A dream where you are seeing yourself “being shot” with a gun is a sign of fighting for survival, sexual problems or associations, and pain inflicted on you by others. The truth is that our dreams are affected by images of being shot in real life.

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Being shot in a dream can provoke many feelings in waking life the next day. If you experience death as the result of the shooting such a dream can indicate being hurt by others in your waking life. Most dreams of being shot are a result of a shooting gun. These images can occur due to the internet, film, newspapers, and television. Sigmund Freud believed that our dreams are affected by “what we see” in waking life.


Gun culture is often exaggerated in news reporting and can at times have an effect on our dreams. There is, of course, the spiritual side of this dream. In this dream meaning, I am going to define what it dreams to mean that you dream of actually being shot. In psychology, being attacked with a gun during our sleep is connected to how we are feeling in life. In ancient dream books, a shooting indicates problems in one’s love life. I had a dream recently where I hardly knew what was going on, but there was a screaming woman with a machine gun, I was shot when I scrambled to a lorry. In my dream, there was a scurry of people and everything seemed confused and bodies were spread everywhere.

Sorry, I know this is rather worrying but I wanted you to know being shot in a dream is common. I decided that I wanted to uncover the spiritual meaning of what a dream of being shot could imply, I have studied around 80 ancient dream books. In a nutshell, when you encounter a dream about being shot, it spiritually means that you are trying to get remove an aspect of personality - which you don’t like. In life, we sometimes try to understand everything we do and sometimes it is hard to and to be shot by someone unknown can indicate your feeling vulnerable in a situation in life. It might also mean that there are some elements of your persona which you are trying to reject.

American culture is connected to guns, I do think it is appropriate to look at facts, in 2010 alone about 124 million people owned 300 million guns. In the media, guns are often discussed along with shootings. In most cases when you keep having a dream of being shot, it spiritually carries positive energy and thus, there is no need to worry. The day after having this dream, you will need to think about your own goals and life and how you are planning to achieve them. It could be a sign that, you are firmly fighting for understanding why some things have happened or that you are facing some sort of confrontation.

What does it mean to dream of being shot in the chest or head?

The place where you encountered the gunshot is important. Most gunshot wounds are to the head, I do like to mention my statistics while I’m doing dream research, as this can pave the way to more of a deeper interpretation. A study by Molia reviewed 387 deaths due to gunshot wounds. The most popular place of the gunshot wound was the head (74%) followed by the chest (20%) and then the abdomen (6%). After this people were most likely to be shot in the face and then the forehead was (13%). The actual place where you suffered the gunshot can help analysis. If you suffered a gunshot to the head then this can symbolize that you feel you are not on the correct path in regard to the work or career. If the gunshot your head kills you and agree it might be urging you to change aspects of yourself. Dreaming of multiple gunshots to various parts of the body indicates a lack of knowledge according to the spiritual interpretation. If the bullet itself becomes fatal then there may be unusual circumstances in the future if the bullet entered your chest area. To dream of the bullet entering the face or forehead can symbolize naturalism. If the gun shot made in anger and this can indicate that certain things will be getting out of hand going forward. It could be that situations are going to collapse. If the bullet enters the chest cavity in your dream then it can indicate support is needed. Sigmund Freud believed guns were a phallic symbol and that you are feeling threatened in life. Dreams about being shot due to suicide can indicate that you will encounter verbal attacks in the future according to older dream lore.

What does a dream about being shot in stomach mean?

A dream of being shot in the stomach indicates your own qualities and capabilities within. In spiritual terms the stomach represents the chakra that is connected to the feminine side in life. Seeing yourself shot in the stomach indicates you to ask yourself what you are wasting your life. What energies can you draw up in order to carry out your own goals? These are the questions you need to ask yourself.

What does it mean to dream of being shot multiple times?

Dreaming of being shot multiple times can certainly be rather worrying. Dreams can often create scenarios that test our own internal reactions and above all our own sense of security and vulnerability. Hearing the gunshot “bang” multiple times is a sign that you must wake up to something important in life. To dream that you are being “shot” repeatedly triggers a feeling that you will need to be aware of problems or circumstances in your life that could concern you. In its simplest form “multiple shots” can indicate that you need take charge of your life. If someone is loading the gun to keep shooting you during your dream, this can be connected to your own inner child. Are you subconsciously you are feeling threatened by others? To keep having dreams that you are shot indicates that you need to take note of feeling insecure. We often feel vulnerable in large groups of people, especially those that do not yet know. In summary, to dream of being shot multiple times could just be your own worries and anxieties in waking life.

What does it mean dream of being shot but not dying?

This dream can symbolize yourself and your own internal thoughts. It can represent a flow psychic energy and that you need to pay attention to the current elements of your life. As you have not died in the dream it could just represent a magnitude of different forces in waking life which is urging you to pay attention to the symbolism of pain. Symbolically, being shot but not dying stands for the union of your own true feelings.

What does it mean to dream of a mass shooting and you get shot?

Normally, there is a significant association with mental illness and gun violence. From psychiatric research, mental health and a massacre in real life are interconnected. But, what does this mean in your dream? To dream of being a victim of a mass shooting can imply that you consider a situation in waking life somewhat dangerous. Mass murder can often result in a desire to kill many people, being shot in such a crime can suggest that you wish to kill something in life. That a problem needs a resolution. I always remember that Norwegian man that killed a mass shooting on Utoya, killing multiple people. Much research has been conducted into why people commit mass murder, this can help in defining what your dream meanings. Even though catastrophic to dream of being shot in a mass killing, it often means that something unpredictable is looming. Try to think about your social circle. Being shot by police indicates feeling isolated in life.

What does it imply to dream about being shot with a gun?

I have already written at length about guns in dreams which you can find by clicking here. I will briefly go over the meaning of being shot by a gun. Sigmund Freud connected guns to remove part of elements in life. Plus, it is connected to sexual attraction. I will say, though, the meaning will change depending on how serious the gunshots are. Try to remember how the gun is used, and the number of attackers. If you are being shot by a gang of shooters, it is a sign of being overworked and overwhelmed in your life and thus, you are feeling weaker than the rest. Being shot by the police means that you are worried about being controlled. Seeing someone shoot you is connected to the fact you are trying to minimize problems. Being shot by a concealed weapon indicates there are factors you need to consider.

If you are also shooting a weapon or you are unable to see your target, then it is a sign that, you are in control of situations in your life. Being shot by an animal in your dream could be a reflection of your need for survival. You are at a point where you are willing to work on anything in order to survive. Alternatively, the dream could imply that you are persecuted or abused by someone in your waking life. Being shot by a handgun can indicate that something will be concealed. An adolescent shooting you (for example at school) and you are shot can reveal the effects of exposure to problems in life. Shooting an assailant can indicate you are fighting back in life. There could be a risky situation in life. Being shot trying to protect your child, can indicate that you are going to follow correct action. If there was no gun featured in the dream but you are shot indicates that you will defend yourself going forward.

What does it imply to dream of being shot in a war?

Dreaming that you are being shot in a war could be an indicator that, you are reflecting on your past experiences. It could be that you are encountering a conflict in your life. I had a dream I was in the jungle and could see the army shooting everyone, I then got shot. This dream can indicate that you are feeling traumatized. Terrorism shooting in a dream can imply feeling threatened in real life.

What does a bullet mean in a dream?

The bullet is a quick reaction and represents your focus, often this dream means that you are feeling like being the victim in a dream. The bullet itself is associated with being attacked. Seeing the bullet in your skin can indicate that you are feeling hurt in life. Specifically seeing a bullet harming you but not dying can indicate that you need to make a decision in life. Seeing a gunman shoot the bullet can in many cases indicates escaping from problems and possible hurt from others. Trying to dig out the bullet from your skin can suggest that the fight or conflict in life is serious.

What does it mean to dream about dying of being shot?

When you have a dream a shot wound, then it means a possible conflicting situation you might be going through. The good news is that this will come to an end. If you are the one who shoots back and someone else dies, then it is an omen that you are ending all conflict which you have been experiencing.

What does it mean to dream about getting shot in a shootout?

Getting shot during a shootout in your dream could imply that a challenge ahead of you. In a broader sense this dream can indicate the feeling of being attacked by others. In the coming days, you might be encounter something important and feel pressure. This is often reflected in our dreams. To dream of being shot connected to gang warfare can indicates a tough time, but with hard work, things will pay off. If a challenge interferes with your work, there could be a negative time. Seeing bad guys shooting you in a dream can reveal being threatened by others in life.

What does it imply to dream about being shot by a stranger?

When you dream that you are being shot by a stranger, it indicates that you may encounter enemies in your workplace. This dream can reveal colleagues are envious and jealous. There could be someone who wishes to destroy your success and reputation thus, you will need to be careful when you are around people and avoid talking about your secrets.

What does it mean to dream about being shot from above?

A dream where you get shot from above, then it is an indicator that you are going to meet someone who will not treat you right. It could be a new partner or a friend, but whoever it is, they are going to influence you in a negative way, sorry if this sounds depressing. Equally, being shot from a high building can mean unproductive and meaningless tasks. Killed by a citizen can indicate shooting yourself in the foot.

What does it denote to dream about getting shot in your house?

When you have a dream of being shot while at home, it is an indication that you feel insecure in your own environment. It could be that, in the recent past, you have been a victim of a violent crime and thus, you keep on feeling unsafe. Or it could be that your fears are a random side effect of a bad movie. Being shot due to self-defense can indicate you are not feeling committed in life. A robbery or violent crime in a home can indicate that you need to defend yourself in life. Given the stringent use of guns in homes can also indicate feeling restricted in life.

What does it denote to dream about getting shot from a distance?

Getting shot from a distance in your dream could imply that you are anticipating something to happen. Simultaneously being shot from a distance reveals that you are working on completing a task successfully and on time. If everything is going as planned, then the dream is a representation of your fears. Are are scared that things might not work out as you have planned? If you find out that your fears are irrational, and you are sure of your effort paying off, then there is no need to get anxiety - as you will be successful in your plans.

What does it mean to dream about getting shot by your partner?

When you dream that you are being shot by your partner, then it denotes the feelings which you have towards them. It could be that they did something which disappointed you or you have a feeling that they no longer love you. It could also be a representation of a betrayal which you are experiencing from someone in waking life. They could have cheated on you and you caught them or you could be having a feeling that, they are cheating on you with someone else. After the dream, you will need to talk to your partner to clear things out. You could be stressing over things which are not true at all. Being raped and shot can imply that you are feeling responsibility in life.

What does it imply to dream about getting shot and being wounded?

Dreaming that you are getting shot and being wounded could mean that, in real life, you are going to be a target of an injustice. If the shooting ends in your own fatality this can imply dramatic news. Your feelings could be hurt and there is nothing you will be able to do about it. If you feel that you are unable to fight against something which is not fair, then you will regret something in life. A woman dreaming about a gunshot wound in older dream books implies that your partner is betraying you. I am not sure of the true meaning of this dream but it can mean preventing an affair.

What does it mean to dream of being shot with an arrow?

This is quite an unusual dream. When you dream that you are being shot with an arrow, then it is time to start thinking about your own desires and emotions. An arrow in the dream is mostly related to matters of the heart. If a single arrow was used to shoot you, and you knew the attacker, it is a sign that there is rivalry and being jealous in life. Think about your real partner and what type of relationship you are having with them. There is a possibility you wish to fight to get the attention of someone. If you are the one who is shooting a bow and arrow back in the dream, then it implies that you are ready to compete with someone in your real life. If you saw several arrows being used to shoot you then it is an indicator that your emotions are overwhelming you. Alternatively, the dream could be referring to harsh words and that you are feeling jealous, which is likely to hurt you in the coming days.

What does it mean to dream about bombs and tanks shot you?

When you dream about bombs and tanks, it implies that you are encountering conflicts with political powers or policies. In your real life, you might be feeling that you are a victim of government organizations or “controlled” in some way. If you are shooting back, then it means that you are ready to fight with the government or policy in your real life.

What does it mean to dream about being shot in the neck?

A dream seeing yourself being shot in the neck could imply that your heart and your mind are in conflict. Alternatively, it could mean that the person who is shooting you is the one who is, in real life, causing a lot of stress.

What does it imply to dream about getting shot in the back?

Dreaming of getting shot in your back could imply that, you feel that you have been betrayed. Think about this dream meaning deeper. Who is stabbing you in the back? It could be someone who is close to you and yet they are betraying your trust. Consequently, try to be more careful especially when you are around people you are “unsure” of - because you never know what is coming.

What does it mean to dream about getting shot up close?

Dreaming of being shot point plank or getting shot up close denotes that you are experiencing negativity or problems which you may be experiencing. This dream can mean that things, in general, have been somewhat complex. Be mindful of others and with this you can expect problems to go away miraculously. It can be rather worrying seeing yourself “shot close” in a dream. Irrespective of this in older dream lore this dream can imply that someone will support you. To witness others being exposed to a shotgun up close can often mean conflict.

What does it imply to dream about getting shot by a friend?

A dream of getting shot by a friend could mean that you are digesting elements of your relationship in your sleep. Ask yourself this question: is there some negativity between you and your friend? This dream could imply a misunderstanding which you have had in the recent past. If you love and trust your friend, then put aside your pride and work things out with your friend. Seeing a group of friends shooting you can be a hurtful dream but indicates that sources close to you will have the answers you need.

What does it mean to dream about getting shot and dying?

A dream of suffering a gunshot and consequently dying is an indicator that, you are going to finish your projects as you had planned and they will bring success to you. I know that on the surface this dream could appear to be negative but death in dreams are associated with transformation. Another message of this dream is to continue working hard.

What does it mean to dream about starting a shooting?

A dream of starting shooting and that you end up getting shot, is a representation of your relationship with other people. The dream of starting a shooting could be referencing a business relationship or how you behave with your colleagues at work. If there is tension at work, then you should try to work things out.

Your unconscious mind records dreams like a camera. Because it is an older part of your brain, it uses a different language than your conscious mind. It is not wired for logic, reasoning, or everyday communication. It"s easy to see it that way. We all sometimes just discount dreams. Your unconscious mind is asleep and you are dreaming. Your unconscious mind is busy processing the day"s events, comparing them with past experiences, memories, beliefs, and updating information about your worldview and place within it. It must find a way to store all of this information in a simple way. Imagine gazing at a view of the sea for a long time. 

Although some dream dictionaries are useful for providing ideas, they can also lead you to become less expert about your own dreams. They encourage you to see the meaning of the dream rather than exploring your individual dream and why this is important. You may also be led astray by the false impression that all meanings in the dictionary are true. It is much simpler and more accurate to look at each part of the dream of getting shot and what this means. Therefore I urge you to look up all the elements in my dream meanings.

What does it imply to dream about being shot in the heart?

To be shot in the heart during your dream represents your emotions and feelings at the moment. Are you feeling sad and you are wondering how you are going to come out of the depression you are currently suffering? The feelings have been brought to the surface by what happened to you or by the acts of someone and now you are feeling helpless, and this has surfaced in your dream. Meditate and find the root cause of your worries - because that will be the beginning of healing. If nothing seems to work, then give yourself some time in order to heal and you will get back to your feet.

What is a recurring dream of being shot?

If you keep running into the same dream night after night then I have a message for you. Being shot in dreams more than once in the same year can indicate there are problems faced in real life over and over again, your dreams will recur. Recurring is when your subconscious gets stuck and keeps repeating the same old dreams as you have the same old problems. The problems could be resurfacing over and over again in waking life. Most recurring dreams end in disappointment. Your dreams of being shot portray you as stuck, trapped, and stuck. Something needs to change in your life.

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Summary of a dream of being shot

In conclusion, dreams about being shot can often be a rather concerning dream, as I’ve mentioned a number of times during this dream interpretation. In dream psychology terms the gun itself is a representation of sexual symbolism. Additionally, being shot can also represent aggressiveness. The way our brain interprets information in daily life can also affect dreams of being shot. If you were killed due to the gunshot in a dream, this could symbolize repressed feelings that other people are causing you pain. I am sorry you had this dream. If there is something I have not covered then please leave me a comment below.