Dream Interpretation Punished | Dream Meanings
Literal, and given to avert the offense or violation
2. If someone else is shot, that person is being punished for some shameful action. ... New American Dream Dictionary
2. Make lighter. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If a woman sees her beloved inside her chest in a dream, it means that she is suffering because of him or complaining about him, or if she is ill, it means that she will recover from her illness.
To have a broad chest in a dream also means giving preference to others’ needs. One’s chest in a dream also represents what one may conceal in it ofknowledge, guidance, heedlessness or it could represent a coffer where one hides his money. One’s chest in a dream also represents a guest, one’s wife, a rank, a position, magnanimity or generosity.
The narrowness of one’s chest in a dream represents heedlessness, or it could mean going astray, loss of money, or one’s stinginess. Ifone sees his chest turned into a stone in a dream, it means that he is a hard hearted person. However, a broad chest in a dream also could signify being unjust.
The chest in a dream also represents the house of worries and anxieties. Having chest pain in a dream denotes a sin one is being punished for, or it could mean being a spendthrift or generous in other than God’s pleasure, and the pain in the dream represents his punishment for it. Ifa man sees himselfhaving a woman’s breasts in his dream, it means that he will get married, or fall in love with a woman, or have a secret affair that will turn into a scandal.
(Also see Body’)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
(Also see Bodyl; Chest”; Pain)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A woman is not likely see herself as a castrated man, and aggressive masculinity is today accepted by man and woman as an important part of themselves and does not need to be punished with castration. Castration dreams today are mostly seen as referring to work and vitality. Also, castration dreams dreamed by women and men are often a reference to their relationship.
If a relationship is problematic and a partner feels restricted, fantasies and images about castration are normal. Castration dreams, in rare cases, may also have a positive side: one is liberating oneself from burdensome tasks. See Donkey, Genital Organ, Sexuality.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
1- When a bailiff appears in our dream, we doubt our own ability to manage our resources. We are aware that we have overstepped the mark in a particular way and must be accountable to some type of authority.
2- We have put ourselves at risk and have not fulfilled our obligations. Unless we take responsibility for what we have clone we could be ‘punished’ by material loss and loss of status.
3- The bailiff in dreams signifies retribution or Karma of some kind.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
2- The right to refuse is an important aspect of making choices. We may have no coherent reason for refusal, except the right to say no. In terms of relationships, saying no in a dream suggests that on some level we know what is right for us.
3- Saying no in spiritual terms entails rejecting that which is not compatible with our progress.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Self-punishment occurs when we have not achieved the standards we expcct of ourselves.
2- When there is conflict in our lives, if we cannot resolve il we will often dream of being punished. This may be the only way out of our particular dilemma. We would rather suffer pain than resolve the difficulty.
3- The concept of Divine Retribution that is, being punished by a force greater than ourselves suggests a judgmental God. Spiritual punishment is much more, however, the idea of self-flagellation for not having achieved what is required of us.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A hangman’s scaffold will suggest that a part of our lives must come to an end. We may, for instance, be aware that we have offended against some of society’s laws and beliefs, and must be punished. We also may need to look at our propensity to be a victim.
If scaffolding appears in dreams we should dccide whether it is there to help us build something new or whether we must repair the old. We need a temporary structure to help us reach the height we wish in either case.
If we are building new, that structure will support us while we build, whereas if we are repairing the old it will support the previous structure while we make the necessary changes.
2- Sometimes in dreams a scaffold will indicate an enforced ending. This can be death, but is more likely to suggest the death of part of our personality Rather than being able to achieve a successful integration, we actually actively have to stop the behaviour or activity which is causing a problem. We have to take the consequences of behaving in that way.
3- A scaffold suggests an enforced codc of spiritual behaviour and the need for self-control. Scaffolding indicates spiritual support.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To be carving stone is to be attempting to create a lasting monument.
2- Stone has many connotations on an emotional level.
For stone to be broken up signifies being badly- hurt. Being turned to stone would suggest that we have had to harden up our attitudes. Being stoned could have two meanings. One is being punished for misdemeanours; the other is being under the influence of drugs.
3- Stone signifies the imperishability and the indestructibility of Supreme Reality.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Are you the one being sacrificed in the dream? If so, consider if you play the eternal martyr by denying your own needs and wants. Alternatively, for what exactly do you feel you should be punished?
Renouncing or forsaking something so that it can finally die away, especially an outmoded, harsh, or unrealistic self-image.
Feeling that your energy is abused, or efforts unappreciated, by others.
In the ancient world, sacrifices were made in order to gain divine favor. What is it that you must relinquish to achieve something better?... The Language of Dreams
A prison may also mention that you are imprisoned by your own thoughts or beliefs. Since a prison represents lack of personal freedom, it may point to a relationship that restricts your freedom, such as a bad marnage.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If any dream that he sees the devil, it is a very bad sign, for such a vision cannot bring along with it any good tidings to the sick it foretells death, and to the healthful it signifies melancholy, anger, tumults and violent sickness.
If any dream the devil speaks to H^n, it signifies temptation, deceit, treachery, despair, and sometimes the ruin and death of him that dreams.
To dream that one is carried away by the devil, is a worse dream; and yet no dream delights the dreamer so much as this, for being awakened he is ravished with joy that he is freed from so great an evil; for which he ought to return thanks to God, and beg of him that he would be pleased to send him his good angel to guard him, and fight against that wicked spirit which stands always sentinel to surprise us.
To dream you see the devil as he is drawn by painters! and poets, viz. black and hideous, with homsT claws, and a great tail, signifies torment and despair- To dream you see yourself with the devil, signifies gain.... The Complete Dream Book
It is only good to such as are in fear; for drunkards doubt or fear nothing.
To dream one is drunk is increase of estate, and recovery of health; but when one dreams he is drunk, without drinking any wine, it is an ill omen, and he runs the hazard of being disgraced by some bad action, and of being punished by law, If a man dreams he is drunk with sack, muscatel, or some other sweet and pleasant drink.
It is a sign he will be beloved by some great lords, and grow rich thereby.
If a man dreams he is drunk and vomits, he will run the hazard of losing his estate by the violence of his prince, who will force him to an account of his means ill-gotten; or if he be a gamester, be will lose all he hath formerly won.
If anyone dreams thai being drunk, he is very much pained at heart and in his viscera, it shows that his domestics or servants will rob him of his money, or destroy his fortune without his knowledge.
If a man dreams he is drunk with pure water, he will boast causelessly of his wealth, and vaunt of another person’s strength.... The Complete Dream Book
To dream you see a burning light in the hands of another, signifies that the mischief done will be discovered, and the party punished.... The Complete Dream Book
If you are doing the punishing, the augury is a good one.... The Complete Dream Book
If you are being chased: someone who has wronged you wants to make amends. In a man’s dream, being chased means he has not yet come to terms with the sexual prohibitions of his childhood. Unconsciously he still believes that sexuality is disgusting and is afraid of being punished.
Depth Psychology: Are you treating others unfairly? Are you hounded by guilt feelings? Or do you feel that prejudice or condemnation by other people is hounding you? Only you know if you are the perpetrator or the victim.... Dreamers Dictionary
A woman dreaming about a virgin: she would like to have more self-restraint and moderation in her life.
Depth Psychology: A virgin dream suggests that you have already taken the first step in your determination to change. Sometimes the virgin is a sign that you have remained true to yourself in love relationships. In spite of the influences around you, your soul remained unmarred. Your very essence remained healthy in spite of die troubles in youi life.... Dreamers Dictionary
A drastic change is at hand.
If you dream of hanging your laundry, then you are exposing your secrets. See Kill.... Strangest Dream Explanations
For stone to be broken up signifies being badly hurt. Being turned to stone would suggest that we have had to harden up our attitudes. Being stoned in dreams is being punished for misdemeanours.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
For example, clothing that is tattered or torn may signify that you feel emotionally shredded by an experience. You may also be expressing a "poor me" attitude.
For the hero, the horse cames him to his mission, perhaps over long distances, and thus it may signify the need to travel. A wild horse can represent unleashed and untamed power. Horses may also trot into your dream to indicate the need to stand your ground in a power struggle.
The quality of water often describes the situation of your emotions. Crystal clear, clean, adulterated, calm mostly provides strong insights about the state of your feelings.
(2) The person you are punishing may represent someone close to you: parent or partner, or sibling. In this case be careful to distinguish three possibilities: first, that the dream is expressing (unconscious) resentment against the person; secondly, that what you are punishing the person for is a part of yourself that has been projected on to the person; and
thirdly, that the person, though recognized in the dream as someone else, nevertheless represents some part of you: in which case see (1) above.
(3) If vou are being punished, who is doing the punishing? A father figure or other authority figure (e.g. policeman or judge)? If so, you probably have an over-dominant super-ego. Did you as a small child see your parents in a sexual embrace and as a result incur the wrath of either parent? Some such traumatic experience could easily set in motion a self-punishing mechanism that will perpetuate itself as an autonomous function of your psyche until you choose to do something about it.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
It is possible that you feel unfairly punished or that you have carelessly judged someone around you.
analysis of a dream
Silvia dreamed: “I was laying in my bed when I discovered an enormous cockroach on the ceiling of my bedroom, just above my head. It was dark green, it emitted a faint buzz, and it moved its long antennae quickly, brushing my face. I felt panicked, but I didn’t dare move or shout for fear of startling it or that it would jump on me. I stayed immobile, with eyes closed, wishing it would disappear.” wishing it would disappear.”
Insects tend to reflect our fears or insecurities.
If they are gigantic, often it indicates the oppression we suffer from an authoritative figure, toward which we feel a series of emotions such as repulsion, fear, respect... It took Silvia several days to understand the meaning of her dream. It happened one day when she was meeting with her boss. He was pointing out a careless error and reproaching her for incompetence. The dark green suit he wore made her remember the dream. Then, she saw it clearly. Although Silvia worked a lot, she felt that it was never enough for her boss, who took every opportunity to criticize her work. The tentacles of the enormous insect brushing her reflected the sharp gaze of her boss, always waiting for the smallest mistake to tell her off. Although it was unfair, Silvia did not dare protest, she just nodded her head, hoping it would be over as soon as possible. She was afraid that her boss would get angry or, even worse, fire her.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Gypsy people believe that dreaming that you are punished reveals the guilt you feel for having neglected your personal relationships.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you felt guilty, perhaps there is something in your waking life that you feel is wrong or is destroying your peace of mind.
If you are actually caught in the act in your dream and find yourself awaiting or being sentenced to punishment of some kind, this is a clear message of disapproval from your dreaming mind and a warning that if you don’t change your ways, you will be in danger of being found out in waking life. Try to identify who punished you in your dream.
If it was someone you know, you may be feeling remorseful towards them in waking life, but if it was someone you do not know, you may be feeling guilty about breaking a law or rule in waking life or showing disrespect for authority.
If a lynch mob attacked you, have you committed a crime against society in general by not paying your taxes or dropping litter? If you dreamed of being accused of a crime you did not commit and nobody believed your protestations of innocence, do you feel you are being treated unfairly in your waking life? When the punishment was pronounced in your dream, did you feel that is was out of proportion to the wrongdoing.
If you felt the punishment was far too severe, this suggests that you are feeling extremely guilty about someone thing you have done in waking life.
If you were whipped in your dream, do you feel as if life has dealt you some harsh blows?
If you were arrested in your dream, this suggests the need for some kind of restraint in your waking life, or a fear of authority in general.
If a crime scene or forensic team appears in your dream, your dreaming mind is encouraging you to understand your motives.
If you were chained, imprisoned or sentenced to death in your dream, see NEGATIVE EMOTIONS.
If your dream features the ultimate crime of murder, see NIGHTMARES.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you find yourself bundled into prison in your dream, perhaps with the clang of heavy gates swinging shut in your ears, this may be drawing a parallel with your sense of confinement in waking life. So, if you have any kind of dream about prisons or being jailed, ask yourself who or what is restricting your freedom in waking life. Do you feel suffocated emotionally by your partner or parents, or do you feel trapped in a dead-end job? Or has your own shyness locked you into a self-made prison in the waking world?... The Element Encyclopedia
If you wake from a dream and feel you have committed a crime and are worried you might be found out, this suggests you should feel guilty because you are concealing aspects of your true nature and not being true to yourself in waking life. Dreams in which you commit adultery or bigamy may be wish-fulfillment but they may also be an expression of guilt, even if you have only thoughts of being unfaithful in waking life. Dreams in which you are paying alimony may not refer to divorce but to the fact that you need to pay for some misconduct in waking life. Dreams in which you are a criminal or have committed a crime also refer to some misdeed in waking life and, if a penalty is exacted, this will be based on your feelings of guilt and how severely you feel you ought to be punished.
So, if you are sentenced to prison or execution in your dream or beaten up or find yourself actually facing the hangman, electric chair, lethal injection, firing squad or the guillotine, this suggests strong feelings of regret. Alternatively, it may also mean that you are going to change your life and make a new start. Fines in dreams tends to refer to minor misdemeanors but bear in mind that money in dreams can sometimes be related to emotion; if you are pursued by a bailiff or debt collector, for example, this may indicate that you owe something to someone, perhaps affection, in waking life.
If you dreamed you were shoplifting, your dreaming mind may be reminding you of a minor offence you have committed in waking life but if you are involved in serious theft your dreaming mind is warning you that there will be serious consequences for your actions if you are discovered.
If you dream that you are blackmailing someone or they are trying to blackmail you, consider whether you are trying to force the affection of someone in waking life by threatening to leave them or by bribing them?
If you appear in court in your dream, this is another sign of guilt for some action or offence you feel you have committed in waking life. Try to identify who was judging you.
If the judge was a famous person and the press are present or you are lynched by a mob, you may feel condemned, not by yourself or another person, but by everyone you know. Dreams in which you have an allergy or a reaction to something you have eaten or put on or worked with are also expressions of guilt. Dreams in which you are confessing to a priest or condemned from the pulpit by a preacher are also symbols of guilt in waking life; they suggest your desire to absolve yourself or rectify a situation.
If you dream of being forgiven, this will be very comforting.
Dreams in which someone who has died appears in tears or is hostile to you may be suggesting that you feel guilty about your behavior towards that person when they were alive. Your dreaming mind has conjured up this image to encourage you to think about that person in waking life and perhaps admit your faults or misdeeds towards them.
If your dream leads you into temptation, for example succumbing to the charms of an irresistible stranger if you are in a settled relationship, this may reflect unconscious, hidden desires; it may also be warning you that you will be easily tempted when opportunity presents itself.
Finally, bear in mind that when feelings of guilt are experienced in your dream, they may be telling of repressed anger towards you or another person in real life. Dreams of anger may equally be connected to experiences of guilt, so be alert and careful when you try to interpret them. Whatever you feel angry or guilty about in your dream, you may find that the only way to regain your peace of mind is to put things right or make amends or new resolutions in your waking life.... The Element Encyclopedia
An angry mob can suggest aspects of your own personality, as well as public opinion.
If you dream of being lynched, ask yourself whether you have been behaving appropriately in waking life. Whatever the instrument of punishment or torture in your dreams, be it the gallows, cane, guillotine, gibbet or birch, you need to identify who is being punished and why they are being punished. Bear in mind, too, that the inflicting of punishment, especially if it is a beating, may reflect a tendency towards masochism. Those dream interpreters that draw on Jung’s theory that nightmares are concerned with the shadow consider scary dreams to be a form of self-punishment for the cravings and desires you suppress during the day.
If you dream that you are back at school and forced to stay after a lesson in detention because you have not worked or listened properly, this may suggest that you are not absorbing information or paying significant attention to something important in your waking life. The ultimate image of punishment in dreams is hell, so if you dream of being condemned to hell, suffering eternal torment or are damned forever, this may be a reference to a mistake you have made in waking life, or something you have said or done and the force with which you are rebuking or warning yourself.... The Element Encyclopedia
If the father figure was absent when you were growing up or your father never punished you severely or unfairly, your unconscious may summon up a father archetype to bring to your attention immature attitudes that are holding you back.
Your older brother, uncle or boss may assume the dream role of the archetypal father, a benevolent provider and protector who uses his authority fairly and wisely; in dreams, such figures may appear to dispense invaluable advice. Bear in mind, though, that the father figure can also abuse his authority and if father figures appear as brutes in your dreams, they may have been pointing to your own brutishness and selfishness.
If you had an authoritarian father, a wellknown dictator such as Hitler, Stalin or Chairman Mao may appear in your dreams representing that relationship.
If you dream about your boss, this may simply suggest anxieties you have about your work. Dream bosses, however, can also represent aspects of your father and dreams of being fired can recall parental rejection.
If you ask for a raise in your dream, this expresses a need for more attention and love in waking life, whilst a friendly boss reveals a longing for less responsibility.
If you are the boss in your dreams, this represents your desire for more dominance in a waking relationship.
If you rebel against your boss in your dream, this can be a positive sign, as rebelling against parental authority or challenging authority that is dictatorial and unjust is a healthy part of growing up and becoming a self-confident adult.
Houses are often represented as images of the dreamer; so a dream of a landlord or landlady, or someone else who actually owns your dream house, may suggest you are not feeling in control of your waking life; or perhaps someone, such as a partner or parent, is being overly dominant.... The Element Encyclopedia
If a lesson is being taught by a school teacher, college lecturer or university tutor, your dream is turning the spotlight on the acquisition of knowledge or learning. The subject matter of the lesson will be of great significance here, as the implication may be that you can find fulfillment by stimulating your mind and exploring your creativity in this particular subject. On the other hand, the lesson may also be alerting you to the need to address a specific area of your life. For example, if you dreamed of learning a foreign language, your dreaming mind may not be encouraging you to learn a new language but to open your mind and try to understand the point of view of others.
Dreams of classrooms often indicate your relationship to authority.
If you are trying to avoid your teacher’s eye in your dream, you may be trying to avoid responsibility, whereas eagerly raising a hand suggests a desire for attention or to prove yourself. Your dreaming mind may also be urging you to think about what you really learned at school.
If you dreamed of being punished in class, such dreams may point to masochistic sexual pleasure but are more likely to suggest feelings of guilt about not meeting your responsibilities.... The Element Encyclopedia
Freud believed every dream is a wish fulfillment, and he kept this theory to the end, even though he gave up his initial idea that all dreams have a sexual content.
For Freud, the concept of wish fulfillment didn’t necessarily imply that a pleasure was sought, because a person could just as well have a wish to be punished. Nevertheless, this idea of a “secret” wish being masked by a dream remains central to classical Freudian psychoanalysis.
Freud said, “Dreams are not comparable to the spontaneous sounds made by a musical instrument struck rather by some external force than by the hand of a performer; they are not meaningless, not absurd, they do not imply that one portion of our stockpile of ideas sleeps while another begins to awaken. They are a completely valid psychological phenomenon, specifically the fulfillment of wishes; they can be classified in the continuity of comprehensible waking mental states; they are constructed through highly complicated intellectual activity.”
It was not until Freud noticed how allowing his patients to freely associate ideas with whatever came to mind, that he really explored spontaneous abreaction. Freud himself suffered bouts of deep anxiety, and it was partly this that led him to explore the connection between association of ideas and dreams. In 1897 he wrote to his friend Wilhelm Fliess:
‘No matter what I start with, I always find myself back again with the neuroses and the psychical apparatus. Inside me there is a seething ferment, and I am only waiting for the next surge forward. I have felt impelled to start writing about dreams, with which I feel on firm ground.’
This move toward dreams may have come about because in allowing his patients freedom to talk and explore the associations that arose - free association - Freud noticed that patients would often find a connection between the direction of their associations and a dream they had experienced. The more he allowed his patients to go in their own direction, the more frequently they mentioned their dreams. Also, talking about the dream often enabled the patient to discover a new and productive chain of associations and memories.
Freud began to take note of his own dreams and explore the associations they aroused. In doing so he was the first person to consciously and consistently explore a dream into its depths through uncovering and following obvious and hidden associations and emotions connected with the dream imagery and drama.
Obviously previous dream researchers had noticed how the dream image associated with personal concerns, but Freud broke through into seeing the connection with sexual feelings, with early childhood trauma, and with the subtleties of the human psyche. He did this to deal with his own neurosis, and he says of this period, ‘I have been through some kind of neurotic experience, with odd states of mind not intelligible to consciousness, cloudy thoughts and veiled doubts, with barely here and there a ray of light.’
Using dreams for his self analysis, Freud discovered that previously unremembered details from his childhood were recaptured along with feelings and states of mind which he had never met before.
He wrote of this period, “Some sad secrets of life are being traced back to their first roots; the humble origins of much pride and precedence are being laid bare. I am now experiencing myself all the things that, as a third party, Ihave witnessed going on in my patients, days when I slink about depressed because I have understood nothing of the day’s dreams, fantasies, or mood.”
Without this powerful and personal experience of working with his dreams, meeting emotions and fantasies welling up from the unconscious, Freud would not have so passionately believed in his theories regarding dreams and the unconscious.
Of course, like much of Freud’s theories, he related dreams to sex. One of his basic views of dreams was that the purpose of dreams is to allow us to satisfy in fantasies the instinctual urges that society judges unacceptable such as sexual practices. This was partly the reason for the enormous opposition and criticism that he met.
During the period of his early life, only men were believed to have powerful sexual urges. When Freud showed that repressed but obvious sexual desires were equally at work in women this created a social uproar. Perhaps his second finding in regard to sexuality surprised even him. During his analysis of women patients, sexual advance or assault by the woman’s father was often revealed.
Freud struggled with this, wondering whether the assault was memory of an actual event, or a psychic reproduction of it. He eventually came to the conclusion that hysterical and neurotic behavior was often due to the trauma caused by an early sexual assault by the parent. Where there was not evidence of physical assault, then he saw the neurosis as due to sexual conflict or a trauma caused by some other event. This conflict was often manifested through dreams. This led to Freud being rejected by university colleagues, fellow doctors, and even by patients.
Another expert in the field of dreams and dream interpretation was Carl Jung.... Dreampedia