Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, considered dreams to be manifestations of repressed thoughts hiding in the unconscious. Dreaming about killing someone (even though to protect family), therefore, can be extremely confusing and disturbing for the dreamer.
Dreaming about killing someone to protect a family member reflects something that’s happening (or will happen) in the dreamer’s waking life. It usually signifies an external issue that’s embarking upon the life of the dreamer’s family member.
Details are important here because such dreams can have positive or negative meanings depending on the context. If the dream about killing someone to protect exudes light and goodness, it’s a positive sign. The opposite is true if the dream feels like a nightmare.
Meaning of Dream About Killing Someone to Protect Family
According to Freud, the difficult problems we have in our waking life sometimes manifest in our dreams. These problems can be about past issues and trauma or even something as trivial as getting stressed from work.
In psychology, killing in a dream has something to do with repressed emotions brought by issues in the past that play in the subconscious mind. Simply put, the dreamer might be carrying a burden from the past into their dream.
Dreams about killing somebody to protect one’s family are also usually connected to relationships. It can be a sign that problems or conflicts might be waiting for the dreamer’s loved ones. Therefore, it’s best to always be there for your family especially during their difficult times.
The context is important when interpreting dreams like this. One must take into consideration details such as the person who was killed (a stranger, a friend, etc.) and the way they were killed. In general, dreams about killing someone signifies a person escaping something significant in life.
It’s believed that dreams can be grouped into two major parts: dreams related to the past and present and dreams related to the future. In ancient civilizations, dreams about killing someone to protect family are associated with the supernatural.
When the dream feels pleasant (despite it being about killing), it’s done in the presence of God. If the dream feels like a nightmare, evil entities might be in your presence.
Dreams about killing to protect represent two states of mind: the rational and the irrational. You might be feeling like you’re in a rut or you feel that you’re feeling unfair because you’re being blamed for something you haven’t done.
Such a dream can also be a sign that you’re being overwhelmed by fear. It’s best if you take things slow and prioritize healing yourself. Dreams about killing can also stand for unrealized talents and potential or feminine and receptive qualities.
Meanings of Other Dreams About Killing
Killing a Person Who Was Stalking You
Dreaming about killing a person stalking you suggests that you’re feeling uncomfortable in your waking life because of the attention you’re recently getting. This can also be a sign that someone is obsessed with you. It’s advised to be cautious around your surroundings especially if you have no idea who it might be.
Killing a Stranger
In a dream about killing a stranger, the stranger in question symbolizes your addiction. This is a sign that you need to address your addiction problems. You should break bad habits as well.
Killing a Higher Up
Killing a higher up, specifically your boss, is a manifestation of your lack of satisfaction. Dreaming about killing your boss (even if the two of you have quite a harmonious relationship in your waking life) is a sign that you feel like you’re being held back from reaching your true potential. This dream usually signifies the dreamer’s desire to progress in their career.
Killing a Family Member
Killing a family member in a dream symbolizes repressed negative emotions. You might be going through a difficult period in your life that resulted in this. It can also mean that a family member is being too controlling of you and you want to be free.
Killing Someone by Accident
Dreams about killing somebody accidentally are usually associated with criticism. You might be being criticized by other people in your waking life.
Killing a Bully
As previously mentioned, dreams are symbolic representations of what goes on in our unconscious. The bully in the dream can be someone you know in your waking life, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to kill them.
Your unconscious might be using the image of someone who bullies you in your waking life to represent your inner bully. There might be an inner figure that antagonizes you from within. This dream is a sign for you to love and be gentle to yourself.
Killing and Burying Someone
A dream about you killing and burying someone signifies that you’ve been bothered by numerous problems for some time now. This dream is a sign that you’ve decided to face all your problems head-on.
Being Told to Kill Someone
If you dream about being told to kill someone, it implies that your life is being controlled by someone else. This might be very uncomfortable for you, so this dream serves as a sign that it’s time for you to be independent and take the wheel of your own life.
Trying to Escape After Killing Someone
Dreaming about trying to escape after killing someone is a bad omen. This dream is a sign that many problems are waiting for you soon. It’s best to ask help from someone you trust, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed by solving them all on your own.
Watching a Murder
If you see yourself in a dream watching a murder, it’s a sign that you want to get rid of the anger and negative emotions existing inside you. If you harbor negative feelings toward someone in your waking life, it’s time to let go of them.
Seeing a Killer
Seeing a killer in a dream implies that a certain situation in your waking life has ended dramatically. It can also mean you’re losing your own identity by trying to be something you’re not.
To see yourself being killed in a dream is a sign that many changes are about to happen soon (e.g., changing some of your old habits). It can also imply that someone you trust hurt you deeply in your waking life.
In general, dreams about killing someone signifies our desire to kill the antagonistic figures in our psyche. Dreams about killing someone to protect loved ones, however, can have different meanings. The above dream interpretations are general, and your understanding of the symbolism behind the act of killing (and other details such as the person killed and the way of killing) might mean differently in your dream.
To decipher its precise and personalized meaning, it’s best to seek the help of psychics who specialize in dream meaning, as they can provide readings that are specifically tailored for you. You can get in touch with professional dream interpreters on this website for a more in-depth interpretation of your experience.