What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Trying to Hurt You?

By on May 9, 2018

They say that dreams are your mind’s way of trying to tell you something — a message from the deep subconscious. Not everyone believes that, of course, but even those who believe dreams mean nothing at all, will still feel uncomfortable after waking from a bad one. 

Dreams of Being Attacked

Being attacked can mean in both a physical or a mental way — either full-on altercations with someone or being attacked in a verbal form, via internet trolling, for example. 

Both of these — physical altercations and cyber-bullying — can leave a person feeling victimised and as though the people around them are trying to attack them. If you are currently experiencing a similar situation in real life, your dreams could just be projected thoughts and fears — what you worry about happening in real life. 

In many cases, when you dream of being attacked, it isn’t because you are physically or mentally being attacked by someone else, but more that there is an ‘attack’ or battle going on within yourself. You could be battling with a lack of control, for example, which is making you feel vulnerable and almost prey-like. 

Being attacked in a dream could also mean that you are feeling defensive about something. Perhaps there is a little situation going on in your life that you feel like everyone else is trying to destroy, but you are trying to save and protect. One might feel this way when family or friends disapprove of a dating choice, or with other life decisions. 

Who Started It? 

When you take a look at the bigger picture, you may realise that it isn’t YOU being attacked, but rather someone else being defensive as a result of your attacking actions. If you started the attack, again, it doesn’t mean that you are going to physically attack someone, but more that you are self-sabotaging — giving everything up for the sake of a new relationship, perhaps? Self-sabotage can come in many forms, but if you feel conflicted about a situation, not knowing whether or not it is the right one for you, that could be the reason you are dreaming of being attacked. 

How Are You Being Attacked? 

The smaller components of a dream can often make up the bigger picture, so you will want to pay close attention to HOW you are being attacked in the dream, and not just by whom. 

Dreaming about being stabbed, for example, can often mean that you are going through a tough situation — stressful times. 

Dreaming about being stabbed in the back, on the other hand, can mean that you are stabbing yourself in the back — ignoring your own gut instinct or voice to do something that might not be a great choice for you. 

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Trying to Hurt You? 1

Being chased in a dream can mean something else entirely from being stabbed. If someone is chasing you with the intention of attacking you (or that is what you believe), it could mean that you are running away from something you should be dealing with in a more head-on way. Maybe you are avoiding conflicts with friends because you just don’t want to ruin their relationship and tell them that their boyfriend is playing away? 

Who is Attacking You? 

Going back to the dreams of being stabbed, the person who is doing the hurtful action can portray a message. Being stabbed or attacked by a partner could mean that you feel betrayed by that person, although, it might not mean in quite the way you think. Yes, there is a chance that you feel insecure and suspect that your partner may be playing away, but there is also a bigger chance that your dream is trying to reflect a slightly different message. Maybe your partner is doing something that you don’t agree with, and you have decided to keep your mouth shut about it? Or you haven’t yet brought it up with him and are scared to? 

Again, dreams are usually a reflection of what is going on in our own REAL lives. It’s not a mirror image and shouldn’t be taken as such (you are probably not going to get physically attacked just because you have been in a dream), but if you just so happen to get weird dreams around the same time that you have a personal crisis, you’ve found your answer. 

Are you running away or avoiding something? It’s time to tackle it. 


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    April 6, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Last night I have a dream that a hand drop into my chest and the I was crying very hard not in the dream but for real, my parents wake up and try to control me, i am confused what is the meaning of all this?

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      April 6, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      The hand that dropped on your chest seems to be a reflection of something that scared you. It is possible that this experience was a manifestation of media that you consumed. It is good that your parents care for you, so you should ensure that this dream guides you to nourish your relationship with them. Spend additional time with them in person, and ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times.

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    April 5, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I had a dream that I was working a DQ and this couple came in. They were acting kind of funny, but didn’t think much of it. All of a sudden they were flipping out, I was trying to calm them down and the girl attacked me, after a struggle to get up, I grabbed her and held on tight. After she was struggling to get loose, she fell alseep, but everytime I would try to let go of her, she would start to act out, so I just had to keep a tight hold on her. The guy was outside and the boss called his brother. His bro showed up and got him into a car and drove him to the hospital. I made it to the hospital with the girl and wanted to go back and see her. She was awake and normal. We found out she was pregnant with twins. And I gave her a pep talk about it’s not all about her anymore, she needs to stop taking “speed” and take care of her babies. The other guy was in pretty rough shape. I didn’t see him. I went back to work at DQ finding out that I ha e been away for 33 hours. I asked if they needed help or if I can go home and they asked me to stay. I could barely keep my eyes open. And it got so busy, a group of people came in in Halloween costumes wanting to eat. But both computers were down, so I had to write all the orders and figure out the pricing.

    • web admin

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      April 6, 2020 at 9:52 pm

      This dream seems to be a manifestation of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. You are aware of the financial requirements of your life, and you know that there are certain stresses associated with your job. The current pandemic certainly causes us to realize the danger of our work, so this dream could be a reflection of that knowledge as well. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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    April 5, 2020 at 6:58 am

    I just had a dream of someone trying to attack me with controlling other people’s secret… it’s like I have always got away with it but every time it just seems like I’m closer and closer to death…. I couldn’t wake up from the dream at first, I was trying to get myself up but I can’t….

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      April 6, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      The way that this person was attacking you within your dream seems to be related to your social relationships. Death is a reflection of your knowledge of change, so it is possible that there is something in your life that may be altering. An inability to wake from a dream could be a sign that this dream is particularly meaningful to you. Take this time for introspection, as this will help you understand the purpose of this dream.

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    April 5, 2020 at 6:11 am

    A friend of mine dreamed about a girl he knew in elementary school started to follow him, and in a empty field she stabbed his leg and started cutting it so he couldn’t escape, he dreamed with her last night too, they don’t talk in years, you know what it means?

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      April 6, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      Your friend’s dream seems to be a reflection of various influences in his life. It is possible that something in his life caused him to dream of his old friend. The knife could be a reflection of his knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. If, for whatever reason, this dream influences him to reach out to his friend, then he should be certain to share his kindness and compassion at all times.

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    April 3, 2020 at 9:21 am

    In my dream I was in this nice big house that made me feel at home. These three people would come in a car around the neighborhood somehow putting a spell on people so they could abduct them. I don’t know how but when they came to my house I was able to get away with some of the other people, in turn I went home and took my dog and cat to Petco. The last part of my dream completely confused me since it had nothing to do with the kidnapping, what did it all mean?

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      April 5, 2020 at 12:04 am

      Dreams about being chased are often reflections of concerns that you may have in your life. It is possible that there is something in your life that makes you feel unsafe in your neighborhood. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is chasing you regarding their purpose. The animal aspect of the dream could be a sign of your feelings regarding supporting the health of your pets.

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      April 9, 2020 at 4:21 am

      i just woke up from a dream where my mom got angry for some reason at me (i still share a room with her, i’m 15) and so she got up and i had a knife under my pillow and so did she and she was walking to come and stab me and i got my knife to try and defend myself and i was saying “NO-“ when i woke up. i remember my grip on my knife felt very weak like i would not be able to defend myself well. she was also standing where i was still laying down in my bed. i have a pretty good relationship with her and she never even tried to hurt me in any way shape or form before so what does this mean?

      • web admin

        web admin

        April 9, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        Your dream is not a reflection of your mother’s behaviors. Being attacked may be a manifestation of concerns or worries that you may have in your life. Since your mother treats you well, her behaviors within your dream are indications of other influences that you may have in your life. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life.

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