The act of incest in the dream may of course be a real-life one that you witnessed or were involved in.
If so, have you talked about it to a good friend or psychotherapist? If not, why not do so? Where there is symbolism, it will probably be as follows:
(1) For a man, a dream of incest with your daughter will usually express fear of the erotic element in your feelings towards your daughter in real life; but could be a straightforward expression of desire.
(2) For a man, in a dream of incest with your sister, the sister may be an anima figure, representing the feminine side of your nature.
If the positive aspect of the anima is represented - as a source of wisdom and all-embracing love - the unconscious is inviting you to accept and integrate these good things into your conscious life.
If the anima figure displays a negative - possessive and moody - aspect, the dream is telling you that love (in this case, proper respect for the feminine components of your psyche) can change a negative into a positive. (On anima, see Brother / Sister, sections (4)-(6))
(3) For a man, a dream of incest with your mother may express the desire you felt for her as a small boy. This desire, though repressed, may occasionally surface. Try to accept it as natural and innocent (on the Oedipus complex). Your mother may sometimes symbolize your anima. See also (2) above, and (7) below.
(4) For a woman, if you dream of incest with your father, it may be an expression of your (repressed) childhood desire for your father. You need to see the innocence of such feelings.
(5) For a woman an act of incest with your brother may be telling you something about your animus, the masculine side of your nature.
If the animus figure is a positive one, it represents the source of all you need for wholeness, if only your feminine and masculine psychic components unite fully at the conscious level.
If the animus figure is a negative one - obstinate, opinionated - you have repressed and neglected your masculine qualities so that they express themselves in uncontrolled and threatening ways; and only love - full respect for them, and allowing them a proper place in your conscious life - can transform negative to positive.
(6) Again for a woman, a dreamed act of incest with your son, or incestuous desires, are probably expressing your anxiety concerning your - natural - sensuous pleasure in the sight and touch of him.
(7) A man’s dreamed or fantasized incest with mother may represent a death-wish, a desire to return into the womb. This means your mother has the properties of the Earth Mother in her negative, devouring aspect; and you really do need to make every effort to throw off an attachment to mother that is preventing the unfolding of your own individual self.
Alternatively, incest with mother in a dream could express a desire for new life: a descent, as it were, into the Earth Mother’s womb for rebirth.A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd
Such dreams very seldom refer to physical incest, but to the desires we carry from infancy to possess or be in control of the love and body of our parents. As a baby we have a sense that nothing exists outside ourself; therefore everything should obey our desires. That it does not—that parents do other than what we need of them—is a shock which is a part of maturing. Our infant emotions, uncensored by social rules and self consciousness, are enormously powerful, and wherever unsatisfied or unresolved are stored unconsciously.
If we are to integrate the potential energy locked in these areas, we must meet some of the incestual desires and transform them into adult love.A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp
To dream of an incestuous relationship is indicative of an influence from a spirit of perversion or being around a person who is perverseChristian Dream Symbols | Tyler Wolfe
This is a complex issue in waking life, and there is a very big difference between the symbolic meaning behind incest as a universal concept and what a dream of incest indicates if you are someone who is an incest survivor.
If this is the case, then dreams of incest may be an important part of healing and processing a very difficult experience. However, if this is not the case, then the appearance of this discomforting behavior in a dream needs to be understood from a symbolic perspective and absolutely not in a literal fashion. Any sexual experience is a symbol of integration and the joining together of different elements of consciousness. In this way, it is a powerful and positive symbol even when the people participating are unlikely partners. In the case of incest, the people involved are family members. In this way, the character aspects that are being integrated have to do with family traits, values, and the actual characteristics of the people who appeared in the dream.Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox
In legend and myth, incest among the gods and goddesses was an attempt to maintain the purity of the energy. Spiritually, therefore, when we dream of incest we are attempting to purify or keep clear our own power.Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous
Psychological / emotional perspective: Since self-image and sexuality are so closely connected, incest in dreams is much more likely to be an effort to sort out our feelings about ourselves than anything else.
Dreaming of incest with brothers or sisters may symbolize an attempt to unify the masculine and feminine aspects within us. We are attempting to make a link with the part of our own personality most closely reflected by that person. We can only do this within the safety of a dream.Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous
Material aspects: Incest is such a taboo subject that to dream of it seldom actually refers to the physical act. It usually represents the need and desire we have to be in control, either of ourselves or of our relationships within the family.
It is possible that incest in dreams occurs because the child has not yet been allowed, or had the opportunity to sort out, his or her feelings so far as the family are concerned.Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous
Gives gender - specific: Dreams of incest with a parent for both men and women may be an attempt to sort out, understand and ultimately be free of the early dependent relationship with that parent.Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous
Usually characterizes the need for love expressed in a more tactile way. In dreams incest can highlight the guilty feelings we have about our parents or members of the family.Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous
The age of the person having a dream about incest must be considered, for obvious reasons.
If one has never had this type of dream before, there could be any number of innocuous reasons behind it. What is important to evaluate is how the dreamer’s body feels about the dream after awakening.
If incest dreams are recurrent—with a strong bodily awareness that corresponds with sexual violation, either as a victim or a predator—please seek professional care immediately. Incest in America is a national epidemic, and paying attention to relevant dreams will help heal this issue.Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia | James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver
Deep bonds with a Relative (often a symbol for parts of yourself), whom you see as your idol, or who is or should be a threatening example. As a dream symbol, incest has an extremely positive as well as a negative meaning. On one hand, incest dreams express a longing for a deep connectedness and bonding that is clamoring for expression on all levels (body, mind, and soul). In a dream where the brother or sister is seen as the lover who is similar and related, in that sense, the dream makes possible a complete union of the masculine and the feminine even within one’s own soul. On the other hand, this dream symbol may also represent the matter of love versus power.
It is important to note who is making love: sister / brother incest may indicate that control is exercised at the expense of the bonding aspect.
It is indeed the brother / sister incest act that expresses such a longing for complete devotion, while at the same time adding the attraction of the forbidden, which in our society makes anything sexual so exciting.
In the case of mother / son or father / daughter incest, the same dynamics may also come into play, hut there is the added aspect of the unequal power between parent and child. Such dreams always point to an immature sexuality on the part of the adult, who is afraid of a relationship between equals.
At the same time we should always remember with such a dream that a certain kind of masochism is involved—in the form of fear / pleasure—that resides in all of us. And we might want to be grateful when it finds expression in such dream images only! Last but not least, we also need to take into consideration the Oedipus and Electra complexes, where a child desires the parent of the opposite sex. Psychoanalytically, this stage of sexual development needs to be overcome in order to have satisfying sexual experiences with equals.Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar
If your dream relates to real-life experiences with incest, you need to seek professional counseling.
If you have not experienced incest but dream about it, you are probably in a phase in your life where you are not quite a child and not quite an adult, and thus the dream may be symbolic of the merging of the childlike and mature qualities within yourself.My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean
As disturbing as it may be, it is fairly common, from time to time, to dream of your family members in a sexual context. Don’t take this literally because your dream, as in any sex dream, is about connecting and energetically merging with the parts of you that they represent.
If this dream is reoccurring, there may be deeper, underlying issues to deal with in a therapeutic setting. However, if this is a relatively rare occurrence, don’t be concerned.Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous
also see Sex
1- Incest is such a taboo subject that to dream of it seldom actually refers to the physical act. It usually represents the need and desire we have to be in control, either of ourselves or of our relationships within the family.
It is possible that incest occurs because the child has not yet been allowed, or had the opportunity to sort out, his or her feelings so far as the family are concerned.
2- Since self-image and sexuality are so closely connected, incest in dreams is much more likely to be an effort to sort out our feelings about ourselves. We are attempting to make a link with the part of our own personality most closely reflected by that person. We can only do this within the safety of a dream.
3- In legend and myth, incest among the gods and goddesses was an attempt to maintain the purity of the energy. Spiritually therefore when we dream of incest, we are attempting to purify or keep clear our own power.Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball
To dream of incestuous practices, denotes you will fall from honorable places, and will also suffer loss in business.Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation | Gustavus Hindman Miller
This could be an extremely disturbing dream, but it does not necessarily have anything to do with sex.
It is possible that you may be worried about other aspects of your family life.
If this dream persists, you may consider talking to a professional about it.
If you are currently making important decisions, don’t do anything that is morally questionable because you are already experiencing disturbing dreams associated with taboos that bring up feelings of guilt and shame.The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar
According to Carl Gustav Jung, incest symbolizes the desire for union with the essence of oneself. This is why some gods of ancient mythologies were conceived in this way. In any case, this dream is very uncommon. In oneiric terms, incest can indicate various things. The most normal is that it reminds you of the dependence you have on your mother, as well as the fear you have at the idea of separating from her. All this reveals immaturity and an inability to make decisions. It may also remind us, as Jung claimed, of our origin and the strong desire to return to it, recover our identity, and be reborn. Incest with a brother or sister represents the union of your feminine and masculine sides. (See SEX)
In ancient times, this was so taboo that no books about dreams make any reference to it.The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke
This is a dream that predicts serious illness from overindulgence.The Complete Dream Book | Gillian Holloway
Merger of parts of self: adult with child, male with female. Two persons of same sex means you are embracing the feminine or masculine within you. All persons in dream are you; incest does not have to do with sexual behavior. See Sexual Intercourse.The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards
This is one of society’s great taboos and if you had a dream in which you slept with your brother, sister, mother, father or any close relative, you may awake feeling utterly violated and repulsed. When your unconscious creates such images in your dreams, it is not attempting to highlight any form of sexual attraction but is showing your preoccupation with that person in some other way. Perhaps you are extraordinarily close to your brother or sister and your unconscious is trying to shock you into independence. Another interpretation suggests that you are involved with someone who has qualities similar to your relative. Alternatively, you may be picking up on something unwholesome or unhealthy about a current relationship.The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung
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