Fear of integration; part of the self that is unusual and unrecognizable.
Which part of me is consumed?
The dream of cannibalism is mostly defined as inappropriate and rude behavior. The symbol of cannibalism in dreams was already known in early Babylonian and Assyrian dream books and it was explained as wealth for him the the one who eats the meat with him. According to Freud, the cannibalism as a symbol represents the affections of sadism, which sometimes might be true.
Closer relation Generally, the dream indicates that the dreamer wish to have closer relationships with the one he was eating. It is not necessarily have to be the love relationships it could be a friendship that he wish to be closer than it is at the moment.
Desire to get rid something and the need to survive If the one that is cannibal in his dream feels disgusted and horrified by his own actions, then it could simply show the rejection of inappropriate food or wrong actions he is doing. The dreamer has some of the personality aspects which he wish he could get rid of. In a dream, to eat the flesh of the human may also show his desire to eliminate the enemy or the competitor out of his life. Consider, that the dream might also show the human instincts to survive, which means that when the food is needed, it has to be provided in any way.
Psychologically the person that is a cannibal represents the personality of the possessive, egoistic and selfish person.
Desire to control The dream could also indicate the relationships between two individuals. One of them has very dominant personality and wish to control the other one as much as it is possible. The eating as the process is a proof of wanting to regulate the other individual’s life in all aspects of his performance. Such relationships very often happens between mother and son, when the mother finds it hard to give her son away an/or share him with another woman in his life – lover or wife.
On the spiritual level, the symbol of human flesh and the fact of cannibalism is explained as the force to become someone or get rid of something.
- The desire to take something in control if you are a cannibal – for a dreamer to be a cannibal signifies his wish to control everything. Alternatively, the dream could show the desire to get rid of the aspects of your personality you do not like;
- Fear of losing your privacy if you were eaten by a cannibal – if someone was willing to eat you or already started doing so, it shows your apprehension to lose your privacy and individuality.
* Please, see meaning of natives, food.