Punishing, getting back at, or wanting revenge on someone can represent:
- Feeling wronged or "taken from" somehow
- Feeling that someone broke a rule somehow
- Blaming your feelings of anger, resentment, or hurt on someone or something outside yourself
- Holding onto judgments or grudges from the past (perhaps it's time to forgive)
- Self-righteousness, or getting caught up in the idea of "right and wrong"