I Always Dream That Someone Is Running After Me and Trying to Kill Me. What Does That Mean?

By on September 29, 2018

Having a dream where someone is running after you and trying to kill you can be one of the scariest moments. You’ll most likely wake up with your heart pounding out of your chest and the feeling of utmost fear throughout your body.

But before you succumb to the fear and believe you’re going to die, let’s take a look at some of the real reasons why you may have a scary dream such as this.

Avoiding a Hard Situation

Sometimes things in our lives can be given a new light in our dreams, in a crazy fashion we would never even think about. (Our brains just do the craziest things sometimes, don’t they?)

In a dream where someone is running after you and trying to kill you, the ‘someone’ could actually represent a situation you are trying desperately to avoid in your life. Think about it- if you are trying to avoid something and it’s preying on your mind and you’re doing everything not to think about it, there’s a clear connection to a dream where ‘someone’ is chasing you and you’re trying to avoid it altogether.


Trying to Avoid Confrontation with Someone

Now let’s talk about the actual person in your life. Who are they? Do they happen to be someone you are trying to avoid because you don’t want to indulge in an impending confrontation with them?

If the person chasing after you and trying to kill you in your dream is someone you’re actually trying to avoid, then this can be the reason why you would have a dream like this. The best solution is to buck up and handle the confrontation to release the negative energy from your mind.


Extremely Angry at Someone

Again let’s take a look at the person who is chasing you. What do you think about this individual? If you can clearly say that you despise this person with everything in you, then it may just be a representation of just how much you dislike this person.

Yes, that’s right. Your extreme anger towards this individual has made it so that they are so evil in your mind they’re trying to kill you. Now that is some crazy stuff.


Extremely Stressed

You can become so overly stressed in your life that your mind twists your stress into thinking you’re actually going to die from overload (you’re not, but your mind is going haywire from all the things going on). If you know that you’re struggling with life right now, this is just a symbol of just how stressed out you are and you need to take a step back and relax.

The best thing to do in this situation is try and get rid of as most stress factors in your life as possible. Not just so this horrendous dream will go away, but so you can go on with your life in a healthy and happy manner.


Scared from a Previous Event

Has something terrifying happened in your life recently? Maybe you were in a car accident, or you saw something disturbing happen in real life or even on television. Just think about it. If you are still scared from something that has happened to you or that you have seen, then your brain may translate it into another scary event in your dream.

The way to conquer this is to ensure you have a good support system in your life. Friends, family, even therapists can help you overcome your fear if you can’t seem to do it on your own. Coming to terms with what you are afraid of or scared of can help you live a much more happy life that will hopefully deter these dreams from happening again.


Dreaming that someone is chasing you trying to kill you is obviously petrifying, but it doesn’t mean that someone is actually coming for you (thank goodness). Take a good look at your life and what it may represent, whether this person actually represents a person in your life or a situation. Then handle it and move on!

Have you ever have a scary dream like this? Did you figure out what your dream actually meant? Share your stories with us.


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    April 1, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    When I was dreaming this African American guy was chasing me and trying to kill me I don’t remember why but then I woke up and i stared to clean up because i felt liked i remember something.

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      April 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      Dreams about being chased are often reflections of concerns or worries that you may have in your life. His appearance may be a manifestation of various influences that you may have in your life, though it doesn’t mean that you should behave in a particular manner around people who share his appearance. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is chasing you regarding their purpose within your dream.

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    February 24, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I had a dream I was scuba diving in the ocean with others. One of them i noticed was my cousin. It seemed like we were diving at night. I felt content, admiring the underwater scenery, the fishes swimming & I was enjoying myself swimming also. At one point, a reef fish was right in front of me & I grabbed it with my hands & caught it as if it let me catch it. The ocean seemed calm. What could a dream like this mean? I’m always having dreams involving fishes & catching fish.

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    February 24, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I had a dream last night that I was running away & trying to hide from someone or some people trying to kill me. It looked like an industrial area & I ended up stairs on the outside of a building stuck at a dead end with nowhere to go. The people after me had a clear view of me & was trying to shoot at me with guns. I felt very out in the open & the stairway I was standing on was so skinny, I barely had enough space to stay one & hold my balance. My back & body was up against the wall trying to keep my balance.

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      February 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      Dreams about being chased and attacked are often indications of concerns or worries that you may have in your life. Shootings within the dream could be a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address your concerns with whoever is chasing you within the dream about their purpose.

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    Meenal singh

    February 21, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    My 10 year old daughter dream that five of her favourite people were playing uno, then she, me, and my husband are stealing those five people and they kill me and my husband. Then, she gets lost in the sea on a stormy night but finds four children who help her steal form the five people. They start chasing and she suddenly finds herself stuck in a car with one of the five people, but they start burning, first be hand. The doors of the car suddenly open and she falls and sees the car explode.

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      February 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Your daughter’s dream was a reflection of a wide variety of influences in her life. It is clear that the violent or dramatic media that she consumes has influenced this dream. If she has a similar dream in the future, then she should address those people within her dream regarding their purpose. This will reduce similar dreams from manifesting in the future.

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    February 16, 2020 at 12:44 am

    I just broke up with my ex now Im having a dream hes trying to shoot me with my baby in my hand. I snatched the gun and give it to the police. Somehow he is still there with a new gun determined to kill me.

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      February 16, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Most likely, this dream shows the negative feelings you have about the breakup. After you break up with someone, it is normal to have negative feelings. The shooting could also symbolize how everything ended with him and the relationship is truly over.

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    February 10, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I dream of a lady who was very angry and wanted to kill us all. We are all hiding but it happens that she saw me and wanted to kill me first by a long knife. I got one knife also as she took the other one but mine is thinner. She chase me but i was so afraid that she will catch me so i always watch my back and the other lady who are just walking on the street badly got involve in the situation. And i woke up with a heart pounding out of my chest and a deep breath.

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      February 10, 2020 at 1:35 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of your thoughts regarding fears and concerns that you may be navigating in your life. You may find that the media that you consume may have caused this dream to appear. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is attacking you within the dream regarding their purpose.

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      February 16, 2020 at 11:56 pm

      For the last two nights I’ve had a dream where someone I didn’t recognize was chasing after me and trying to shoot me (the night before – gas me) and I was running away, trying to defend myself with a gun that didn’t seem to be doing anything and ended up trapped in a corner open for the attacker to kill me.

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        February 17, 2020 at 8:22 pm

        The dream may show you feel overwhelmed by everything that is happening in your life and you aren’t sure you can handle it on your own. The fact that you do try to defend yourself in your dream seems to indicate you feel like you want to take care of yourself, although you may not be sure that you actually can just yet.

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    February 3, 2020 at 4:50 am

    I had a dream last night where I was a kid again and I was running from this unknown man who was determined to kill me. The scene switched from a random building leading with a tunnel containing water to my dad’s home. I tried to escape via overflowing the tunnel with water but it didn’t work. Then I tried to escape through the backyard from when I was at my dad’s place, and then the neighbour from my real life mother’s home came and asked what was going on. Then there was this lady who looked like a social worker who showed up and for some reason my dad’s dog who passed away a couple years ago was there, which was slightly comforting. It all felt horribly familiar somehow, like I’ve had the dream before. All the plans of escape seemed like I had done them before, except instead of trying to escape through the backyard I ran with the dog to someone else’s house last time. But I can’t remember when last time was.

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      February 3, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Being chased within dreams are often indications of stresses or concerns. It is possible that you have memories of your relationships with your family members that are influencing your dream. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will reduce similar dreams from manifesting in the future.

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    January 16, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Literally just woke up from a dream of someone trying to kill me at my wedding. It started out good. I was at an event that turned into my engagement party. I got engaged to a coworker. We dont date in real life, I dont know him outside of work but we are always friendly to each other when we encounter one another. That engagement turned into my wedding in a warehouse full of people. Actually where we work is a warehouse. He then turned into this guy trying to kill me. Here I am in my wedding dress and black booties with a stiletto heel. He tries to lock me in a room but a police appeared and I got away back onto the main warehouse floor. Everyone was running trying to get away from this one guy (my fiance). I ended up in a large parking lot running trying to get to my car all while trying to undress myself out of the wedding dress so that it would be hard to recognize me but for some reason I couldnt get it to unzip. I hit the alarm on my car so that I could pinpoint where it was located and ran over to it, got in, and turned the key but it turned out not being my car. All of sudden a bus full of people was driving through the parking lot picking up people that were trying to get away. I got on the bus and my fiance chased the bus down on foot but it seemed no matter how fast we went, he was right there chasing but not running. My God…my heart is on the outside of my body.

    • web admin

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      January 17, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      The dream may show a desire to meet with someone and have a relationship. The possibility of death in the dream may be a reflection of the transformation or change you need to happen in order to find someone and get married.

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    Yelithza Camarena

    November 30, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I had a dream we’re there were this guy that I had recent drama with and that I was at the mall and that he was trying to kill me and he chased me and I was trapped and his friend that’s in my class was also there . But why was his friend there ? I never had drama with his friend

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      January 20, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      The friend’s presence may have just been random. The violence in the dream is most likely just because you felt so much anger and distress about him in your waking life.

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    November 21, 2019 at 5:08 am

    i’ve been having this recurring dream where there’s at least one man (sometimes more) chasing either just me or me and a friend. i get chased and always try to hide but i am always found. and the weird thing is that i see myself die. coughing up blood and everything. then when the man walks away i somehow revive ?? and i start running again till i’m found again. and it’s a cycle until i wake up.

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      February 4, 2020 at 2:45 am

      Being chased within a dream is a reflection of concerns or worries that you may be dealing with in your life at this time. Seeing yourself die could be an indication that you are aware that there is a change that is happening in your life. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever is chasing you within the dream regarding their purpose.

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    November 7, 2019 at 5:23 am

    I had a dream where my whole family was there (mom, dad, my two sisters, brother, nephews, and dog), and I was being chased my Chucky, and he tried to kill me by stabbing me. But I eventually kill him at the end but he keeps coming back in different forms. Eventually my sister helps me burn the dolls.

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      February 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      The dream seems to reflect the violence that you see in videos, television and the news. Hopefully, it just reflects the natural fears you would have after seeing things like this on a show and nothing deeper than that. The fact that you manage to kill him may mean that you feel capable of handling dangers like this in your waking life and protecting your loved ones.

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    September 16, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I have dreams where I’m in my house completely dark then someone is trying to break in.

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      December 20, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Dreams about people breaking into your home may be a sign that you are dealing with a fear at this time. Your home is often a sign of your intimate life, so it is possible that there is something or someone in your life who you are uncertain about. It is appropriate to be mindful in the way that you manage your life at this time. Have a great day, Dynasty!

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        January 23, 2020 at 9:26 am

        Just this week I’ve had multiple dreams of people trying to kill me. The one I just woke from was particularly disturbing though. It started out that I was at a nearby mall, shopping for shoes- for some special occasion, and seeing friends at the store I quit working for a few months ago. Everything went fine there, I left the mall with new wedges and was suddenly in a car with my mother, sister, sister in law, and faces I didn’t recognize. They were all talking about some casino that has a beautiful tea room they made reservations at. I remember looking down and being disappointed I didn’t wear the new heels. As we were walking into the building, I could feel something was off in my dream. I just didn’t want to be there anymore. We walked up a large concrete stairway and into the building. We were shown to the “tea room”, a very ornate and extravagant room where we were meeting some of my mothers work friends. We found her friends but the table did not have enough seats so we had to have a waiter help us with moving another table over. As we all sat, a man entered my peripheral view on the right. He had a green cloth tied over his face, almost like Daredevil before he got his badass costume in the TV series. He stopped directly behind the table where my sister, sister in law, and myself were seated, turned, and faced me. He then pulled out 2 revolvers and opened fire on my table. I fell from my chair to the ground. I had closed my eyes. I could hear him still talking to everyone though, saying if everyone else stays calm this will be over soon enough. He then started pick pocketing me and his other victims, complaining there was nothing good. He then ran out and left. I opened my eyes and got up, never checking myself for injuries in the dream, and started searching for my mother. When I found her, she and my other family were fine. She thought I had been shot, but I said “no, guess I’m just good at playing dead.” Everyone started getting ready to leave, and my black cat Roxy was suddenly on the table wanting love and attention, so I stopped to pet her and try to relax as we waited for the cops to arrive. That’s when an armored vehicle pulls up, enducing panic as more men with cloths over their faces and guns get out. I immediately started looking for an exit. Then, a woman I didn’t recognize started grabbing me and trying to pull me back into the room and wouldn’t stop. I threatened her and shoved her away and she let me go. I grabbed my family members and told them we were not following everyone else, that it would be like lambs to the slaughter. They agreed and I started looking for somewhere else to hide, frantically kicking open doors that were locked. I finally found the attic and rushed everyone up some rather oddly structured stairs. As we got to the top landing, I looked around at where we could hide. That’s when I woke up.

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          January 23, 2020 at 3:53 pm

          The dreams show a general fear of the dangers of the world and concern about unforeseen obstacles you can’t prevent or stop. Thankfully, a dream only reflects your own subconscious thoughts, fears and feelings, so it is unlikely that the things that occurred in your dream will actually end up happening in real life.

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      February 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      I had a dream that I had been hiding a knife with me and running around from floor to floor in this building. But these people(trying to kill me? Pull up in a black car and have guns to shoot me. There’s also a wedding going right in front of me for some reason. I got egged by some people a few days back and am kinda scared to go out of my house I thought maybe this could be the reason I had this dream?

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        February 16, 2020 at 8:49 pm

        That definitely sounds like a plausible reason for your dream. After being violated like that when you least expected it, it makes sense that your subconscious mind would feel as if you are in danger when you are in public and would need some kind of protection.

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    September 3, 2019 at 12:22 am

    I had just woke up from a dream where I was walking my dog late at night down a dark road. I noticed someone following me in the dream and I try to speed walk away, but suddenly I was frozen. He walked with a knife in the air and was about to stab me when I pull out my knife and run with my dog into the street and stop a random car looking for help. I woke up after that. I have never had this dream before and I would really like to know what it means

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      September 4, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Dreams of being chased and attacked are indications of concerns and worries that you may have in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Your behaviors within the dream may be similar to how you may behave in a similar situation. If you have a similar dream in the future, then address whoever is chasing or attacking you about their purpose within your dream. Have a great day, Leah!

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    August 29, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve had this reoccurring dream, it’s creepy. In my dream I’m laying in my bed asleep when all of a sudden I hear my sister scream my name and can see the flick of a light turning on underneath my door. When all of a sudden my nephew is banging on my door and I let him in but he’s covered in scratches and is bruised and there is a large presence on the otherwise of the door, I can feel it trying to break in, to attack us. His voice is crooked and deep, His claws or what ever scratching at the door as he toys with us. But amongst all that is happening I’m surprisingly calm and trying to comfort my nephew. When all of a sudden I fall asleep and wake up from the nightmare.

    Could you possibly help me make sense of this.

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      August 30, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      Your dream seems to a manifestation of various emotional or familial influences in your life. The scream and bruises are indications of concerns that you may have in your life. Your decision to comfort your nephew is an indication of your thoughts and feelings. There may be something in your life that you may need to address. Nourish your relationships with your family members by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Carmen!

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    Christopher McCarthy

    July 10, 2019 at 11:07 am

    my girlfriend has nightmares most nights ..either about someone trying to kill her or going back to a places of bad memories..with characters she mostly cant identify.

    give me a feedback via email please 🙂

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      July 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Your partner’s dreams are reflections of various influences in her life. It is certain that she will benefit from abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. It is possible that something from her past has influenced these dreams. If she is chased or attacked in a future dream, then she should address that person within the dream about their purpose. This will reduce the manifestation of similar dreams in the future. Have a great day, Christopher!

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      December 26, 2019 at 10:08 am

      I dream that I’m being chased and something or someone is trying to attack me and I’m just running but there is no one behind me . Everything around me is also moving. They are not horrifying but I’m having them regularly .

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        December 27, 2019 at 6:19 pm

        Dreams of being chased are often indications of fears or concerns that you may have in your life. There is no one around you in these dreams, so it is possible that your worries are related to your personal actions. If you have a similar dream in the future, then you should address yourself within the dream about your concerns. In your waking life, you should reduce stresses in your life, if possible.

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