Meaning of dream of searching for something and not finding it

Its frustrating to dream of searching for something and not finding it. The dream interpretation is that we are looking for something intangible which we think we possess. This quality can be confidence, skill, self esteem, or social skill etc. The dream analysis says we are searching in waking reality. We dream about it after learning we are unable to locate this elusive thing. We are trying to contact our inner consciousness to help us find this thing.

Silhouette of a cat. It prowls its neighborhood in search of cat pals.