Killing dreams may have many varied meanings. One killing dream was triggered by the dreamer feeling as though her husband exaggerated her dislike of his parents - she talked of them as if they were "murderers". Killing is obviously a symbol linked to confrontation so think of any arguments you have just had or people you have actively tried to resist. You could be replaying those emotions in a dream.

Killing can also be a general symbol linking to general insecurity. Maybe you are generally unhappy and even depressed so you see opposition and problems everywhere. It could show you are slightly paranoiac.

Killing can also show that you are trying understand why confrontation has occurred. You maybe trying to defuse the situation or simply wish for everyone to get on better with each other.

KEY WORDS : resisting, revenge, hate, unacceptable, end relationship, dislike, protect, overcoming problems, dangerous, risky, act ruthlessly, overcoming opposition, uncaring, breaking free, insecurities, intense argument, pressured (write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind. Then see if any of these words could appear in those quotes)
- "I really do not want this to happen!"
- "I HATE him"
- "I am going to RESIST this!"
- "I need to GET AWAY from him"
- "I want REVENGE"
(Now write down some quotes that sum up your feelings about the previous day. Then add some thoughts about what you expected to happen on the day to come. Finally add some feelings about your life in general. Then see where the key words and phrases appear in your quotes)

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Is there something that you are trying to resist at all costs?
- Is there someone you really hated yesterday?
- Who do you really want out of your life?
- What behaviour was thought to be totally unacceptable yesterday?


Example dream : Killing a snake symbolised the dreamers intense dislike of his boss who he thought was a liar. The dream involved this theme of "intense dislike" in the following context "I hate my boss because of his lies. I have been thinking about starting my own business to get me away from him."
Example dream : A dream in which the dream is in a slaughterhouse killing dogs linked to a moment the day before when the dreamer realised that he had to be more ruthless in life. Overall the dream captured this wider thought involving ruthlessness "I realised yesterday that I need to be more ruthless in life. This world demands a level of pushiness that does not come naturally to me"
Example dream : A "stupid twerp" killing people in dream linked to the dreamer losing her cool after being wound up by a boy. The stupid twerp killing people she didn't like symbolised the dreamer being dragged into a petty mood where she was overcome with thoughts of revenge and getting even. We could translate the "killing" into "confrontation" or "revenge". "Killing" involves negative and confrontational actions and so the two link by association. Revenge is also associated with "killing" as its often a motive for murder. See how this theme of "confrontation" and "revenge" appear in the dreamers key thinking at the time e.g. "I cannot get that idiot out of mind and want to seek revenge. I should avoid confrontation as I might end up making a fool of myself. He is not worth it and I should rise above it."
Example dream : Killing a stranger in a dream linked to the dreamers conversation the day before. She was talking about her break up with an ex boyfriend - killing the stranger was a symbol for the decision to deliberately end (terminate) the relationship. The dreams meaning involved this theme of "brutal" and "deliberate" and probably linked to this type of thought "I was talking about my breakup with my ex. Talking about it made me realise how brutal and deliberate I was about it. I regretted it a bit."
Example dream : Killing people in a dream symbolised the dreamers conversation the day before where she was telling a friend about something which had really annoyed her. Killing represented her wish that her friend had really stuck up for her and taken her side.
Example dream : Someone being killed in a dream symbolised the huge fight the dreamer got into with her boss. The dream involved a similar level of tension to her real life fight with her boss. Overall the dream dealt with this theme of a fight and linked to this precise thought "I got into a huge fight with my boss and couldn't get the bad feelings out of mind all day." When we are really upset it is only sleep and dreams that help us calm down and we can wake up as if nothing has happened. Sleep obviously helps us put things into perspective.
Example dream : Killing a freaky looking animal was a symbol for the dreamers thoughts the night before that people with terrible illnesses should be 'put down' like animals to prevent their suffering.
Example dream : Trying to kill a snake symbolised the dreamers hatred of her boyfriends cheating.
Example dream : Killing a kitten was a symbol for the dreamer ending a relationship. If you no longer see someone they are effectively dead to you. If you ended the relationship then in a metaphorically you killed them. The dream featured this theme of "ended a relationship" and teh dreams meaning linked to this wider thought "The relationship ended and now I am depressed."
Example dream : Trying to kill a man symbolised the dreamers dislike of her brothers new girlfriend. She had tried to warn her father about this man the night before and killing represented her strong feelings and dislike of him. When we have strong feelings we say things like "I could kill him" and this is the metaphor that the dream uses.
Example dream : Killing a dog with poison was linked to the dreamers decision to end a relationship. The dog was a symbol for her friend and the poison was symbolic of the decision to end (kill off) the relationship.
Example dream : Boys trying to kill the dreamer symbolised the dreamers realisation that she was messing with danger - she should not get involved with a married man. Killing in the dream could be translated into phrases like "taking risks" and "getting into trouble" and this theme appeared at the time in the dreamers life as she thought "I do not want to get involved with a married man as this is giving way to temptation. But also I do not want to get caught. It's too big a risk."
Example dream : A dream of her boyfriend being killed was linked to their recent argument. She had not been talking to him but had now realised how much she missed him. By seeing him die she was starting to appreciate how much she felt about him.
Example dream : Trying to kill snakes in her house linked to the dreamers son getting involved in a very volatile relationship. Killing the snakes symbolised her wish to sort out the issues causing the tension and problems. (to kill off the sources of conflict).
Example dream : The day before one killing dream the dreamer was thinking about her need not to get involved. The killing represented the confrontation and intense bad feeling this would cause.
Example dream : A werewolf killing dream symbolised a highly intense argument the day before with the dreamers wife. The werewolf was a symbol of her transformation from someone quite pleasant into someone openly showing anger.
Example dream : Trying to kill a scorpion near her son symbolised the dreamers wish to protect her son. This is a constant problem for a mother with a two year old child.
Example dream : Killing off zombies in a dream was symbolic of the dreamer trying to combat ('kill off') the feelings of boredom within her relationship.
Example dream : Trying to kill people linked to the dreamers very defensive and introverted nature. Dreams often express extreme emotions and here symbols like killing are not uncommon. So killing was a symbol of strong emotions. The dreams meaning featured this theme of "strong emotions" in the following type of way "I am very introverted and many of my dreams express my paranoias and fantasies. In the world of fantasy and paranoia anything can happen."
Example dream : A demon trying to kill her brother was a symbol for the dreamers fears about her husband being deported. Killing hints at them not being on his side and actively out to get him. Murder is linked to associated feeling like "injustice" and "unfairness" and the so the dream could be a symbol for the authorities being seen a unfair and unjust.
Example dream : Wanting to kill a witch symbolised the dreamers wish to resist her grandmother who was coming to stay and tended to annoy everyone
Example dream : A Jack Russell killing little creatures represented the dreamers hasty actions. He feared he had destroyed a relationship with someone.
Example dream : A dream where his parents are killed was symbolic of the dreamers wish for more freedom. Killing his parents just represented his wish to do what he wanted rather than any real hatred of his parents. He wanted to break free from their dominance over him.
Example dream : Murderers in a dream linked to the dreamers dislike of her boyfriends family. She hated being in their presence and her boyfriend of dismissed her worries and felt she was exaggerating how bad someone was (they were not crazy killers)
Example dream : The dreamer never felt in control of her life. Killers in her dream represented her lack of control in her life and and general unhappiness and feelings of insecurity.
Example dream : Killing snakes symbolised the dreamers wish to overcome the opposition in a beauty pageant.
Example dream : A dream in which someone killss hundreds linked to the dreamers philosophy. He liked martial arts and strength but he also believed in love and goodness. So killing was a symbol of strength and power as we associate killing with these. The dreams meaning was an expression of the dreamers philosophy. Killing translated into the words "using my power and strength" and the dreamer captured this exact thought "I believe in using my strength and power. I enjoy my martial arts but I also believe in love and all things good." The dream plays out this philosophy. The dreamer was trying to balance his wish to be a sniper with other philosopies.
Example dream : Killing a snake in a dream linked to the dreamer wanting to set up a new business. He had been discouraged by those around him but wanted to go ahead anyway. Killing the snake was linked to his willingness to overcome the problems and risks in setting up a business.
Example dream : Accidentally killing a dog symbolised the dreamers feelings about her break up with her boyfriend. She wondered how it had happened.
Example dream : All living creatures killed symbolised a premonition of World War One . Mass killing symbolised this confrontation on a mass scale.
Example dream : Killing a snake symbolised the need to resist a manager who was out of control at work.
Example dream : Not wanting a man to be killed symbolised the dreamers protective feelings towards a man she was teaching to read. It represented her wish that no harm should come to him.
Example dream : A dream where it was OK to kill people linked to a TV program that the dreamer was thinking about a lot. He was thinking how it was OK to act ruthlessly as it was a competition. The contestants would do whatever was needed to win (eg kill). The dream was about his thoughts about what he would do in a similar situation.
Example dream : Killing monsters symbolised the dreamers wish to get along better with her boss. She had found out that she was suffering with cancer and wanted to befriend her. Killing the monsters was symbolic of the her wish to overcome her bosses defensive barrier and her wish to get to know the real person.
Example dream : A killing dream was linked to the dreamers jumpy nature. It symbolised her paranoias and feeling that everyone was out to get her. Many dreams just assess the situation and in this case the dreamer was using all the gangsters and killing as a metaphor for her own paranoia. She was so paranoid that it was like she was living in a world full of gangsters who were all trying to kill each other.
Example dream : Killing ants in a dream linked to the dreamer trying to resist the pressures of a religious cult where she was staying.
Example dream : A dream about killing linked to the dreamer arguing very strongly with someone. The killing symbolised the major disagreement they had.
Example dream : Killing in a dream linked to the dreamer really hating someone and wanting to get back at them.
Example dream : A dream about killing a man who abused the dreamer in real life linked to her total hate for him and wish to forget him and get over the way he treated her.