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What does it mean when you dream about parasites?

Parasites are straightforward symbols for people who seek nourishment from others but who give nothing in return. Parasites in a dream could refer to others who drain us, or representations of projects and activities that we feel “drain” our time.

References in classic literature ?
It is quite true that we did not present ourselves humbly, like your flatterers and parasites, but holding up our heads as befits independent men.
The creature that owned it had been crouching behind the parasite, and had looked round it at the same instant that I did.
It was one of the parasite streets; long, regular, narrow, dull and gloomy; like a brick and mortar funeral.
The house was overrun with ivy, its chimney being enlarged by the boughs of the parasite to the aspect of a ruined tower.
Love was like a parasite in his heart, nourishing a hateful existence on his life's blood; it absorbed his existence so intensely that he could take pleasure in nothing else.
was undoubtedly the most artful and uncompromising flatterer that ever smoothed out all the natural characteristic blemishes from a sitter's face; but even that accomplished parasite would have found Mr.
Also, since parasites might be metabolically costly to birds, the body weights of infected individuals were compared to those that were not infected in three of the four host species (excluding Carolina Chickadee because of low infection).
Since parasites depend on their hosts for survival, why do they harm them?
A HEALTH warning was issued yesterday after thousands of wild salmon were found to be infected with parasites that can kill humans.
Ajioka (pathology, University of Cambridge, UK) and Soldati (microbiology and molecular medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland) collect work by international contributors describing the biological characteristics that make the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii and related apicomplexans the most common and successful group of parasites on earth.