Dreams about killing, murder, shooting others – what do they mean? (dream interpretation killing, murder)
Dream interpretation killing, to kill, murder. Dreaming that you are killing other people might mean many things. Those you kill could symbolize something in yourself that you can’t or won’t approve of (realise about yourself) or something you’d like to get rid of. Most will tell you however, that this simply isn’t possible. At best, you can be aware of these sides of yourself and work on accepting them in order to control them better.
It might also be the case that there’s an internal battle between different sides of you. For example, the “nice” man/woman is battling a more rough/straight forward/shameless side of yourself. In this way you might see another person (representing the “nice” version of you), hitting another person (representing the more rough or shameless side of you).
You might also dream about killing your parents. To a lot of people this will seem very intense and very difficult to understand at first. Why would I want to kill my own parents? In this case, you might ask yourself if you have any reason to be angry or upset with them. Maybe there is something in your relationship with your parents that has yet to be dealt with – something you haven’t spotted that would give you a reason to be (unconsciously) angry with them even though you normally think your parents have been nothing but “good”.
When trying to understand your dreams it is important to know that your dreams are… your dreams. As such, you are the best person to figure out the true meaning of your dreams.
However, it is important to learn how to generally approach your dreams. Dream dictionaries like this one are only a supplement, and if you want to fully utilize the potential of your dreams, you should start at a different place.
My online course “Unlock your DREAMlife” gives you a great foundation for understanding (and recalling) your dreams.
Similarly, you might dream that you are killing your children. Of course, this is out of proportion to real life, but again, you might ask yourself, hypothetically, is there any reason you’d somehow wish your children weren’t here right now? I’ve coached several people with this exact dream. They felt angry about having had children too early in life with the result of a “ruined” youth. In daily life, this translated into being excessively strict with their children (often telling them off for example, where this is not appropriate), and in the language of dreams this translated into killing the children.
In an internal interpretation, the dream might also symbolize killing your own “inner child”. In other words, you are not accommodating this (vital) part of yourself – the ability to let go, to let your hair down, to be curious and open. If you are killing another (maybe unknown) child, this may illustrate the same, but it might also symbolize that you are suppressing a part of yourself. This part could be anything: your musicality, your inner geek, or your inner square dancer – whatever the child could symbolize!
If you are dreaming that you are killing other people, this may symbolize that something in you does not want you as you are or that you would like you to see yourself differently – for better or for worse! Perhaps it is better that you “die” (that your current personality dies) in order for something else – something better – to appear (see also the blog post on Death). The dream might also be an image of a very self-destructive side of yourself that is making life difficult for you. Finally and as a further external interpretation, the dream might also be a real person in your life who wishes bad things for you.
Dream dictionaries are a very helpful tool when interpreting dreams. However, generally learning how to approach your dreams, will give you a better foundation for understanding them. My online course “Unlock your DREAMlife” teaches you how to much better utilize – recall and understand – your dreams.
Also read: Why I no longer interpret dreams for free
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NOTE: Dream interpretation isn’t always easy, and when you are dreaming about killing other people, it will most likely mean something different for you than for others with the same dream. For instance the people in your dream will be different from other people’s dreams. A good indicator of your interpretation being correct is if you strongly feel it applies to you – deep inside of yourself.
I had a dream of me killing my grandfather then people were chasing but when they are about to catch me I fly high what could be the meaning of that
I dreamt that my family left for a vacation. I went back in the house
I was seating down. I had a remote that can see everything. I pressed this lever that pulled back. At first I didn’t know what happened. I did it a second time. Then the police showed up out of nowhere. I came to the door. They showed me a picture of someone but I didn’t recognize it at all. I was scared and terrified. I remember after that, that when I pressed the lever all the way back it came down hard in a counterclockwise rotation. When it it I could see from every angle in that emote from every room when I came to one the lever hit something. That something hit the person that was in the video and that person does. After talking to the police I woke up.
Aitee so I had a dream I was living at any known location snow was on the ground and a guy (unknown) was running through the back yard with a flaming huge ball of tissue/paper trying to throw it in the house somehow and I came out the back door and caught him. He approached me and i shot him and the bullets weren’t coming out(I woke up, went back to sleep having the same dream but upon going back to sleep) the gun started working and he got hit in the head 3 times torso 5. A family member showed up asking was that such on the ground and I said idk then he verified that they were my kin (which i didn’t know any of the people of the dream but me) so we took him in the house and he was still breathing. (Weird dream and it would not leave me be until it was done) can some one come up with a meaning.
Just kast night i saw a dream of me killing 3 people with a gun… i didnt know the people at all. Everytime i shooted, i felt something in my heart. I wasnt caught, but every second in the dream i was nervous. In the end of the dream i was talking to my bestfriend and im very sure she knew what i did.. There was a very dark vibe in the dream
Hi I killed someone with a gun and I cant see the person I shot with a gun but I just know I killed the person and I was relieved that I killed that person. I saw people around me in the dream who don’t wish me well smiling at my shooting the person. Please help me interpret this dream ASAP.
I had a dream about killing 5/6 people I shot 3 and I stab the rest.
I was walking in the street at night and all of sudden I was in front of my kids mother house I snuck in the back door and her new husband was Bring her food and on his way back in the kitchen I shot him in the head 3 times then proceeded to walk into her living room and walk up to her in stab her threw the skull and wipe the blood of her on my body then I proceeded out of the house and found myself out of the man that slept with my wife behind my back and walk into his house and went up to his room and put a pillow of his head and shot him threw the pillow and turned and walk out of the house and just kept killing till everyone that was negative in my life was 6 feet under and after the last one I heard my voice say I enjoyed that payback is a butthole and woke up crying because that is not me
I had a dream that I saw myself married to a white woman with a kid, but suddenly I saw my two sister that came running towards me telling me that arm soldiers were killing innocent people and we decided running somewhere we didn’t know we found ourselves amongst so many peaceful crazy people that started to play with my son and I woke up.
I had a dream about some 2 year old girl that I don’t know that I was babysitting and I drowned and killed her in a fountain… I woke up crying because she did nothing wrong and I felt so bad even though it was just a dream.
Let’s say I Had 2 dream one after another .
First one, I was in class with people and ( i had shirt on me ) I was looking on my forearm and I had few not deep holes big as a coin ( clearly wounds ) .
The second one I was below ocean at night, I couldn’t see the water because it was dark but I knew it was there, suddenly a helicopter arrived, it had a rope( or cable, idk exactly ) going down and at the end of the rope had like two forks, on one of them was a man who is suppose to save some kids on ocean near me or next to me ( I don’t remember exactly ) and
he holds out his hand to me to step on the metal fork.
After we moved to pick up the children, he lifts up a boy, he drops him but I cached it, the rope was going up to the helicopter and he dropped the boy we saved .
Me and the man was still on the forks, the helicopter release the rope so we can go down but it was to fast, he shouted at my something but I couldn’t hear it .
He was saying at he’s signal to take a deep breath and hold because we go deep under water, I realized what he was saying like one second below the water so I was taking a small amount of oxygen .
As we drop fast in the ocean ( it was clear but I could see just my body rest nothing ), after four or five seconds I feel that I need to breath and I couldn’t resist and take a really small inhale on my nose, that moment I look up and I wanted to go to surface but i knew I was to deep already to go back and I didn’t had enough air to swim back ( mention that the man on the other fork disappeared ). So I stayed calm and hold my breath and I waked up .
I had a dream where I was at war and meeting with an enemy. It was a dark lit room and he only had one bodyguard, I was going to ambush him and shoot him with a tiny pistol. When I shot him, I looked up at the bodyguard and he was looking right past me. I turned and my two year old son was laying there with one shot in the stomach. I had shot him without realizing. I fell to the ground next to him and kept saying “it’s okay baby” The pain felt so real and I woke up sobbing. What does this mean?
Hi – without knowing much about your actual situation – it is quite hard and too much guesswork 🙂 A simple angle on the dream could be that where you in waking life think you are protecting your son, you might be “killing” him – i.e. maybe overprotecting him – or somehow causing him harm without knowing (where your intentions of course are directly opposite!). Just a thought given that there is not much to work with. Michael
I had a dream I was home with my son and some friends in my old house in Florida. I was alone in the house when a guy came looking to kill me. As he snooped around outside the house looking into windows, I hid myself against the wall so he couldn’t see me. Once he looked away I turned towards him and shot several times striking him several times and definitely once in the head. I let out the back door and saw my son’s and friends. Somehow my sister appeared, I was afraid she would see the body. My friends told me someone came and took the body of the man.
Last night I killed people in a car with a gun I could feel the gun in my hand I felt the weight and the knock back when I shot it why ? And what does it mean.
I had a dream my best friend killed her son.
Had a dream last night where I was flying a helicopter and I dropped two people in the middle of the ocean. The intent was they’ll die out there. I was full on trying to drop these people off the face of the earth and flew to a new country and just started a new life, I was paranoid but also didn’t care at the same time I don’t even remember who those people were when I woke up even in my dream I wanted to say I knew them but I couldn’t place it.
I had a dream about putting/pushing a bullet through an unkown child, little boy to be specific
I had a dream last night that I bashed a little girls head in , and blood was pouring down my hand . The scary thing was that the blood felt so real , it felt warm , and sticky . It made me feel sick . I’ve always suffered from fantasying murder ( which is a tab bit scary ) but I never dreamed about it . The fact the the dream felt real is terrifying to me .
Hi Alissa – I get the feeling that the girl you are murdering is yourself. Following the “inner interpretation” (that the girl is a part of yourself) – what truly important side of yourself are you denying? A very vulnerable or even very angry side of you? A more truthful way of life? What are your associations to this girl? Best – Michael
I had a dream of killing a lot of people. (not a direct killing, seems like i am a very powerful being on my dreams) i just wished to escape, but they wont let me go and keep on pursuing me. so i killed them. and when i woke up,i feel sad bec the thought of killing worries me even if it is just a dream.
I dreamed of killing my grandparents but they healed, then i woke up and went back to sleep and dreamt about ghosts and our house being haunted