We've all had it: that nightmare that we're being chased by an unstoppable force. We're tripping over our feet, and no matter how much we run, they're gaining on us. While this might seem like some distant memory from watching one too many horror films, it's actually one of the most common nightmares on the planet (maybe even more common than having your teeth fall out, that equally awful dream most of us can't shake).
It turns out that being a hero in your own horror movie isn't that sweet. Who really likes waking up terrified, especially if you don't remember a whole lot? Of course, a dream is just a dream. Nothing's actually hurting you while you're sleeping, but nightmare symbology tells us that chase dreams might mean something is majorly amiss in your real life.
What does it mean when someone is chasing you in your dreams? It means you're avoiding something. Whether you're avoiding a situation that's out of your control or dealing with the worst parts of your personality (we've all got 'em), being chased in a dream usually means you've got to own up and take charge of your life. Denial might feel great when you're awake, but it's not so awesome when you're about to be violently murdered by a psycho-killer the second you close your eyes.
Being chased in a dream has multiple meanings. From having PTSD to watching too many horror movies before you pass out, here's the terrifying stuff your mind is trying to tell you.
Dreaming About Being Chased Could Be A Manifestation Of PTSD
The Distance Between You And What's Chasing You Is SignificantPhoto: Before I Wake / Netflix
If You're Being Chased By A Human, You Might Actually Be Running From YourselfPhoto: A Nightmare on Elm Street / Warner Bros.
If You're Being Chased By An Animal, You're Probably Repressing AngerPhoto: Jurassic Park / Universal Pictures
If You're Being Stalked, You're Avoiding Something In Real LifePhoto: Halloween / Sony
If You're Chasing Someone Else, You Might Feel Left Behind In Your Waking LifePhoto: Scream / Lionsgate