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Doll Dream Meaning

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Dolls are representations of people in our life and dreaming about a doll can be a symbol for an aspect of your inner self or someone you know. Today we’ll take a look at what a dream of a doll means and share examples of different dream interpretations for dolls.

How to Interpret Dreams About Dolls

To understand what it means to dream about dolls, it is very important to first take note of the details of the dream. Here are some questions to ask to jot down in your dream journal:

  • What did the doll look like?
  • What was the purpose of the doll?
  • Where did the dream take place?
  • What was happening in the dream?
  • Did you dream of any other people?
  • How did you feel after the dream?

Taking note of these details will help you gain valuable insight into what the meaning of the dream is and how you can apply that wisdom to your everyday waking life.

Common Doll Dream Interpretation Themes

Dolls in dreams often appear as an imitation of ourselves. They may reflect our thoughts, feelings and emotions in either our current life or while processing feelings from a past event.

There are many different ways we see and experience dolls in our everyday life. For centuries they have been used in art, religious ceremonies, as toys for children and more recently as a therapy tool for role-playing and creative development.

Keeping these 4 common uses in mind can help you identify if any of these common doll dream interpretation themes may apply to you.

A Call to Take Action

Dreaming about dolls often call for us to take action in some area of our lives. This symbol reminds us to take action and to start participating in our lives instead of watching it pass us by.

To see a doll in your dream can be a sign it is time for you to start really DOING things instead of just thinking about them. Are you an active player in your life or are you just watching on standby?

If this theme resonates with you, now is the time to start putting a plan in place, whether it be to advance in your career or to pursue a new interest in life.

Control and Assertiveness

Many of us struggle with keeping a balance of control in our lives. Trying to control too much can be exhausting and dangerous to our own mental health. In other instances, we may find ourselves at the mercy of the universe, unable to control any of the events life has in store for us.

Perhaps this quote from the book The Doll’s House sums it up best:

“It is an anxious, sometimes a dangerous thing to be a doll. Dolls cannot choose; they can only be chosen; they cannot ‘do’; they can only be done by.”

― Rumer Godden, The Dolls’ House

Dreaming of trying to control a doll, or perhaps even being a doll that someone else is trying to control reflects your inner struggle with finding a balance between assertiveness and passive behavior.

If this theme applies to your dream, remember that while we can’t control everything, there are always things we can do each day that give us hope and allow for us to at least take charge to maintain a positive outlook no matter what circumstances you may be facing.

A Desire to Say Something You Can’t

It’s not uncommon for many people to experience talking dolls in their dreams, whether the doll is speaking out loud or communicating telepathically. Other dreams may be of a doll that is trying to talk but cannot.

To dream of a doll talking represents your own challenges with speaking up about your true feelings. You may find it’s difficult to really get your message through to another person currently in your life.

Ask yourself: What am I afraid to say? What is preventing me from saying something? Is it wise to stay silent or is it time to speak up? Am I feeling ashamed about secrets or my past?

Many times it can be helpful to also explore your own chakras, with a focus on healing the throat chakra to better communicate and express your true feelings to others.

The Need to Embrace Your Inner Child

mother and daughter with doll

In today’s modern world, we usually associate dolls as something reserved only for small children {though it’s perfectly OK to love dolls even as an adult!}

If you had a happy childhood, the doll can symbolize memories of good times. You may be feeling nostalgic or a sense of longing for when times were easy and carefree.

It can also be a symbol for a need to be more playful and creative in your current life. If the daily grind is getting to you, it may be time to pursue new hobbies, travel, or redecorate your current home environment.

Examples of Doll Dreams And What They Mean

Monster dolls or scary dolls in dreams can be a reflection of inner turmoil and confronting your fears.

Now that we’ve covered the main themes that usually manifest in dreams of dolls, let’s go over some specific examples of doll dreams and the interpretation.

Dreaming of a Rag Doll:

A rag doll is usually a soft cloth doll, made from scraps of fabric and old linens. Dreaming of one signifies that you may wish to improve your status in some way in your life, or you may be feeling tired of the same old, same old in your day to day routine.

Dreaming of Primitive Dolls:

Primitive dolls are typically made from wood, clay and cloth and can mean that you are feeling held back in some aspect of your life. You may feel like you are struggling to reach a goal. This can also represent your own feelings of self-worth.

Dreaming of Fashion Dolls:

Fashion dolls include the iconic Barbie doll as well as many others. These types of dolls in dreams often symbolize a desire to improve oneself or a situation. Ask yourself: Are my ideals and dreams attainable?

Dreaming of Doll Clothes:

Doll clothes and dressing a doll in a dream can mean that you are currently worried about appearances. You may not be expressing your full creativity.

Playing With Dolls

Playing with dolls in dreams means that you are looking for a new outlet to pursue your imagination, or you may be looking for a way to solve a problem. It can also mean that you are feeling controlled or trying to control something that is out of your control.


Have you had a dream about a doll? Share your doll dream and what you think it means in the comments below!

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