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Did You Dream About a Crime? Here's What It Means

Whenever a memorable dream vision like a crime makes an appearance in dreams, it can have several possible explanations.

Below are three interesting interpretations of dreams involving this dream from our dream analysis gurus.

Which of these explanations best matches your dream vision?

What does a crime mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about committing a crime often signifies feelings of guilt or shame about something in your waking life. But the dream can be more nuanced than just that.

It may not be related to an actual crime, but rather a moral or ethical transgression. On the other hand, witnessing a crime in a dream can indicate feelings of helplessness or fear. It could also suggest that you're turning a blind eye to something wrong in your life. Both dreams are a call to introspect and address unresolved issues.

A crime can often be a deep and multifaceted dream symbol to offer a definitive opinion on. To know with any kind of confidence, I'd want to get an understanding of the dreamer's life and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of perpetrating a crime may symbolize an unconscious transgression against the superego, the moral compass of the psyche, indicating a struggle with guilt or moral conflict.

Some additional thoughts on this: It's not necessarily a literal crime, but a symbolic violation of personal or societal norms. Conversely, witnessing a crime in a dream might reflect the id's desires being acted out, causing anxiety or fear. It could also signify the ego's awareness of the id's desires, which are perceived as socially unacceptable or harmful. Both scenarios invite a deeper exploration of one's unconscious conflicts and repressed desires.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of committing a crime can be a spiritual signal of inner turmoil, perhaps a violation of your own moral or ethical code. It's a call from your higher self to realign with your core values. Witnessing a crime in a dream, however, can symbolize your spiritual self observing actions that are not in harmony with your soul's purpose. It's an invitation to intervene, to bring light into areas of your life where darkness prevails. Both dreams are spiritual nudges to restore balance and integrity in your life, urging you to honor your true self and your divine purpose.

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So whose dream analysis matches your dream?

Which of the preceding explanations for a crime fits with your unique situation?

Only you can know for certain. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted thing. Just about any concept from a dream can reflect a wide range of things — or be the result of multiple themes from our waking lives.

Got a slightly different interpretation on a dream about a crime that you'd like to share? Contribute your own analysis in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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