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Did You Dream About Chasing? Here's What It Means

Have you dreamed about chasing? It's an interesting dream topic that has several fascinating interpretations.

Scroll down for three different explanations from our dream guides on what it means to dream about chasing.

Which of these interpretations explains your dream the best?

What does chasing mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreams about chasing or being chased typically symbolize avoidance or pursuit in your waking life. The meaning isn't likely to be quite so simple, however.

If you're the chaser, you may be trying to obtain something or confront an issue. If you're being chased, you might be running away from a situation, fear, or some aspect of yourself. The identity of the chaser or the chased can provide further insight. This dream often indicates a need to face and address something that you've been avoiding. It's a call to action, urging you to confront whatever you're running from or pursuing.

Chasing is often a complex and fascinating dream symbol to pin down. To know confidently, I'd have to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's life and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreams of pursuit, either as the pursuer or the pursued, often reflect the Freudian concept of the id and superego at odds.

But chasing can say quite a few things — If you are the chaser, it may symbolize your id, the primal part of your psyche, seeking gratification. The object of pursuit could represent a desire or impulse you're trying to fulfill. Conversely, if you are being chased, it might represent your superego, the moralistic part of your psyche, attempting to suppress or control these desires or impulses. The identity of the other party can offer clues to the specific desires or moral conflicts at play. Such dreams may suggest a need for reconciliation between your primal desires and moral conscience.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about chasing or being chased may be thought of as a spiritual journey. If you're the chaser, it may signify your quest for spiritual enlightenment or your pursuit of higher consciousness. The one you're chasing could represent a spiritual goal or divine truth you're seeking. If you're being chased, it could symbolize your evasion from spiritual growth or your resistance to accept divine wisdom. The chaser might embody a divine message or spiritual awakening you're trying to avoid. These dreams are spiritual nudges, urging you to embrace your spiritual journey, confront your spiritual fears, and seek divine wisdom. They are a call to align your life with your higher purpose and spiritual truth.

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Whose analysis of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above interpretations for chasing best matches your your dream experience?

Only you can say for certain. Remember that our subconscious mind can be a complicated puzzle. Any object or action in a dream can symbolize a long list of things — or symbolize multiple activities in our conscious life.

Do you have a better dream analysis for dreams about chasing that you want to share? Please consider adding your own thoughts in the comment area down below.

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