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. 

78 Comments

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    Jess

    June 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I had a dream that I was trapped inside an abandoned building by one of my managers at work, and the only door I knew of disappeared as soon as I went through it. on top of that, I realized someone else was is this building, but I didnt know whether or not they were dangerous because they were so allusive

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      June 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various concerns or worries that you may have in your life. You may feel at odds with your manager, and you may feel trapped in your drop. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Jess!

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    Liz

    June 15, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I had a dream I was in the grocery with my Aunt, walking through the different aisles and a tall black big ugly security guard caught my attention but I shrugged it off because I didn’t think anything of it. We continued on our way strong through aisles but I kept my eyes on him cause something didn’t seem right. Moments later, I happened to look up in the camera screen to see the security running off out of uniform with other security chasing behind him with dogs. Later in the night at home, my Aunt and I were in my room and she noticed the man behind me. She called out to me and that’s when he came lounging towards me to grab me, the same time she grabbed me to pull me away, the same time I called out to my brother. I saw him running coming to us but that’s when I woke up..

    Ps. I”m from the Caribbean, so everybody’s black. No racial profiling here.

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      June 15, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      The dream seems to show a fear of authority or outside forces hurting you. You may be worried that there are influences in your life that are outside of your control that could cause harm to you or to people you love. Your aunt’s presence in the dream seems to show the realization that your family and the people closest to you can help protect you from any potential dangers or pitfalls that you encounter in life.

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    April

    June 11, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I had a dream that I was in my house and someone came to the door I was trying to understand what the man just said to me, he said I was sent here to hit you but he needed to hit on the left side of my face and that Roman my ex paid him. He started pushing his way in I found enough strength to lock the door again. I looked outside to the red work truck leaving. I called the police while on the phone a different man came to my door I told my mother do not open the door! I looked out the window to see more men where coming and surrounding our home. I tried describing the men to the operator but the call had transferred to another man who told me that Roman was paying people alot of money to have us hurt possibly killed I hung up the phone locked the kids downstairs and told them to hide. The man at the door had made his way inside and told me j my son was already shot and he came toward me that’s when I woke up from fear

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      web admin

      June 11, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      Dreams about being chased or harmed are often reflections of concerns or worries that you may have in your life. It seems as though your relationship with your previous partner may have caused this dream to appear. If you feel safe in your waking life, then allow this dream to fade. If not, then you may want to determine what changes you can make in your life to ensure your safety. 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. Have a great day, April!

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    VJ

    June 10, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I had a dream of a relative who was about to beat me because I had slapped his kid as he had done something wrong. Before my relative could beat me, I stopped him in defense and said that wrong is wrong whether that’s done by me or you and ran into my home to tell my parents about what happened.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 10, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your interaction with your relative. It is possible that you are uncertain about the behaviors of this person. If this person is abusive in your waking life, then avoid this person. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, then this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, VJ!

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    angie banks

    June 9, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Recently at work I was accused of something that I didnt do with another mate. Since then i have had a dream where a tall guy tried to attack me but didnt then I was with another male and he tried to attack him but i pleaded he was contemplating but then I woke up. Both times the guy had a crowbar

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      web admin

      June 9, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      You were falsely accused. This stress in your life may have appeared in your dream. The worries or concerns that you have in your life may have appeared in this dream. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Angie!

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    SH

    June 6, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I had a dream my ex husband was letting his friend try to sexually abuse me. My ex was shrugging his shoulders behind the guy saying there was nothing he could do. I was scared and crying. I managed to run down stairs and saw my ex getting drugs out of a tin which I snatched from him and threw them out the window. I then ran away with only a dressing gown on. This all happened in our old marital home.

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      web admin

      June 6, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of the previous neglect or abuse that your partner may have inflicted on you. It is clear that this relationship ended because of a lack of security and trust. Allow this dream to fade from your mind, and focus your emotional energy elsewhere. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, SH!

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    River

    June 6, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I had a dream where we were at a Lake, and a guy had a little sand digger thing. He was trying to dig deep in my skin, and he realized that wasn’t gonna work. Then, he took out a fishing hook, and he made a deep scratch where I already had one in real life… I suffer from anxiety, and I can’t take much more of the same dream. If someone could please tell me what this means, I would GREATLY appreciate it…
    Thanks,
    River

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      web admin

      June 6, 2019 at 9:26 am

      The dream most likely represents the anxiety and stress you experience in your waking life. Some people actually use self-harm to relieve (consciously or subconsciously) their anxieties. It seems like your dream is doing something similar to that through the guy in your dream. It is a way for your subconscious to exorcise some of your more negative feelings. Hopefully, the dreams will stop once you find ways to resolve your stress and anxiety in your waking life. Best of luck, River!

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    Shevy

    June 6, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I had a dream of almost being attacked with a liquor bottle

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 6, 2019 at 8:47 am

      This most likely represents a fear of some kind of uncontrollable or random danger in your waking life. If you were not seriously harmed by the attack in the dream, it indicates that you have the self-confidence you need to overcome these obstacles and reach your goals.

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    Hans

    June 5, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    I had a dream where a boy and a girl break my hands and I tried not cry but I felt the pain and ended up screaming and they seem to like the idea of torturing me.
    Then another dream followed, I saw a lot of chicken in our kitchen and was afraid of something behind me.

    I wonder what it means

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 5, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of worries or concerns in your life. The presence of the boy and girl may be an indication that these feelings are based on social relationships. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams manifesting in the future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Hans!

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    Hans

    June 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I had a dream where a boy and a girl break my hands and I tried not cry but I felt the pain and ended up screaming

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 5, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of worries or concerns in your life. The presence of the boy and girl may be an indication that these feelings are based on social relationships. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams manifesting in the future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Hans!

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    Mehro

    June 1, 2019 at 2:48 am

    I had a dream that a group of children aged 3 to 7 started knocking at our door excessively and when opened they attacked us, broke into my house n tried to attack me and my family members by throwing blades knives and what not. They were very scary. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences and concerns in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams manifesting in the future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Mehro!

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        Jas

        June 9, 2019 at 7:57 pm

        I’ve had a dream were I was attacked and chased by my father with a chainsaw in my own backyard. It always ends with the cops being called and me being injured. My family are having some stressful things going on so I’m guessing that’s why I’m having them but I don’t know why I’m always the one being attack and being injured.

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          web admin

          June 9, 2019 at 11:20 pm

          The stress in your life may be causing this dream to manifest. It is possible that the shows you watch have also appeared in this dream. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Speak with your family members about your thoughts and feelings. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Jas!

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    Brandon

    May 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I had a few dreams: I’ll cut to the chase in each of them-

    1) a loud pitched frequency noise made me cry in hysterics, and i woke up like that

    2) i felt the presence of someone watching me, but when i kept telling myself it’s a dream i was choked very very harashly, again woke up crying

    3) i had a dream i drowned, an initial death and then everything was still, i couldn’t move but life carried on

    4) a dream of “the shadowed man” this happened a few times actually, he’s a very real figure, and in fact I’ve seen him in real life my first time (this should actually be the first one, since a lot of my nightmares relate to him)

    5) i was choked playfully by the other person but it wasn’t playful to me. They seemed happy over my struggle

    I have a notebook dedicated to my dreams, i do infact suffer from Insomnia, Paranoia, Anxiety and Depression. I’ve done all i can but i really can’t have these dreams keep going on. At one point i almost killed myself over them, staying up 2 days straight so i didn’t have to see them. It really messes with someone’s head when they’re fighting something that’s not real, and they sound crazy when they talk about it.

    Thank you for reading this i really appreciate it

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 26, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      It seems like your dreams are manifestations of various concerns and influences in your life. It seems as though you have many things in your life that you may want to remove yourself from. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. If there is someone in your life who is treating you poorly, then you may want to take opportunities to avoid them. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Brandon!

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        Macy

        June 9, 2019 at 7:50 am

        I had a dream about this lady dressed in all white and at first she was standing outside my window and then she disappeared so I went to close the garage because that’s the only way she could get in the house and then I turned and the lady was and then she yelled I’m coming for you and ran after me
        It was really scary

        • web admin

          web admin

          June 9, 2019 at 9:29 pm

          Dreams about being chased or scared are often manifestations of concerns or worries in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Macy!

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    Noura

    May 20, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I had a dream of someone trying to attack me. When he touched me as if he will hurt me, a spirit defended me in my room. What does that mean

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Dreams about being attacked are manifestations of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. The spirit in your dream could be a reflection of the positive energy in your life. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Noura!

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