Running Away in Dreams
If you dream about running away, it is likely that you are running away from something in your waking life. However, it isn’t as simple as that. The way you feel and who you are running away from is important and can affect the meaning of the dream. You might not dream that you are running away from an actual person, but it could be a situation like, for example, an unpleasant work atmosphere or a family conflict. Dreaming that you are running away can also mean that you are depressed.
We’ll take a look at some common running away dreams here before taking a more detailed look later in the article.
It is common to dream about running away from home. This can mean that your home life is difficult and you need to look at the problems in order to solve them. Perhaps your children aren’t willing to do any chores, or maybe your partner has become distant and you don’t know why. This dream could also mean that you don’t feel comfortable with other people. It is time to think if these friendships are worth keeping.
If you see yourself running away from bees (See bees and beehive dream meaning), you could be heading for angst. If a bee catches up with you and stings you, you could be heading for problems in a relationship. This could be a personal matter or you could be having problems with a co-worker. If there is a large swarm of bees chasing you, somebody you know isn’t really a friend and may stab you in the back.It is time to take stock of your friendships.
Let’s take a look at being chased by different animals. Difficulty at work can be indicated if you see yourself being chased by a bull (see also What Do Bulls Mean In Dreams?). To run away from a dog means that there could be family problems. However, if the dog is running away from you, you are going to be busy. If a pack of dogs or foxes run away from you, there could be work problems.
If you are running away from the FBI or the cops, you are working hard to keep problems at bay. If, on the other hand, you are running away from a murder, it means that you want to run away from dishonest people, but it is time to face them head-on. This dream also suggests that you don’t want to take responsibility for the actions of other people. Perhaps you have covered for these people in the past, but now you want to distance yourself from these people. It is time to put yourself first.
You could dream that you are being chased by a monster or an alien (see also alien or UFO dream symbols). In this case, there is a possibility that a relationship will go sour. However, there is still time to prevent this deterioration if that is what you want.
If you dream that you are running away from a car that has got out of control the suggestion is that you are running away from your own responsibilities. It can also mean that your life is spinning out of control. You are feeling pressured, but you don’t know if you can turn things around.
Common Dreams About Running Away
These are some of the most common dreams you might have about running (see also running dream meaning) away.
- You are being chased by a huge swarm of bees
- You dream that you are being chased by the police
- You run away from people
- You are being chased by a dog
- A killer is chasing you
- Dreaming that you are running away from a monster
- Being frozen to the spot and unable to run away
- Running away from home
Running Away Dreams in Detail
The most important thing we have to look at when assessing a dream about running away is who it is you are running from. This gives the biggest clue to what the dream means. For example, if you are running away from your teacher (see also Teacher Dream Meaning and Interpretation) or past teacher, it can mean that you feel trapped. Students have to attend class at certain hours otherwise they will be in trouble. This dream accentuates your lack of freedom.
If you are running away from an individual it means that you are trying to escape from something or someone in your waking life. You could be running away from a person or a monster or even a group of people. They could be trying to hurt you and you have to run as fast as you are able. Perhaps you are trying to outwit your pursuer in your dream. This reinforces your need to get away from danger.
Another meaning of a man or woman chasing you (see also Dreams Of Being Chased Interpretation) is that they represent a part of yourself, usually an aspect that frightens you. Perhaps the person represents dedication to their career while you are afraid of giving up a happy home life to spend more time at work.
You might dream that you are running away from a disaster like an earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, or an erupting volcano. This means that you are feeling insecure and stressed. You might also be panicking about something.
Running away from a war indicates a lack of control. Perhaps you feel angry, jealous, or anxious in your waking life which is affecting the way you treat others. In addition, this dream could suggest that you are in denial of your true feelings.
You could dream that you are being followed rather than running away. This can mean that you are trying to keep away from a situation that is uncomfortable and perhaps even a little scary.
If you are a man and you are being chased by a woman you know, things are going to come to a head between the two of you. The woman could be a romantic partner, boss, or just a friend. If you are being chased by a woman you don’t know, you could be feeling trapped and want to escape from a situation or a relationship.
If you watch people running away from something, but they are not scared, it can mean that you want to achieve a goal or dream you have had for some time. The dream is telling you that you have a good chance of reaching it.
A monster pursuing you is surprisingly a good sign. It can mean that you are able to overcome any obstacles life throws at you. Dreaming about running away from a snake is also positive. It suggests rebirth. You are going to start a new chapter in your life. You might think that being caught and bitten by a snake is negative, but if this happens in your dream, you are going to overcome all obstacles and triumph over your enemies. Dreaming of swimming away from sharks means that you are heading towards a fun time.
To be frozen to the spot and unable to run away can have one of two meanings. It could be that you want to take responsibility for your actions or that you want more responsibility at work. You could be feeling as if you’re slacking and know that you must work harder so as to keep your job. If you are caught by a pursuer, it often means that events are catching up with you. Maybe you have been unfaithful and it’s all going to come to a head. The reason you are running is to stay ahead of the game, but your time unfortunately is up.
The space between you and the pursuer can have some significance. If you are far away from whoever is chasing you, it can mean that you need to handle problems directly. You have to stop letting others do your dirty work. If a man (see also Man Dream Meaning And Interpretation) or woman is chasing you and gaining ground, it is a sign that you should take more time for yourself and relax. Perhaps it is time to think about what you really want out of life. Are you in a job that you hate or in a relationship that’s going nowhere? If you manage to run away from your pursuer and he or she gives up, it is highly likely that any problems you have will fade away over time. There’s no need to do anything as it will be alright in the end.
If you take a look at old dream dictionaries, they suggest that running away in a dream signifies being trapped in a situation. You could be in a loveless marriage or in a job you hate. In addition, you could feel pressured into a relationship. Perhaps you belong to a religion that believes in arranged marriages, but you want to choose your partner. These dictionaries also say that running away in a dream can indicate that you are worried about work.
Running away from somebody can be a particularly disturbing dream to have. If you wake up feeling out of sorts, take a few minutes to consider why you feel this way. Write down what you have dreamed as soon as you wake up so that you can interpret the dream later. Dreams fade as the day goes on so this is the best way to keep it fresh in your mind.
To conclude, running away in a dream is running away from a situation in your waking life. Your subconscious is telling you to face up to your problems.
Feelings You Might Experience in a Dream of Running Away
Surprised, busy, disconnected, upset, tired, relaxed, disgusted, uncomfortable, distressed, frightened, wisdom, overwhelmed, concerned, anxious, tearful, released, appreciated.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Escaping And Running Away?
Dreaming of escaping and running away reflects how you feel in waking life. Something or someone is making you want to turn tail and run in the opposite direction as fast as you can.
You might be in denial about a situation that’s happening, and because it’s something you have no control over, things feel much worse.
But the good news is that you escaped whatever was so horrible in your dream, which means that it won’t be long until you manage to solve the issue that’s dogging you in waking life. Things might be rocky for a while, but they will turn out fine.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Being Chased?
A dream where you are chased by someone or something can have several meanings, depending on the context of the dream.
Running away from a bull denotes problems at work, and being chased by dogs suggests that your loyalty to someone or something is going to ‘bite’ you.
Being chased by monsters or aliens (see also Galaxy Dream Meaning) in a dream reveals that a relationship you value may be about to deteriorate.
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Being Chased And Hiding?
This particular dream has some interesting symbolism. It suggests that you feel ashamed about an aspect of yourself, and you are running away from it.
This type of dream is common when you’re exploring the hidden or repressed parts of yourself, and you’ve yet to reconcile yourself with them.
If you have a recurring dream of being chased and then you hide, there is something that you’re unwilling to confront, and it’s causing you a great deal of stress and anxiety.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Running Away From Evil?
Running away from evil in a dream suggests that you are trying your hardest to make some progress, but your subconscious is telling you that you won’t get anywhere without clearing your head first.
You have too many things to worry about, or just one anxiety is circling around your mind. It’s very effective at stopping you from seeing the bigger picture.
It also denotes how you are guided by a core moral code. If you can’t live according to it, you get very stressed out, and you’re unable to focus on anything else until you can return to this way of living.
It may also reflect how you lack purpose or direction, and you should find something to fill those empty hours with, something that will make your life much easier to bear.
Some dreams of running from evil point to the fact that you’re not taking care of yourself, and you should change this now, while you can. Maybe life has had you running around picking up after others and trying to sort problems, but at the cost of your own health or happiness.
This dream urges you to find a balance before things get worse.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Running Away From Danger?
Danger of any kind in a dream can be unsettling. Dreams of running from danger imply that you feel vulnerable or threatened in waking life, and they are usually caused by anxiety and uncertainty.
Something that you’ve taken for granted, or you’ve always assumed would be there is now over, and you don’t know how you will go on without it.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Running Away From My Husband?
Dreaming of running from your husband denotes conflict with him. Lately, he’s only been a source of worry or argument, instead of the love of your life. Something has drastically changed the dynamic between you.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Running Away From Someone You Know?
A dream where you run away from someone you know suggests that you’re about to encounter a problem with this person. You might argue, or they could create a lot of trouble that you’ll have to untangle.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Running Away From Police?
Running away from the police (see also Why Am I Dreaming Of Police?) in your dream reflects how you’re desperately trying to avoid a problem in waking life, but this won’t work forever.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Running Away From Home?
Dreaming of running away from home denotes how you feel cut off from other people in waking life, and any attempts to reach out haven’t exactly gone well.
As home represents your core beliefs, it can also denote how you feel you are in the right, but waking life will soon prove you wrong.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Running Away From Family?
Running away from family in a dream mirrors waking life, where you feel your home life is only full of problems, and you’re not getting the support you need.