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DREAM DICTIONARY - Rape :

Rape is usually a symbol of one of the specific feelings that we experience if raped such as "powerless", "humiliated" or "taken advantage". So a rape dream could mean that "yesterday he HUMILIATED me so much" 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.

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?

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"

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".

EXAMPLE DREAMS

Example dream : A rape dream linked to the dreamers 3 year old daughter asking questions the previous night about things she should not know anything about. The dreamer felt she had let her daughter down. The symbolism was clear - her young daughter was innocent and needed protecting. When she talked about things that she should not know anything about it left the dreamer with a dirty and degraded feeling. With this theme the dream tapped into the following thought process "I have let my young daughter down. She should not be exposed to such matters at such a young age." Rape dreams will often touch on feelings where the innocent have been degraded and exposed to something dirty.
Example dream : A dream of rape took place when the dreamer was developing strong feelings for her boyfriend. That night was the first time that she was not sleeping with him for some time and she wished for his reassuring presence. Without him she felt as if anything could happen (such as rape). The dreams meaning therefore dealt with this theme of "I felt like anything could happen" within the following context "Tonight was the first time in ages I have not slept with my boyfriend. It was weird and I needed his reassuring presence. Sleeping all on my own I felt as if anything could happen." Dreams will be metaphors for extreme emotions like this. The dream was therefore one of contrast.
Example dream : Rape was a symbol for the dreamers sister in law who had (the day before) tried to humiliate her at every opportunity with a series of sly and hurtful comments. (rapists intentionally hurt and humiliate in the same way as her sister in law intentionally made hurtful comments). The dream tapped into the following thought process "The thing that annoyed me about what my sister in law said was that it was deliberately hurtful "
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 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 : 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 : 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.
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 and suffering in the world. The dreams meaning involved this theme of "pain and suffering" as the dream was triggered by this thought "I have a very bleak view of human nature and believe life is full of nothing but pain and suffering. I will never be loved and never meet a soul mate. I want to die!"
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer is horrified her fiancé is in the shower with her daughter linked to the dreamer being raped continuously by her father when she was young. She was haunted by the issue.
Example dream : A dream of a puppy being raped linked to the dreamer having a really hard day the day before when her boss made her feel like it was a mistake promoting her. The rape symbolised her feelings of total humiliation.
Example dream : A puppy being raped dream linked to the dreamer having a really bad day the day before. This was made worse by her boss who made her feel as if it was a mistake promoting her. She felt completely humiliated.
Example dream : A rape dream linked to the dreamer having to serve a guy who was a convicted paedophile. It just sicked her to think of him and having to serve him just disgusted her.
Example dream : A rape and torture dream was linked to the dreamer being really annoyed by her sister in law the day before. She had made some sly comments and was trying to humiliate the dreamer. The rape was symbolic of the dreamer having to sit there and take this abuse.
Example dream : A rape dream linked to the dreamer knowing her boyfriend wanted to dump her. He was just waiting for someone better to come along. The rape was symbolic of the dreamer feeling used.
Example dream : A dream about being raped by a supervisor linked to the dreamer regretting getting promoted. It was the worst thing that could have happened to her - she had just had a dreadful time since then.
Example dream : An enjoyable rape dream linked to the dreamer being a virgin. She was especially awkward and nervous about sex. However she was also curious and was sure that she would enjoy it even though it would be very nerve racking
Example dream : A dream about drug rape and murder was linked to the dreamer liking it when guys get turned on - she was into raw sex.
Example dream : A rape dream linked to a guy at the dreamers work making sexual comments to her. This was intimidating and he kept asking her out. Later he touched her from behind and no matter what she said he still did not take notice. The rape was symbolic of this sexual harassment.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer is angry at being raped linked to the dreamer feeling anger towards men in general. She had had some bad relationships and felt she had been used. The rape symbolised her low opinion of men in general - she expected the worst from them and expected them to lie and cheat.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer was enjoying rape linked to the dreamer being gay and feeling that people hated him because of it. The rape was symbolic of people thinking the worst of gay people - thinking that they were capable of anything.
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