What are chasing dreams about?
Being chased in a dream is often the only element of the dream. The dream starts and already the chase is occuring. This symbol is identified by words like chase and pursue.
Chasing in dreams is a common dream symbol, occuring in about 5.1% of dreams. That's about 1 out of every 20 dreams.
What are the major highlights of chasing dreams?
Chasing is a normal dream symbol. Having chasing in a dream changes the dream in the same way as most other dream symbols.
Dreams of chasing are aggressive
Chasing dreams have more aggressive interactions than a lot of other dream symbols. This doesn't mean that all chasing have aggressive interactions or only aggressive interactions. It simply means that having chasing in a dream increases the probability this dream contains aggression. Other symbols that are like this include knees, bullets, burglary, tasers, scars, wolves, fast, fireworks, zombies, and boars.
Dreams with chasing might be a nightmare
Dreams of chasing are frequently associated with nightmares. Of course dreams that contain chasing might not be a nightmare. Plenty of dreams with chasing are not nightmares. But, dreams of chasing are more related to nightmares than 80% of all other dream symbols. Other symbols that are like this include voice, hostages, hair falling out, serial killers, fear, silence, chemical weapons, devouring, parasites in body, and mazes.
What symbols more present in dreams of chasing?
Chasing dreams are notable because they have substantially more dead ends, running, Bolivia, hunting, alleys, running away, serial killers, movement, hyenas, gorillas, escaping, mazes, tackling, characters, jackals, monster, bulls, capturing, hiding, Morocco, disguises, police, wolves, raccoons, unique themes, avalanches, dinosaurs, fences, elves, lions, boars, jumping, elephants, lasers, exits, safety, places, quicksand, jungles, bears, flies, knives, compensation, thieves, killing, dungeons, zombies, forests, clowns, lost things, Nepal, robbing, neighborhoods, antlers, criminals and outlaws, pheasants, general movement, creatures, highways, and werewolves than 95% of other dream symbols.
What symbols less present in dreams of chasing?
Chasing dreams are notable because they have substantially less beds, seeing a dead grandmother, acne, seeing a dead relative, falling in love, sleeping, seeing a dead father, miscarriages, pregnancy, paralysis, love, giving birth, sleep paralysis, funerals, precognitive dreams, nuclear bombs, spouses, the future, teeth falling out, cancer, relationship events, seeing a dead friend, closed my eyes, dating, psyches, Donald Trump, genitals, heaven, Ireland, menstruation, verbs, aggressive interactions, chasing, car crashes, kissing, crushes, parasites in body, sexuals acts, body changes, paramedic, whales, romantic partners, planes, weddings, and France than 95% of other dream symbols.
How does the dream symbol of chasing affect the different aspects of a dream?
Explore different elements related to dreams of chasing
Who is in chasing dreams?
Overall, dreams with chasing are aren't really related to characters in dreams. Specifically, dreams of chasing are more related to animals and more related to fantastic beings than dreams in general. They are less related to family and less related to romantic partners.
What are the emotions in chasing dreams?
Overall, dreams with chasing are less related to emotions in dreams. Specifically, dreams of chasing are more related to fear than dreams in general. They are less related to happiness, less related to sadness, and less related to grief and sorrow.
Grief and sorrow
Who is in chasing dreams?
What happens in chasing dreams?
Overall, dreams with chasing are aren't really related to events in dreams. Specifically, dreams of chasing are much more related to aggressive interactions than dreams in general. They are less related to friendly interactions, less related to sex, and less related to disasters.
How do chasing in dreams related to other dream phenomenon?
Overall, dreams with chasing are aren't really related to dream events in dreams. Specifically, dreams of chasing are more related to nightmares, more related to recurring dreams, and much more related to recurring nightmares than dreams in general. They are less related to lucid dreams, less related to sleep paralysis, and less related to sleeping.
How do chasing in dreams related the senses?
How can you make sense of chasing in dreams?
Chasing dreams are common. Among other things chasing dreams are normally interconnect, aggressive, and nightmare.
Do you think this is true for your dream of chasing? How might your dream of chasing be different?
All dreams have meaning
You can gain insight from thinking about any dream, no matter how strange. Only you, as the dreamer, have final say on what your dream may or may not mean. Each dream is unique.
Look for the differences
The DreamWell dictionary provides information on how each dream symbol appears in dreams in general. Finding how experience chasing in dreams can be a key to understanding its meaning.
Return to the feelings
Our emotions in dreams can help us understand its meaning. Pay attention to how you felt in the dream. Pay attention to how you feel about chasing in dreams. See how you feel about chasing now, in your waking life.
What are possible meanings for dreams of chasing?
“The chase” is one of the most widely reported dream themes, with a wide variety of possibilities for symbolism. The key to interpreting it is that it’s a physical representation of a personal situation.
It’s something from your past catching up with you. You can’t escape it. Your reputation and history follow you.
It’s something you don’t want to acknowledge or accept, such as a bad habit you don’t want to give up—an especially strong possibility if you dream about being chased by police or other authority figures.
It’s something you don’t want to accept about yourself. You’re really smart and want to escape high expectations. Or you’re female with traditionally masculine traits that are hard for you or others to accept. The person you are deep inside wants to be embraced and accepted. What are you running from?
It’s something you can’t handle.
It’s guilt, remorse, shame, regret. See: Guilty
It’s fear. See: Fear
It’s your emotions. See: Emotions
It’s the person you really are. Wherever you go, there you are.
It’s a limit, rule, law, or restraint you want to avoid or escape. For example, just before spring break, a young woman dreams about her father chasing her around the house, and she avoids him. It symbolizes running from his expectations. She has plans to do things while on spring break that he doesn’t approve.
Whatever it is, it symbolizes one of the common associations listed here, or a personal association. And remember, it’s a projection based on your thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. If it’s scary, it’s only because it’s scary to you subjectively, not necessarily objectively.
The thing chasing you could be something relatively positive, such as an ambition or goal that wants to be fulfilled. Or you have a vision for your life but for some reason think you can’t make it happen. Anything ignored or repressed can take form in dreams as something avoided. Often, when the thing chasing you is confronted, it’s not so scary after all.
And the longer it is avoided or ignored, the scarier and more insistent it becomes.
A young man dreams about aimlessly wandering around in a clothing store. He walks near another young man and they bump into each other. The dreamer insults the other man, who responds by chasing the dreamer around the store.
The dream speaks to the dreamer’s need to find his place in life. Clothes are associated with identity, so wandering aimlessly around a clothing store suggests aimlessness in life. The other man in the dream is a projection of the dreamer’s aimlessness. The insult he hurls at the man is actually how he feels about himself. And the man chases the dreamer because he knows he needs to do something about the situation but isn’t doing anything.
Now let’s reverse the scenario. What does it mean if you chase something in a dream? Some of the previous ideas apply. You chase your dreams, ambitions, goals. You pursue becoming the person you want to be and having the life you want, or something else you want, such as recognition, fame, sex, and love. You chase after the answers, your desires, your passions.
Chasing can be a physical representation of closing the emotional or psychological distance between you and another person, such as when dating. Chasing shows desire to be closer to the person. See: Bridges
Or you seek something within yourself that’s elusive, such as something about yourself that disappeared. For example, your patience disappears after a grueling stretch at work. Or you don’t have the same energy you used to have and want it back.
This interpretation is from ""The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Signs, and Meanings" and is provided by J.M. DeBord aka "RadOwl". He is the author of several acclaimed books about dreaming, the host of The Dreams That Shape Us podcast, and is a moderator of r/Dreams, one of the largest dream sharing communities on the internet.
Examples of dreams of chasing
Read some real dream reports of chasing dreams.. These real life dream reports come from the moderated dream sharing communities of Reddit including r/Dreams, r/Nightmares, r/DreamInterpretation, or r/thisdreamihad. Please note that some of these may contain graphic, sexual, or violent images and text. Use the source link for each dream to view and join the discussion of each one.
Strange dream last night - chased by a giant hostile Dark Souls boss kind of worm thing. What does it mean?
This dream was in what I like to call “video game perspective” - where I am watching something happen but also controlling a specific “character” in the dream. Sometimes it can feel like this even in first person perspective, where I am somehow disconnected from being the person, even if I am the person, not watching a screen or using a controller.
So in the dream there was this giant worm creature. It wasn’t really a worm, more wormlike, as in it was oblong and had no limbs and wasn’t reptilian enough to be a snake. First it chased me through a corridor (this was in the perspective of a 2d sidescroller video game) trying to I think eat me or at least somehow kill me and I ran from it and it would smash stuff behind me. Sometimes I was really close to being caught by it but I managed to get ahead. Then I got into a chamber place (it was more in first person now) and it was at the bottom of some stairs. When I would go down the stairs there were smaller worm things that would attack me. I felt like I was struggling with fighting the worms and I thought I was not strong or skilled enough to fight the big worm.
When I am awake and I think about the worm it reminds me most of a Dark Souls boss since it was very strong and big and it was sort of eldritch horror-like. Through the whole dream I was scared of the worm and I felt like I was not strong enough to fight it but I was progressing forward anyways. I also was fighting it in some sort of ruin, like ruined stonework everywhere and stuff. The closest I can describe the ruin as is maybe the Arbiter’s Grounds dungeon from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but not as dark.
This dream was in what I like to call “video game perspective” - where I am watching something happen but also controlling a specific “character” in the dream....
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Can anyone tell me what my dream is about??
I have a dream about myself in a gta V type of place but I'm not in a game because it's a real experience as i would call it. I've made a crime of some sort and police chases after me. Later that time i found myself in the sky in a motorcycle with wings (it really looks like the ones from gta V) and i would fly around the city to not get caught, after a while i landed myself outside the map (maybe it's the game I'm in). You really can tell if it's outside the map if there's border (steel fence with barbed wire) and you can't go there unless you force or find a way to get there, the bike really did the job and as if like I can go there anytime without force. I met a girl there which i think is also lost and amazed in the place and after we met she was kinda shy and long after that i saw that we hugged each other and float slowly like we were meditating, i hugged her and it feels special like i wanted that so bad that I don't want it to end like this is the thing i've been finding for so long. She then turned her back against me while hugging her and we dolphin kick (swimming technique) at the same time floating up a bit until i woke up (the end really is a wierd twist that's why i need your help maybe there's something about it like a meaning about me). The outside map looks like a barb wired steel fence like i said with an unfinished hollow block walls parallel to it some sort of an unfinished building maybe.
I have a dream about myself in a gta V type of place but I'm not in a game because it's a real experience as i would call it. I've made a crime of some sort and...
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I just had the most terrifying dream of my life. Someone please help.
Okay I literally just woke up and i’m panicking. I can give more details later if i remember but right now i’m a little unnerved. Someone please tell me if this has meaning.
There was a body in the front seat of my car and my partner and i got out to call the cops. Instead of cops showing up, a sports car with 4 men showed up and when i told them what happened they ran into the house only to die. Another police drove by and i flagged them down but they parked in my neighbors across the streets driveway and the old cop and the car turned into my neighbor and i was helpless. My partner and i walked back across the street to my house and i suggested maybe i could only see the things happening because i was schizophrenic when a middle aged lady with a cigarette said “but i can see you guys” and ran into my house. I chased her demanding answers and she said “they’re most prevalent in may” and disappeared and i kept screaming “you’re not welcome here” until my voice become not my own. i went back out to my car and there were more dead bodies in my car and a little girl on top of my car with bruises. i noticed my partner in the front passenger seat and they had puncture wounds everywhere. the little girl had a hammer and said she had to kill my partner and kept hitting my partners skull with it. i had to kill the little girl by using a pickaxe and swinging into her brain. Then i got the feeling the cops were going to frame me for every murder and woke up.
Okay I literally just woke up and i’m panicking. I can give more details later if i remember but right now i’m a little unnerved. Someone please tell me if...
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An eye that makes you invisible
Background: I live in Iran; reputation and shame strongly influence this culture. I’m 25 yo, female. I always date younger guys (21-22). Recently, after about 8 months of not dating, I started dating another 22-year-old. Also, I have social anxiety.
What I remember from the dream:
In the first act, there’s a building. Its top floor is a luxury hotel; it has an air of lust to it and it seems to be host to frequent sex parties. I see an Indian middle-aged women, having sex with two young guys.
I don’t remember the second act. I know it involves my family (including my sister and brother) and it seems like something has happened that has endangered the reputation of the family and we are trying to fix it.
In the third act, a magical battle is going on. Our side has acquired something from the other side; an eye, that when worn, will make the wearer invisible, and they can do whatever they want. There is a black man on our side that is given the responsibility of using the eye. He goes around dealing with some enemies, killing them or knocking them down. My brother is also helping in the battle. The scene is in my grandparents (mother’s side) house. Meanwhile, I’m doing something, maybe hiding something in the hotel. (I don’t remember)
However, when we think we have won, Mad Eye Moody from harry potter appears. And we realize The Eye hasn’t been working, and whatever the black guy has done have had no effect. All enemies are still alive, and also, they’ve seen everything.
Mad eye moody chases the black guy. At this point, his point of view becomes mine. He feels weak and defeated. Then, when mad eye moody is near, the black guy decides to destroy the eye. He cuts into it with a scissor. Inside the eye, it’s black and made of foam.
The scene cuts to the middle-aged Indian woman. She is in a red-purple lively casino or club, and she is picking up two young men.
I would appreciate your interpretation!
Background: I live in Iran; reputation and shame strongly influence this culture. I’m 25 yo, female. I always date younger guys (21-22). Recently, after about 8...
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Protagonist in my dream was a colour shifting scorpion
So, I already read upon dream interpretations. There's different meanings of scorpions and different meanings of the scorpions colour. My problem: the scorpions colour switched whilst I was trying to catch it in order to safe my family and also trying not to get stung myself.
Might anyone be so kind, trying to figure out what my subconscious self is telling me? Ask anything though, I'm an opened book.
It started yellowish, sitting on the wall. When it run towards me, it turned dark red. I ran away from it. fell downstairs whilst it was chasing me. Suddenly it was like black? But also had features I think in maroon? I was scared of it and it was quite aggressive towards me (running at me, waving its stingy thingy, trying to attack me) and I tried my best to get rid of it before it could get to my grandma.
So, I already read upon dream interpretations. There's different meanings of scorpions and different meanings of the scorpions colour. My problem: the...
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