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Did You Dream About Asphyxiation? Here's What It Means

A symbol like asphyxiation can be a complex one to really explain for sure. Because dreams are visual manifestations of our subconscious mind, and they may include symbolic references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation fits every dream about asphyxiation or any other symbol.

Below are three possible perspectives on a dream about asphyxiation, written from very different perspectives.

Which of these insights makes the most sense for you?

What does asphyxiation 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 experiencing asphyxiation can symbolize feeling trapped or suffocated in a situation or relationship in your waking life. But the meaning can vary.

It may indicate a need for freedom or a desire to escape from a stifling circumstance. Witnessing someone else being asphyxiated in a dream, on the other hand, might suggest that you are suppressing or holding back some aspect of yourself. It could also reflect feelings of powerlessness or guilt about a situation where you feel unable to help or intervene. These dreams can serve as a wake-up call to address these issues in your waking life.

Asphyxiation is a somewhat colorful and puzzling dream experience to really interpret with certainty. To really say without any doubts, I would need to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's life story and current mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of asphyxiation, from a Freudian perspective, may represent a manifestation of repressed anxieties or fears.

It's a complex concept though... The sensation of choking or suffocation could symbolize a struggle with expressing oneself, indicative of an internalized conflict between the id's primal urges and the superego's moral constraints. Witnessing asphyxiation, conversely, may suggest a projection of these internal conflicts onto another, a displacement of one's own feelings of suffocation or repression. This could also signify a latent guilt or helplessness, perhaps a perceived failure to intervene in a distressing situation. Both scenarios underscore a need for introspection and confrontation of these repressed emotions or conflicts.

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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 experiencing asphyxiation may symbolize a spiritual crisis, a feeling of being cut off from your divine source or higher self. This could be a call to reconnect with your spiritual path and seek inner peace. Witnessing someone else being asphyxiated, on the other hand, might suggest that you are observing a part of yourself being suppressed or denied. This could be a spiritual message to acknowledge and integrate this aspect of yourself. Both scenarios are invitations to deepen your spiritual journey, to breathe in the life force, and to allow it to flow freely within you.

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So which dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which interpretation above for asphyxiation applies to your dream vision?

Only you can know for certain. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted thing to understand. Just about any object or action in a dream can signify multiple things — or result from multiple activities in our daily lives.

Have a slightly different analysis on a dream about asphyxiation that you'd like to share? Please consider adding your personal analysis in the comment area below.

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