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

Have you ever dreamed about killing? It's a rich and colorful dream topic that carries several fascinating interpretations.

Read on for 3 different explanations from our dream guides on what it means to dream about killing.

Which of these explanations best matches your dream?

What does killing 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 killing someone often symbolizes a desire to "kill" a certain aspect of your own personality, perhaps something you dislike or find challenging. But the interpretation can be more multifaceted than that.

It's a metaphorical representation of self-transformation. Witnessing a killing, on the other hand, could indicate feelings of powerlessness or guilt. You might be observing harmful behavior in your waking life but feel unable to intervene. Both scenarios are typically more about internal conflict and personal growth than actual violence.

Killing is often a complex dream experience to analyze. To really know for certain, I would need to really dig deep into the dreamer's life and 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 committing murder, in the Freudian perspective, often signifies a subconscious wish to annihilate an aspect of one's own psyche, perhaps a trait or habit that is causing internal discord.

Likewise — It's a symbolic act of self-alteration, not literal violence. Conversely, witnessing a murder in a dream may reflect an unconscious sense of culpability or impotence. It could symbolize witnessing detrimental actions in your waking life, yet feeling incapacitated to intercede. In both instances, the dreams are less about physical aggression and more about internal struggle and self-evolution.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 of killing someone spiritually signifies a deep-seated need for transformation, a call to eliminate negative traits or habits within oneself. It's a symbolic act of self-purification, not actual violence. Witnessing a murder in a dream, on the other hand, may symbolize a spiritual awakening, a realization of harmful actions in your waking life, and a call to intervene. It's a divine nudge towards moral responsibility. Both scenarios are less about physical harm and more about spiritual growth and self-improvement.

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Whose dream analysis matches your dream?

Which of the preceding explanations for killing best matches your dream?

Only you can say for sure. Remember that our higher mind can be a complex and multifaceted place. Just about any image in a dream can signify multiple meanings — or symbolize many different activities in our waking lives.

Got a different analysis on a dream about killing that you want to share? Contribute your personal interpretation in the comments below.

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