Dreams About Being Chased: Meaning Of Chase Dreams

You ever wonder why being chased in our dreams is one the most common nightmare to experience?

It doesn’t matter if you are being Chased In Your Dream by the police, madman, monster, killer or even a dog, these dreams contain a very symbolic message that helps the dreamer understand their deep rooted fears in life.

In a nutshell being chased in your dream relates to some sort of inner conflict that we are unable to face that remains unconscious. Your dream will use specific themes or images to guide you towards the root of the problem.

The mere fact that chase dreams are considered the most common recurring dream theme tells you that you are not the only one with this problem.

Article: Tips On How To Stop Recurring Dreams

The good news is once you are able to identify who or what the attacker represents in your dream it will lose all of its powers. Chase dreams contains a very valuable message that is often decoded metaphorically. Find out how to turn the tables on who is chasing you in your dreams.

Understanding Chase Dreams

The difficult part about chase dream is the level of introspection the dreamer must undergo in order to figure out the underlying issue. Like most people who either tend to ignore or repress these unconscious feelings or emotions tend to rare its ugly head in our dreams.

How to understand what might be chasing you will involve looking inward to examine your own motives, thoughts, behaviors and emotions. Since these feelings remain unconscious you will need time to self reflect on what this could be.

Analyzing Chase Dreams

Your dream will give you many clues help put pieces of the puzzle together. The meaning of the dream can alter depending the context, locations, weapons, animal or human etc…

An unrecognizable face connects the dreamer to his or hers shadow, the part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts, or shortcomings. This can also imply to monsters, ghosts or entities that have manifested to portray your flaws.

The location helps determine where the problem might be stemming from. Houses are common locations that imply the psyche as each floor contains a different meaning.

Chased By A Killer Dreams

What has the ability to kill you in your dream shows you the power this unconscious force has over you. Essentially you are running away from something that scares or intimates you in your life. Do you know what this is?

Chased By Soldiers or Police

If you are being chased by an authority figure such as the police or soldiers suggests your unconscious actions will eventually catch up with you. Police are authority or enforcers in your life that emerges when you are misbehaving or doing something you shouldn’t. You might be unaware of these actions but whatever you are doing will have a consequence.

They are sent from the unconscious parts of us that is known to police our emotions, movement or beliefs systems that could be in need of fixing.

Chased By Attacker Madman

If you are being killed by the attacker implies the fears have consumed you to a point where you are unable to fend for yourself. If you stand up to the killer suggests you will overcome these issues.

Noticing the attacker is a clue to where the problem might be rooted in. They may possesses the qualities that you ignore within. If you where chased by the police suggest a problem with not admitting your issues. Afraid to be judged for your actions.

Are You Chasing Something?

We are more likely to have a dream of being chased, however we do tend to have dream of chasing things. These dream point to our ambitions and what we want to reach for in our lives that are not obtainable at the moment.

Dream Of Chasing And Hiding

Usually when we are running away and hiding from something in our dreams it often points to avoidance. This is something you are metaphorically avoiding and ignoring. What could this be?

  • guilt
  • addiction
  • negative thought patterns
  • anger/rage
  • smoking
  • over eating
  • video games or Daydreaming
  • alcohol
  • unhappiness/Depression

Fight or Flight?

Being chased in our dreams can have a similar feeling to the physiological feeling of “flight or fight” response. This occurrence has passed down from our ancestors when we are in the presence of something terrifying. The response is triggered by the release of hormones that prepare your body to either stay and deal with a threat or to run away to safety.

The distance running would be equivalent to how close you are to solving this issue. Once you are able to face your fears and stand up to the attacker he will no longer be a threat to you. The feelings that are felt in your dream mimic that of what an anxiety attack feels like. Remembering what you are running away from is a clue to help solve the meaning of the dream.

  • rapid heart rate
  • pale or flushed skin
  • dilated Pupils
  • trembling/rapid thoughts

Stop Having Chase Dreams

If you want to stop your chase dreams you will need to confront what you are naturally escaping. Make a list of negative behaviors in your life which you are not willing to confront; anything you are trying to escape from. It is important to understand that escapism is a kind of defense mechanism.

Understanding it might be a form of deflection; pushing something under a rug appears on the next side. They issues will not disappear overnight; they create looping patterns in your life. You will notice that the dream will continue to get worse the more you deflect and find yourself in these similar scenarios.

Chase Dream Recap

Chase dreams can be complicated to decode if you have problems remembering your dream. However, if these chase dreams are recurring you can submit it to our active dream forum and have one of our dream experts take a look at it for you.

If you watched a horror movie just before you went to bed its very possible that you would have a dream of being chased. If this happens disregarded as just a normal dream.

Analyzing your chase dream can be a very helpful tool to manage how you handle stressful situations in your life. You will will open the doors to what is hidden so the next time you do it will be easier.

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Kelly
Kelly
5 days ago

Being chased by madman wanting to either kill me or something else like that feeling anxious and trying to leave premises and seeing this person sew someone else’s eyes shut in front of me for not listening to the madman and madman chasing me to door and not get out and then not knowing if madman is going to do the same to me as I still was running for the door not sure what to think figuring out how I’m gonna get back to my husband which was no where to be found left me in question what does… Read more »

Jean
1 month ago

I love this site

Shannon
Shannon
1 month ago

Being chased by my bf but he went missing but I could only see him looking for him with us but there was another of him that was a zombie chasing us all and he killed most of his mates but me and two of his best mates got away then I woke up but I still dk what the dream means

Tomo
Tomo
2 months ago

i had a dream where i was chased in a VR metaverse by Nazi SS officers

Madisenne
Madisenne
2 months ago

This dream happens in similar formats from time to time, but this is the one that happened last night that is bugging me immensely this morning: I was in this sort of ghost town– there were other people, just not around at the time, and am incredibly small population. What I remember thinking is that it was a demon-sort of thing chasing me, but he wasn’t inherently evil, nor was he considered “satan” or anything a part of the Christian or Morman faith. I think he was just a big and broad dude. I would run through the town, duck… Read more »

Addison
Addison
2 months ago

I had this dream a while back and it still boggles me. I was in a past time, just chilling, and this guy wearing a white button up and khaki pants with suspenders starts chasing me, he chases me through different time periods, each period had police trying to stop crimes around us, his name was James or something similar, the police could see us, but just stood there watching, eventually we got to present day and I woke up feeling heavy and foggy headed.

SmoothAP23
SmoothAP23
3 months ago

I had a dream when I was with this female friend finding something I lost near this park as I can’t find it my friend wonders off to this dead end road where this guy with a sawed off shotgun shoots her or strangles her but keep in mind im down the street looking for something I didn’t physically see her but then i go down to the street that she went to cause I got some alert that she requested assistance IMMEDIATELY and that freaked me out so I go over there see this guy with a shotgun and… Read more »

Lindsey
Lindsey
3 months ago

I had a dream the other night where my middle school was sending kids into the ocean. I escaped from the group, but all of the teachers were trying to catch me. It wasn’t only teachers from my middle school, tho, it was also teachers from my elementary school. I went and hid inside of the building and eventually found my good acquaintance, Chloe. We had to evade the teachers and find a way to save the other students. We were walking around the school. It looked like my school, but there were some minor and many not so minor… Read more »

Ryan lilly
Ryan lilly
3 months ago

I dream that I’m being chased by the police with my wife at first than she disappears and I’m running but can float high I end up in the middle of the woods in a person house with no roof the cops are all in the woods with dogs everywhere they see me hiding in the top of the house with no roof so I start to come down and wake up!! But I have that dream and another one where I always go to this trailer in yhe middle of the woods and sometimes there are puppies at the… Read more »

George
George
3 months ago

I had a really bizarre one last night. I’m at this 2 story house visiting my with my “mom and dad” I put that in quotes because these are 2 people I’ve never seen before but in the dream I call them that. in this dream I’m told about my “mom” having a “checkered past” and that her ex and has come by frequently causing problems. Next thing I know this older man who i recognized as my mom’s ex-father in law, is slowly walking around with a butcher knife, i try to hide in a room but the door… Read more »

nunu
nunu
7 months ago

I had a lot of dreams with implications of being chased by danger, but one dream sticks out to me. a few months ago I dreamt that I was in a beach resort/some kind of port city. I was being chased around by an overweight prostitute in a pink bunny leotard. she wasn’t ugly, but I was still trying to escape her. if I thought she was following me or if I stopped for a moment, I felt like I had to start running again else she’ll get me. if the answer to this dream is “you’re in denial of… Read more »

Giarc
Giarc
7 months ago

Trying to edit my comments below but can’t figure out how… I always “wake” up when they start entering the garage..

Giarc
Giarc
7 months ago

I had a recurring chase dream when I was younger, maybe 20-30 years or so… several times a year for several years. Always the same and happened enough it is vividly etched in my memory. Then it happened again recently and it was the same again. I was in my childhood home, alone, as a kid, maybe 8-10 years old. Two quite fit men in their 20’s or 30’s dressed in all black with knives come in to kidnap me. I hide throughout the house, under the bed, in closets, the basement, etc.. and when they get near I find… Read more »

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Holly
Holly
7 months ago

I keep dreaming about situations that will lead to prison. But I’m much younger a school age. There is a tranchuler (spider) there that escapes but we get done for stealing it. Madeline maccan is also there.
It does differ but always ends up in going to jail.

Aslan Liew
7 months ago

I just woke up from this dream a few minutes earlier so i couldn’t help but wanna know the meaning behind it cuz i never had any dreams of being chased before. I can still remember it clearly that it starts off with me and my family being in an indoor mini zoo in a mall, it’s the type that has animals behind the glass. We see a monkey’s hand sticking out of a hole on the glass and playing with a random with that was dangling off the ceiling from who knows where. And while typing this i just… Read more »

jae
jae
8 months ago

I have had a chasing dream only a few times and every times it’s been the same dream same place same outcome same person same way. I’m younger.. I’m in a Forrest with bright bright stadium lights shining and there’s a man following me behind every tree and i watch him follow me AS HES going from tree to tree and im still walking and watching and he has the same hood less coat on everytime and his regular body but his face is blacked out (kinda like a manikin for visual) and then pretty soon I get freaked out… Read more »

martha jin
martha jin
8 months ago

I had a nightmare that a strangers dad was a serial killer on the loose. He told me to run away, I was first in a parking lot frantically running going thru doors, catching glimpses of his father killing people around me, i escaped and ended up at my best friends house at a small gathering, I tried to warn people but it seemed like they were under a spell? it was christmas, now new year’s eve. the killer than turned into different people, now a chinese woman, I tried to quietly warn people, particularly my crush, he was with… Read more »

martha jin
martha jin
Reply to  The Dreamer
8 months ago

it’s good! I love my dad and he loves me but I do wish he would treat my mom a little better.

Annie
Annie
8 months ago

I keep having chasing dreams but they are different every time. In the one that is stuck in my head I am being chased by a man and a dog, the dog looked like some kind of bulldog. They chased me for what felt like ages, once I decided to hide under a nearby truck, then I climbed a tall Paperbark tree. I ended up nearly being caught multiple times. Whilst still in the dream I woke up at a strange made-up school (I am high school age). I ended up finding my real-life friends at that school and told… Read more »

Lisa
Lisa
8 months ago

I had a dream in which a woman I have worked for was holding me hostage in what looked like the house I live. I decided to escape while she was asleep out of that house but when I was about to get out of the gate, it was locked and the gate was surrounded by a razor wire at the top, I didn’t know what to do but I escaped I don’t know how. Later I’m on the streets at night running away from her as she is looking for me. This street looks like one I lived in… Read more »

Baro
Baro
8 months ago

So last night, I had a dream that I took my dad’s truck out and stopped at a public restroom in the middle of nowhere. When I left the shared bathroom, I heard incredibly heavy footsteps behind me, and of course, I jumped in the truck and sped off. What was following me reminded me of a werewolf, but it had glowing white eyes. Eventually, my dad comes to rescue me, but he looks way different from usual, and he explains that whatever was chasing is gone and that I’ll be safe inside the house. Probably one of the scariest… Read more »