant as being something they created and therefore something valuable. The true surprise would be if an adult person awoke from a feces dream feeling particularly at ease with a sense of well-being.

The origin of the feces and means of discovery are both important issues to discern in the meaning of the dream. For example, if the feces comes into the dream through direct biological means, who it belongs to and your interaction with it-visual only, cleaning up, etc.-may say much about your relationship with the other characters.

If it is simply discovered, or known about without actual visual participation in the dream, then the possibility that another's influence is upon you is troubling. At this point, it is conceivable that the dream could relate to money if your influence is far reaching, or if others are odorously impinging upon you.


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