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Dreaming and meanings Watching


The act of watching or being a spectator suggests standing on the sidelines and waiting as the action plays out before you.

This can be done in a protective manner as in watching over someone; in an expectant manner as in watching for something to happen; in a vigilant manner as in conducting a surveillance or watch; or in an observant or careful manner as in watching your p's and q's. Dreaming of watching signifies a feeling or removal or a disassociation from those around you. Alternately, it can symbolize needing to pull self away from a situation and take stock before taking action.


In this dream you may have...

  • Watched self from a 3rd person perspective.
  • Watched someone remove his/her clothes.
  • Watched a tragedy or accident.
  • Watched a movie, musicians or other entertainment.
  • Watched people engage in sex.
  • Been watched.
  • Watched someone sleep.
  • Watched someone or yourself die.
  • Watched a crime take place.
  • Watched out for a crime or stood guard.
  • Watched over someone or something.
  • Watched someone eat.
  • Watched your step or behavior.
  • Watched for an opportunity to do something.
  • Watched for a path or trail in the woods.
  • Watched the stock market, a sporting event or game of chance.
  • Watched out for snakes or other dangers.
  • Watched a pot boil or watched for something to begin.


Positive changes are afoot if…

  • You watched for a path or trail.
  • You watched your step.
  • You watched for danger.
  • You watched out for treasure.


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Detailed dream meaning...

Watching is often a precursor to acting so dreams in which you are watching yourself at a distance suggest that you are creating an emotional distance from which to realistically take stock of your life. On the other hand, it can also mean that you feel divorced or disassociated from self on an emotional level and need to reengage with what you truly need and desire.

Dreaming of watching other people's pleasure like watching people eat or have sex implies that you are feeling isolated and alone. You long to connect with other people and have fun, but find it difficult to overcome some internal conservatism.

A dream in which you are watching someone sleep or remove clothing indicates that you recognize other people's vulnerabilities and have empathy for them. If the person that you are dreaming about is a romantic partner or potential romantic partner, then the dream signifies that you would like to get to know the true person beneath all of their external trappings. If you are watching a parent, child or loved one for whom you are responsible, then you this may signify that you are concerned for their well-being and feel helpless to help them in spite of your desire to protect them. Watching out for a stranger in dream by standing guard indicates that you have a great sense of duty. On an emotional level, you may have unrealistically high expectations for yourself.


Watching a tragedy, accident or crime take place represents your feeling of being overwhelmed by the potential dangers in the world. You feel immobilized by the potential for loss and this has led to inertia on an emotional level. You may be facing a situation or decision that feels completely overwhelming so that you are unable to act. Similarly, watching a pot boil or watching for something to begin indicates that you are experiencing setbacks in your life either of your own or someone else's making. Like the other watching dreams in this category, it signifies a feeling of impotence.

Alternatively, dreams in which the act of watching is for the purpose of taking stock of a potentially harmful situation or planning for a positive outcome have a encouraging connotation. If you dream, therefore, that you are watching for a snake or other dangers, it suggests that you are or need to be aware of pitfalls in your personal or professional life. Dreaming of watching your step signifies that your personal path is a difficult one, but being circumspect in your actions will produce beneficial results.

Dreams in which you are watching the stock market, a sporting event or gambling signify that you long for excitement and are psyching yourself up to take a chance. If you dream that you are watching for treasure or reward, then it implies that you have taken a step toward realizing your ambitions and are moving beyond the planning stage into actually enacting your ambitions.

To dream of being watched means that you are feeling under the microscope, as though all of your actions are being recorded. This may indicate that you feel confined in your work environment or personal relationship. You are lacking privacy and feel you are being scrutinized or criticized.

This dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life...


  • A lack of challenge at work.
  • Dissatisfaction in a relationship.
  • A serious illness.
  • Shyness.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of watching…

Alertness. Concern. Inattention. Inertia. Vulnerability. Impotence. Intensity. Vigilance. Apprehension. Powerlessness. Confidence. Paranoia. Suspicion. Tenderness

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