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

Have you dreamed about running? This is a memorable dream topic that can have several fascinating interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different perspectives from our dream guides on what it means to dream about running.

Which meaning makes the most sense for you?

What does running mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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

A dream about running often hints at a desire for freedom, escape, or movement in life. But the meaning of running can be nuanced depending on the dreamer.

It can indicate that you're trying to run away from something in your waking life, such as a problem or a situation.

Alternatively, if you're running towards something, it may suggest that you're determined to reach a goal or ambition. Watching someone else run in a dream can be a reflection of your own feelings of being left behind or unable to keep up. It might also symbolize your role as an observer in a situation, rather than an active participant.

Running is a somewhat complex dream object to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To really know confidently, I'd need to really get to know the dreamer's past and circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of running, from a Freudian perspective, may be a representation of a manifestation of the ego's defense mechanisms, particularly repression or denial.

Some additional thoughts: It could symbolize an unconscious attempt to evade unresolved conflicts or unmet desires. Conversely, observing another run may indicate projection, where one's own unacceptable or threatening feelings are reattributed to another. This could be a subconscious way of distancing oneself from personal issues. Both of these dreams underscore the importance of confronting, rather than avoiding, one's internal struggles.

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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 of running can be a spiritual symbol of your life's journey. It may indicate a quest for enlightenment, a yearning for spiritual growth, or a struggle with moral dilemmas. Running towards something can signify your spiritual aspirations, while running away might suggest a resistance to spiritual awakening or an inner conflict between your earthly desires and spiritual ideals. Observing someone else run in your dream can be a spiritual mirror, reflecting your own spiritual state. It may symbolize your passive observation of your spiritual journey, rather than active participation. It could also be a kind of a spiritual guide or mentor, showing you the path to enlightenment. Both of these dreams emphasize the importance of spiritual engagement and self-reflection.

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So which dream explanation matches your dream?

Which of the above interpretations for running makes the most sense for your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a convoluted landscape. Any image in a dream can reflect many different things — or symbolize many different forces in our waking lives.

Do you have a unique explanation on dreams about running that you'd like to share? Add your own thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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