Numb, childish, dependent, insensitive (a child projecting its psyche on the puppet). It is important to look at how these symbols are connected. They may point to a rediscovery of childlike emotions, or to the necessity to say good-bye to them.
If you are the puppet, you see yourself as without a soul, as only a pretty plaything.
Until the late Middle Ages, the puppet was considered a defense against evil ghosts or as possessing magical powers. Such beliefs are still mirrored in the practice of having mascots.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
1- When a puppet appears in a dream there is perhaps a sense of being able to manipulate circumstances or people around us.
A puppet can also represent the more mechanical processes of our being, those activities which go on automatically in the background.
2- If someone else is working the puppet, we may feci that we are being manipulated. It would be wise to look at how we are co-operating in everyday life in becoming a victim.
If the puppet is manipulating us we have become aware that bureaucracy is causing us difficulty. What should be working for us has, in fact, turned into some kind of a manipulator.
3- At certain stages of development, we can become aware that we are powerless without a spiritually motivating force behind us. We arc like puppets in the greater scheme of things.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Depth Psychology: Puppets usually represent dependence—on other people, substances, sex, etc. Sometimes they indicate the negative influences and control that you feel others have over you. Do you feel like a marionette? Are you known to pull “strings” to manipulate others? In either case, you need to make some changes! See Thread.... Dreamers Dictionary
At certain stages of development, we can become aware that we are powerless without a spiritually motivating force behind us. We are like puppets in the greater scheme of things.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
This symbol addresses your nervous system, where the wires of the puppet are your nerves. Often you cannot see the puppeteer directly, but he is the one who is “pulling your strings,” symbolizing the power that is hidden behind the curtains. This symbol questions how you could “better” coordinate your intellectual resources and nervous system. What is pulling you? And where?... Little Giant Encyclopedia