It is the idea that you have pent up anger and rage at someone for something. If you are the one that is attacking someone else in the dream, then this means you need to express some kind of misgiving or some of your anger in some way. You need to get it out of your system. If the person you are attacking in the dram is someone that you do not recognize or have no quarrel with in real life then this signifies that you have a very general rage. However, if the person you are attacking is well known to you then this suggests that you probably have some kind of feud with them or are angry with them for some reason.
The severity of the attack also matters when you dream of attacking someone. If you are beating them down with a baseball bat then you are clearly much angrier than if you were simply punching or slapping someone. These violent dreams can often invoke hidden desires that we may not be so keen to address. Make sure that you can control your anger and know your rage levels in real life or it might lead to an unwanted altercation.
If you dream that someone is attacking you, physically or verbally, then it signifies that your place in the world is being questioned It may be your position at work, or your status in your family or in a friendship. You are being challenged in life and you need to work out a civil way to overcome it. You will usually know who the person is that is giving you the most trouble in real life. You will know who you will have to deal with in order to reach a resolution. Take this dream as a sign that you need to reach a resolution with someone before something goes awry.
If you dream that you are being attacked by a wild animal instead of a human being, this is a grave warning sign. It means that you need to be careful of those around you. Those people that you have formed bonds with and the people that you have trusted to be your friends and acquaintances may not all be who you see them as. Some of them may be sinister or have a dark side. You need to watch your back to make sure that nobody is trying to undercut you or even seriously hurt you. You are in a vulnerable position once you have sink into the idea of trusting someone. While it is a nice release to be able to trust someone completely, you should never totally let down your guard in the event that the person turns out to be someone that you didn’t think they were. Everyone has a dark side, and a dream like this would suggest that you might have to deal with the dark side of one of your acquaintances soon.