You’ve probably come across this one before: someone who has made your life hell — a spouse, a co-worker, or maybe some jerk who flipped you off in a fit of road rage on your way to work — comes to you in your dreams, and you find a way of exacting revenge. Namely, by wielding a knife and stabbing them repeatedly.
There usually isn’t any blood, since the violence in dreams is contained within the heavy, thick horror of feeling, but it’s scary nonetheless. Or, if it’s someone you really detest, it could be something of a relief — and you won’t find any judgment here since it’s just a dream!
Sometimes though, you find yourself having this dream about someone you don’t hate or have any intense feelings toward at all, and you wake up feeling hollow and sad.
You may be wondering why you’re having such a frightful dream, to begin with — are you exploring a sense of betrayal? Or, are you subconsciously looking to harm someone else? You may be surprised to learn that this kind of dream is fairly common, and can mean several things, some of which will definitely surprise you.
Dream interpretation of stabbing someone
Interpreting dreams isn’t for the newbie, and there is some skill required when thinking about how to approach a particularly disturbing apparition you had in your sleep.
It’s good to consider different options without giving in to defensiveness, feeling that you are the worst person in the world. Or, going the other route and feeling that the dream is a bad omen, and running away from why you’re experiencing this.
Let’s walk through the different scenarios that can occur when you’re dreaming of stabbing someone, and untangle what it could mean.
1. Unspoken Fears
All joking aside, dreaming about stabbing someone else is quite frightening. It makes you feel vulnerable and question your own mortality while wondering why you’re nursing such dark fantasies. Especially if you feel that your waking life is wildly different than what you’re experiencing once your head hits the pillow.
The reality is that in many ways, this dream can be viewed as a metaphor for what you’re experiencing in your daily life, and it could be a way for your subconscious to help you wade through your complex emotions without getting hurt by acting on them in the real world, so to speak.
2. Stabbing Close Friends
This one can be tough, because you may not even be sure why you’re hurting your friend in a moment of desperate aggression.
Well, it pays to pay close attention to this version of the dream, since you may not have any issues with your best friend, and your subconscious may not be overly concerned with this particular individual. Your friend may be a dreamy stand-in for someone else entirely.
If you have this kind of dream, it might serve as a warning that your business associates may be messing around with your financial security, and you need to pay attention.
The act of stabbing in a dream, even if it doesn’t leave indelible remarks, can be a way for you to express different feelings or anxieties that you sense, but aren’t sure how to verbalize quite yet. Deep in your soul, you know that something is off, and so your dream is one way in which your body is trying to warn you of impending danger.
If you’re worried about stabbing your best friend in the dream, think of it as your mind giving you a nudge to pay attention to your business affairs.
3. Stabbing Someone In The Stomach
As you can probably tell by now, these kinds of dreams can only be interpreted correctly by paying attention to the details, big and small. Otherwise, you may be misinterpreting what your subconscious is trying to say.
Being stabbed in the stomach is a highly specific act, one that could be seen to mean that your competitor is using misleading practices to run you out of the game. Or, it could mean that someone close to you — someone you trust deeply — will exhibit signs of betrayal and even disloyalty.
Depending on the person involved in the dream, stabbing someone in the stomach can also mean that you’re dealing with someone who is deeply jealous, and may in fact be plotting your downfall. A kind of All About Eve scenario.
While we are definitely dealing with some dark subject matter in these situations, you can also take the dream to mean something fairly positive: it could be confirmation that you’re moving in the right direction by not fully trusting these individuals, and that, even if you get hurt, you will eventually rise above the fray. Not a bad message from such a visceral dream.
4. Stabbing Yourself
This is a pretty upsetting dream, to say the least. Even if you prefer to hurt yourself and not others, it’s kind of weird to go to sleep, only for your brain to conjure visions of you blunging a blade with abandon into your own body.
Pay attention to this dream in particular, because it could be a glaring sign that you have a hot temper, and are currently experiencing high levels of dissatisfaction in your life — may be emanating from huge expectations you have set out for yourself.
If you’re a type A person who needs to have your professional and personal lives perfectly squared away, and experience a competent level of disappointment every day, then this kind of dream may be telling you as much.
Or, you could be clashing with those closest to you regularly, and you’re having trouble controlling your emotions. Not only are you hurting yourself, but others in your orbit as well.
This kind of stabbing dream is a warning for you to do a better job of controlling your emotions, especially your anger. Being reactive when you’re hurt instead of trying to work through your emotions in a healthy manner is not only taxing for your friends and family, but it will eventually take its toll on you in the long run as well.
5. Stabbing A Parent
You may have an excellent relationship with your parents, but then find yourself dreaming of stabbing them one night, and that’s enough to make you feel really unsure of yourself and your place in the world.
Of course, this dream does not have literal implications, and you don’t want to harm them in any way. It may be a metaphor for a current relationship you’re in or similar situations in which your personal power feels compromised, engendering a great deal of sensitivity.
Killing a parent in a dream may feel like a bad sign, but the interpretation largely depends on the specific details. For example, stabbing a father may mean that you’re about to embark on the next chapter in your life. Maybe you’ll be starting a new job, or moving into a bigger home — it symbolizes the fact that you’re trying to move forward.
And, stabbing your mother is, as mentioned earlier, a way of trying to deal with other relationship troubles that may have been bubbling up in your life, but which you’ve been trying to avoid.
6. Stabbing Your Partner
Stabbing your husband usually means that you need to let go of a negative and toxic situation.
Sure, plunging a sharp object into your spouse can mean a wealth of things, but it usually points to the usually suspected emotions: you have feelings of regret, deep resentment, or fear that your partner is letting you down and you don’t know how to deal with it. But in general, it’s a sign that you need to get rid of the bad stuff and focus on the positive points in your life.
So, it’s not a bad dream all in all, if you look at the key message: if you change your approach to things, you’ll be able to experience success in your personal relationships, and experience regrowth.
If we are to look at things with a traditionally gendered and heteronormative lens, stabbing your wife may mean something slightly different. That could mean that you are ready to evaluate your entire belief system because something has shaken you up in a deep way. You’re ready to view people in a new way and are happy to adopt a different perspective.
Maybe the road to this kind of awareness was a rough one, but you got there anyway, which is a good thing.
Interpreting a dream in which you are committing a violent act is, of course, a deeply unsettling experience. However, it could mean a million different things, some of which are not necessarily dark and depressing, but rather a nudge from your subconscious to move forward on the right path — or a way of confirming that you’re already doing ok.
When trying to parse out what it means, pay careful attention to the details, and avoid catastrophizing around the dream — oftentimes, even the strangest dreams bear better news than you think.