Our modern lives are oftentimes with emotional volatility and dreams focus on the emotional impact of those experiences and circumstances. Dreams that represent extreme emotional content such as fear, anger, or hate are a source of insight for our personal growth and development.


 If you’re having dreams about being chased, you know just how unsettling they can be. Dreams about being chased are a fairly common dream theme. Indeed, dreams about being chased can bring up fear, stress, and night sweats as you struggle to outmaneuver whatever ominous entity is on your tail. Interpreting dream symbols is a subjective process, and the meaning of any detail your sleeping brain presents will depend on your associations with that item. “The question to ask yourself is: Do I feel like I’m running away from something that’s chasing me, or trying to hide from something I don’t want to face?”. Consider dreams of being chased an opportunity to end the cycle.


What Do Chasing Dreams Mean?


What Do Chasing Dreams Mean?

Dreaming about being chased generally means that you are “being told by your unconsciousness that you’re avoiding an issue or a person.” In such dreams, context is important, which includes identifying the chaser. A person could learn that he or she is running from his or her emotions, a common belief about being chased in dreams. You may be avoiding something painful, annoying, or fearful. The majority of people dream about being chased. It’s both “universal” and “natural”’.

Frequently dreaming about being chased could mean that you’re:

1. anxious about something

2. experiencing heightened or ongoing stress

3. worried about an upcoming event

4. wishing to avoid something you’d rather not face

5. overwhelmed with responsibilities

Our dreams of being chased are often a sign of feeling anxiety in our waking lives. We may feel as if someone or something is out to get us. Occasionally these dreams may be literal feelings of fear you may have. There are several ways the theme of being chased can manifest in a dream. These dreams can often be very realistic. These types of chase dreams are often some of the most commonly experienced nightmares. If you are frequently having these dreams, it’s important to understand what the dream means. Learning how to interpret your dreams can have many benefits in your life!

To interpret this dream, follow these steps:

Identify the Attacker/Chaser


Identify the Attacker/Chaser: Who is chasing you in the dream? Is it a person or an animal? You may also want to look at the characteristics of the attacker.


Look at the Setting Where the Dream Takes Place


Look at the Setting Where the Dream Takes Place: The setting can also give you a lot of clues as to what this dream may mean. When you interpret this dream, try to look at the details of where the dream takes place. The weather and elements can also have some meaning in the dream.

All of these things can give us a lot of insight into what the dream means!

A common thread in all dreams about being chased stems from anxiety in real life, as fleeing from problems or threats is a natural response. If you are dreaming that you are being chased, it generally means you are avoiding an issue or person. Your subconscious is telling you that you need to confront that issue or person to get on with your life. One of the most important factors in a dream where you are being chased is who is chasing you. The distance between you and your chaser is also important, as is the speed of the person or thing chasing you. The distance of the chaser is an indication of how close or pressing the issue is. For instance, if the chaser is miles away in the distance and you do not feel particularly threatened by their presence, this would suggest the problem is easily solved. If the chaser is on your heels and catching up with you and you feel a real sense of danger and fear, then this suggests the problem is immediate and pressing. If you manage to put distance between you and the chaser, then your problem is being dealt with in a satisfactory way in real life.

Some dream analysts believe that dreams about being chased are an indication that you need to make a change in direction in either your personal or private life. It could mean that you are going in the wrong direction and something or someone is driving you to make that change but you are worried about it. A literal translation of a chase dream is that you are scared of being in an unfamiliar neighborhood and are worried about being attacked.

The common theme is all dreams where someone is being chased is avoidance. Consider whether you are holding onto old patterns of thinking, old habits and why you find it frightening to change. If you do manage to break away from your old behaviors, you will become a better person and it is more than likely that those terrifying dreams about being chased will stop.


What does it Mean When You Dream of Police Chasing You?


Dream of Police Chasing You

If you have a dream where someone is chasing you, it’s not unlikely that police officers are the ones coming after you. Don’t panic though; it doesn’t merely mean that you’ve broken the law and are about to go to prison. In the dream-world, these figures represent authority and discipline. And, running away from them means you may need to keep better control of your behavior in the waking world. Have you been behaving a little too reckless recently? If so, a dream of this nature could be the little nudge that you need to get a bit more discipline into your life. It could be possible that this dream would manifest if you have guilt about something, or if you feel like someone else is preventing you from doing what you want to do in life. It could also be related to your legal matters in your life. If you are scheduled to go to court or are indeed breaking a law, this dream could manifest as a way of dealing with your own emotions of not following the law.

Dreams about being chased by the police are most commonly reflections of guilt, regret, and unwillingness to face consequences that come out of our mistakes. In reality, it could happen that you have suppressed the sense of guilt over something so deep down inside that you have even forgotten about it. However, the guilt is a strong feeling and, sooner or later, it will come for its toll. The dream is a powerful channel to remind you of your guilt. This dream means you are running away from responsibility and consequences. You would very much like to avoid those you have been unrightfully to; it could be only a minor issue, but it makes you uncomfortable. This dream also tells about your self-esteem. The more insecure in yourself you are, the less willing are you to take responsibility. The dreams suggest you should gather courage and just face it; the police here represent justice and righteousness. You should act like an adult and admit you have made a mistake. You could be surprised to see how people will value you much more after you do so. If you keep avoiding responsibility for the consequences of your misdoings, you are more likely to be seen as an unreliable, unserious personality.


Why Do I Dream About Zombies Chasing Me?


Dream About Zombies Chasing Me

Zombie dreams may have hidden meanings and interpretations. Zombies usually symbolize fear, bad things, and events, negativity, unpleasant moments, anxiety, etc. The dream about hiding or running from zombies suggests that you are escaping from unwanted people. Perhaps they are overbearing and want to push their mindless thoughts into you to convert you. The zombie chasing dream could also be about substance and abuse. You want to hide and run away far from the bad influences that you may have with your life. You know that these influences can take away your ability to think for yourself.

Being chased by the undead (whether they are slow-moving or crazy fast) strongly suggests you are running away from something. This could be an external situation or an internal battle. What are you trying to escape? Are you avoiding dealing with a conflict with a coworker, family member, or significant other? Are you trying to ignore the warning signs of a physical illness? Are there any emotions you are trying to repress? Any of these could be represented by the zombies in your dreams, hunting you down so they can force you to finally pay attention and deal with it. If you dreamed of being chased by zombies and desperately trying to hide, that dream usually reveals your desire to get away from someone you don’t like. Possibly you want to escape someone who is trying to influence you in some way and change your opinion about something. Maybe someone has a wrong or negative influence on you and you are trying to escape that. In some cases, this dream is a sign of recurring illness, which you will, fortunately, be able to get rid of soon.


How to Stop Having Chase Dreams?


How to Stop Having Chase Dreams?


 Keep a pen and paper by your bedside and jot down your dreams as soon as you wake up. If you frequently dream about being chased, consider what this dream means in your life:

1. Do you feel that you’re being pursued?

2. Is there something you particularly fear?

3. Is there an upcoming event or person you’d rather avoid?

4. Are you struggling with a relationship or having internal conflict?

5. Is there something in your past that you fear is catching up with you?

Think about your surroundings in the dream, familiar people or objects, and what they mean to you personally. Reflect on how the dream made you feel and how those emotions relate to what’s going on in your life.

You can’t control your dreams, of course. But you may be able to uncover the source of stress-related dreams. Confronting this source may help you dream more peacefully. Here are a few things you can do to ease into a less stressful sleep:

1.  Don’t eat, exercise, or do anything strenuous or stressful in the hour before bed.

2. Wind down by engaging in calming activities before going to sleep.

3. Learn some deep breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques.

4. Keep stressors like work, clutter, and electronics out of the bedroom.

5. If you wake up feeling stressed out after a dream, leave the bedroom until you feel sleepy again.

Dreams of being chased can be pretty unsettling. However if one closely observes them, it might have various meanings and interpretations which are connected and help us to make some improvements in our real life. Hopefully, this article gave you some insight into dreams about chasing.

If the world of dreams fascinates you, pick up THE DREAM CLASS by PATRICIA ELTINGE. It is a mesmerizing book, decoding the complex workings of our sub-conscious mind. The book gives insight into different types of dreams and helping in a better understanding of the subject.



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