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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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  1. I just woke up from a dream that seriously freaked me,out. I cant quite remember the beginning, but it wtOyas really weird, some small boy or creature was trying to get something from.me, my purse or something. Then I was spraying something at it to get it away. Then all the sudden I was dealing with a small dog…anyway the last part my dream is what scared me. I was in a house and a large, overweight brown haired lady was chas ing me throughout this house and was trying to hurt me. I would hide throuout rooms trying to escape. Finally at one point we were in the same room and I fought her with a mail opener and eventually stabber her. Idk why this is freakibg me out so much. Any opinions??

  2. When I was little my mother was taken away from me. I am 15 now
    And most nights I have dreams of chasing her, I could never catch her now I no what this dream is telling me..

    Thanks;)

    • The dream that I had I was with my church mate in a dream….I think we where coming from church
      And then there comes a group of three people chasing us ..we run fast both with my church but my church mate got , then I got into these building full of rocks I was hiding while hiding I saw my school mate who is already dead smilling after smilling he then died again,den I saw again in that same building my classmate who is still living today ,dying.then after those people died I fuguered out a way to get out of that building then I got away from the group of people that were chasing us.

  3. I had this dream two nights ago. I was at my high school and this boy in my class told me he loved me. I started freaking out in my dream and I ran away from him. He was chasing me all over school though the hall ways, everywhere. For some reason in my dream I was feeling scared. I have no idea what it means. I thought It was because no one has ever confesed love to me or something. But, I’m not sure. I have no idea what it means.

  4. So.. My,dream sarted out me leaving a party when i left the party i got a text from my friend saying she was getting shit talkes about at the party well i tried to get back in and i couldent find the door and i seen a door open may i remind you it was nightime and a door was wide open and i heard somthing so me and my friend look at eachother and say”are we about to get attacked” so he starts running and in my dream im fucked up on sthing and i coouldent run and i was trying to run and he caught mee one in the all black jumpsuit i just had this dream and woke up from it not ok…

  5. Hey I been having the same dream over and over for three nights and it always starts off with me at my friends house and then I’m hearing screaming from the upstairs and seeing a black glob on tere heads sucking out there color and emotions but my friend tendied to escape from it so we ran and it wouldn’t be behind us but we just keeped running and then it would be right big ins us again and then I ran into my friend Tyler ad there was a giagantic croud of coloress emotionless people so we ran the other way with Tyler and Aidan but then we’d be in front of a store and my friends would be in a shopping cart with air compressed bottle to move the cart so Tyler it off the cap and we rode and then we would be in an long dark ally then we heard a screaming looking back we didn’t see the entrance it was to dark and then Tyler relized it was his girlfriends scream so I told them to stay there and I say here in another ally but these one was that dark see was one of them but see just stood tere and stared I went back to the cart and told Tyler I wa er and she was them then a crowd came from the light up ally and we ran but there was no were to go the black glob was behind us then a wall appered and a hidden passing that the pure were aonley allowed through so we went through to see a gap between buildings but ten there was a hidden switch and Tyler pulled it there was little platforms made do we went on the platforms then there was a sign thy says Paul can awnser anything so I went to him and then I was about to ask him the question but then he started fading away then I woke up screaming dont go paul

  6. Ok so Im a cheerleader for my high school and the dream started off with me at practice for about 3 minutes but the thing is we weren’t at my school we were at the park down the street (weird I know) then all of a sudden my friend Thu (pronounced Two) was like run its Juan (a old friend/ Guy i dont talk to anymore) and everyone started running I didn’t know why we were running but people were screaming dont let him get you… I looked back and him and I saw him running towards me and Thu so we started to run after a couple seconds of him chasing us Thu got tired and stop and he didnt get her he just left her.. He.. he just killed someone else right there and then he screamed out he was coming for me and he had rocks( The fuck did the rocks come from) I kept running and he kept chasing me after a while of running I arrived at the mall down the street from the park and i looked back and notice that he wasnt there anymore I saw one of the other cheer leaders (Tiana) ahead of me at the bank beside the mall beside her moms car and ran to her and just hopped in and just tried to play it off by talking… Next thing you know her phone rings and it Thu calling…. (the fuck how you go to come back into the story after all i been through) she was calling to see where Tiana was so she could pick her up… Well her mom drove us back to the park and we look out the windows and see bunchs and I mean bunchs of dead bodies everywhere and then all of a sudden the car came to a stop……… (Me waking up)

  7. I had dreamt that I was bein led by some gang to be executed and woke up n jail with bandages on me with some of the members of the gang(still asleep) I was bandaged like I survived something.and im walkin in line and all I can think is that they are gonna finish it.I wake again in a car feeling like I got out of jail or escaped and I get dropped off in this same ghetto where I was led to my demise in the first place(place ive never seen before in real life) two members of the gang are chasing me one goes to get a gun and the other tells me no one likes me and thats why their doin this.I told the one I had two kids and asked why would he do that to them and he told me to run before his buddy got back and then I get shot and wake up.mind you I say several times im being pursued n like many dreams as a child while I flee its like im running through water and am slow like my muscles wont work right.this is the first time its been people, I have been having dreams of monsters and feelings of things tryin to kill me since I was a kid.

  8. Ok last night I had a dream this I was being chased by a german guy. I got on a school bus then all of a sudden I wasnt on the bus. So I turn around and seen my friend get stabbed by him and I started running to my house and I began crying then the man found me.I woke up trying to catch my breath … It was scary! Then this one time I had a dream I was awake staring at myself sleep.when I walked out of my room I woke up. Email me what it means. renrutb@yahoo.com

  9. I had adream of me being sort of the chaser
    Well in my dream i was just sanding there looiing the i see a girl with no face but i somehow here crying so i chase after her she keeps running snd running the shes makex a turn at like a medium sized house i follow her but then theres this old lady on a bench and she says dont chase her shell cause u pain the i woke i dont know wat to think of that all i know is that i had gat dream when i was kid and i still dont know wat it means

  10. I had a dream last night, ALL NIGHT. The kid from the movie “The Sixth Sense” was following me everywhere. It wasn’t really a “chase” dream but no matter what I did or where I went, I couldn’t get away from him. I would wake up and fall back to sleep and there he was again.

  11. The dream started off in some type of party and everything was in slow motion later on this group came towards me and started socializing but I couldn’t comprehend what they were saying so I left as I started to leave everything started becoming slower and slower every step I took and as I continued walking these lights came on they were some type of headlights and as started walking faster the closer they got till I started running and I was being chased but everything still felt slow as I’m running I come across this brick wall with a hole in it and I use that hole to try and jump the wall to escape but as I do that I’m caught by whatever was chasing me and I wake up…I don’t know what the “thing” chasing me could mean but that dream felt real

  12. Hi there,
    Ive had my share of bizzare dreams, and being a student of psychology, ive always been intrigued by what my dreams symbolize. ive had a dream of being chased. And this stranger who’s apparently trying to chase me in my dream is someone i hd seen once at a jogger’s park. As me nd my friend sat on the bench meditating, i felt as if someone was watching me. So when i opened my eyes, i saw a face staring at me through the bushes, his eyes glaring at me and when i tried to get a closer look, i saw him jacking himself off, infront on me. In my utter horror, i was shocked beyond belief while he kept watching me and doing this thing continuously. then i saw him slowly emerging out of the bushes,as if coming towards me. And then suddenly, as a bunch of joggers walked past us, he retreated back into the bushes and dissappeared.A few days later, in my dreams, i saw him again. I saw myself as a teenager, in my school uniform, on my way back from school. And then this person, pops right in front of me from nowhere, and i turned around and ran, apparently, he wanted sumthing i had. He wanted a CD that was handed over to me in my dream a while back. And what follows is a ruthless chase through roads, alleys and bridges, his hands just inches away from me. I get these dreams very often, and i usually wake up startled, covered in sweat. I know, it does sound cliche and kind of self explanatory. However, there is more to it than what meets the eye. Something to do with my past, which i am not able to muster the courage or let out of my repressed memories.

  13. Hi there,
    Ive had my share of bizzare dreams, and being a student of psychology, ive always been intrigued by what my dreams symbolize. ive had a dream of being chased. And this stranger who’s apparently trying to chase me in my dream is someone i hd seen once at a jogger’s park. As me nd my friend sat on the bench meditating, i felt as if someone was watching me. So when i opened my eyes, i saw a face staring at me through the bushes, his eyes glaring at me and when i tried to get a closer look, i saw him jacking himself off, infront on me. In my utter horror, i was shocked beyond belief while he kept watching me and doing this thing continuously. then i saw him slowly emerging out of the bushes,as if coming towards me. And then suddenly, as a bunch of joggers walked past us, he retreated back into the bushes and dissappeared.A few days later, in my dreams, i saw him again. I saw myself as a teenager, in my school uniform, on my way back from school. And then this person, pops right in front of me from nowhere, and i turned around and ran, apparently, he wanted sumthing i had. He wanted a CD that was handed over to me in my dream a while back. And what follows is a ruthless chase through roads, alleys and bridges, his hands just inches away from me. I get these dreams very often, and i usually wake up startled, covered in sweat. I know, it does sound cliche and kind of self explanatory. However, there is more to it than what meets the eye. Something to do with my past, which i am not able to muster the courage or let out of my repressed memories. :)

  14. So I had a dream last night in which I was being chased. I can’t exactly remember the beginning, but I was in a sort of…group home you could say. They were kidnapping and drugging children, and keeping them as servents or something, That part is fuzzy. However, I tried to escape after being kidnapped. I did find a way out, and after I ‘cured’ or so I thought I did, two of the others, we began to run. They were caught almost instantly, but I was able to get away. First I went to the police, but before I could tell them what was going on, they were incapacitated somehow, so I was on the run again. I began running again, and because the other person had gained a car, I knew I had no chance of escaping unless I got one as well. I spotted a friend of mine, and he began to drive me away. We got about three miles away from the starting point, but we were being closely followed so I hopped out of the car when it was stopped at a light. From there, I had to weave through traffic, but the other guy, it was a man, (It was ‘The Master’ from Doctor who) He began to chase me, so I crossed the street yet again, and ran into the convenience store. He hadn’t yet made it across, so I ran out of the back door, and I began to hop fences in the neighborhood. Seeming to jump them in one single leap and reaching the other one. This went on for about six fences, and I could hear him catching up to me as he spoke on the phone, assuring someone else that he was going to get me. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me in decoding what this could possibly mean

  15. A few weeks ago I overheard my room mates talking about me and I cant seem to get it off my mind. Last night I had a dream that one of my roomates and I were running away from the other roommate and we were running around a sort of temple type thing. We kept hiding from her and the dream ended before I found out if she caught up with us. The roommate I was running with used to be one of my quite close friends however after I heard her talking about me we haven’t been very close. I have no idea what the dream means…?

  16. I had a dream about three months ago that an old woman wearing a high-neck, long-sleeved lace dress was chasing me around her mansion with a chainsaw. In the end she threw multiple chainsaws that I managed to dodge except for the last one. I woke up before I was impaled.

  17. Had a really weird dream last night, was wondering if anyone can help me know what it could mean?

    i was at home preparing to perform in the theatre (I havent done that since I was young, acting/singing isnt really a part of me or anything). I was in the main role because one of my good friends was directing it. It clearly had a 1920′s theme, it was almost like we were playing downton abbey but at the theatre. I was getting the right outfit on at home and had three lovely outfit choices. Then I was lying on couch and realised I hadn’t made the effort to learn my lines yet. I got told I would be fine and got a lovely tingly kiss on the lips by a rugged young redhead scottish looking guy (didn’t recognise him). Arrived at the theatre at the time they told me too but I was late as I realised when looking at the script I was narrating the play, they cut me out of the show, I told people to f* off, then beyonce tok my role (because she can obviously sing and dance and act really well). I left the theatre and walked across a park. This park had a pool in the corner next to the playground almost like the pool at my old house but It wasnt really important. I had two guys I felt really friendly with, with me because they wanted a ride home. In the dream I acknowledged this field was like the one at my old school and one of the guys was one of the kids from my old school (a friends brother). I said to him ‘its like being at school isnt it, do you remember the memories?’. We walked through an old building briefly – its like walking through to the parking lot. Got cornered by two or three geeky guys I didn’t recognise… he threw my childhood friends pencil case :s, we tried to retrieve it but then i lost mine in the process. We decided it was getting more serious than pencil cases so we ran. Not sure what happened to the third guy. Me and the childhood friend had a quick moment of great teamwork decieving these geeks that were running after us, then he disappeared and one guy with slick black hair and a grin started to follow me (didn’t recognise him). He had all these obstacles like running out a door on a pier etc and seemed to enjoy the chase. It was almost like doing parkour, really instense. I kept finding ways out of his obstacles and i would feel really stoked and relaxed almost like he couldnt get me now but then he would find a way to beat me like get a boat or whatever when i’m swimming away. I then climbed out of some water and ran down a ramp. at the end of the ramp the road was covered in wet tar but i had no choice but to ran through it. I ran through it and the guy just jumped it a little while later catching up to me even more. I had blotches of tar on my hands and was worried about the tar stuck to my feet too. I managed to get free and thought I got free but he was waiting around the corner down this narrow flight of stairs. He was at the top of the stairs and a vacume cleaner was on the landing. The vacume cleaner gassed people weirdly but I ran to the top and wrapped the cord around his head, with the intention to strangle him until he passed out. My friend joined me and asked me what i was doing and I just said i was making him pass out not kill him. He passed out but as i was leaving he opened one eye – he was pretending to be passed out. Oh also- During the chase I hid my car keys down my pants from him as he wanted my car, he then reckoned he had this supersonic technology to find pink cars but luckily a pink buggy was closer than my car. He covered it with gold thick gel/paint.

    Weird dream, can someone help me decipher it?

  18. Ive been having these dreams where, someone in some form (cant remember at all) is chasing me. I know parkour so im confident i could outrun almost anyone in real life.. but, in my dream, everything turns slow motion. I use 110% of my effort and muscles and barely lift off the ground while running. Like im running underwater in slow motion.

  19. My dream was that I got chased by snakes in the middle of the woods. I would turn one way and run into snakes and then I would run the other way and run into some more snakes.the process went on and on like this. When I would wake up I wouldn’t be breathing much and my breath was deep and heavy. I have this dream every night. I have even forced myself not to sleep so I wouldn’t have that dream again. If any one could help me with this I would really appreciate it. I’m just a little girl and I have done every thing I can do to stop these horrible dreams. PLEASE help me with this.

    • It sounds like the reoccurring snake dream could represent an situation or issue in your life that is difficult to face, embarrassing or makes you feel uncomfortable. You mentioned that you would “turn one way and run into snakes and then run the other way and run into more snakes.” The snakes could represent something in your life that you are trying to avoid. In order to understand the meaning of your dream you have to ask yourself what the intention of the snake is in your dream? Do you have anything in real life that you are avoiding or running away from? Only you can truly understand the meaning of your own dream so spend time to answer these questions. Hope that helps :)

  20. I have a dream where a man is chasing me and i try to run but my legs feel like they are underwater and i cant run. Another is a Japanese man with cargo pants and an orange t shirt in the room accross from me who runs into my room and stands over my bed. When i wake up there is sometimes my mom or brother in my room.

  21. I had a dream I was in some sort of death camp for teenagers. We were all walking into it when just after the big entrance I saw my mum and step-dad in a car. Me and a friend started running for it and made it too the car but all four of us were on the run from then on going to the borders of Scotland. I woke in too early to see if we got caught or not.

  22. I had a dream I was in a house my old foster home to be precise and i was running away from some big monster.. everything was fine 1 minute then we started getting chased it broke the back door and we escaped through the front.. I dont remember much before the chase but as we got outside in the cars I was the last one out to make sure everyone had got out and there was two cars. A pretty girl I met a couple times a model she is now I use to have a like for appeared in one of the cars I had to make a decision to get in the car with all my brothers and sisters but I chose the car that she was in and at that point I woke up confused and annoyed that I didn’t get to see her lol.. I have a lot of things going on in my life right now along with Social anxiety and depression.. I believe that dreams mean something.. A sign.. but I cant make out why I keep seeing this girl in fact the ONLY girl I ever see in my dreams… Yeah she is pretty.. my dream chick but it would never work out she lives way to far away for me and I am not money stable to be going out or driving down to see her.. it would never work lol.

  23. I had a dream where I was back at my childhood home. The next thing I was running from zombies going up stairs and up through closest just to get away. I would be with people I didn’t recognize.

  24. so it started from me yesenia kimberly ashley edward and saul we were goon joke weed , saul was looking out for us . he saw ms rey or dean come so he started yelling ” ruuuuun ” with a passion , so we all ran . his stupid fell right away and said ‘ go with out me ‘ so we did : D ! a few steps later my stupid friend yesenia fell and said ‘ don’t leave me ‘ but we did :l right across the street my friend kimberly fell ? how’d she get on the other side idk ? then my other stupid friend edward fell , me and ashley were the only ones that were making it , i got caught in a tree and i couldn’t run anymore wtf ? but then i ran : D , ashley was in front of her house but then she fell .__. ? stupid ass !!! so from there i decided to fly to my house and made it : D ? my mom said ‘ wtf you doing here early ” ? in spanish i said ohh i finished testing early . so she said lets go pick up your sister so on my way back i saw all my stud friends in the ambulance xD and after i went to go visit ten at the hospital , and they all had broken bones :l and then they got mad and i woke up : D

  25. Hi,
    I had a dream last night with such detail, I can picture it very clearly in my head, but its hard to describe. It was a chasing dream. It began firstly that I was playing a PC game that I was defending a fort and my opponant decided to attack and with all my effort I lost, but ti started to turn real as if I was there but still having a birds eye view, then I was taken away in a car, being captured by who I think was my Dad. He had stopped off outside some shops for something so I got out of the car and ran, but instead of running for ages I decided to hide inside a shop, I told the person at the till not to show I am here as I hid behind some tables with a small gap between floor and bottom of table so I could see, my capturer ran past the shop so I turned to the person at the till asking if I could go out back to get away. But my capturer found me standing at the door, couldnt make out his face. The next thing I know is I am in the back of his car and it definatly is my Dad this time with his wife in the front talking all normal and happy that he was going to drop me back home.

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