The meaning of Masochism in dream | Dream interpretation
Masochism can represent a desire to punish oneself out of guilt for a crime committed. Physical masochism in a dream can also represent psychological masochism.
Spiritual masochism suggests an act of self-inflicted pain, such as self-flagellation.
The pain perversely brings pleasure. It can be an aspect of martyrdom.
Psychological / emotional perspective: Pleasure from pain, in the emotional sense in dreams, can alert us to our propensity to be a victim, albeit through a self-inflicted injury.
Material aspects: In a mundane sense masochism in dreams can highlight our tendency towards lugubrious acceptance that we can do nothing about the circumstances we are in.
Gives gender - specific: Sado-masochism in dreams, while seemingly sexual in nature, may well show a propensity to tolerate an extreme attitude within a relationship, for both men and women. You might like to consult the entry for martyr for further clarification.
The desire to hurt or be hurt in dreams through sex arises from two causes.
The first is to be a martyr (to suffer for one’s ‘sins’) and the second to feel extreme emotion of one sort or another. We may not allow ourselves to feel deeply in everyday life.