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I Always Dream That Someone Is Running After Me and Trying to Kill Me. What Does That Mean?

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Sometimes, your dreams are a pleasant blend of your friends and activities like flying. You often forget about these dreams as soon as you wake up because it does not leave a real, lasting impression on your mind. When something traumatic happens in your dream, it leaves a lasting impact. For days or months afterward, you keep remembering the dream as you struggle to interpret it.

Running away from someone in your dream can be a terrifying experience. Even if they do not say it in the dream, you know that they are trying to kill you. You keep running, but it seems impossible to get away and hide from them forever. When you wake up, you are breathing heavily as you try to remember what happened. The good news? While it might be terrifying, this type of dream is incredibly common.

A dream typically represents the emotions that you experience in your waking life. When you are unable to process these emotions in your waking life, they tend to appear in your dreams. The dream itself tends to be metaphorical in nature. For example, a dream about flying does not mean that you can actually fly. Instead, it shows a sense of freedom in your waking life.

When you dream that you are running away from someone who is trying to kill you, it shows the emotions that you are currently experience. Your dream show that you are trying to avoid a situation in your waking life with another person. Even though you might be trying to make this situation work out in your waking life, these efforts are not bearing fruit yet. That person might be dangerous, or they might just be someone who is trying to make your life difficult.

The real interpretation of this dream depends on who the person in your dreams is. If it is someone you know, you may easily be able to tell why you feel fearful or afraid of them. You may already be aware of a situation where you disagree with that person or feel like they are hostile against you.

In some cases, you have no clue why that person appeared in your dreams. This happens when your subconscious is using the person as a metaphor. They may represent a certain quality that you are afraid of and trying to escape. For example, perhaps you have self-esteem problems in real life. You have been working on getting a promotion, but you constantly feel like you won’t live up to the expectations you set for yourself. The person who appears in your dream may represent this fear. If your mother has always judged you or put you down, you may dream that she is chasing you. Your mother would be present because she represents your own inner fears, so she might not be present due to anything that she is actually doing or thinking right now.

In other cases, this type of dream shows that you are trying to avoid a certain situation in your real life. You may feel like that individual is dangerous or difficult. Instead of facing them directly and solving the problem, you are striving to avoid it as much as possible. You may also be afraid that avoidance will only cause more problems, which is why the person in your dream is trying to hurt you and kill you.



Focus on Your Health

If you are running from someone who represents a problem, your first step is to address that person, feeling or problem in your real life. If you are afraid of an upcoming review at work, this dream may mean that you should put more effort into your goals, handle the review and face your fears.

If your dream does not seem to represent a current situation or fear, it may be a reflection of your physical health. You may feel like there is some danger to your health that you are trying to avoid or confront. Because of this, you dreamed that someone is trying to hurt you. This health problem could be a bad lifestyle habit like overeating, smoking or drinking. You may fear that this habit could ultimately kill you, so you dreamed that you are running from your fears in your dream.

Being chased in a dream can also represent a sense of being trapped or consumed by someone. It may mean that you are trying to avoid responsibilities in your real life and failing. If this is the case, your best bet is to double your efforts and focus on fulfilling all of your responsibilities.

If you still cannot figure out what your dream means, it could mean that there is a deeper emotional or psychological issue going on. If you need help solving this problem, there are always counselors and psychologists that you can talk to.

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  1. I always have dreams someone is trying to kill me and I never know who the people are. When I was 9, (I’m 20 now) I was tested for sleep apnea and they told my mom I had very vivid dreams that I don’t remember and I was supposed to see a psychiatrist but never did. Should I go get tested again and see if they say the same thing? Because now I remember the dreams. I have like 7 different dreams in one night. All about different people trying to kill me in different places.

    • Your dreams may be reflections of various influences in your life. Your fears and concerns may be causing these dreams to manifest. The media that you consume may appear in your dreams as well. Allow this dream to guide you to act with kindness and compassion. Perhaps attempt to speak with those who are chasing you in your dream. Have a great day, Tasha!

  2. my dreams are affecting me during the day. its like i wake up and the fear from the dreams continue, while knowing i have nothing to fear. i continuosly dream of random scary men trying to find me and kill me

    • Your dreams may be a reflection of various influences in your life. There may be a man or men in your life that cause you fear. If you are not in danger during your waking life, then allow these dreams to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this may reduce the frequency of similar dreams from occurring. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media at this time. Have a great day, Sierra!

  3. i just had a dream someone was chasing after me, trying to kill me. i was at the beach in florida having fun (florida is where im from & recently just left) then all of a sudden i ran from the beach & ended up in the neighborhood in texas where i grew up & still currently live. someone behind me in all black (can’t tell if the person is male or female) just starts chasing me out of nowhere. it’s like i knew the person was coming for me before i saw them chasing me…i quickly made it inside my house & went up stairs to my little sisters room…i don’t know why i went to her room but i did & i was peeking through the door to make sure the person in all black was checking other rooms while i tried to open the window & escape but he knew where i was & he got the door open but that’s when i woke up.

    • Dreams about being chased are often signs of stresses in your life. It is possible that you feel as though you escaped a negative influence when you moved. You will find benefit in addressing this being in your future dreams. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, and you will find that these dreams will manifest less frequently in the future. Have a great day, Hayley!

  4. I had a dream that a group of these people are playing a game of hide and seek i believe but all of them decided to bring kitchen knives into the game. I was the only one who didn’t grab it because I didn’t want to get involve. Of course I stayed away from the people who had knives, some were looking for me and when they did find me, they came at me in a threatening matter, pointing the knife at me. I tried distracting them by telling them there’s someone else near by behind them and I managed to get away and hide somewhere else. But I was still overall paranoid through the entire dream, afraid I was going to get stabbed but I was untouched for the most part of it.

    • Your dream is a reflection of a variety of influences in your life. You may have a reason to be concerned about knives. Media may have influenced this dream. Perhaps you are concerned about something in your life. Reduce stress if you are able to do so. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with the world. Have a great day, Leilani!

    • Well, I just woke up to one similar to this.. I can’t sleep again because I keep thinking about it but thank god it’s the morning.

      Well, I had a dream that everybody was trying to chase me and kill each other with kitchen knives and a fork, the setting was in my apartment and somebody else’s home where they were shot and I tried to pretend that I was dumb, in the room was a girl that I didn’t talk to or remember but recognize her face. She was giving hints to me that she had something against me, as I was still acting dumb. The second setting was when I went back home and managed to escape from her, somebody followed me (I knew her and I never hated her or had problems with her in real life) and she tried to befriend me in my apartment, asking me about my interests and going through my things, managing to get a second pair of my apt keys. When I was able to leave that scene i was once again afraid of the first girl , or even both of them chasing me.

      Because of this traumatic dream I am asking my family members to buy a more secured lock immediately.

      • Your dreams may be reflections of the media that you consume or stresses in your relationships. This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. If you feel that you would be more comfortable with a strong lock, then get one. However, you have nothing to fear from this dream. Ensure that your actions are filled with kindness and compassion. Have a great day, Michelle!

  5. I just woke up from a dream where a woman is assassinating all of the families and people in the city to find me, to make sure no one gets in her way to find me and I would be the remaining person left in the town for her to kill. She eventually gets to my fake family (don’t know the people) and my fake house (same thing, but the house has been in my dreams before though). She manages to kill everyone else while I’m hiding in a closet full of toys, inside a cubby. She also has a thermal camera on her gun so she finds me and before she walks into the closet, I wake up.

    • This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. The media that you consume may have manifested in this dream, so ensure that you abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. You are also aware of recent shootings and other violent events. The family in your dream may have been reflections of other people in your life. Have a great day, Rose!

  6. I just had a dream today that someone wants me dead..i overheard their convo saying when you see her shot her in the head says the guy to his people..i dont know the guy but he’s men are really running after me so i just keep on running and stop for a while to tie my converse as the lace pulls off..i woke up breathless and tired that my whole body is shaking..

    • This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from occurring. Your emotional and physical reactions when you woke up may be a sign of your strong connection with this dream. Allow the negative aspects to fade from your mind. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Karen!

  7. Every night I dream of doing some paperwork and business with a man with a suitcase at a picnic table beside a forest the man’s house is in the forest and I was suspicious of him. There was a second picnic table at the edge of the forest with a ghost like thing wearing all black with a white mask with holes in it. Every day I did business with the man that ghost like thing would stare at me but one day he got up. I started running along with the other man and the ghost catches him and slits his throat with a silver butcher knife. I keep running and then I wake up around 2 and stay up the rest of the night until school. I fear sleep now and can’t fall asleep on school nights.

    • This dream seems to reflect a fear that there are dangers lurking around you that you cannot control. The fact that you ended up running away in the dream shows that you are unable to confront this fear in your real life. Unfortunately, a bad dream has a tendency to repeat itself once it happens. It creates a lasting impression on your subconscious mind, so you are more likely to repeat the same bad dream again. Try working out more during the day so that your mind wants to fall asleep right away tonight–hopefully, that will help you get enough sleep for school. Before long, the dream should go away on its own. Best of luck, Madison!

  8. Have had this dream before I keep thinking catwoman or a woman is coming after me in the dream with some types of guns and fireworks some how it turns into my little sister then shes the one also running from the woman with me trying to get my dad to open the door and I scream but barely anything comes out then it switches to involving my parents and loading guns but she never comes and my parents try to calm me down and go to sleep. I’m not sure that made much sense

    • The dream seems to show a fear that some kind of outside force will cause you harm. This could be a fear of actual people hurting you or more metaphorical–perhaps a difficult problem at work, a struggle at school or something similar. The inability to scream reflects a sense of being unable to do anything or a frustrated ability to express yourself. It seems like your parents may be your source of support during problems in your waking life because they also play this role in your dream.

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