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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  1. In my husband’s dream… He was chased by a pigeon who continue want to sat on him. He ran away from it but the pigeon chased him every where.

  2. In my dream I was in store , idk y but I was…and I must of told dem nvm but some how in my dream it jumped from tht to me on run from cops…so me and my gf( who isn’t my real gf in dream) is on run, and some how my cousin was on run w me too…so were running and seem like its paths in my neighborhood but its like jungle or something idk…but we running , hear sirens so kept goin…somehow then we ended bk at my cousin hz, her mom was drivn us somewhere but she didn’t kno cops was lookn for me… Then somehow again cops are gaining and we are nxt door my cousin hz,which is my gma hx. So I’m tryna break window, so finally did and helped my gf out first, then I jumped out. By time we hop out window n was bout to run cops closed in. So ran into my other cousin hz nxt door, in my gma was sittn on couch, and believe my lil sis too, and asked did u call cops n she said no n jus started crying….and woke up

  3. I was walking with my “best friend” (I don’t know her, but she was my best friend in the dream). When we were walking, somebody pulled us in a car. I don’t remember what happened next, I might’ve blacked out or something. When I woke up, someone pushed me out the car and it was my abusive “boyfriend” and my best friend’s abusive boyfriend. Our boyfriends were apparently best friends too and I think they were psychopaths. We were in an empty parking lot. My boyfriend was begging me to take him back, but I held our ground. He then started hitting me. Punching, pushing me to the ground, etc. I don’t know what I did, but my friend and I got away. We were running around and hiding, but they keep finding us. (Well the hiding spots that my friend would choose were pretty stupid; like crouching down in front of a car or something.) Then while hiding behind a different car, my friend pulls out her gun and I had a gun too. The boys found us and they had their own guns as well. We were shooting at each other while we ran away. There was a spiral staircase and when I was about to go up, I was shot OR I was nearly shot. I remember thinking that I wasn’t gonna get out of this so I restarted my dream. We were back to saying no to our boyfriends. Then they started hitting us again and we got away. We crouched down behind the same car and I immediately thought that if we crouch down, they’ll find us like before. So what I did was I told her to sit down on the floor instead. But they eventually found us and I woke up. If you know what my dream means, please tell me. I need some insight about this.

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