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

Whenever a colorful dream-concept like fighting appears prominently in your dreams, it can have many potential interpretations.

Written below are three possible ways of interpreting dreams about this dream from our dream experts.

Which interpretation makes the most sense for you?

What does fighting 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 fighting someone often signifies internal conflict. Of course, dream interpretations are seldom that simple.

You may be grappling with feelings or decisions, symbolized by the person you're fighting. It's a manifestation of your struggle to resolve this inner turmoil. Witnessing a fight, on the other hand, suggests you're avoiding some confrontation in waking life. You may be trying to distance yourself from a conflict, but your subconscious is urging you to address it. Both scenarios underline the importance of facing conflicts, whether internal or external, for personal growth and peace.

Fighting is a very complex and fascinating dream concept to offer a definitive opinion on. To really say confidently, I'd want to understand the dreamer's life and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of engaging in combat may indeed represent an internal struggle, a clash between the id's primal desires and the ego's rational restraint, a Freudian concept.

But fighting can say quite a few things — The adversary in your dream may symbolize a repressed aspect of your psyche, an embodiment of your shadow self. Witnessing a fight, on the other hand, could suggest your role as an observer in your own life, a manifestation of the Freudian concept of displacement. You may be projecting your own conflicts onto others, thus distancing yourself from your own internal discord. Both dream scenarios emphasize the necessity of confronting and integrating these repressed aspects for achieving psychological wholeness, a process Carl Jung referred to as individuation.0

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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 about fighting someone is a spiritual call to acknowledge and confront your inner battles. The opponent in your dream is a reflection of your own self, representing the aspects you're struggling with. It's a divine nudge to embrace self-awareness and healing. Witnessing a fight, on the other hand, indicates your spiritual self is observing the conflicts in your life. It's a sign that you're being guided to step in and resolve these issues, rather than avoiding them. Both scenarios are spiritual reminders that inner peace comes from facing and resolving our conflicts, not from running away from them.

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So whose dream analysis makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on fighting fits with your your dream experience?

Only you can know for certain. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a complicated puzzle. Just about any dream image can symbolize many different meanings — or result from multiple activities in our conscious lives.

Do you have a better dream analysis for a dream about fighting that you'd like to share? Please consider adding your own thoughts in the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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