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Quite a few dreams show someone, or yourself, hung by the neck. There are many possible things this might indicate. For one thing it definitely links with death or the possibility of death. Such a death might be the result of self sacrifice, as show in the Tarot card of the hanged man, or it might be as the result of social action – a cause and effect of things done; a punishment because of feelings of guilt.

However, many hangings are due to suicide, and so might in a dream reflect depression, loss of any pleasure in life, a retreat from pain, or feelings of hopelessness or guilt.

Anything that hangs depends upon the thing it is hanging by, or from. So hanging in a dream shows a state of depending for support on one thing, as shown in the dream.

It also shows dependence, fear of falling or lacking support. Or it may be you have found something to hang onto that actually supports you in an otherwise difficult situation. It is then helpful to define what it is in your waking life that is giving such support.  

A person who is hanged: Awful repression of self expression, to the point of feeling dead or depressed. See: Neck.

In some dreams however, there is a different sense of the hanging. It suggests not a death but an almost complete suppression of the life in one. A strangulation of the flow of pleasure and creativity that would otherwise stream through one. In such a case the rope needs to be removed and a new way of relating to oneself developed. See Exploring Dreams Techniques to use and Secrets of Power Dreaming

One can be ‘hung up on guilt’, or things are hung on something. In which case see Plot of the Dream or Processing Dreams 

Useful Questions and Hints:

Do I see someone hanging by the neck or is it me?

Do I often depressed or unable to express myself adequately?

Is there someone or something that gives you support?

If you are dreaming of suicide explore the dream to find answers?

See Techniques for Exploring your DreamsThe power of HabitsAvoid Being Victims



-Mayura 2017-05-09 0:09:11

I had a dream that there was a whole bunch of people hanging themselves in a forest and I was with my friends. We were looking at the notes left behind by these people. Idk what this mean but I’m curious.


-Katherine 2017-05-21 7:02:38

I had a dream also, wherein 5 people hang themselves up in a field behind a very old Catholic Church. They didn’t left any suicide notes but because they did it because the school they were going in to (they are students) doesn’t give them scholarships or whatsoever. Please help me, I am bothered by it. What should I do. I am not suicidal either


-Nathan 2017-05-28 11:31:01

So I had a really messed up dream where I was in a tall white room and I noticed blood dripping from above and I look up and someone has shot themselves and hung themselves at the same time and there was blood everywhere, is something wrong with me?


-Kymber 2017-06-01 21:40:36

I just woke up from a dream that a few friends of mine and myself went on a trip. We had two hotel rooms and we split up the group’s. Everyone except one person were in the room I was sleeping in. I heard a noise that wasn’t really normal. So I went to investigate. In our other room in the corner of my eye I saw my guy friend hung himself in the closet.. please tell me anything about this…


    -Tony Crisp 2017-06-02 9:07:54

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Kymber – It seems you enjoy having friends around you. Do you need friends to stay okay with daily life?

    But you have a split in your nature regarding or about a man in your life. Your guy friend does not necessarily relate to him. When you think about a friend or a person you meet, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they are what make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

    That this aspect of you has hung himself suggests that a part of you, the neck may have been constricted to the point of death. Death in dreams means stopping from being able to express. This following example may help on understanding this.

    “Over the past few weeks and last weekend I got an opportunity to spend an extended period of time alone and relaxed during which I was able to tie the threads together, and understand what the throat and neck symptoms are about. I had been thinking along the lines of suppressing my inner creativity due to fear of censorship and that is one element, but I think the more fundamental is that the throat is constricting my experience of the environment, because I am scared stiff of what it will do to me. If I experience the outside world “raw”, it will evoke such strong emotions in me that I will be blown apart, annihilated, so I cut down what I experience of it and I try to manipulate it so that I cut out anything that will evoke painful emotions. S.”


-Gloria 2017-06-17 5:06:24

I had a dream last night that maybe three people were hanging themselves then running crazily down a street… one of them was my twin sister. I woke up this morning really confused and scared


-Diamantito Mendez 2017-06-27 10:24:30

I dreamed I was invited to a party we were waiting for my aunty and she never showed someone walked in and said they had found her she was hanging on a tree


-Marie 2017-06-28 3:04:10

I recently lost the father of my kids to suicide & last night i had a dream of him but in my dream I was the one who found him I Wasnt trying to get him down its like I was being shown what he looked like.


-Natahlia 2017-07-08 22:38:56

I had a dream that I was outside hanging washing on the washing line, and then I was forced to hang all these injured animals (including a mouse, rat, lion and a lot of others) on the line, by their open mouths, using pegs to clamp them shut. There were a lot of cobwebs in the dream. Later in the dream I was at a place with all of my ex boyfriend’s family. He was there and I met his current girlfriend. I felt overwhelming sadness about missing getting to be around his family.


-tracey brown 2017-07-11 6:55:09

hi i had a dream that my best friends brother had hung himself in my old bedroom when i lived at home . i didn’t see him but all the ambulances turned up then someone shouted we’ve it him back and he was alive


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