Documenting & Researching Night Terrors

Axes, Knives & Chains!- Oh My!

I find if anything, most of my nightmares primarily consist of gore. I can watch any horror or scary movie and don’t find it the least bit diturbing because I know what I’ve seen in my dreams is worse. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not spending all my nights watching movies about massacre’s or gruseome murder. I do love and frequently watch British Mysteries, but I doubt Miss Marple plays out in my mind that much. 😉

The night before last I dreamt there was a man in my room with an axe and every time I moved in my sleep he began chopping off my limbs. Huh- weird huh? I’d wake up with a start nearly every time and then within a few minites fall back asleep to have the dream repeat itself.

I remember when I used to violently awake in the middle of night and think for a blinding second there was someone standing at the foot of my bed. It always scared me to pieces.

But anyways, not to stray too far from the topic. I find the weapons of choice in my dreams are usually axes, knives or chains. It’s very rare I ever drown in a dream and interestingly enough never seem to die completely. I always wake up just before that happens. Which reminds me of how I’ll also be posting about not being able to remember the dreams until much later or not at all. So what’s with the excessive violence and the intensified look at all the blood and gore?- and not to mention such terrible ways of dieing and death.

Well here's what my research has said:

Brief Article on Murder & Dreams

Courtesy of Dream Moods:

To dream that you are murdered, suggests that some important and significant relationship has been severed and you are trying to disconnect yourself from your emotions. It also represents your unused talents.

To dream that you have been killed, suggests that your actions are disconnected from your emotions. Alternatively, it refers to drastic changes that are happening in your life.

This dream may also represent a part of you or your life that you wish would leave you alone and stop creating a nuisance. Killing may represent the killing off of old parts of yourself and old habits.

To see a killer in your dream, suggests that an essential aspect of your emotions have been cut off.  You feel that you are losing your identity and your individuality. Alternatively, this dream may represent purification and the healing process. You are standing up for yourself and putting a dramatic end to something.

To dream that you are wounded by a knife, is symbolic of masculine or animalistic aggression.

To see chains in your dream, signifies your need to break free from a routine, old idea, or a relationship. If you are being chained, then some part of you is being forcefully put  in check.

Courtesy of Dream Sleep:

If you are the one being murdered, then this may show how you are at the mercy of your emotions. Perhaps you have repressed your instincts that are now seeking vengeance.

Dream Dictionary:

knife (as a tool) A knife used as a tool can represent your ability to make a situation work better for you, just as a knife helps you accomplish tasks in real life. Using a knife to cut food into smaller pieces can represent trying to get to the bottom of a problem or figure something out (to look at the smaller details behind the big picture).   See also:fork spoon silverware tool sharp knife (as a weapon) scissors Category: Objects
knife (as a weapon) Someone threatening you with a knife can represent:

  • A feeling or fear of persecution, hostility, aggression, criticism, etc. from by another person or by “people in general”
  • A current or recent situation where you feel your boundaries have been crossed or your integrity has been compromised by someone else

weapon or ammunition


A wish for power.

A person having or wielding a weapon can represent an attempt to feel powerful, often due to feelings of powerlessness, fear, insecurity, etc.

Variations of meaning could include domination, aggression, masculinity, self-protection, or commanding respect when the gun wielder feels a lack of self-importance.

A weapon used with the intent to take advantage of others can represent ill will, disrespect, victimizing, or taking from others—physically, mentally, emotionally, or in terms of time or energy (such as your boss demanding you work extra hours without pay).


A chain can represent limitations put in place by an authority or by you.

Dreaming that you are chained up could mean:

  • You’re feeling that someone is trying to control, limit, or deny you freedoms
  • You’re feeling that you’re limiting yourself, such as with too much self-discipline, narrow thinking, or limited beliefs

being killed

  • The idea that some person or situation is attempting to take power from you or victimize you, especially mentally or emotionally. For example, dreaming that a co-worker kills you may represent when she got assigned the project you wanted last week, and you’re blaming her for your not getting that opportunity.
  • A fear of ill will, being taken advantage of, manipulation, or victimization


A dream that you or someone else is dying can represent:

  • A feeling of low “life energy” or a weariness in your life, perhaps due to an emotionally or mentally sapping situation, a physical condition that makes you tired, etc.
  • Coming to the end of a phase, such as of childhood
  • The idea of “dying” mentally, emotionally, or spiritual, such as due to lack of nurturing, inspiration, or fulfillment

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