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Meaning And Interpretation: What murder means in the dream state?

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Murder dream meaning


Dreams about murder are known to be uncommon.

There is many details that can surround such a dream and this could have been a nightmare for you! To dream you've committed a murder signifies that you're putting an end to an old ways in life and a former enemy may come into your life again! This could refer into an addiction you have or an actual tangible person - who will bring you confusion.

The dream suggests that you have pent up anger or feeling aggression or at a former company you use to work for, an old relationship or even at yourself. Often, the dreams of murder can occur during times of great depression. Are you feeling depressed? To dream that you see a murder suggests that others will lean on you in the future. It can be rather worrying to see any killing in a dream, to the point you might wake up and night and worry. Murder is not the best nightmare to have I am afraid.

Reasons for dreams about murder

  • There is a part of your life which seemed to change.
  • You are harboring thoughts of aggression and anger towards a previous company that you worked for.
  • You feel aggression towards another person or people in life.
  • You may feel worried about your actions of the past and how these are your future.
  • Murder in dreams indicates our own aggression, anger and conflict in life.
  • It may be that you are trying to end something important.
  • You will face transformation and change.
  • Possible feeling of depression due to another person.

Dreams about being murdered:

If you indeed were murdered during the dream it could mean that you’re bottling up your own aggression that something in your past. There is a focus from a psychological point of view to move on in life and that you just have to let go of past problems. It also common that you dream of running away being chased by a murderer. This indicates that it is very important that you just let go of all those hurts and pains that have been experienced in life. To dream that you're murdered with a weapon indicates that some significant and important relationship has been severed. You're working to disconnect yourself in life.

Dreams about somebody you know being murdered:

If there is somebody that you do not know or recognize during your dream this could be a symbolic representation of somebody in your current life you simply do not like. Dreams can sometimes be somewhat confusing, they are never straightforward and at times difficult to know what they actually mean. If you want to remove somebody from your life (or just take a break) then it is quite common to dream of somebody being murdered that you do not know in real life. This can be part of your own personality you want to murder or remove values represented by other people such as co-workers, bosses, partner or even children. Don’t worry it is not that dramatic and can just suggest you need a break – time away from someone for a while!

Dreams about you being a murder:

To dream YOU are the murderer suggests that your activities in life are not being seen, the worrying dream of a murder shows your subconscious mind that you need to be listened to, especially in a work context. To dream that somebody is killed by you indicates that you're on the point of losing self-control and you have had enough in life. Things that you would normally “let go” are now bothering you. You have become less tolerant! Consider and ask yourself whether you are feeling anger towards others in life? Your dream could be expressing some anger that is concealed. You could be attempting to kill a part of yourself which is represented by the killer in the dream. Identify the features of the murderer and ask yourself which of those qualities you're attempting to put an end to. Violent deaths in dreams are never easy to watch. If you commit murder, it suggests that you're engaging in certain situations where you should not be.

To dream that you murder somebody indicates that you don't want interference with certain people in life, not that you really wish to really kill others. To see somebody you know killed in your dream means you have been feeling confused or angry in life.

Dreams about killing:

To kill somebody the dream indicates you were expressing your hatred towards that person or trying to “kill” something in life. There can be times when the person that is being murdered can represent an aspect of your own personality. In my dream, I was trying to murder a stranger. All of a sudden, they came back at me. It was quite harrowing dream as you can imagine! This dream represents a dual aspect whereby I was trying to murder somebody but they retaliated. In this instance, the dream indicates pain from the past, that is still following me through life. Such dreams can mean that there has been an untold focus on failures and that sometimes you just need to let go of the past.

If you are a man for instance you dream of killing a woman it could represent that you are trying to remove the feminine side or parts of your personality. There are many different types of spiritual reasons why you would have such a dream too. Many of my older dream books indicate that dreaming of murder can represent possible sacrifices in life, previous painful relationships and of course transformation.

There is occasion where dreams about murder represents that you were feeling guilty about something you have to face consequences. Depending upon the details of the dream the meaning can also signify that you are trying to enter phase of your life. The murderer can represent your own fears which are coming to force and that may also halt personal growth or missions. If you dream about murdering somebody then this can suggest that there are problems you are struggling with and you were trying to remove the unconscious aggression - during the dream about murder. This dream can also indicate an opportunity which has been murdered. This is significant you are also the murderer and murdering others. If you dream of murdering somebody that you do not know, this represents a previous and past relationship which was saddled with difficulty - and the symbolism can represent that the relationship is neither positive or negative.

Dreams about witnessing a murder:

The dream may be associated with hidden talents that you have forgotten or not fully taking advantage of. To see a serial killer in your dream indicates you are disconnected from conscience and your inner emotions. You're feeling disappointed, shocked and overwhelmed in waking life if you dream of a murder in a home or within a property in the dream. To see a street crime or killing on the streets indicates the end of something in life. To see a drive by shooting in the dream can be associated with a new start in life.

To observe a murderer in your dream suggests that an important area of your life is being cut off. You believe you're losing your self-identity and possibly your individuality in waking life. This dream may signify the need for peace in your life. Are you standing up for yourself in life? There is a need to focus on “you.”

To witnesses a murder, then the great news is this is an indicator of profound change. To see a family member murdered can foretell that you might be denying, or even seeking to control, a component of your own life. To see your own children murdered in a dream can be the worse nightmare a parent ever has. In ancient dream dictionaries to kill your son or daughter in a dream can be a warning you have to bear in control of your feelings at all times. If you accidentally kill your son or daughter/ children it is associated with trying to see the positive side in life. Maybe you have been depressed lately and you wish to remove that depression. Your son/daughter and children as symbolic of an extension of you in the dream. To see the murder of a family member suggests that you will enraged to the point of murderous intent. To see your sister murdered in a dream indicates that you're likely to become miserable in life - try to cheer up. To see the murder of your brother suggests worry in the family.

To observe a murderer and kill somebody in your dream foretells sadness resulting from the actions of others. You are likely wondering your worth as an individual and the way you perceive yourself. This means a behavior routine that has to be resolved. If you're partner is murdered in the dream this usually means you'll be involved in certain dishonorable experience that will damage your reputation. To see someone you know as the killer who commits murder in your dream, foretells a new start and possible jealousy. Murdering people in a dream might also be the consequence of a demonically induced nightmare in some dream dictionaries so try to understand how much the dream bothered you on awakening. If a person finds themselves confessing to wrongdoing of a murder in the dream, it means regaining honor, dignity and accurate repentance. To murder an animal is symbolic. The dreamer wants to be liked by others. For someone to murder your dog in the dream is connected to anger inside. This is pent up anger. You need to release this positively! To dream someone murdered your cat suggests that you need to focus on those that care for you.

Dreams about assassin:

To observe an assassin / hitman in your dream, foretells sadness resulting from the misdeeds of others. If you're the hitman is you and you kill somebody, this means you'll be involved in certain dishonorable experience in waking life. If you kill yourself in the dream state, or commits suicide it usually means that you need peace in your life right now.

Dreams about family murder:

To murder your mother or see your mother murdered by another indicates you're involved with a terrible situation which will destroy your reputation. You may have some anger at others or in yourself. Should you dream of watching a murder of your father, it forewarns that somebody will do something that amuses but also saddens you. Dreaming that you murder your father means that others will turn to you for advice.

Dreams about murder with weapons:

It is obvious that weapons could be used during the dream. Finding yourself in a situation where you are using weapons in order to murder somebody can indicate cutting corners and you’re trying to figure out how to move forward in life. Some dreams are so vivid that they take us from the emotions of pain without experiencing any pain in real life. The main reason why you could see yourself using a weapon indicates you are trying to protect yourself from something in life, and, some people can actually control what happens in their dreams and this is known as lucid dreaming. For example, if you dream that a murderer is chasing you if you are in a lucid state you may be able to turn round and protect yourself. Science tells us that weapons in dreams often subconscious mind trying to protect ourselves from a traumatic event. This could pinpoint the root of our own murder dream nightmares. The purpose of dreams allows to understand our own urges that society judges may be unacceptable. It can be somewhat upsetting if you have committed a crime during the dream. We do have a focus on moral codes, the specifics surrounding the dream. Such as who was murdered, what with, and how really need to be analyzed. The other element of the dream is that you could feel guilt about something. Weapons and the way someone died (or you died) can present themselves in many ways.


If you dream of murdering somebody with a gun this can be in association with your own symbolism of control and power. The gun in psychology terms is known as a phallic symbol. This means that is connected to our own inner power. Dreaming that somebody uses a gun to shoot you illustrates you wish to escape from a crowded schedule or have time on your own. If you are trying to defend yourself from a gunshot dream you need to consider whether there is somebody that you wish to forgive. Not being able to pull the trigger in a dream indicates that you may be feeling exhausted lately. You may need to protect yourself too much work.


Seeing yourself trying to murder somebody with a knife can be a very disturbing dream. It indicates that we were struggling to assert yourself in a situation. The knife itself represents the dreamers hidden goals. It can mean that your emotions and also the fact that you maybe worried about someone else fear or anger.


Creating an explosion in a dream blowing up buildings for example can be associated from a subconscious perspective of something difficult that may cross your path in the near future.


Dreaming of poisoning somebody in a dream is often a symbol of some kind of emotional material lack. More positively, the poison can also represent material things and distractions whereby you wish to focus on achieving more spiritual enlightenment.


Drowning in dreams stands for a need to embrace the flow of life. Drowning could be one of the most terrifying ways for anybody to die. If you like control and the dream is trying to tell you to go with the flow rather than against anything.

Blunt Object:

Using an object such as a stone or hammer to hit somebody over the head in a dream can represent the ability to love, create and forgive something that you need to review. The blunt object itself suggest your hidden goals are not easy to attain but will appreciate their value go through many different trials and setbacks in life. The dream of murdering somebody by hitting something over the head can mean that you are reflecting on all your past problems, but it is right to do so in order to move forward.


To dream of a lethal injection, or drugs stands for the self-discovery have something of value to you. The injection indicates that you feeling repressed by other people’s actions.


Fire represented in a dream about murder can suggest there is a burning question you need to answer. The fire is a symbol of the forces that prevent you from making the progress to aspire further in life. If somebody set you on fire during your dream and this indicates confusion. The fire symbolizes your own obstacles and frustrations in the way of progress, if you are struggling with the situation waking life it can mean that your current situation requires you to think deeply at how to achieve your goals.


To dream that somebody is trying to hang you illustrates possible confusion. It can also mean that you are tangled up with somebody in real life. If rope was featured in your dream then this shows you will succeed in doing a problematic situation. If the murderer is tangling you in the rope it is a symbol that you need to stop and think about your future. To see yourself hanging from something in a dream may be signal that there is a problem which is suspended or lacks confusion. If somebody tried to hang you from upside down it means that you may be longing complete your own wishes. I often think that hanging in dreams is represented by the tarot card the hanged man, whereby he’s hanging from a rope and is unaware of how to move forward because he is bored with his general existence. I hope you can take something from this analogy.


To dream that you are strangled or asphyxiation was presented by someone else, in your dream indicates you may wish to review your potential and growth. Surprisingly, strangulation is quite an uncommon murder method in the real world. There was only 194 murders in the USA during 2012 which involved this method. The strangulation itself is no in psychology terms as an archetypal symbol and can indicate that you may wish to keep and the secrets and desires which are hidden from those people around you.

Dreams of murder and psychology:

Sigmund Freud in 1909 accompanied by Carl Jung delivered a series of lectures on psychoanalysis at Clark university in Worcester, Massachusetts. This lecture did address what murder can mean in the dream. Freud believed that the path to happiness and the meaning can sometimes be misconstrued. Happiness will evolve if we live in the moment, and only for the moment. He believed that we want to understand our secrets of life that we must turn to the past however in certain situations we must always look and live for the future.

Carl Jung believed that dreaming of murder indicates one must ask what the future will bring. Historically, he wrote a number of papers filled with apocalyptic messages of how murder divides humanity into two parts. Death was associated with our deepest wish and desires. In Freud’s book “ the interpretation of dreams” there was a number of different symbolism is which could represent our own lives. In particular, death indicates a journey which is taken and that our unconscious mind is focused on transforming.

Dreams about murder from a scientific perspective:

Turning to science, there was a research conducted in a sleep lab in Germany in 2014 about the implication of what dreaming of murder mean. In this study 443 students were analyzed to understand if there is any relationship between the various traits of those people who dreams of murder. The study found that only a small proportion of people dream about murder (3%). And, murder dreams can be associated with our own aggression in waking life, especially, if you have watched violent movies played computer games. It was agreed in this research that people was somewhat introverted and found difficulty in socializing with others.

In summary, there is lot’s to consider in a dream of murder. I’ve been analyzing dreams for the last 20 years, and last night I woke up from a nightmare where I was being murdered, which resulted in me updating this 10 year old dream meaning. I know you may have been feeling somewhat apprehensive due to the fact that a murder dream is not a nice experience. Why did I have such a dream? I believe it was because of my feelings of disappointment at what happened in a past relationship. It’s quite uncommon to dream of the being this way so you murdered, and normally indicates a transformation in life, I hope this dream meaning brings some closure to your dream.

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