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. 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 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 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.