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Dream symbols - jail

Think of wider usages of the word "jail" as these are most likely to link to the symbolic meanings e.g. "I feel imprisoned by my marriage."

JAILS IN DREAMS:Understanding dreams is not so difficult. In practice dream symbols translate into certain words within the English language. For instance a "jail" dream may simply translate into the word "trapped" and the dream captures the feeling "I feel trapped in a relationship I no longer want".

In practice jails have several symbolic meanings. Try to think how the following words and phrases link into your feelings right now. Then try to write down sentences which capture your key feelings and intuitions right now.Here is the full list of key words.
- "punishing yourself" (The worst prisons are the ones we imprison ourselves into. Do you blame yourself for something?)
- "feeling trapped" (Do you have an emotional urge to just break free? Did yesterday seem stultifying? Do you like to seek out new people and new places? Your dream may depict your wish for spontaneity)
- "responsibilities" (Did you feel trapped with responsibilities yesterday? Did you want to do something yesterday but could not because of commitments? Do you wish for more freedom in life? If so your dream portrays this emotional desire to break free of emotions)
- "hating your job" (Do you hate your job?If so then the dream may portray that feeling. You feel trapped and imprisoned in something that you really dislike. You simply want to break free but cannot because you have no viable alternative)
- "rules" (In real life jails are linked to laws which we cannot break for fear of jail. In dreams this applies to all rule breaking. Do you fear the consequences of breaking a rule?)
- "wanting more freedom" (A jail dream could be your minds way of saying you wish for more freedom. Is this that has been on your mind recently)
- "stuck" Do you feel stuck in a relationship? Do you wish for more freedom)
- "restrictions" (A jail could show your urge to break out of a world which is restricting you and holding you back.)
- "health problems" (Some people suffer from terrible illnesses. It is almost as if they are imprisoned in a body which inflicts pain and suffering on them)
- "fear losing a legal case" (Have you been thinking about a legal case? Are you involved in some inquiry and fear being blamed?)
- "dodgy people" (Your dream may have associated jail with dodgy people. Do you fear someone who is dodgy looking? Are you trying to avoid someone who is untrustworthy and you suspect of crime? If so then your dream depicts this dislike of dodgy looking people and your continuing wish to keep clear of them. Alternatively you may fear you are becoming dodgy yourself and that others do not fully trust you)

Do not read dream dictionaries with simplistic meanings. Yes a dream about a "jail" could mean that you feel "imprisoned." However, the meaning of a dream could link to any context in which that basic theme features. For instance, you could feel "trapped in a marriage." But a jail dream could also have been triggered by a thought such as "actually I don't mind being trapped in a marriage. I know it takes some of my freedom away, but he does love me and we have to work through problems."All you can say is that your mind might have been focusing on the theme of "feeling trapped."