On an average, a person forgets about 50% of his dream within 5 minutes of waking up, and within 10 minutes, he forgets about 90% of the dream.
It is true that dreams have no control or limit. They can be as soothing, like resting under clear sky, or as deadly as war and bloodshed. A general assumption with people is that a dream is something that you desire for or want from life; perhaps, you were thinking a lot about a certain something or someone in your life. This thought stays engraved in your subconscious mind, and makes the subject of your dream. Whatever you see is either indicative of what you think or is some telling sign.
However, would you buy this theory even if you saw yourself killing someone in the dream? Seeing yourself murdering people - that sure is eerie. Perhaps worse than a nightmare. So, does that mean you really are thinking about a murder, and that you have a criminal's mind? Absolutely not (at least in most cases). Dreaming about killing someone does not necessarily indicate a criminal mind. Let us take a look at all the possible interpretations of dreams involving killing people.
Interpretation of Dreams About Killing Someone
There are many reasons as to why your mind would recall a thought that relates to killing. And it is not easy to sum up the answer in one statement, because interpretations of dreams, good or bad, are extremely subjective. Each individual has a different thinking and significance for each thought. So, the interpretations may vary for different people. The compilation below is for informative purposes only. Do not start making decisions based on the meanings stated below.
☞ A very solid interpretation about killing someone in your dream is anger and aggression that is repressed. This rage can be for a certain person, a certain thing, or an event in your life.
☞ It indicates that you are on the brink of losing your temper and aggression at any person or thing. If you see yourself killing a known person, try to recall your thoughts and relationship with that individual. Do you have any hatred, jealousy, or anger against that person?
☞ Has any incident left you humiliated by the person in your dream? If the answer is yes, that is the key to the meaning of your dream. An annoying habit or trait of that person may be troubling you, which you want to get rid of. You are perhaps killing that person because you have so much against him/her etched deep in your mind. These feelings are now being the subject of your dreams.
☞ If the answer for the above question is no, and you do not have any hard feelings for the person you tried to kill in your dream, then the person may be representing a certain aspect of your being in waking life. You will need to analyze and zero in all the possibilities, and identify the root for anger.
☞ You will need to identify the characteristics of that person in the dream. Try to relate your thoughts to those traits you saw in him/her. If you find any negative traits, it may indicate that you want to put an end to these characteristics in yourself.
☞ There are strong possibilities that a killing or murder you commit in your dream may indicate an urge to kill something in yourself. It can be an addiction, an old memory, or even a habit. You may also be trying to get rid of an old way of thinking or ideal that had a significant influence on your life.
☞ You may be trying to distance or completely cut off yourself from a person, relationship, or memory. If you see someone witnessing your act of killing, it may signify that the person shares views similar to your thinking.
☞ If the person witnessing your act is known and from your past, and you are no longer in contact with him/her, you need to analyze your relationship with that person, and try to relate it to the memory, habit, or any other person you are trying to get rid of through the dream. You need to relate the witness with the person you are killing, and then draw a conclusion.
☞ It is found that dreams of killings and murder happen often when a person is in depression. Sometimes, we just let go of certain events or things in our lives and become submissive. It boils down to a lot of anger and frustration against that particular thought or thing in your mind. The inability to vent out these negative or depressive feelings may turn into extreme visual displays like murder, in our dreams.
☞ On the other side, if you see yourself as a witness to a killing or murder, it also signifies deep-rooted anger and rage against someone or even with yourself.
☞ When you see yourself getting killed in a dream, it means that your conscience and actions are not in sync. It may also mean that you are being betrayed or being put down by someone in your waking life.
☞ The feelings of shock, surprise, and overwhelmed emotions, could also be the underlying cause. It may be a clue to your talents that are hidden and unused.
☞ It is better to let go your dream and forgive yourself for the same. A dream is too personal, and each person may have different reasons for seeing themselves in a violent act like killing someone. If there are issues, talk them out. If there are deep feelings of anger or hatred, let them out by healing yourself, and forgiving that person in your life.
At the end of the day, it is a dream. Sometimes it may signify important aspects of our lives, but sometimes they are just plain, simple, and random visuals that have no meaning and cannot be explained.