The mermaid and merman symbolize the ability to integrate the spiritual aspects of the personality with the emotional. In being part fish and part human, they also symbolize the evolutionary journey from pure instinct to wisdom. Mermaids and mermen are feminine and masculine representations of the link between the darker forces which we do not necessarily understand and the conscious self. In dreams the mermaid epitomizes how difficult it is to integrate the two sides of our nature. This lack of integration can result in capriciousness. The merman, however, is said to be less ?intrigued? by humans so, therefore, represents unification, but in a way that is more isolated. Traditionally, the mermaid or merman belongs to the sea as well as being able to exist on land. This symbolically represents an ability to be deeply emotional and also entirely practical. Until these two separate parts are properly integrated, the human being cannot fully exist in either the emotional or practical realms. Many stories exist of the human's attempt to mate or link with these creatures of the sea, though the merman is less fascinated than his counterpart by humans. Most attempts end in hurt and distress for one party or the other and men's dreams of such a creature of fantasy in particular can reflect this. Women's dreams may contain an element of coming to terms with her own capriciousness. You might also like to consult the entry for Sea in Water.