Nightmares where people look deformed or whose faces are distorted can be terrifying.
Seeing our loved ones or our face twisted and strange is incredibly upsetting.
Immediately this signals that something isn’t right, but what does it mean if you see these twisted faces in your dream?
You’re far from alone if you’ve dreamed of a deformed person.
However, how you interpret your dream will depend on who or what is disfigured and how you react to it.
What Does Dreaming About Deformed Or Disfigured Faces Mean?
Seeing your own distorted face in your dream could indicate that your public face is not your true self. Burns and scars symbolize emotional hurt or life events that have changed you. When others are deformed, this could reflect anxieties about a part of yourself you are unhappy with.
Dreams in which faces are twisted and out of shape are usually creepy and scary…
- Have you ever scared yourself awake with dreams where you see your face reflected and distorted?
- Does a dream like this point to hidden worries, or is there another way of looking at deformity in dreams?
You’ve probably guessed it’s not always a good omen, but much depends on how you felt in your dream and what is going on in your waking life.
Faces and heads are some of the most important symbols in dreams. They represent your sense of self (your personality, how you look at the world, and how you think). As such, this makes them powerful indicators of imbalances in your waking world. Also, which part of your face is distorted could explain the issues bothering you.
Carl Jung saw dreams and their symbols as ‘self-portrayal.’ These symbols signify more than what appears on the surface. To get the whole meaning, we must look at how these metaphors relate to us personally.
While we all differ in our unique landscape of dream symbols, you can generally make some clear associations. Consider how each of these body parts could relate to your view of yourself and the world:
- The mouth and jaw could symbolize communication or stubbornness.
- The nose could point towards something ‘smelling bad,’ a warning that something that looks good might be less wholesome than it seems.
- Your eyes are how you observe the world. If the deformity ruins your vision, you should take a second look at a person or situation affecting your life.
What Does A Distorted Face In A Dream Signify?
When you see others in your dream who are distorted, this could be a warning that the person is not who they seem to be.
For example, your subconscious might have picked up on a behavior pattern or a tone of voice that signifies this person is unsuitable for you. Or perhaps we know there’s something wrong, and we want to help them.
If it’s someone you know, consider your emotional response to them.
- Are you repulsed or frightened?
- Do you worry about them, or do you feel compassion?
- Do they amuse you?
The trickster archetype is a powerful dream symbol and can be represented by deformed and distorted figures in dreams. It can be a way for your psyche to poke fun at you and remind you to be honest with yourself.
If they are strangers, the person can also symbolize yourself. What about them do you find frightening, and how do other people in the dream react to their deformity or distortion?
Dreams Of Having A Deformed Face Myself
Generally, if you dream you have a deformed face, this reveals a sense of dissatisfaction with your actions or an aspect of yourself. This could be related to your behavior or how you present yourself to the world.
You can gauge some meaning from how others in your dream react to you. For example, do they seem frightened, or are they mocking you? On the other hand, perhaps they feel pity and are trying to help you.
Think of what emotions you feel in your dream…
- Are you unaware of what you look like until someone else reacts?
Perhaps you were oblivious to how others felt about something you’d done. Sometimes we can take an action that seems reasonable until we discover that others found it offensive.
- Do you feel helpless in the face of their reaction, angry, or confused?
Sometimes deformity in a dream can point to areas in our life where we feel frustrated or that our lives have stagnated. Pay attention to the surroundings. Are you at work, home, or in a place you recognize? The setting here may indicate what part of your life leaves you with these negative, twisted emotions.
Sometimes facial disfigurement, like burns, can indicate that we will start a new part of our lives.
Seeing Someone You Know With A Distorted Face In A Dream
Seeing someone you know in a dream could be a warning about that person, but not necessarily so.
Many dream symbols are about ourselves, and the other person could represent an aspect of your personality.
Something frightening or distasteful about how you see this person (such as a deformed face) could indicate you are acting similarly.
Outward physical deformities can symbolize emotional pain or point to a need to take better care of your health.
Dream Of Seeing Your Distorted Face In A Mirror
When you dream of looking at your reflection, it shows that there’s something about yourself you need to reconsider. In this case, seeing your reflection is an undeniable sign that your psyche wants you to take a good hard look at yourself, your worldview, and your actions.
When your face becomes distorted, this is a sign that you are being self-critical.
Sometimes we must be self-critical and acknowledge that we must make better life choices. However, sometimes we can become overly critical to the point of self-destructiveness.
Our reflections are how we show ourselves to the world; they are our ‘outward face.’ When that becomes distorted, we might feel that we are not showing the best of ourselves to the world. Or perhaps you think who you are in public is a lie, not a true reflection of yourself.
Ask yourself if there are things you do when out with others that don’t represent your truth.
- Do you pretend to like things to avoid conflict?
- Are you struggling with how you present yourself to others and feel as though you are living a lie?
- Do you feel lost, as though you barely know who you are?
- Do you need clarification about what you want from life?
- Are you experiencing emotional upheaval that has left you stuck and don’t know what to do about it?
What Do Dreams of Scars On Your Face Mean?
Sometimes you may dream that scars of burns have disfigured your face. These wounds indicate emotional hurts that have been inflicted on you.
Sometimes these can be self-inflicted, such as when you engage in reckless behavior, like staying with someone who hurt you.
Burns can also show the potential for a new beginning, as fire is often seen as a cleansing force. However, if the burns on your face still hurt, you have not yet healed, and the pain will stay until you find a less destructive way to cope with the emotional hurt. This might mean therapy or making a fresh start.
Scars could also show experiences that have left you ‘marked’ and changed you.