DREAM DICTIONARY - Jail :Prison may show that you feel trapped in some way. Maybe you feel stuck doing something when you wish you had more freedom? Maybe you feel trapped in an image people have of you?
QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you really hate your job at the moment?
- Do you feel trapped and unable to break out of some image that people have of you?
- Are you having to follow rules that you do not like?
- Do you feel excluded by others?
KEY WORDS : Restricted, trapped, rules, excluded, work, dodgy, untrustworthy,punishing yourself, stuck with something, hating your job, chronic illness, ideological, unwanted responsibilities,
KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I feel trapped"
- "there are a lot of restrictions being placed on me"
- "I hate my job"
- "having to follow the rules"
- "I am trapped in the image that they have of me"
- "she will not discuss her feelings. She will simply not let me in"
EXAMPLE DREAMSExample dream : Jail in a dream was symbolic of the dreamer punishing herself - she was disappointed with her attempts at writing. The previous day she had wished to achieve a great deal with her writing yet achieved nothing. Jail might link to thoughts like "I need to lock myself away and get on with it", which would help her work. Self punishment is usually much harsher and involves self hatred and so the dream may have caught feelings like "I hate myself. I am useless. I achieved nothing." Notice how she is only to be jailed for one day. Surely that links to the feeling "I just need to lock myself in a room for one day and simpky get on with my writing without any distractions." So jail was a symbol for her need for greater self discipline.
Example dream : Jail in a dream linked to the dreamer watching a TV program which made her think of her father who she hated. Jail symbolised her complete hatred for him and feeling that he had been a very bad father (and her wish that he should be 'punished' for his failings).
Example dream : A prisoner in a dream linked to the dreamers very bleak view of the world - he believed that evil and suffering were part of human existence (we were trapped in a life where suffering was inevitable ).
Example dream : In one dream the dreamer escapes a corrupt prison yet returns knowing that the alternative was worse. In real life the dreamer was thinking through her options. She knew that either of her options would make her unhappy. Prison was a symbol of her knowing that she was trapped (imprisoned) in a set of options which made her unhappy.
Example dream : Jail in a dream symbolised the dreamers fear that he would lose a very nasty law suit.
Example dream : A prison in a dream linked to the dreamer quitting his job. Prison symbolised his inability to change this decision once made.
Example dream : A creepy prison was a metaphor for the dreamers boss and how she was behaving. The dreamer had just found out that she was suffering from cancer and had noticed that she was behaving crankily. The dreamer realised that it was probably her illness which had caused this (she was trapped in an illness which was causing her bad moods).
Example dream : A prison dream linked to the dreamers thoughts about religion the day before. She enjoyed 'Mass' but hated organised religion. If she participated then she would feel trapped ('imprisoned') in a belief system that she disagreed with.
Example dream : Dreaming about someone who recently went to prison linked to the dreamers thoughts about his own ill health. He felt he was generally going downhill and would end up the type of person who was hooked on drugs and who could end up in jail.
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