To dream of punishment may represent feelings of harsh treatment that you or someone else believes is deserved. Believing that behavior needs to be corrected. Feeling that you or someone else needs to “pay the price.” Harsh treatment towards yourself or others for something felt to be inexcusable. Feelings of shame or guilt over a transgression that is real or imagined. Feelings of “punishing yourself.” Intentionally being make difficult for yourself. Feeling that someone deserves to be treated worse than other people. Feeling that someone is acting too harshly towards you or someone else. Feeling that poor treatment towards you is unfair. Feelings about be forced to work beyond reasonable expectations by your boss. Awareness of poor treatment towards others and not speaking up about it. Memories of physical or emotional abuse you endured. Feeling that life is unfair and that God is punishing you.
Negatively, punishment in a dream may reflect your wish to get revenge or “get even” with people who did bad things to you. Desiring God to punish people you don’t like.
Alternatively, punishment in a dream may reflect feelings about the need for strict rules and severe consequences for not following them.
Example: A man dreamed of seeing a man being punished in a dungeon. In waking life he was aware of himself enduring horrendous working conditions without taking action to stand up for himself.
Example 2: A woman dreamed of fearing being punished for not doing what her husband demanded. In waking life she felt that her husband didn’t love her or her kids anymore and would leave her and make her life financially difficult if she didn’t live the way he wanted.
Example 3: A man dreamed of being punished by a large man whom was too big to defend himself against. He could only avoid the large man and run away. In waking life he had a serious health problem that made living his life unbearable.
Example 4: A woman dreamed of being punished by her father. In waking life he felt that she was “paying the price” for deciding not to leave her husband with whom she felt her marriage was now too unpleasant to remain married in.