Dream Interpretation: My Boyfriend and I Cut Each Other with a Knife

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Other people’s dreams are never interesting…except when they’re about sex. Each week, our dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg tells one lucky reader what their dirty dream means. Got a dream you want Lauri to analyze? Click here to submit it. This week, a reader asks Lauri:

I’m alone in my boyfriend’s parents’ house, all of a sudden I feel panicked and scared cause I think someone is trying to break in. I’m hiding because someone got in the house. I realize it’s my boyfriend so I come out, then out of nowhere he has a knife and tries to stab me. He grabs me and I suggest he shows me what he’s going to do, he starts cutting off his fingers one by one. After the middle finger came off I managed to get outside and it’s a big yard (5 acres). He catches up with me grabs me & asked me if I want to cut him, I said yes and pointed at the side of his neck almost below his ear. Then I woke up.

So my boyfriend is a gun guy and it’s strange to me that he would choose a knife? I actually carry a knife with me everywhere, though the knife in the dream was a different knife than what I carry.

Lauri: Your dream taking place at your boyfriend’s parents’ house makes me wonder if somewhere in your relationship you feel like the parent and he the child… that is, unless you two have been talking about becoming parents.

The intruder, even though it turned out to be your boyfriend, seems to suggest that something worrisome to you has emerged in your relationship, something that feels like an intrusion. This intrusion into your otherwise peaceful relationship may have to do with stabbing, emotionally wounding remarks, as symbolized by the knife. Has your boyfriend recently said something to you that was critical or that “cut like a knife?”

He then proceeds to cut off his fingers in the dream, which is not only a bit of a turn off (!), it is also a good indication that some sort of dismembering or severing is going on in real life. Is he trying to cut out a certain behavior? Is he cutting people out of his life? Or is he giving you signs that he may be cutting you out of his life?

You running outside means that there is something you wish to get out in the open… or maybe you already did. You then point the knife at his neck and ear area and that tells me that there may be a communication issue here that you want to fix. The ear area represents his ability to hear what you have to say and the neck/throat area represents his voice and ability to communicate with you. I think your dream is trying to tell you that certain behaviors need to be cut out in order for open and honest communication to happen.
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