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.

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.

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.

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.

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  • nikki

    I had a dream about me being in strangers house. They would not let me leave the house. They had a daughter and let me play with her outside but i was so angry they did not allow me to leave so when they let me leave to play, i actually beat their daughter because i was angry. Then the girls mom grabbed me and brought me back into their house,they were mostly foccused on their daughter so when they had no attention torwards me i ran out to just get away and i got pretty far from their house until my mom and stepdad saw me running wjile in tjeir car. And so my stepdad i guess saw the fear in me and hugged me whil the woman was just standing there and her face looked as if she lost me,and my stepdad looked at her and i just woke up in fright because i was running away from tje woman in my dream and screaming out “help” so when i woke up my heart was beating fast. Can someone please tell me what this means? ☺Thanks

  • samsonsgirlfriend

    my dreams are like robot chicken little skits and its always me running from something unknown or me having to kill someone because they are trying to stab me. a lot of these ppl in my dreams i know. i dream many dreams but they are sad.

  • Running from the Past

    Yes! I had this dream – and I sussed it spot on. I AM running from the past – but, its an immediate past which I’m not much interested in giving any (more) credence. Indeed, this is the stuff nightmares are made of! – But, I say: BRING em on! Fuck the past. If you were a pimp, pornstar or crack-head, you don’t OWE that past any respect. You don’t have to revisit it. The actor Rosario Dawson was raised (reportedly) in a crack den w addicted guardians and even her mom (sadly) was an addict. She acknowledges it – but as the STAR you see today – Rosario is now Rosario AWESOME! And I love her just for that. So, you’re running up or down some stairs from an embarrassing memory? TELL EVERYONE! Blog it! And eliminate it for GOOD. Only God is to be feared. Only God is merciful and beneficent. (s.a.w)

  • CC

    I have always had strange dreams ever since i was very young, some that have warned me and some which have come true, throughout the years there have been dreams that stick with me and follow and continue. Some which i have learnt to control but some which are beyond my control. I am really good at knowing went to wake up from my freaky dreams. I always know i am in the dream and there have been times lately where I cant wake. Two main dreams that iv had ever since i was a little girl is a Man trying to get into my apartment trying to hurt my mother or myself, not just hurt but in all my dreams looking into his eyes I can see what he is thinking of doing to us. NOw its strange because my step dad has always lived with us and my sister yet when i dream its just my mum and I. The man is usually outside and tries to get in, and i manage to wake myself up just as he grabs hold of my mum and I. Its scary because this dream just feels so real each time, Ive had one instance when i couldnt wake myself up, as much as id scream wake up, and knowing my partner was beside me in bed i would tap my fingers on his arms and hopefully he would wake me up, and he did the second last time i dreamt with this man, my partner manage to wake me up, as he said i was speaking weird like the devils voice but that he could feel my fingers tapping him as i have found that in my dreams when i try to wake myself up i am like paralysed and the only thing i can move are my fingers, and well i shout my partners name in my dreams until I eventually get his name out and he will wake me up. Now this man has followed me to every house hold i have lived in ! although 98% of time the dream is back where i grew up for 18 yrs but i have dreamt where he has tried to get into the places i prevously lived at a couple of times and well My newer place i hadnt had a dream of him coming into this home but last night i did. and HE WAS inside this time, in the bathroom, I immidtaley tried to wake myself up and shouted to my partner to wake me up, i cried and shouted and i was again paralysed and tapped my fingers on the bed and he eventually woke me up as he heard i was trying to say something. I felt like someone was in our home, we had to get up and check the place.
    Anyway i just want to know why has this man followed me everywhere , why does he always want to hurt me and my mum, this would be the first time my mum wasnt in the dream it was me and my partner was sleepimng in a deep sleep in my dream. So strange horrible feeling.
    Then my other continuous dream since i was a little girl is dreaming with the devil,except this is continuous it continues from where we left off, he controls me in all my dreams, at around the age of 20 or so i gave up my soul to him , so that he wouldnt kill my nephew, and since then my dreams are constant where he just has control he tries to change me, and theres this little boy his “son” who is always around my nephew in all my dreams every since my nephew was a little boy until now as he is 10 now, this little devil has managed to always try and trick me as he morphs himself to look like my nephew and does things so that i can react to hurt him , bnut i always realise who my nephew is and grab the little devil and bash him , punching and kicking him until he morphs back , its horrible. I dont know just the odd continuous dreams, luckily ever since i had a session with some sort of therapist she managed to put me in a deep sleep and clean out my bad energy and also give me energy as i was at times so wanrn out from these dreams that it felt like iw as not sleeping, so its been about 6 months or more since i havent dreamt with the devil again. but unline my other dream with the man this is still continuous…… I just want to try and understand it. It must mean something, other misc dreams in the past have always warned me, from befor emy grandfather passed away, its like it was a warning and he passed not long after, from someone close having twins and or miscarriage it all happened within the month of my dreams.

  • Elizabeth Torres

    I had a dream of dead people were chasing my son and i had to carry him and run with him in to a church but the wierd part is that i have 7 kids and he’s the only one i have this dreams about this is not the first time i have this dream

  • GeVance

    Chase Dreams. I just remembered today that i have been having this chase dream every now and then. I am in the mountains and this dragon is chasing me. the dragon kills everyone person i run by but does not quite catch me. i get a little ahead of the dragon, and i am hiding behind a crumbling wall next to a cliff. I hear the dragon and it is getting closer. This is were I wake up.
    Complicating things – my wife and I are both dragons in the Chinese zodiac.

    Any other explanation besides unresolved issues with with “dragon” wife?

  • Maddy (longer but didnt fit)

    Last night, i had a dream of being chased. It all started in a house i used to live in a couple of years ago… i was inside my house watching cartoons and just being me, when suddenly a lady appeared in front of my front door. i heard the door bell ring but i didn’t open. I remember me going outside to check if the lady had left, confidently, i started walking outside i don’t know where i was going, but guess what? the lady was at the corner! i’m not sure why i was so scared of seeing her, since she’s a stranger, but i just was. i ran back to my house and she followed me i started freaking out!! what the hell is this crazy woman doing?? do i even know her?!?! I entered my house, i locked all of my windows and doors, and i hid inside a small closet, hoping this crazy b*tch doesn’t find me! but a minutes later i heard the door unlock and i started sweating i was so scared! then i see her in front of me with a knife. i started crying beggig her not to kill me! i started running from her but she caught me. when she did she cut my arm, over and over again until i ran away again.

  • SOL

    I always have these dreams and they genuinly scare me, i sometimes dream that I’m in a strange house with strange people but i feel like i know them and then they change and turn mental and try doing weird things and when i try to escape the house there are twists and turns and never ending staircases and doors and every window is locked the escape doors are locked and i just cannot escape! And i also dream that I’m at home babysitting and a white van pulls up and people hop out and they go all around my house they start shouting calling me names and breaking the window but i cant get out I’m stuck in the house I’m running and i get lost in my own house the child has been killed and there is one person that chases me to death and then i wake up , i have no idea what they mean?

  • sk

    I have been experiencing these chasing dreams for quite some time now . All the time its unknown person with weapons and rage to kill me . I feel that tension ,fear and urge to escape from them . recently in my dream some unknown person kills another person , so i start running because i knew he is going to come after me . But my legs are not moving and i am not able to scream for help as i am not in control of my body any more . The last i see the person with large knife approaching me real fast

  • Franchesca

    Wow , I seriously woke up to an intense dream. My whole body is sore from that cold vibrating feeling :( . Well I had a dream about me and this girl arguing . It’s particularly my exs girlfriend. But we continue fighting until I finally confront her about whatever sitiution we’re having. We sorta forgave each other but not completely. Then from here is a far more different story. I start off in front of the pools side ,( or that’s what I can remember ) and there’s a murder scene from inside the pool mini house. It obviously said not to enter but my stupid curious self looked in anyways. To my surprise it was a bloody horror. Blood here and there. I quickly close the door and for some reason I continued normal afterwards. As if I didn’t see anything. Well I brushed off my self and figured it was time to head home anyways. So as I’m about to leave there’s a man next another man. One man looks very dead and the other man is reading something on his phone. FOR WHATEVER REASON I SAY,” he’s dead ?” And the alive man looks up to me and nods. STUPIDLY I REPLY WITH ,” cool man..” And walk away as if he was using sarcasm. I obviously knew the man was the dead .. But I was reacting in my dream. So I walk over to some different looking apartments that I’ve never seen before. But I continue walking anyways. I walk up into the second floor and go to the door of the right back ( if I can remember correctly . But this dream was very scary. I can remember the small details. :( ). I knock and my sister opens the door. I walk in usual and wave hello to my mom. For an odd reason I start feeling really queasy . I tell my mom about the man talking to me but I don’t include the murder scene or the dead man next to the man talking to me. ( sorry if I don’t make sense 3: ) she nods and continues doing whatever she’s doing.

    No one seemed to be caring so I decided to look some random stuff on my phone. I start off with ,” slender kite ” ( 3: I can’t believe I can remember this …) and cowdikdink the man from the pool talking to me pops up. But with half of his face in a camofolge paint. I knew it was him. Soon after I run towards the window and see the man walking towards the stairway leading to our apartments. I start to panick. I tell my mom and sister. But my sister was currently trying some outfit. I told them and tried to hurry them. I think they started believing me when I was shaking In horrible terror. When they finally began following I needed a way to escape other than the front door. But we lived on the second floor. But one of the windows had a few air conditioner thingys to jump onto. I let my mom and sister go in first. But So in the nick of time I jump out before he evens sees me or my family as he opens the front door. As I got down I quickly pulled my family and began running and running and running. Then I woke up with a cold vibrating body :c It was horrible …

  • Adam

    As a kid I used to have these weird dreams. The most common chase dreams would be my front door somehow being able to speak and also loving to give chase to me. The door frame I recall had a sort of candle stick stricture with what appeared to be wooden candle sticks going right-side up and upside down as if to almost form a weird face. so the door in the dream would talk by having both things clamp together in the center of the frame as it speaks. I would not always be chased by it sometimes I’d have conversations with it. and sometimes a sibling of mine would try and stop me from getting away from it when I’d try to run. I must have the most bizarre imagination ever. I have often wondered what it all meant.

    • SallyP

      Quite an interesting dream. Thanks for sharing :)

  • BasilAddams

    Had a dream just today that I was being chased by this seductive women. Most of the time, my dreams consist of me being chased through a huge mansion-like structure, with tons of rooms, stairs, and secret passage ways. The person chasing me always seems to change. Often though I cannot see who’s chasing me and they end up catching me several times throughout. When I’m caught? I feel great fear. And my dreams often repeat with me starting from some arbitrary point feeling the presence behind me getting closer…

    • SallyP

      Sometimes when you are chased in a dream it indicates that you are trying to get away from your problems, but no matter how hard you try, they keep on catching up to you. The fear of dealing with certain issues can be overwhelming if you don’t turn and face it head on. The fact that the seductive woman is chasing you could indicate that you are avoid something that you want deep down inside, but know is not the right thing for you. Usually seductive woman can indicate feelings of lust and sexual desire. The true interpretation of the dream can only be made if you try and connect the dream symbols to your real life situation. Good luck.

  • melissa davies

    Iv just had nightmare about being chased everywhere,in+out of buildings where a white horse wanted 2 attack me:/!there were people I know helping close doors+trying not 2let that nasty horse after me but the horse was kicking the doors through!I woke just b4 the horse was going 2 kick the door of a public toilet down:/ but scared me sooo much.

  • Sandra

    I do have dreams a lot about being chased since I was little. Somtims monsters, sometimes strangers, mostly men. I was always so scared in those dreams. Some years ago, I read that I ve to face them and stop running. So one night I faced them and since then the recurring nightmares stoped. I still ve dreams abt running somtimes bt it wasnt scary anymore. I fly and jump and control the dreams. If I get scared, I wake up or change to another dream. But last night I had a strange dream, I was being chased by a White horse. It was fast and came at me angrily. I was really scared it will trample me..I ran, saw a door and just when it was abt to get me. I closed the door against. Pls what could this dream mean

    • SallyP

      Chase dreams can often represent running away and avoiding certain situations. These dreams can be a way of coping with your anxiety and fear of various situation in your waking life. Sometimes the person who is chasing you can represent some aspect of yourself. First you must determine what the white horse represents to you, then you can start to determine the true meaning of your dream. Good luck.

  • Allie

    Hi there. I’ve been having a lot of dreams lately where I’m being chased by random strangers. I honestly don’t know who these strangers could represent in my waking state, but I can tell you that my boyfriend and I of 6 years recently broke up. I don’t feel insecure about it, however. But I do feel as if there is something still lingering in the air between us… Please help me figure out why I am having these chase dreams and what I can do in my waking state to over come these dreams… With light and love, Allie.

  • dodo

    from last month i am continiously getting dream that i am fallen into trap someone is behind me and i am running but i am safe but i cant come out of trap running also situation changes but what to do

    • SallyP

      You should try and figure out if the dream is correlating to your real life. Maybe there are people in your life or situations that you feel may be restricting your current growth in life. You might have a feeling of being trapped. Dreams are often a reflection of some of these feelings of being suppressed in your waking state. Only you can determine what your dream truly means, so look up the symbols to try and find it out.

  • Clare smith

    Hi I had a dream last night I walked into my street after I had finished work from a factory
    My ex was parked outside my house he jumped outta the car and was running towards me I turned and started running but was trying to dial a number aswell as shouting for help he grabbed me and said I was coming with him in his car I woke up screaming shaking sweating ..this is the third dream each one different feel like I’m going mad :( pls help

    • SallyP

      Maybe there is a fear in your mind that you will end up in a similar relationship with your ex or even the same relationship again. The dreams might be a realization of this fear of being trapped with a relationship that isn’t working out but is being forced. You should take the time to analyze the different elements of your dreams and determine what it means to you. Dreams can only truly be understood by the dreamer, so take your time to figure out with it means.

  • JP

    I’ve been having these dreams where I was running away or escaping and the setting was always my home but the situation was different every time. Sometimes it was strangers invading my house and I had to escape, sometimes it was strange or wicked things happening at home and I was so scared and desperate that I ran away, sometimes I was chased and I ran around the neighborhood seeking help. I’d climb over fences, sneaked out the back door, escaped through the second floor window, hiding out so that they can’t find me and so on… all sorts of ways to escape and I’d tried them all. I used to think that perhaps I watched too many action or spy movies but now I’m thinking perhaps they mean something to me.

  • robyn

    My dream last night was terrifying, I was outside, talking to two women ( can’t remember who they were) and I had to run down a grassy hill onto a road, again, no idea where I was going. The actual place I’ve seen in the real world but can’t remember where and, I said to them, “rock and roll, I’m off” I started down the hill & could see myself running as I got across the road, on my left something appeared, looked like it was flying, then, it literally ran through me and i could ‘feel, the sensation of it and in the dream I started screaming then I woke up & I was actually screaming. I haven’t felt terror from a dream like it. Has it got meaning?

  • Mohamed

    Hi, I had a dream recently. In that dream, I got out of a taxi and realized that there were some people after me. I started flying and they chased me closely. At a certain point an unknown individual aground just grabbed my hand and brought me down. I was immediately captured. Please help me interpret

  • richard

    Ok I keep having different dreams with the roughly same out come me and my partner are out drinking and we always end up arguing and she always ends up running away from me im always just 1 step bhind her in trying too catch up she always dosnt listen to me and shows resentment when I do catch up on odd occations she is always running with other people asif thay are a bad influence but when I eventualy catch up or loose hr I wake up. Plz help me figure this out its makeing me feel anxies and dont know what to do

  • MR

    I had a dream about being in cram school where three guys sitting behind me were disturbing me. I tried to ignore them, then said sth cutting. They were threatening me, I got scared nd I left the room. The teacher was oblivious. So, I start to pick up my pace, as I sense the three slowly approaching me from the back, making fun of me. I break into a run nd as I get out of the cram school nd head to the gate, I see one hurling sth at me nd it explodes. It misses me nd I’m super scared. I run, I get on a cycle nd peddle as fast as I can. But I just can’t seem to peddle fast enough ‘cuz my legs are friggin’ heavy nd weak from fear. I just can’t summon enough strength to get away fast enough. My whole body feels numb at this point. The three somehow get on one cycle themselves nd they are chasing me with daggers, knives nd stuff. One threw a sharp knife my way but i dodged. So I cycle as quickly as possible to get home(which is close to my cram school) with them tailing me. Once they get super close to me nd one of the guys start pulling my shirt. I cycle faster nd somehow get away. When I get back home, I’m so scared, that the minute I get off the bike, I fall to the ground as my legs give away; im so weak, i’m trembling so much i can’t even stand. Shaking I get up as I see them getting super close. I fidget with the door handle but my nervousness gets in the way. The guys are getting off their bike nd they are coming to kill me. I break into an awkward run with sausage like legs. I pass the long front path nd get to the main gate inside. But it is locked. I don’t have any keys. So I rush to the back of my house through a narrow, curving path to the side leading to the back. I hide there, praying they don’t find me. I hear them come up to the main gate, pulling the bars, trying to pry the door open but in vain. They don’t notice the small path. In the end, one of them curses nd the three leave.

  • Ciel234

    i had a dream where i was being chased on my familys farm by a guy i used to like, and i was freaking out..

  • nana

    I been having the same dream over and over again. Its a man that keeps stocking me, I cant never see his face. He always wearing a hat covering his face an all black suited and black gloves. Like his waiting for the time to attacked and kidnapped me. The weird thing is that in my dream I know his coming for me. And I am just waiting for the time for him to attacked.