Chase Dreams – Interpretations and Meanings


“I’m Being Chased!”  At some point in your life you’ve probably experienced these three terrifying words in a dream. The act of running away and fleeing from something triggers a fight or flight response. This is your bodies natural defense mechanism to avoid physical threats that might harm you. If you have a dream where you are being chased by someone or something, take a few moments to analyze what it could mean. Generally, your subconscious is trying to give your conscious mind insight into something that you might be running from in your waking state.

What Do These Dreams Really Mean?

When it comes to understanding Chase dreams the most significant factor you should be looking at is who are you running from? Identifying the chaser in the dream is the first step to understanding the underlying meaning of this dream. Specific details about the chaser can help you unlock specific truths about yourself that you might not have known before.

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The standard scenario of the fleeing or chase dream is the dreamer is being pursued by an attacker – an animal, person, monster, or someone unknown – who is trying to cause you harm.

In the chase dream you are on the defensive trying to evade being caught by the pursuer in your dream. You may try to simply outwit you pursuer or you may try to get away by running.  The standard feelings that one gets in the chase or flee dream is a feeling of insecurity, anxiety, being out of control, and fear.

Chase Dreams can Signal Avoidance

chase dreamsThe common interpretation for the chase dream is that you are being told by your subconscious that there is an issue or person that you have been trying to avoid. In the chase dream your pursuer matters for the meaning. If you are being chased by someone you know it could be that you fear the individual exposing something about you to others or discovering something personal. Being chased by an animal will have a different meaning than being chased by a person.

The person who is chasing you in the dream may also be a certain aspect or characteristic of yourself. If you have feelings of fear, anger, jealousy, or hate, they can often manifest themselves as a threat in a dream. The figure in your dream could also represent characteristics or feelings that you have chosen to reject.

Dreaming about being chased may also mean that you are trying to avoid something painful, uneasy or fearful of something. These feelings in the real world can often be expressed in a person’s subconscious through the act of dreaming about it. People who don’t like to confront situations in the real world and run away from their problem may have a chase or fleeing dream. It is always important to ask yourself what you are running from in the dream.

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Distance Matters

The specific distance between you and your pursuer may also be relevant in the context of your dream. If the person is gaining distance on you, it could represent the problem not going away unless you deal with it head on. This might require you to confront the specific issue and address it head on. Conversely, if you are able to outrun the pursuer, it could mean that the problem can resolve itself and will fade over time.


There are also some people who have the chase dream for fear of being physically attacked in the real world. Women in particular may have a chase dream for fear of being attacked by a man or stranger. If you always see the news and media continually show images of rape and abuse, these things can often manifest themselves in a dream. To resolve this issue you might want to consider rationalizing these fears and ask yourself if they are warranted. Many people have many irrational fears due to the amount of television and news they watch on a weekly basis.

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What If I’m the Person Chasing in a Dream?

If you happen to be the one pursing another person in the dream it has whole different meaning. This could mean that you are driven to go after a specific goal or person. In Freudian context it could mean you are sexual pursing this person, expression your deep desire for them. Chasing something in a dream could also mean that you are falling behind in your life and trying to catch up before it gets away from you.

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If you have chase dreams you should take the time to analyze what is causing the dream and see if you can find meaning in the dream. Although some dreams feel very memorable, not all dreams are equal in their level of importance. Take the time to look up specific symbols in your dream to start understanding the meaning of your dream.

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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for and has a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. In Stephen's free time he loves sweating out his stress in Hot Yoga and enjoys cooking recipes he finds on Youtube.


  1. I had a dream that im in a wedding but the guy i was about to marry is not my boyfriend?does that make sense?

  2. In my dream I was running and all of sudden I get in some room and lock myself in,someone then knocks and I be scared to open it when I finally open it,I start screaming and shut it quickly and protect the door while someone was trying to open it forcefully! What does this mean?

  3. I have a dream where i’m being chased. It’s not like what a keep finding information on though. In this dream i’m VERY scared of what is chasing me. And for some reason i can’t run, my legs feel like they weigh a thousand pounds and every time i try to take a step i fall to the ground. anybody have anything that might help?

    • Billy clarke on

      I have the exact same dream 4 times 1 time a year for 4 years until one time I turn and confront it and I wake up an never have same dream again now I never have chase dreams at all

  4. I always have dreams where I’m running from the authorities, like a police officer or something; any insight about what this could mean? I honestly don’t know what I’m running from in my waking life, but I do know that I dislike confrontations very much.

    • Mee too. I am running away from institutes sometimes people. It is chilhood trauma, i have this dream of running away since i was 5 years old or something. I have ran from school, from nazi camp, from dark factories, and always someon is chasing me. And when im close to escaping or being catched- i wake up in massive fear. It is very unpleasant.

  5. I have had a dream several times lately of being chased by someone I used to be with ( this is only in my dream)it seems he is a serial cheater womaniser an even though he is now with someone else he still chases me I go every where trying to hide from him an others who seem to want me found while I run I seem to argue with myself he won’t hurt me but I then think but he has to he can’t lose face so he has to hurt me at the end I start to walk down a hill towards where he is standing dressed like he going to huge event an from the sides there are men who are with him like closing me in an yet I don’t feel so scared anymore even though they want to harm me then I wake. What does any of it mean on waking I always feel like I had some kind of loss quite sad???

  6. I had a dream I could touch the air in wierd treasures would appear and when I woke my hands were numb.

  7. I had a dream where i was in a very beautiful and huge building however some unknown figure quite a scary one but i did not recognise it much trapped me with another person.
    I kept on trying to run away but i got court each time.
    There was an unknown person running too and i tried to run with the person. But i never really got to him/her.
    When i got out at last the other person disappered and i was court again. I felt pain. The person was not there with me anymore. i had a feeling like it was someone very close. Like it was someone that i known for very long and that i will never ever see the person again.
    Then i woke up.
    This website says that it can be our own feelings chasing us.
    I am still not sure what my dream meant please do tell me.
    Thank You!

    • r.sanwer2817 on

      I had an extremely similar dream. It was a very mysterious building. It was an office building though. And there was a man, mid-aged. But he was deranged. He sexually molested not only me but also my father and mother( and one more family). Most of the dream was about us running away from him, some times running into him and then trying our best to get out of the that situation. But after a point somehow we would find ourselves back at the same building and try to get out of there all over again. It was highly disturbing and really scary.

    • Jaime Ponce on

      LOL. I was chased by zombies and I kept running like one. I feel like Iim being chased I’m the dream really hurt. I wonder what that means

  8. I had a dream that I was trapped with some family and friends in this maze like place it had different levels but in order to get to the next level we had to solve a puzzle. we had got to the last one and in order to get out we had to do something witch I cant quite remember but when we had done it the trap door on the ceiling would open. We solved the puzzle and went to they trap door to try open it, this time it didn’t even tho the puzzle was done correctly. My friend started to freak out saying that she new what was going to happen next saying that the devil was coming to get us to kill us, she’s was explaining what he had in his hands a shot gun. We all believed her. We was trying to find the correct way out, hoping that there was one but it was too late. He was here. He introduced his self by telling everyone how many people he has killed with his shot gun and his bear hands. I and a few people managed to escape hearing the cry’s from the unfortunate people who were left behind.. That’s when the chase started we all split up just terrified and not thinking straight. As I was running for my life i heard the explosion of the shotgun taking out the rest of my family and friends. To scared to cry I keep the pace up but he’s getting closer. An explosion from the shot gun and the bullets graze my skin. I shriek from terror. I woke up to me screaming.. First dream I’ve ever had like that. It has shook me up.. Hens why I’m on this site..

  9. Christar Sanourath on

    I had a dream about being chased in a food store. Two guys were chasing me and one of the guys got angery at the other guy because the other guy was doing something he wanted to do. To make it easier guy A got mad at guy B as they were chasing me bc guy B was doing something while chasing me that made guy A mad at him. This made them stop chasing me and them I started to pursue this other woman in the store. She was an old lady maybe in her 40s or 50s and as i got closer to her there was a man who was trying to shoot me bc I was close to her. In the end I was walking out of the store with her crying and i cant quite remember what happened after that.

  10. My English is not fine so apologies.
    Well I mostly dream about school studying.and my this friend is always in my dreams even for fraction sec. Bt she’s appear in my all dreams.mostly I don’t remember my dreams at least not whole this I remember like some movie and its terrifying me.i dreamt I shadow of a lady after that I was outside of a temple and I don’t know what mistake I made bt this tribal lady wants to kill me she was chasing me aiming at me n was running.before it could end my alarm woke me up.plz plz help me o understand my dreams.

  11. Alejandra O. on

    I was walking with my best friend, Jennifer, in a parking lot. We were dressed very elegant as if we were going to a formal party. All of a sudden, we were being shot at in the parking lot along with Alexis, Tania, and a girl. We ran away, except for Jennifer and the girl, who got killed. I remember feeling terrible about leaving Jennifer and looking back at her, but I kept running. We were in a car, Alexis, Tania, and I. We stopped to pick someone up. Alexis got out and then I had a different vision: My other friend, Adrian had married OR got a 7 year old pregnant. It was one of the two. I had felt sick to my stomach in the dream, and it felt so real. Alexis had told us to find him.. We were back in the car and Adrian and I were in the back seat, he was to my left behind the driver and I was to the right behind Tania, who was in the passenger seat. The driver was someone I didn’t know, but recognized. He was dark skinned, much older than us, and had long, gray facial hair. I know for sure that we were being chased because of Adrian. We had stopped for some reason, I can’t remember, and the driver rolled the window down and had shot him three times and shot Adrian three times as well. By this time I was so scared I didn’t know what to do. I remember pinching myself twice in the dream because I thought this wasn’t possible, but that didn’t help at all. The thing is, it felt so real- almost TOO real. Next thing, we were still moving in the car but the driver was unconscious ( I don’t know if he was dead or not) and Adrian was on Tania’s lap in the passenger seat while Tania was hugging him. (Tania and Adrian had dated 2 years ago). I was trying to rub Adrian’s back but Tania just pushed my hand away. I sat in the back not knowing what to do, and I woke up.

    I woke up around 5 am. I was so scared! I just lied in bed thinking over and over about the dream. I fell asleep again and dreamed about my friend, Monica. However, I don’t really remember that dream.

    When I finally got up, all I could think about was the nightmare I had about Adrian. I even asked Alexis if Adrian was okay and he said he was fine. I keep replaying what I remember about the dream. I just can’t stop thinking about it and what it’s supposed to mean.

  12. I had a dream where I was being chase in this large apartment-like setup. Except it wasn’t me. It/I was an older version with blonde hair. I find that I’m usually never myself in my dreams. Anyway, I was running from this man that was probably around my age. I was taking him all over the house, skillfully hopping over furniture and weaving around obstacles. My pursuer didn’t look like a very fast person, but he was somehow able to keep up with me, never getting closer or further away, just staying the same distance. But he was still there, chasing after me, calling things that I couldn’t make out. I felt incredible fear and also this strange sense of excitement, like going on a roller coaster ride but not liking it. The man didn’t seem evil or dangerous, and I had a sense that he wasn’t going to hurt me if he caught me, but I still felt fear. Eventually I hid behind a couch, and he found me, pulling it out of the way. Before anything else happened I woke up.

    • Did you ever get any insight on this dream. I just woke up from a similar dream a few moments ago. So bizarre and I can’t figure it out.

  13. I had a dream that I kept escaping and running away from my father. In the dream he didn’t want to let me leave the house. I always got a chance to run but one of my family members or his helpers would find me. In the dream I even cried and said why won’t he let me be to my mom and was ready to keep running.

  14. My dad is having a dream about a lady that appears in his house with needles and tells him time for your shot. And he doesn’t want the shot so he runs and No matter what happens or Where he goes. She always finds him, Oh and she can fly… any help at all he needs a good night of rest it’s been too long for him.

    • Needle dreams are commonly warnings for your life that represent dangers or overextending yourself. When you have needle dreams there is a caution from your psyche that changes in your life are afoot. These dreams can also indicate that you need to get motivated or a chance may pass you by. Needles are sharp objects that serve a purpose to motivate you into action. Whether you are searching for a needle or poked by a needle, both dreams will indicate a need for focus and motivation in your life. Often when you have dreams that a needle pokes you it is a sign that you are not taking care of yourself or your family and you need to be prodded into action.

  15. I had a dream like this, but it was my boyfriend who was chasing me in my appartment, and i was scared for my life, because he wanted to kill me in the dream. I had to fight to get free from he beating and his grip, and then i tried to call someone, but he took my phone, and then i found a key, and i locked my mom’s bedroom that he was in. What does this mean? I am still scared in real life, and it was such a wierd dream, but still very scary

  16. Last night, I had this dream that I’m running away from my old suitor. This man was my suitor for 3 years but suddenly stop without telling me. He didn’t approach me since January 1, 2015 until now. I received a news from a girl that my suitor is already has a girlfriend. And that girl is thr one who told me on February 7, 2015.

    -sorry for my english

  17. Latley I’ve been dreaming that I’m being chased, either by a killer, or cops..and helicopters looking for me chasing me, trying to catch me…and I’m doing everything to get away jumping over walls, climbing houses, things that I’m not capable of doing in real life…I’ve had this dream 4 times and they never can catch me..but when they’re close to catching me I wake up….I wake up scared

  18. I just had this dream tonight. I invited this friend couple that I used to know to come visit me at an old campus ruin that was rundown. The library was opened and it featured books that depicted form of horror. Animals and birds were killed for unknown reasons. My female friend saw photos of mutilation in the books and she showed it to me. Then we entered this room and there were these horrifying creatures that could have been test subjects of this mutilation. At first, I told them to back up by threaten to hit them but then I realized that there was more of them than there was of us so we ran out the door and kept running but getting out of that room was an endless path of running. I ended up waking up in sweat. After recollecting myself, I tried to make some sense of this dream. I don’t know if that a campus I visited in the dream was a depiction of hell on earth or could it be the result of my imagination from watching too many horror movies. I have not watched a horror movie recently and this couple that I invited to come see me, I have not seen them in long time. It was a dream that came out nowhere and did not make any sense.

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