Whether you’re seeing yourself or someone else choke, the dream meaning of choking can be a warning sign from your subconscious. This doesn’t mean you’ll choke in real life.
Instead, your choking dreams may be pointing you to certain realities you may have been unconsciously or intentionally overlooking for a while now.
Maybe if you become more aware of these areas of your life, your choking dreams can lead to you living your best life yet!
What is the meaning of a dream about choking?
You may be feeling overwhelmed or suffocated. This could be related to work or relationships. You may have an office job from 9-5, Monday through Friday. However, you want to find a way to spend time with your children instead of basically living at work.
You may experience a fear of losing control. Perhaps you have fragile mental health and can feel when you are about to have an episode, and you fear losing your self-control.
You may experience a feeling of being stuck or unable to move forward.
For example, perhaps you had a death in the family. Even though it has been months since the tragedy, you cannot escape the feeling of dissociation and despair.
Finally, you may have a feeling of needing to be more understood and able to communicate effectively. Maybe you have always had difficulty speaking when you are hurt in a relationship, and your partner thinks everything is okay. When you try to talk, it never comes out the way it sounds in your head.
What is the meaning of a dream about getting choked?
You may feel overwhelmed or suffocated by stress, responsibilities, or other demands in your waking life. This feeling can take the form of your stressful job, your responsibilities as a parent, or if you have a child who has been sick for some time.
You may experience a sense of powerlessness or inability to speak out or assert yourself in a particular situation. You may have a boss who does not listen to his coworkers’ concerns and does not care about your problems.
Your dream can also be interpreted as feeling controlled or manipulated by someone else. Perhaps you are in a toxic relationship, and your boyfriend will not allow you to leave without demands for money, or he will harm someone in your family.
You may have a fear of being physically harmed or threatened. You may live across the railroad tracks and constantly hear gunshots and yelling.
You could be experiencing an emotional block or difficulty expressing yourself or your feelings. This feeling may manifest itself because you may be dealing with some personal trauma and are experiencing numbness and depression.
What is the meaning of a dream about choking on pills?
Dreaming about choking on pills may symbolize feeling overwhelmed in general or overwhelmed by a difficult situation or challenge in your life. Let’s say you started your own online business selling homemade beeswax candles. You have never sold or marketed anything, so you learn as you go. You are figuring it is much more complex than you thought it would be. You are daunted by the amount of work it takes to run a business.
You may also have feelings of anxiety or stress or a sense of being out of control. Perhaps you have taken on too many projects at work and are stressed about the looming deadlines for each project.
Finally, your dream could symbolize a struggle to accept something difficult or unpleasant or a sense of feeling trapped or helpless. Maybe you had a friend come to you and tell you of a mistake you made with how you handled a previous problem. Although she might have spoken the truth, her honest words were hurtful to you.
What is the meaning of a dream about choking on food?
You may be experiencing a fear of failure or being overwhelmed. As a result, you may need help to handle a situation or task, such as completing a school project before midnight. Your feelings may also come from someone having certain expectations for you, and you are scared you will not live up to those expectations.
You may need help communicating or expressing yourself in a professional or personal relationship. Perhaps you always hid how you felt as a child and told people you were okay. Unfortunately, your routine of hiding how you really felt, and feel, can manifest in your dreams.
Finally, you may be feeling a sense of insecurity or self-doubt, especially in your decision-making. You may have had family members tell you that you could never be a doctor. You really want to become one, but all you hear from your family are words of discouragement and dissuading you from pursuing your dreams.
What is the meaning of a dream of a spirit choking you?
Dreams about you being choked or suffocated may symbolize feeling overwhelmed, oppressed, or powerless. Perhaps a situation like an abusive relationship you may be in can bring this dream along.
You may be experiencing a fear of being controlled or manipulated by someone or something. You may have a mother-in-law who thinks she must check in on your husband and be a part of your little family. You may have expressed your wishes to her, but she calls you insensitive and does not take you seriously.
You may have feelings of vulnerability or a reflection of a situation in your waking life that is causing you stress or anxiety. You cannot stop dwelling on how your teacher made you feel when you did not know the answer. The other school kids laughing and snickering under their breath made you feel even worse.
Lastly, the spirit in your dream may represent a part of your unconscious or a symbolic figure representing specific aspects of yourself.
What is the meaning of a dream about seeing someone choking?
You may have a fear of losing someone close to you. This may be especially true if the person choking is a loved one or someone you rely on. If you are close to one of your parents or siblings, your bond with them can manifest in your dream as a fear of losing them.
Your dream can be interpreted as your feeling of powerlessness in your waking life. Perhaps you watch as your grandma slowly dies of Alzheimer’s. You see her memory fade more and more each day.
You may be experiencing communication difficulties. You may need help communicating how you feel or what you want with your spouse. Unfortunately, he may not truly listen to you when you speak, so you just stop trying to communicate effectively.
You may have small amounts of stress or anxiety. The choking you see in your dream can manifest that stress. You may be pressured to excel like what your older sibling did in college. You may even be expected to study for the same career he did, even if you are not interested in that particular career.
What is the meaning of a dream about you choking someone?
You may be feeling a sense of overwhelming power and control. This could manifest anger, frustration, or a desire to assert yourself in a situation where someone else feels powerless or oppressed. Perhaps you had an abusive parent as a child, and now that you are an adult and can stand up for yourself, you feel you owe it to your younger self to make that parent pay.
You could be experiencing conflict and aggression. This could indicate that you, as the dreamer, struggle with anger or resentment towards someone in your waking life. Maybe you had an ex-boyfriend who cheated on you multiple times, and he never apologized or gave a reason why.
Your dream of choking someone could be an interpretation of fear and anxiety in your waking life. Perhaps you have been seeing multiple car accidents in your area for the past few months, and you are constantly stressed whenever you are in a car.
What is the meaning of dreaming about a baby choking?
Your dream about a baby choking may symbolize your feelings of anxiety or concern about someone or something in their life. Babies are often associated with innocence, purity, and perfection. You may have concerns with a younger friend or family member. Perhaps you have a baby brother who is drawn to the fireplace in your house and causes a form of anxiety in your mind.
You may also be feeling a sense of vulnerability or helplessness in a situation. You may have dreams of traveling the world as a young adult, but the fact that everything costs more than it did a few years ago is making traveling impossible. And with inflation rates and low-paying jobs, you do not see a way to make your dream a reality.
Finally, the dream may reflect your own feelings of being overwhelmed or suffocated by your responsibilities or circumstances. Perhaps you are homeless and are looking for a job, but no one will hire you. Everyone else looks down on you because they think you are not trying to help your circumstances.
What is the meaning of a dream about hearing a choking sound?
The choking sound in your dream may symbolize a feeling of being overwhelmed or suffocated in some way. You may have a soul-sucking job you go to daily to stay afloat on all the bills coming your way.
You may be experiencing a feeling of being unable to speak or communicate effectively. Perhaps your girlfriend is always on her phone, even when you are trying to have a conversation while you try to tell her a few things that bother you.
You could feel a lot of anxiety and stress in your waking life, and the choking sound you hear in your dream could manifest your feelings.
Lastly, the choking sound might represent your sense of danger or fear. You may be able to sense things before they happen, and there has been a lot of crime in your area recently, and you are on edge.
Are choking dreams a common occurrence?
It is not uncommon for you to experience dreams that involve choking or the feeling of being unable to breathe. These types of visions can be unsettling and may cause anxiety or fear.
Choking dreams are usually a product of your brain’s subconscious processing of thoughts, feelings, and experiences, especially if you have experienced any kind of trauma in your life.
Your dream may be related to feelings of stress or anxiety in your waking life, or it may manifest a phobia or other underlying psychological issues. You may work in a high-stress environment that can affect your subconscious mind. You may have a phobia of the dark. Rather, what is in the darkness rather than the dark itself?
Choking dreams may also be more common if you have experienced a choking incident in real life or have a history of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.