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.

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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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Catherine
Catherine
30 days ago

I have had two dreams with some similarities. First, I’m in my moms car and I park at this building with the feline inside I’m looking for someone Important to me, a friend. I’m nearly running around the outside to the inside looking for this person and when I do…the person is barely trying to talk to me as I’m saying like we got to go. I had a feeling I was reaching out trying to rescue them. As I recognize they are not coming and this place is like an actual compound, my aim becomes to get out. I… Read more »

Brenden
Brenden
2 months ago

I had like 4 consecutive nightmares that spiraled into a chase dream where I was being chased by a demonic entity through the walls of my house and I had to keep crawling on my back trying to find an edge of a wall that was in a room where a person was. I was stuck in the drywall. There was creepy music in the background as well.

Emma
Emma
2 months ago

I once had a chase dream and I remember it very vividly. It took place at my childhood home, but inside, the house layout was slightly different and the furniture wasn’t from my childhood. I’m a white woman and I moved there with a black woman and a white man. The man was lanky, had glasses, brown hair, nerdy looking. I was sitting on the sofa chilling, watching him cook and mill about the kitchen through the open halfwall between the rooms, and all of a sudden the black woman walked up to him and stabbed him with the biggest… Read more »

Amanda Anderson
Amanda Anderson
3 months ago

Last night I dreamt I was standing in a door way that lead out to a shallow river and all these different species of monkeys, gorillas, apes and orangutans, were running through the water and up on the power lines. The gorilla even stopped mid way and pointed at the orangutan and then kept running. I felt they were running from something terrible but I didn’t know what it was. Any ideas?

Katie
Katie
3 months ago

Mine is kinda strange but I was walking down my own street like the one I live on right now and I had I big like metal ball around my knees and my wrist I noticed someone was following me they had this really bright dress on and I noticed so I started to run and every time I started to run I heard a load voice that said “run” but I tried to run it was hard in the metal ball on my knees the strange lady caught up to my I was running onto my grass and she… Read more »

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lauren
lauren
3 months ago

I was walking with my ex and he was telling me that he was going to do his best to change for his current gf and then I said “so f me right?” after everything he has put me through and then I saw a guy who has been trying to be with me and I have been hanging out with then I was bawling my eyes out from my ex and I took off running from this guy I have been seeing and then i ran into a movie theater trying to hide from him and then he found… Read more »

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  lauren
2 months ago

It sounds like you are afraid of being hurt again. You are fearful that all men are dogs and sadly you’re probably right to a certain degree except that most dogs are loyal and most men are not!

Some Guy
Some Guy
3 months ago

I was in my parent’s room in this dream. Melvin Sneedly from Captain Underpants was there. He said we needed toothpaste and then said I should go get it. I went to my room in the pitch black and opened a box of Legos and covered myself in them. I don’t know why. I sneaked into the bathroom and took toothpaste but I heard growling. It turned out there was a monster so I ran back to my parent’s bedroom fast but I tripped and got killed. Does anyone know what this means?

Emberlyn Tucker
Emberlyn Tucker
4 months ago

I was lost in the woods and I found a house and there was a lot of other people with me. We knocked on the door and a middle aged man answered the door. He let us in a he had a couple pets. The cats a Dogs started to cuddle with me. Then I heard glass break and gun shots. Then I kinda had a cut scene in my dream. It felt like a video was being played in my brain. The man was talking about how he was here to kill us and thst he will find his… Read more »

Cat
Cat
5 months ago

I had a nightmare that shook me quite a bit. I was in my class when the lockdown bell rung. We all did the normal lockdown procedure. But then some kids next to me were gossiping about what the lockdown was for. They said it was because the earth giants were here to kill us. Her voice kinda sounded like a man. Then we hear collective gasps as some kids peek through the window and see the foggy outline of a person. I think it’s another kid and quickly rush to get them inside. Yet when I open the door,… Read more »

Kiley
Kiley
5 months ago

I was 4 or 5 in the dream a lot of landscapes passed by (being places i have lived at before) that whole time I was being chased by my mother who (as far as i can tell) was trying to kill me. then near the end my extended family started chasing HER as she was chasing me. then someone picked me up and shielded my eyes… but before my eyes were fully covered my extended family grew fangs and pounced on my mother and I heard them tear her apart for a split second. then I woke up. I… Read more »

Alaboudy
Alaboudy
6 months ago

I have had the same dream for a bit now and it’s terrifying. I’m a little boy probably in the 10-8 range and no matter the location I’m always outside. I always have a great friend who gives me some amazing life advice that I ignore in real life, not some cheesy stuff I real advice I should follow but can’t. I just woke up screaming from one due to the usual ending. In today’s it was very dark and pouring rain and I was a long the end of a block in pouring rain with the smell of grass… Read more »

Dosson
Dosson
6 months ago

For years I had a reoccurring dream so realistic so vivid I knew what was coming when the dream started. It was located around and under the house I grew up in It was hot summer July or august heavy smell of honeysuckle apples and horses I could feel the clover under my bare feet as I passed the huge twin sugar maples ( planted on my 1st birthday )all three were in abundance on our farm As I turned the corner in the wood line bristling teeth and dinner plate eyes in the wood line and the race for… Read more »

Maureen
Maureen
6 months ago

I had a dream that a madman/intruder entered my home through a door i forgot to shut. He was stalking me and I couldn’t call the police because my flip phone broke in two and would only work if I held it together, but I couldn’t manage to do that.

Christa
Christa
7 months ago

I dreamed of being chased down a pitch back street and knew that there was a rapist on the loose and could feel I was being stalked. I saw a pair of running shoes on the ground and grabbed them in case I needed to run faster. I was scared

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

I had this dream that 2 children that were like a block apart were killed by a man in a car with a gun. Then suddenly the entire city seemed as if it was running away from this one killer, but it got worst and it turned out to be many many armed forces dressed in black chasing everyone and holding them at gunpoint. I remember a lot of running a lot of hiding, big part of the dream was spent in the far back seat of a school bus, we were there with our heads under the seats hoping… Read more »

M.S
M.S
8 months ago

I’ve had the same recurring dream all my life. Atleast once year. The setting is similar to a colorful old action video game. Very bright reds and purples and almost looks like what i think hell looks like without all the fire. Every single time I get chased by some kind of monster, tall or big, detailed or completely black. It’s always a monster. Sometimes people try to help me survive and sometimes it’s a quick dream and it’s just me running but every time I die. Even when I recognize it’s a dream (because I’ve had it so many… Read more »

Tara
Tara
8 months ago

Last night I dreamt that I was in a swanky hotel, and a gunman made it known he was going to kill me. He encouraged me to enjoy my evening…because it would be my last. I ran away from him all night. I eventually found a police officer..and told them what was happening…the officer was a woman, actually she was/looked like Olivia Newton-John. After I talked to her, I woke up.

Taylor S
Taylor S
10 months ago

I’ve had the same dream 3x in a row now(twice in one day) I’m on my way to work at a barn of someone I know very well but need to creep around this house so the guy inside doesn’t see me and come after me. And I’m thinking I need to tell the people I work for at the barn I need to stop working there. After leaving the barn to go home somehow my cousin who is my best friend is with me and we get spotted no matter how far away we try staying from the house.… Read more »

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Nillz
Nillz
Reply to  Taylor S
7 months ago

The guy that’s after you is not the problem. It’s your best friend. This dream is telling you that you will have to limit the things you do and tell this cousin. Something bad is coming and this cousin/best friend will drag you into it. The guy in your dream should like your guiding Angel. You will have to pay attention to when he’s guiding you.

Taylor S
Taylor S
Reply to  Nillz
7 months ago

How is he guiding me if he’s chasing me and I’m terrified of him? Genuinely curious. Things aren’t adding up in RL

harpa
harpa
10 months ago

the dream i had started with me being at an event with people who don’t like me. We then went outside the school parking lot. & for some reason i had skates on. Before going outside I saw a police officer ik IRL (+IRL me and my bf skate together). so this was weird, & my bf just skated right past me in the lot. then we were in the parking lot till sunset. I somehow ended up taking someone’s car and not knowing how to drive it; it was a red one that the breaks sucked and it was… Read more »

Colleen
Colleen
10 months ago

Last night I dreamt being chased by my deceased husband, and as I hid I was rescued by the man I have loved for 36 years, what’s odd is, he took the baby I was holding. I don’t have any young children, or young grandchildren. Eventually we were together in a different place, and he laid on a couch with the baby safely tucked in his arms. One thing to point out here, I’ve dreamed this man many times over the years, always happy dreams, this is the first time fear is involved.