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Did You Dream About a Bribe? Here's What It Means

Have you ever dreamed about a bribe? It's an interesting dream symbol that carries multiple possible interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different perspectives from our dream guides on what it means to dream about a bribe.

Which of these explanations makes the most sense for your dream?

What does a bribe mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about bribing someone suggests feelings of guilt and dishonesty. But it's not always such a simple interpretation.

You may be trying to manipulate a situation or person in your waking life. Conversely, being bribed in a dream indicates a fear of losing control or a sense of being manipulated.

It can also reflect a moral dilemma where you're tempted to compromise your principles for personal gain. Both of these dreams highlight a struggle with ethics and integrity, urging you to reassess your actions and decisions.

A bribe is a somewhat rich and colorful dream concept to offer a definitive opinion on. To know without any doubts, it would be necessary to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's past and current mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of bribing someone can be indicative of an unconscious desire to exert influence or control over others, perhaps stemming from feelings of powerlessness or inadequacy in waking life.

This can be a multi-faceted dream symbol though — It may also symbolize a latent wish to bypass obstacles through unethical means, reflecting an internal conflict between the id's primal desires and the superego's moral constraints. Alternatively, dreaming of being bribed suggests feelings of vulnerability and susceptibility to external influences. It may be a representation of an internalized fear of succumbing to temptation, a manifestation of the Freudian concept of moral anxiety. Both of these dreams underscore the need for introspection and self-awareness, encouraging the dreamer to confront and reconcile these conflicting aspects of their psyche.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of bribing someone or being bribed is a spiritual call to examine your integrity and authenticity. If you're the briber, it may symbolize a spiritual disconnect, where you're resorting to dishonest means to achieve your goals. This dream is a divine nudge to realign with your higher self and values. Conversely, if you're being bribed, it signifies a spiritual test of your moral fiber. It's a reminder that your soul's growth is often tested through temptations. Both of these dreams are spiritual wake-up calls to uphold your principles, stay true to your authentic self, and make choices that resonate with your higher consciousness.

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So whose analysis of the dream is best for you?

Which interpretation of a bribe makes the most sense for your dream vision?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a multifaceted place. Each and every object or image from a dream can signify multiple meanings — or result from many different activities in our daily life.

Do you have a different dream analysis on a dream about a bribe of your own? We'd love to hear your personal interpretation to the comment area below.

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