Dreaming about thieves and their meaning

Sleep, like dreams, prefers the thief to the caretaker, because while the latter disturbs the peaceful night’s rest with his care, the other has great respect, in order to carry out the robbery.

But finding a dream that has as its protagonist a guy with a balaclava, wrapped and perhaps armed, has nothing to do with the usual concept of tranquility; they are gloomy and dark characters, living in symbiosis with shadows, whose presence often generates a strong tension that automatically leads to a sudden awakening; it is a very common type of dream , especially in our purely bourgeois contemporaneity.


According to popular tradition, which has a general tendency to overturn the negativity of some dream images, the figure of the thief who enters your house, looting and depriving us of our intimate belongings, would be a premonition of great future profits.

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Usually the thief is the family conceived as an intruder, in general, dangerous or not, who enters our intimate spaces , and therefore linked to the concept of strangeness, perhaps for this reason in most cases this figure is represented through the somatics of a non-community or a gypsy who can steal anything: gold, jewelry, handbags, clothes, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, computers, mobile phones, credit cards, etc. etc…

It is a true irruption within the psychological system of the dreamer , a presence that disturbs and disturbs the mental balance, so it will also be useful to reflect deeply on the main events that occurred in the days immediately preceding the dream.

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Generally, this figure can refer to 3 very precise psychic conditions: a repressed desire

Let’s see more specifically the peculiarities of this symbol, and how the usual dream details can help us interpret it.


The most common dream portrait involves the presence of a thief-robber who has entered your house or dwelling. The house , the homeclearly indicates one’s intimacy or privacy , the space within which only the most intimate members of the family are allowed, those who really know who we are and our true personality.

Therefore, the presence of a thief in your own home is a symbol of an intrusive presence that disturbs our privacy; the thief could also symbolize a potential rival , or a person who perceives himself as capable of depriving us of what is ours and what is due to him.

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A fundamental characteristic of this image is that it appears strongly linked to the sexual and love life of the dreamer.

There is, in fact, an ancestral link between the concept of love and that of theft ; love is often represented in various literatures as a true pillage suffered by a lover (the famous phraseology is known “you stole my heart” ).

Also think about the concept of conquest (“you have conquered my heart”) , keeping in mind that any war worth its salt always has a final looting, or a series of thefts of the property of others.

For this reason, often in women’s dreams the thief represents a lover or a lover, and the robbery referred to the beginning of a love affair, or generally a romantic relationship.


A fairly common image, too, generally refers to behaviors of the dreamer that are judged illicit by their own conscience ; as if the dreamer does not feel in tune with his own system of rules and moral values ​​and implements behavior considered inappropriate.

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It is usually connected with the inability to achieve its objectives:  the image of theft always refers to a rule break. Stealing is breaking them, or rather, the will to speed up the time needed to reach your goal, according to your wishes.

The unconscious represents all this through the figure of the thief who hides his own critical judgment on the matter.


It is the opposite of what was said before; The capture is an act according to moral laws , it is a warning of success for the dreamer and that his behavior fits perfectly with his ethical-moral values.

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