Like a dream that you wish you’d never had, waking from a dream about your partner leaving you is scary, sad, and it leaves you wondering what it means. Explaining dreams can be like trying to understand the complex inner workings of your brain.
Sigmund Freud was the father of psychoanalysis and he is associated with crediting the field of dream interpretation as a way to understand the deep workings of the mind. Freud believed that we could learn to understand the unconsciousness by examining our dreams. He also believed that dreams held the key to understanding mental illness.
Dream analysis is less of a science, and more of a review of the possible ways that you think, feel, and process memories while you sleep. The images of dreams are not always literal. More often they represent other things that are going on in our lives.
In a dream about your partner leaving, your partner may represent something else. Keep that in mind as you analyze your dreams.
In this article, we will look at some of the common interpretations for dreams about your partner leaving you from psychological experts so that you can better understand the meaning of these visions in the night.
If You Have Dreams About Your Partner Leaving, This Is What It Means
Nightmares can happen any night, which makes them extra frightening. Some scary dreams are more common than others. Nightmare dreams of falling, being chased, being injured, or about major catastrophes are more common than a dream about your partner leaving.
Being left by your partner is a dream that might be less frightening than it is sad for many. This type of nightmare is unusual because of that. Fear is usually the main emotion that surfaces during our uncomfortable dreams.
For some people, being left by a partner can be a true nightmare of fear. In your relationship, if you are powerless and have no control over things like finances, your partner leaving could be frightening because you could be left with nothing.
In examining the nightmare of your partner leaving, you are examining your beliefs about your relationship. Insecurity in your relationship is problematic because it leaves you in a state of anxiety.
Anxiety is stressful for your body and harmful to your health. Taking care of these fears by talking about them is the best way to help your physical and mental health.
Seek the help of a licensed therapist if your dreams continue to concern you. Nightmares can lead to insomnia. The person having the nightmares will become afraid to sleep for fear of having another nightmare. Insomnia is a very negative health effect of having nightmares.
Fears of abandonment
Unlike a nightmare about clowns wielding knives chasing you, a nightmare about your partner leaving is something that could really happen. That is part of what makes it so frightening.
If this nightmare is more scary than sad, you feel powerless in your relationship. Speaking to your partner about how you can take over some decision-making would be helpful to prevent this nightmare form recurring for you.
If the nightmare of your partner leaving you is more sad than frightening, you have a fear of having your heart broken by your partner. Look at your relationship for reasons that you suspect your partner would leave you. Talk to your partner about your nightmare and ask if they have any similar fears.
Some other possible fears that are revealed by your nightmare about your partner leaving are your feelings of inadequacy for your partner. For example, you are unable to give your partner a child and you fear them leaving you to look for a suitable parent for their future family.
Insecurities in relationships are feelings of fear that your partner does not love you as much as they are capable of. You may fear that they wish for different traits in you as their partner, physical or psychological. You may feel that they desire another person or type of person than yourself.
Talking to your partner about your insecurity may help, or it may not. A partner who is truly looking to leave the relationship will likely either take the opportunity to break your heart since you brought it up or will lie to you to protect your feelings.
A Positive Spin
Dreaming about a partner leaving you might not be all bad. The loss of support that you feel when you are alone could also be a sign that you need to start acting more independent. The loss of your partner in this interpretation represents the loss of something that no longer serves you.
Researchers in the journal Dreaming who studied women going through divorce found that a dream-interpretation group therapy session helped the women to gain self-esteem and personal insight as they went through this difficult transition in their lives.