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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.

Dream About Someone Trying to Kill Me

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.

242 COMMENTS

  1. I keep dreaming of someone idk who it is , it’s always a shadow following me idk if there trying to kill me but I am running away from them while they keep following fast each time I speed up then I just see something bright and I wake up . What is it 🙁

    • This seems to represent a fear of the unknown. You may feel like there is some danger in your life that is chasing you, and you cannot run away fast enough to escape it. Thankfully, dreams only represent the state of your subconscious mind, so you are probably not going to deal with a nefarious shadow like that in your waking life.

    • My person following me has a giant kitchen knife and kinda looks like the outfit from scary movie, but like 7 foot 4 and keeps following me through real places in my town and made up, and all day I’ve been paranoid of him, like he’s around every corner waiting to kill me, he never did, I magically pulled out a knife and stabbed him, and it was like the happy death day kinda thing, but reversed, so yeah, I’m still scared.

      • Your dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. Dreams about chased are often manifestations of fears or concerns that you may have in your life at this time. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Katlyn!

  2. I keep dreaming that a group of people are ordered to kill me, but I am always too smart and too fast so they never end up catching me. And the group of people I can’t recognize them for some reason, like I can’t see their face???

    • Your dream is a reflection of a concern or worry that you may have in your life. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address those who are in your dreams about their purpose. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Myia!

  3. I have constant dreams and visions while I’m sleep and awake about people killing me and not stopping.all of them are family members and they team up against me to kill me over and over again. What’s is this about?

    • These dreams are reflections of concerns or worries that you may have in your life at this time. The presence of your family members in your dream could be manifestations of negative interactions that you had with them. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whatever or whoever is harming you in your dreams. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from manifesting in the future. Have a great day, Rio!

  4. I once dreamt about a dog chasing me and trying to bite me and kill me, he chased me from the place we met until i reached my house, and even if I’ve locked every door in my house, he still can open it and try to track me and i ran as fast as i can but he still managed to keep on track and then my alarm wake me up, but the next day, i dreamt the same dream, but this time , the dog is not actually a dog, at the end, he changed into a man that actually my friend, he tried to kill me, and trying to knock me out, i tried to escape but he grabbed me and strangled my neck until I can’t breath and thank goodness the alarm saved me again.. what does it mean

    • Dreams about being chased or attacked are often manifestations of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Tyra!

  5. Ok so I haven’t even met my aunt yet(but I’ve been talking to her through Facebook) I dreamt that she tried to kill me in Tesco then I’m saved by this boy after he saved me we kiss and listen to music. I don’t know what it means, most strangest dream ive had.

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Her behaviors in your dream may be manifestations of the shows that you watch. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. The boy may be a manifestation of your social and emotional desires. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Rianna!

      • The thing is I don’t watch any violent type of shows I hardly watch any because I don’t have a tv. If I say some more details about my aunt it would help to decode my dream.
        So my aunt is from my dad’s side he was abusive but he left I’ve only been recently talking to my man and aunt from my dad’s side I’ve never known my aunt to hurt anyone or even me so why did she try to kill me. Especially in Tesco like why?

        • Your knowledge of the abusive behaviors of your father may have influenced your dream. You are speaking with your aunt, and it is possible that the two siblings may have mixed in your dream. The appearance of Tesco could be simply be a reflection of the influences in your life. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Rianna!

  6. I have a continuous dream ( once every month or so ) of this man whom I do not know chasing me round a weird house / hospital. I go into a room and a woman is there with 3 kids but she doesn’t let me hide with her in the room and kicks me out. I then reach the end of a corridor and the guy chasing me with a knife is going to kill me and I always say “ stab me in the back it will be less painful “ then I get stabbed and wake up very suddenly. It is a very vivid dream that I started having when I was about 11/12 ( 16 now ). Does anyone know what this could represent ? People have said it could reflect my inner feelings of my dad leaving when I was very young but idk

    • Dreams about being chased and attacked are often manifestations of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. People who have intimate insight into your life may believe that this is associated with your father’s behaviors. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Charlotte!

  7. I had a dream that a bunch of young teenage boys around my age 18, were trying to chase me and kill me through towns and places I knew. They would come very close to harming me every time the caught me. They had knifes and tried cutting me but every time they captured me I would escape and run away however I was really slow when running away and it was really fraustrating and they would always eventually find me and I would have to escape again. I have no idea who they were.

    • Dreams about being chased and attacked are often reflections of concerns or worries that you may have in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is in your dreams about their purpose. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams manifesting in the future. Have a great day, Jack!

  8. I keep having the same dreams for about seven months now and it is the same guy and sometimes it adds up to two or three people and then they are chasing me around with a gun and they shoot at me. Its always around a neighborhood that I’ve seen before and or somtimes the same neighborhood or the same house running down long streets and fields.

    • Dreams about being chased or attacked are often manifestations of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. Your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events may have appeared in your dream. Allow the negative aspects of the dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Kiki!

  9. Group of people trying to kill me, at the end, they found out that I wasn’t, but was helping people along the way….it was caused by he said she said

    • Dreams about being chased are indications of a worry or concern that you may have in your life. Your discovery that they were helping people is an indication of the positive energy in your life. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Lenette!

  10. My dream is I am always hiding and being chased I run and run and then hide, I even think to myself in the dream that I have found a really good hiding spot and I’m still found, sometimes it’s just me alone and sometimes I am hiding with a friend or loved one, and sometimes the person that is with me always seems to die. I wake up for a washroom break and go right back to sleep and be right back into the dream, hiding again.

    • Dreams about being chased are indications of a worry or concern that you may have in your life. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever or whatever is chasing you in the future about their purpose. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Tina!

  11. Hi I dream someone is trying to kill me and then I dream about tidal wave those 2 dreams come all the time and I don’t know what to do because when I wake up out my sleep I get so scared I don’t even want to leave my house.

    • Dreams about being chased, attacked, or death may be manifestations of concerns or worries that you have in your life at this time. These dreams are not reflections of the future of or fate. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Sherene!

  12. I dream that the same man (someone I don’t know) is trying to kill me. The dream just keeps continuing. It started off where he physically hurt me reall bad but then I got away and now he keeps finding me and tries to kill me

    • This often represents a fear of the unknown or the outside world. You may feel incapable of handling a problem or issue in your life and may even feel like it could lead to lasting harm as well. Thankfully, the dream only shows the sense of fear and being overwhelmed that your subconscious mind feels–it does not show what will actually happen in your real life.

  13. I keep dreaming that someone is chasing me and trying to hurt me. It’s never anyone I know and it’s the most real fear I’ve ever felt. It’s an overwhelming fear of them trying to hurt me. I don’t think there’s anyone in my life I’m avoiding a problem with.

    • Being chased in dreams is often a manifestation of a worry or concern that you may have in your life. If you have a similar dream in the future, then address whoever is chasing you within the dream. This will help you understand the purpose of the dream, and it will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from manifesting in the future. Have a great day, Sierra!

  14. So i had a dream recently about me and my friends walking home from school we go in my friends friend house im leaving out the house I accidentally bump her friend and they start chasing after me trying to kill me they all had a face but i don’t no who they are whole dream im trynna run away find a safe place but i couldn’t then i went to a street saw a person ask me for help then had a lighter in their hand and they tried killing me to but i end up getting the lighter from him and killed him because he was trynna kill me and these group of boys i don’t no were still chasing me until i woke up scared and confused

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Being chased and attacked in dreams is often a manifestation of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Enjolie!

  15. I had this dream where my younger sister and I were trying to get back to our house, but this man who supposedly smelt like meth started chasing us and trying to get us into his car. My sister and I split up and I found my way back to my house but the man kept following me. Once I caught up to my sister we jumped into some random car and drove off-that’s when I woke up. Except, the next night I had a dream about this man who I always saw in a field and one day he came with a trash bag. He started running towards me and I had to get through a door but I couldn’t make it and he ended up killing me-I woke up right after. I don’t know if these dreams have anything to do with each other, I’m a bit confused.

    • This dream shows that you are afraid that some type of outside force or danger could hurt you. You may not feel confident that anyone could actually help you, which is why the presence of your sister in the dream did not actually stop this from happening. Until you figure out how to rely on your own abilities and take charge, you may be unable to overcome this difficult problem in your waking life.

  16. I keep having a dream that Ted Bundy is after me and my family. Although I am a bit scared in my dreams, I always end up fighting him for what seems like hours. A lot of times I’ll almost beat him and then he will gain strength out of nowhere and fight me again. In the end he always manages to finally get away and hurt my family. That’s when I wake up. I know my dream isn’t about Ted Bundy, he is symbolic of someone or something else. Do you know what this means?

    • When you woke and you realized this dream is a symbol of the behaviors and actions of Bundy. Your understanding of this dream is accurate. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that this dream guides you in a positive direction. You will bring much benefit into the world and into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Doing so will reduce the suffering, fear, and hatred in the world. Have a great day, Meagan!

  17. I had a dream that I was playing two people at once and one person was killed and the killer tried to drag the body away but saw the other person I was and told me to stay there as he dragged the body away. I was so scared I nodded. And even though he didn’t say it I knew what he meant; stay there so I can kill you because you’re a witness. I didn’t stay, once he was out of sight I tried to climb out the window but I never got to because I woke up literally SHAKING. Idk it may sound stupid but it was really scary in that moment. And some of the stuff I dreamed about that mixed with that dream were completely unrelated to anything I’ve been thinking about recently. I’m confused.

    • Dreams about being chased or being attacked may be indications of a worry or concern that you may have in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. The physical response that you had in your waking life may be a sign of the strength of your worries. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Anahya!

  18. I have dreams that I’m being tortured and thrown into a river in a cage and it sinking I don’t know who the person is never seen them before I’m tied to a office chair and having knifes stuck into my leg

    • Dreams of being harmed are often manifestations of worries or concerns that you have in your life. It is clear that you will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will reduce the frequency of similar dreams manifesting in the future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Megan!

  19. Just woke from a dream; at first myself and multiple people were being held hostage and the person I dont know why I cant remember their face.. But he kept standing over us in this dome like building and somehow a few of us were able to get away. And after trying to get situated in the car i can see him killing the people That were left in there and looking out of this window at us. We were able to drive away but the car stopped working and we went into this building amd there was secret rooms like under the ground and we were going through them and and the sudden the people i was with switched to my two kids and we keep running through these buildings and im so tired because I am carrying them (ones 2 and the other is 3 months) and this guy was always behind us no matter how far we got and we kept trying to leave this town but everything was going up hill and we finally came to a car with 2 cops inside and when we got to the car turned out they were apart of the killer. And we just kept running and then I just woke up

    • Dreams of being chased or attacked are often manifestations of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. Your behaviors in your dream are indications that you want to help people in your life. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your positive energy with everyone in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Cecila!

  20. Every single night for almost half a year, I have a nightmare about a man trying to kill me. It is often a different man or creature in different places, but it is often near a school, outside, in an apocalyptic world, and always at night. I can’t run in the dreams and sometimes I’ll try to attack him at the end when he’s super close to me and/or looking for me and I never beat him but I’m never asleep long enough to feel my death

    • Dreams bout being chased or attacked are indications that you have a worry or concern in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. This will help reduce similar dreams from manifesting in the future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Av!

  21. I had a dream lastnight about my family and we were at a realatives house than they told me to go get something from our house down the block and these 4 random guys i didnt know came up to me and asked me questions and then they jumped me and i remember i wrote “st pauls” “4 guys” while they were attacking me.

    • Dreams about being chased or attacked may be reflections of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. You may be dealing with something that makes you feel fearful. Your familial and social relationships may have caused this dream to appear. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Lacey-Kaye!

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