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 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    i always dream about being chased by someone i don’t know and seems like he’s going to hurt me thats why I’m running away from that person. often times i managed to escape him by flying, or i can’t move or scream or almost being caught but i woke up before he can caught me. but last night i dream the person almost caught me but there’s another person help in my dream and told me to scream because the person trying to get me is coming. i can’t scream or move in my dream but i managed to scream then i woke up by it and i did really screamed for real. it really creep me out. this is the second time dream of this kind of screaming fro real. could me help understand this? i’ve been dreaming like this for years now…

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      April 25, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      Dreams about being chased and attacked are reflections of fears or concerns that you may have in your life. This dream seems particularly powerful to you on an emotional level, so you may feel that this was a reflection of a past experience. Ensure that this dream guides you toward introspection, as this will help you better understand the dream. If you have a similar dream in the future, then address whoever is chasing you within the dream regarding their purpose. This will help you prevent similar dreams from occurring in the future.

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    April 16, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I had a dream last night where I had a phone call from the old friend of mine we where besties but from the time when he started abusing me treating like a slave and controlling me I disconnected myself from him .
    He called me and I was with my boyfriend I say him excuse then my boyfriend comes and says if u would have sayed me that it was his call I would never sayed anything and started crying and stayed I trusted you wholely and u broke me wholely and I was crying suddenly a message popes from that friend saying that you ruined my life I will do the same .
    I tried to explain my boyfriend he says plays let me be alone for sometime and I’ll come love you and leaves .
    I left crying over there .

    Can u please help me out

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      April 16, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your various social and emotional relationships. You made the decision to leave an abusive relationship, which was a positive choice. Take this time to consider your waking life. If there are any changes that you need to make, then do so. If you are happy with your relationship with your partner, then nourish your connection by spending additional time together in person.

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      April 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      I had a dream that i could fly. It was quite a thing. I would run and kick my legs and fly like dolphin. I would have the dream once or twice a week.
      One night a murder van appeared in my dream and a disgusting male figure wanted to restrain me andcut my legs off.

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        April 17, 2020 at 6:14 pm

        Dreams about flying are often indications of your desire for freedom of growth, while dreams about being chased are manifestations of fears and concerns that you may have in your life. You may find that you are interested in exploring what the world has to offer and removing yourself from a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever appears in your dream regarding their purpose.

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    April 13, 2020 at 1:51 am

    I just dreamt that my husband that I am separated from about a month now and has been mentally and verbally abusing was trying to hurt me on my bellybutton I couldn’t resist the pain I was crying begging him to release me but instead he will put more pressure. I woke up with anxiety after this

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      April 13, 2020 at 3:55 pm

      This dream seems to be a manifestation of your concerns about his behaviors during your relationship. The two of you are separated, so it is possible that these feelings are reflections of your past interactions. Take this time to consider what you want for the future of your relationship. It has been long enough that the two of you should reach a decision to either get a divorce or get back together.

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    April 10, 2020 at 1:47 am

    a friend of mine dreamed about that i posted him on facebook. the post was about that he did something bad to me and that i wanted the whole workd to know what he did. it hurt him very much and it even came in the news. the post got shared a lot and there were a lot of negative comments towards him. at the end of the dream he wrote a book about how he was innocent and he even filed a report by the police about me for the post about him. what does it mean? thank you

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      April 10, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      His dream is not a reflection of reality, but rather a sign that his thoughts are on you. This doesn’t mean that he feels that your behaviors in your waking life are inappropriate. However, you may want to nourish your relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well.

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        April 11, 2020 at 7:42 am

        okay, thank you 🙂

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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.

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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?

    • web admin

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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 26, 2020 at 7:44 am

      In my dream my father was attacked by a crazy person and he try to fight back but losing for two times and that person hit my father with a glass bottle and my father was bleeding.And in real life we are about to sell our house. You know what that mean?

      • web admin

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        April 26, 2020 at 8:45 pm

        You mentioned the financial stress that you are dealing with at this time. This may be the reason for why this dream appeared. Support your father by spending additional time with him in person, as this will help the two of you nourishing your emotional connection.

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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?

    • web admin

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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

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        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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