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Dreaming and meanings of Abuse


To dream of abuse suggests that your sense of well being has been violated and that your belief's in life may be questioned.This dream signifies that people around you will require your help.

The abuse in one's dream maybe experienced as violence and brutality. Our dreams provide a safe place to explore the unconscious mind. Thus, being abused reflects your desire for a resolution or a more comfortable lifestyle. If you dream that your emotions are like a roller coaster then this brings a sense of loss in relation to complexities in waking life. To a degree, it is important to recognize that you can resolve issues in waking life through understanding your subconscious mind.


Bad behaviour in a dream can surface in various ways: from simple annoyance right down to offensive abuse. In essence, any type of negative behaviour, or annoyances in the dream state means it is time for a change in your lifestyle. To suffer abuse as a child in your dream can be rather concerning, it is associated with how we interact with others in waking life. The fact that you did feel abused indicates that you have not been feeling uncomfortable in a situation in waking life.

You may have had...

  • Any dream which involves abuse to others.
  • Someone using abusive language.
  • Abusing other people in your dream.
  • To see any animal being abused.
  • You verbally abuse somebody in your dream.
  • Discover an abuse within your dream.
  • Trying to hide your true colors from people that are abusing you.
  • Inability to stop any type of abuse -- especially at the end of in your dream.
  • Worried about abuse in your dream.
  • You were surprised to discover the police in your dream.
  • You are truly sorry for any abuse in your dream.
  • You have been running away from an abuser in your dream.
  • You're feeling uncomfortable about the abuse within your dream.
  • You have an abusive partner in your dream.

Positive changes are afoot if…;

  • The dream was positive and the abuse was necessary in order to progress in your dream.
  • The abuse was necessary and this did not make you feel bad in any way.
  • If the experiences within your dream are worrying in any way, for example you faced being abused by another person.
  • That the abuse stopped in your dream this indicates that you need to be more comfortable with who you really are deep down inside.
  • If you have the ability to face the situation and escape yourself within your dream.

Time to take on new challenges…

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  • Expressed negativity to the situation within your dream.
  • The situation was not making you feel comfortable.
  • The person your dream is someone you do not know in waking life.
  • You find it difficult to cover yourself or hide yourself and to escape the abuser in your dream.
  • You were imprisoned or taken away in the dream which involved torture.
  • You are trying to move forward in your dream.
  • You are unable to escape the abuser.
  • The abuse was from a stranger.
  • The abuse involved domestic animals or pets.
  • Some people were using abusive language.
  • You find it difficult to escape an abusive partner in your dream state.

Areas of your life this dream may be related to…

  • Friendships with others - especially in a team or group working environment.
  • If in your dream you had no self-esteem or self-worth (no such ego functions).
  • In the absence of abuse occurring in your waking life, the situation is about your non-existence.

Detailed dream interpretation...

If the abuse in the dream is from your partner then you need to work hard on the relationship. You should think about whether you want to be with this person or not. It is your choice. Physical abuse in your daily life can also result in dreams that are terrifying. Therefore, it is important to remain safe in your life. If the abuse in your dream is of a person unknown and that you're feeling uncomfortable then this dream indicates that you are trying to hide from a situation in your waking life.

From a spiritual perspective, a childhood memory in a dream opens the road to forgiveness. Therefore, to dream of an event, such as abuse as a child may manifest as being self-pity a inclination to resist moving forward through forgiveness.


If the dream involved you feeling used by another and that you feel guilty about the experience and you were unable to stop this during your dream. The abused child archetype in dreams supports the reminiscences from the abuse, neglect along with other traumas that might have been suffered throughout childhood. If this dream is symbolic, and it does not reflect upon your waking life then it is important for us to consider the meaning. It is important to try to be true to yourself and to other people your waking life. If you're not feeling comfortable within the dream because of the abuse then this dream indicates you may have been feeling vulnerable in situations relating to other people.

The most important lesson of this dream is that you try and let your true personality shine through. If you dream of narcissism then it is time to review your aims in life.

1930's dream meanings of abuse...

  • To dream that you are annoying the abuser indicates that you have some enemies that are working against you.
  • Any type of annoyances that you experience in your dream simply means that you will find it difficult to carry out daily tasks.
  • To dream of someone is being cunning indicates that you are going to have a happy content friendships in the future. If these cunning people can be abusive then this indicates that you are going to use your own means in order to accomplish in life.
  • If in your dream you are offended by the abuse then this indicates that you are going to attempt to justify yourself to others.
  • If you dream of people that have bad manners then the ancient meaning of this dream is that you are likely to have disagreements with a person in connected to a love affair.
  • To be bullied in your dream indicates that you or going to do well in life.
  • To find yourself teasing, bullying or calling names to anyone indicates that you are well loved and sought after because of your positive and uplifting personality.
  • If you are spitting in your dream then this indicates that there are going to be some unhappy decisions in your life. If somebody is spitting or swearing at you then this shows that you are going to have to disagreements within your life in the near future.
  • If you are abandoned by the abuser in your dream then this indicates your going to have difficulties forming plans in the future.
  • If you abandon somebody else because they abuse you then this indicates you are likely to have some distressing situations in the near future. Think about how you approach people and friends who hold positions of flavour.

Abuse with a weapon…

Any dream involving weapons in anyway shows that you need to approach things with extreme caution. If you found the abuser with a weapon against you or you are in a fight where there is violence, then it shows that it is time to think about how others are treating you, and removing aggressive people in your life. This could be in either a work or relationship. If you dream of people becoming abusive with a weapon then it is clear that you need to think of the reasons why this has happened - what are the reasons?


Aggression is always represented in our lives in some way and you may need to think about your attitude to others.

This is a wake up call to perhaps think about how areas of your life can improve. For more information on what weapon's mean please.

The most important element of this dream is that you can't hide behind close doors and you need to be able to understand why you have chosen certain paths in your life. The answer is: live life. Try to live a balanced life coupled with a stable sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

To dream of being abused by a parent implies knowledge of one's boundaries and a proportionate and realistic appraisal of one's achievements and traits.

If the abuser showed any of the following traits then sadness may enter your life...


  • Feels grandiose and self-important (e.g. exaggerates accomplishments, talents, skills, contacts, and personality traits to the point of lying, demands to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements);
  • In your dream the abuser is obsessed with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence, unequalled brilliance (the cerebral narcissist), bodily beauty or sexual performance (the somatic narcissist), or ideal, everlasting, all-conquering love or passion;
  • The abuser is firmly convinced that he or she is unique and, being special, can only be understood by, should only be treated by, or associate with, other special or unique, or high-status people (or institutions);
  • Requires excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation – or, failing that, wishes to be feared and to be notorious (Narcissistic Supply);
  • Feels entitled. Demands automatic and full compliance with his or her unreasonable expectations for special and favourable priority treatment;
  • The abuser in your dream is "interpersonally exploitative", i.e., uses others to achieve his or her own ends;
  • Devoid of empathy. Is unable or unwilling to identify with, acknowledge, or accept the feelings, needs, preferences, priorities, and choices of others;
  • Constantly envious of others and seeks to hurt or destroy the objects of his or her frustration.
  • Behaves arrogantly and haughtily.
  • If you find people at work are abusive to you in your dream this denotes new times ahead. The message is: no matter how much people want to change you - they cannot. The other meaning of this dream is that people in your waking life are trying to put you down in some way.
  • If in your dream a domestic pet was abused then this dream indicates that somebody close to you is trying to impress you and this person is likely to cause you some minor misfortune. It is important that you make sure you do not let them move into your comfort zone in the near future.

How you handled the abuse is also important...

The rule of thumb is that if the dream was uncomfortable in any way then it is time to take on a new positive personal growth in your life. If you are abusing others or fearing and loathing intimacy, stability and security – yet craving them at the same time signifies new approaches and a rapid succession of apparently inconsistent and disconnected behaviours.

Having this dream can be a direct indication that you are going to be involved in a new relationship or a new place of work soon and you are going to pretend to be somebody else - is this what you want?

The reason why this dream appears in your life generally shows that you have been feeling some emotions and feelings which are negative in nature. You may have recently taken on a challengewhich has enabled you to learn something about yourself or others. It is important for you to consider other factors in your dream, and look these up in the Aunty Flo dream dictionary so that you can work towards a better quality of lifestyle.


Old dream meanings (pre-1920s)...

Ancient dream interpreters believe that if you dream that somebody is abusing another person shows that misfortune in your affairs are going to be prevalent in the future.

This dream also indicates that you are likely to lose some money through being persistent in a business matter which is likely to fail. If you are being abused by a parent or guardian within your dream then this indicates that others won't cause you trouble in the near future. If you are a young woman and you dream that you are using abusive language in this shows the you are likely to be involved with somebody that will be jealous of you. If you use the language yourself then you're going to meet with unexpected consequences in the near future. This may be related to a friendships.

The key learning's from this dream is that you need to think hard about carrying out things in your life to help you succeed. Sometimes we all feel that life is hard or complicated and we've lost touch with our inner self. It is important when considering this dream that things don't have to be that for a while. Think about what will make you happy.

The emotions contained within your dream are another area of consideration. It is important to recognize what motivates us as human beings.


If the abuse is only symbolic then it is time for a fresh start, it is normal to dream that other people behave in an abusive manner and if your dream is overall pleasant then you some spiritual disharmony in your life - which may cause augments between family members

If you are unable to stop the abuse in your dream then this indicates you are going to have ups and downs in life and you will find it hard to understand what will make you happy. It is important for you to make sure that you have connection between what you want now what you want in the future. This kind of dream demonstrates that you are hesitating in a decision regarding a job - this may happen in the future. This dream can also indicates that you have possible fear of the future.

To run away from an abuser in your dream indicates that you are going to have success in the near future -- this will involve moving away from a negative situation in your waking life.


Perhaps happiness you have been feeling trapped in a boring job? Maybe you have an unfulfilled relationship and you are under appreciated? Not seeing the face of the abuser indicates that you are likely to enter avoidance of a particular situation. You need to decide whether you stay in a situation or you move forward.


Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of abuse…

Worrying about the abuser. Pleasurable, adventurous, excited, conscious, curious, open minded, happy, feeling that others matter to you.

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