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What does a dream about being chased symbolize?

Being Chased Dream Meaning: From 5 Different Sources


Being Chased

Something in your life is creating a fear-based response to a threat. That threat may be real or imagined. When a person feels exposed at a very primal level, the built-in survival mechanism of the fight-or-flight response occurs. You may be running in terror without knowing that the secret enemy you are running from is yourself.

If you do not know your assailant, it may simply be you trying to catch up to you with something important that, if embraced, would allow you to feel more complete.

If you know who is chasing you, the person may have more to offer you if you let him or her catch you. Even if being caught ends in being killed, that death could be a symbolic transformation of such significance as to be the very thing needed to bring your greatest heart’s desires into reality. That is, of course, if you have the courage to stop running and turn around. Sometimes it is part of human nature to be afraid of success, and a dream of being chased is alerting you to stop running from your own magnificence.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox

Being Chased

Universal Landscape: Fear-based response to threat.

Dreaming Lens: Did you see your pursuer? Did you know the pursuer? Was there more than one? Were you being chased by a person or something inhuman? Were you in real danger, or were you making an assumption of danger based on the heightened anxiety? Did you elude your pursuer, or did he/she/it catch up with you?

Personal Focus: When a person feels threatened at a very primal level, the built-in survival mechanism of the fight or flight response occurs. While most people’s routine lives do not provide them with chances to test how they might react to such a threat, the dream world is filled with many such opportunities. Being chased is perhaps the most common dream image shared by all people across cultures and history.

Since this is a frequent dream experience, yet an infrequent life experience, it is important to recognize that the unconscious mind is using a very intense image to express waking life stressors that are not as life threatening as the dreams they provoke. The mind is very economical—it will use the fantastical experience of surviving danger in order to allow us to wake up the next day, ready to face the mundane challenges that may be troubling us. The fact that these are often recurring dreams further illustrates their capacity to balance out the unconscious fears and anxieties that we accumulate during the day. Look to where you may be feeling threatened or anxious in your life when this dream appears.

There is an alternate perspective that is important to consider when dreaming of being chased. Sometimes, it is part of human nature to be afraid of success. This unconscious sabotage can be very difficult to identify. You may be running in terror without knowing that the secret enemy you are running from is yourself. If you do not know your assailant, it may simply be that someone is trying to catch up to you with something important that, if embraced, would allow you to feel more complete. If you know who chases you, the person may have more to offer you if you let him/her catch you. Even if being caught ends in being killed, that death could be a symbolic transformation of such significance as to be the very thing needed to bring your greatest heart’s desires into reality. That is, of course, if you have the courage to stop running and turn around.

Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide for Interpreting Any Dream | Dr. Michael Lennox

Being Chased

This is another common dream based on fear and anxiety. If you find yourself being chased by something or someone, whether known to you or not, then you are probably feeling vulnerable in your waking life. You could be under pressure and feel that time is running out, or you are actually avoiding a problem or situation and trying to run away from it. Ask yourself, what do I fear? What am I trying to avoid? You might have already put some distance between yourself and the thing that is causing you anxiety, but if the pursuer in your dreams catches up, then this suggests you will eventually meet matters head on and that this is the only way to rectify the situation.

If you are the one doing the chasing, this denotes an ambitious personality, someone with drive who will not take no for answer. There is still a sense of pressure – in this case you desperately want to reach your goal and panic may be setting in. Take a deep breath and accept that sometimes you cannot force matters, you simply have to go with the flow and let life lead you in new and exciting directions.

Dreams Interpretations Hidden Meanings Symbols | Alison Davies

Being Chased

The way we respond to anxiety and pressure in real life is typically manifested as a chase dream. Often in these dream scenarios, you are being pursued by some attacker who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. You may be running away, hiding, or trying to outwit your pursuer. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stress or various situations in your waking life.

Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself, who is the one chasing you, and you may gain some understanding and insight on the source of your fears. The dream could also indicate that you are refusing to acknowledge a certain viewpoint or idea. On the other hand, the pursuer or attacker who is chasing you in your dream may represent a part of yourself. Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love, can assume the appearance of a threatening figure. You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser and your dream is calling your attention to your own self-destructive actions. A more direct analysis of chase dreams is that they reflect the simple fear of being attacked. Media hype and overexposure play on this fear and magnify our level of risk.

The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung

Being Chased

Dreams of being chased are a natural response to stress. It could be events are catching up with you and you’re running to keep ahead of the game.

• Or you’re running away from something literal in your life or perhaps an emotional or psychological issue. Revisit the dream and face what’s chasing you.

• By accepting who you are, exactly as you are, right now will help you make real progress towards your future and relieve some of the stress.

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8 dream interpretations related to the symbols you see in your dreams.

Chased

Pursued by the pressures of life from which one tries to escape... chased dream meaning

Chase / Chased

Spiritually the image of being chased or pursued suggests either fear of our own actions, or is a play on words, as in ‘chaste’, i.E. Trying to preserve our innocence.... chase / chased dream meaning

Chase / Being Chased

Being at a disadvantage in a given situation.

Actually being pursued, probably in the sense of being “chased” by a potential lover, employer, or customer. Astrological parallels: Aries, Gemini, Mercury.... chase / being chased dream meaning

Chase / Chased / Chasing

(1) If you are being chased in a dream, what is chasing you probably symbolizes something you are afraid of, either in your external life or - more commonly - in your inner self, your unconscious. For example, a woman who dreams of being chased by men is probably afraid of sex. (Freud would add that her dreams present, in disguise, an unconscious, repressed desire for sex.)

(2) If you are doing the chasing, the ‘you’ in your dream is probably your conscious ego and the thing you are chasing is almost certainly some part of yourself that frightens you. Chasing it away means disowning it, banishing it from your conscious life. It might be much better to try to integrate it into your conscious life. At the very least, get to know it and understand it.... chase / chased / chasing dream meaning

Watched, Attacked Or Chased By An Animal

Hiding from or being trapped by animals can suggest you are feeling controlled or threatened by your urges or the emotions or feelings of others.

If the animal is watching you, your unconscious is reminding you not to forget or neglect the instincts that it represents.

If the animal is attacking you, this could indicate that you are in the grip of a rage that you fear you may unleash. Your dream is urging you express or deal with your anger in a controlled way.

If an animal is chasing you in a dream, this may suggest that in real life you are in flight from some area of your personality that wants to be expressed.

If you are trying to find refuge from animals—either by building a defense or running away—this indicates a struggle with instincts that threaten your safety in waking life. In some cases dreams of being threatened or attacked by animals may be telling you that you are repressing your instincts—perhaps being too civilized— and you should try and loosen up more. Being bitten by an animal could indicate aggression from someone close to you or that our own aggressive instincts are not under control. Any threat from a sinister animal suggests fears and doubts you may have about your ability to manage your emotions. See also SURREALISM AND FANTASY.

Animal noises

If you hear animals making sounds in your dream, you need to consider what these sounds mean to you in waking life and then to make a symbolic link. For example, if you hear an animal barking, wailing or whining for attention, these sounds could be calling your attention to the qualities that that particular animal represents to you.

If you hear ominous growling, roaring or cackling, it could reflect pent-up anger either within yourself or another person.

If you hear braying, it could indicate a need to overcome basic animal instincts.

If you hear bleating, you may be taking on new cares and responsibilities that could be positive or negative depending on your attitude towards them. See also SENSES.... watched, attacked or chased by an animal dream meaning

Being Chased Or Hunted Down

The most common type of nightmare or bad dream is the one in which you are being chased or hunted down by something or someone. According to Jung, being chased or stalked as prey is a primal memory of your human collective unconscious and may refer to early times in the history of humankind when it was common to be chased, often to the death, by an animal.

If you are being chased in your dream it is important to think about who or what was chasing you, and then ask yourself whether there is anyone or anything in your life that reminds you of your pursuer.... being chased or hunted down dream meaning

Chased / Attacked

The origin of dreams of being chased or attacked probably dates back to an era when humans fought off beasts or other tribal members to survive. The ‘monsters’ of today are more likely to be emotional beasts, such as fear, anxiety, anger, hatred and envy, or the pressures put upon us by the fast pace of life. In these dream scenarios you are often being pursued by some attacker who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stresses or various difficult situations in your waking life. Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself who is the one chasing you, as that may give you some understanding and insight into the source of your fears.... chased / attacked dream meaning

Chased, Being

If you dream someone is chasing you, consider the context.

If the chaser wants to harm you, this could represent: a feeling or fear of persecution, hostility, aggression, criticism, or other harm by another person (or by others in general); a real-life situation in which you feel your boundaries have been crossed or your integrity has been compromised.

Someone playfully chasing you could represent the idea of that person interacting with you or your feeling of friendliness toward them.

See also: Escaping; Attacked, Being; Catching Someone; Killing; Hunting; Stalking; Chasing... chased, being dream meaning