(See Cauterize; Seal)
Bad conscience and masochism. Moral problems, similar to Confession. It is also possible that you will be asked to consider taking responsibility for somebody, or that you need to forgive somebody.
Punishment in a dream is a fairly straight-forward symbol, signifying the dreamer has guilty feelings about something done in real life.
To dream of being Punished signifies an unexpected pleasure at hand.
See Prison an Jail/Jailer.
1- When a child recognises that he or she is not conforming to what is expected, the threat of punishment is often present. In later life, when there is fear of retribution from an external source, we will often dream of being punished.
Self-punishment occurs when we have not achieved the standards we expcct of ourselves.
2- When there is conflict in our lives, if we cannot resolve il we will often dream of being punished. This may be the only way out of our particular dilemma. We would rather suffer pain than resolve the difficulty.
3- The concept of Divine Retribution that is, being punished by a force greater than ourselves suggests a judgmental God. Spiritual punishment is much more, however, the idea of self-flagellation for not having achieved what is required of us.
To dream of being punished for a misdeed is a portent of unhappiness.
If you are doing the punishing, the augury is a good one.