Dreaming of being in handcuffs denotes that we have been restrained in some way, possibly by an authority figure. We may ourselves feel that we need to be more circumspect. ‘Joke’ handcuffs are often taken as symbols of marriage or committed partnership. In dreams their deeper meaning may signal some doubts about the relationship.
This is the spiritually irresponsible part of our nature. We have not yet put ourselves on the correct spiritual path and need to do so. Consult the entries for chaos and joke / joker as well as the information on villain in archetypes.
A joker in dreams is a free spirit or a self-actualized personality, one who has come to terms with life on the physical plane of existence.
Something that one should not take too seriously