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Did You Dream About a Decoy? Here's What It Means

Whenever an interesting dream-concept like a decoy is revealed in dreams, it can have several possible interpretations.

Listed below are three different ways of interpreting dreams about this dream from our dream analysis guides.

Which of these insights best matches your dream?


What does a decoy mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about using a decoy suggests that you may be trying to divert attention away from yourself in waking life, or that you're employing tactics to mislead others. But as you know, a dream seldom has such a simple interpretation.

It could also indicate feelings of insecurity or inadequacy, as you may feel the need to hide your true self. On the other hand, if you dream of someone else using a decoy, it could imply that you suspect deception or manipulation in your waking life. It's a call to be more discerning and cautious about who you trust.

A decoy is often a difficult dream symbol to make any kind of definitive analysis about. To really know confidently, it's really necessary to really get to know the dreamer's past and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Psychoanalyst,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of utilizing a decoy may symbolize the ego's attempt to shield the id's desires from the superego's scrutiny, a classic Freudian defense mechanism.

Some additional thoughts: It suggests an internal conflict, perhaps a fear of revealing one's true self or desires. Conversely, dreaming of another employing a decoy might reflect a projection of your own deceptive tendencies onto others. It could also signify a latent paranoia, a subconscious alert to potential manipulation or deception in your waking life. This dream serves as a reminder to exercise discernment and vigilance in interpersonal relationships.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about using a decoy can be seen as a spiritual message about the masks we wear in life. It suggests a need for self-reflection and authenticity, a call to shed the false personas we use to navigate the world and embrace our true selves. Conversely, if you dream of someone else using a decoy, it may symbolize a spiritual warning about deception in your life. It's a call to enhance your spiritual discernment, to see beyond the illusions others may present and recognize their true intentions. Both scenarios invite you to cultivate honesty, both within yourself and in your relationships with others.

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So which dream analysis is best for you?

Which interpretation above for a decoy makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can know for certain. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a multifaceted thing to understand. Each and every dream image can reflect multiple meanings — or be the result of many different realities from our daily life.

Have a better dream interpretation on a dream about a decoy that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your own interpretation in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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