DREAM DICTIONARY - Rape : Rape is often symbolic of emotions that we
associate with rape such as powerlessness, humiliation and
taking advantage of the weak. Has someone just tried to
humiliate you? Have you been taken advantage of? If so then
the dream probably links to that issue.
Rape can also have sexual meanings. Obviously if you fear rape then that could be its meaning. Rape can also link to ways in which men behave inappropriately towards women - they may make sexual comments which are disrespectful. If you have been badly treated by men in the past then it could link to your feelings that all men are evil. A girl who has never had sex may experience a rape dream as sex to her will seem very awkward.
KEY WORDS : Sexually inappropriate, sexually awkward, intimidating, disgusted, powerless, callous,sexual harassment, enjoy causing misery, humiliated, lied , used, a bleak view of the world, subjugation of women, raw sex, innocence destroyed, utterly devastated(write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind. Then see if any of these words could appear in those quotes)
KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream.) :
- "I am a virgin and feel awkward sexually"
- "it was sexually inappropriate"
- "yesterday he acted in a way that was really quite sexually intimidating"
- "he just uses women"
- "I feel really insecure around older men"
- "I feel a lot of anger towards men in general"
- "at the time I loved my ex but now all those special moments seem so degrading"
- "I felt totally humiliated"
- "I feel so powerless and abused"
- "I felt sick"
- "They lied and cheated and took advantage of me"
- "It was the worst thing that could have happened to me"
QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Have you felt sexually used recently?
- Do you feel powerless or humiliated in some way right now?
- Has someone been acting in a sexually inappropriate or intimidating way?
- Are you sexually inexperienced and feel nervous at the thought of sex (even with someone you care about)?
- In what ways did you feel totally sick yesterday?
- Who has been lying to you and taking advantage? WORD ASSOCIATIONS:
humiliate, apprehended, psychopathic, fear-filled, accusingly, headlines, continued, suddenly, genuine, insisted, stalking, belonged, cold blooded, selfish, victim, glared, decision-making, incest, attempted, distracted, sadistic, agonising, threatening, allowing, intercourse, unspeakable, inevitable, unlimited, impossible, prostitute, sanctioned, repeatedly, violently, suspected, brutally, surprise, several, hot line, knocked, victims, consent, vicious, accuses, assault, argued, afraid, crying, frenzy, stance
Dreams make associations. Think of anything that comes to mind when you read through the list of word associations above. Dreams will especially link to recent thoughts and moods. If you can think of a way in which you might use one of these words then the dream may just capture that exact thought.
For instance, a "rape" dream could link to the words "selfish" and "relentless" and the dream capture a thought like "Its inevitable. They are relentless and selfish in getting the money. Those cowboy builders will go to any lengths to get the money I owe".
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Example dream : A dream with a gang rape linked to the extremely conservative culture that the dreamer had moved back too (she had spent some time in the west). The gang rape symbolised the power of men over women in their culture and the subjugation of women.
Example dream : A dream about children being raped was linked to the dreamers extremely bleak view of the world - she felt that there was only pain in the world.
Example dream : Getting raped in a dream linked to the dreamer feeling humiliated the previous day (humiliation is a key feature of rape). Her boss said that he had made a bad choice in promoting her.
Example dream : Rape in a dream linked to an incident the day before when the dreamer felt very humiliated by her boyfriend.
Example dream : A dream about the dreamers daughter being gang raped was linked to the dreamer finding out the man she loved was having sex with men. The rape symbolised the feelings she felt about this - she was disgusted and utterly humiliated.
Example dream : A man whose name was John Raper in a dream linked to the dreamers very callous treatment of a woman. (rapists are cold and unemotional)
Example dream : Rape in a dream linked to someone who was talking to the dreamer in a sexually innappropriate way.
Example dream : A gang rape symbolised a group of cowboy builders who had taken advantage of her.
Example dream : A rape in a dream linked to the dreamer breaking up with her boyfriend during a very difficult time for the dreamer. Rape symbolised the feelings of betrayal as she split up with the man she thought she was going to marry (her hopes and dreams were crushed). Rape can be symbolic of our hopes and dreams being crushed - it captures that feeling of utter devastation.
Example dream : A woman who is being raped and assaulted symbolised the dreamers frustration. She worked in a family violence unit and recently two murders had taken place. She felt that no one cared about violence towards women
Example dream : A rape dream symbolised the dreamers participation on an internet forum. She had been subjected to some terrible abuse from other members of the forum but had realised that it was just an initiation.
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