The meaning of Being chased or hunted down in dream | Dream interpretation


The most common type of nightmare or bad dream is the one in which you are being chased or hunted down by something or someone. According to Jung, being chased or stalked as prey is a primal memory of your human collective unconscious and may refer to early times in the history of humankind when it was common to be chased, often to the death, by an animal.

If you are being chased in your dream it is important to think about who or what was chasing you, and then ask yourself whether there is anyone or anything in your life that reminds you of your pursuer.

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Being Chased Or Hunted Down | Dream Meaning

The keywords of this dream: Chased Hunted Down

AISLE (WALKING DOWN)

1. Various pathways in one’s life.

2. Commit­ment, dedication.

3. If walking among a crowd, one feels admired. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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BEING CHASED

Dreams of being chased are a natural response to stress. It could be events are catching up with you and you’re running to keep ahead of the game.

• Or you’re running away from something literal in your life or perhaps an emotional or psychological issue. Revisit the dream and face what’s chasing you.

• By accepting who you are, exactly as you are, right now will help you make real progress towards your future and relieve some of the stress.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary

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BEING CHASED

Something in your life is creating a fear-based response to a threat. That threat may be real or imagined. When a person feels exposed at a very primal level, the built-in survival mechanism of the fight-or-flight response occurs. You may be running in terror without knowing that the secret enemy you are running from is yourself.

If you do not know your assailant, it may simply be you trying to catch up to you with something important that, if embraced, would allow you to feel more complete.

If you know who is chasing you, the person may have more to offer you if you let him or her catch you. Even if being caught ends in being killed, that death could be a symbolic transformation of such significance as to be the very thing needed to bring your greatest heart’s desires into reality. That is, of course, if you have the courage to stop running and turn around. Sometimes it is part of human nature to be afraid of success, and a dream of being chased is alerting you to stop running from your own magnificence.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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BEING CHASED

The way we respond to anxiety and pressure in real life is typically manifested as a chase dream. Often in these dream scenarios, you are being pursued by some attacker who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. You may be running away, hiding, or trying to outwit your pursuer. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stress or various situations in your waking life.

Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself, who is the one chasing you, and you may gain some understanding and insight on the source of your fears. The dream could also indicate that you are refusing to acknowledge a certain viewpoint or idea. On the other hand, the pursuer or attacker who is chasing you in your dream may represent a part of yourself. Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love, can assume the appearance of a threatening figure. You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser and your dream is calling your attention to your own self-destructive actions. A more direct analysis of chase dreams is that they reflect the simple fear of being attacked. Media hype and overexposure play on this fear and magnify our level of risk.... The Element Encyclopedia

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BEING CHASED OR HUNTED DOWN

The most common type of nightmare or bad dream is the one in which you are being chased or hunted down by something or someone. According to Jung, being chased or stalked as prey is a primal memory of your human collective unconscious and may refer to early times in the history of humankind when it was common to be chased, often to the death, by an animal.

If you are being chased in your dream it is important to think about who or what was chasing you, and then ask yourself whether there is anyone or anything in your life that reminds you of your pursuer.... The Element Encyclopedia

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BREAKDOWN

A warning given in order to recognize the cause and remedy... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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BREAKDOWN

An obstacle dream, gloating. Bad luck, Embarrassment.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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BREAKDOWN

Dreams of a breakdown signify that you are in the midst of major transformation, processing your way through the changes in your life, and breaking out of a pattern or identity that no longer fits you. You are discovering that what you thought was the worst thing that could ever happen is really a blessing in disguise. See Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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BREAKDOWN / BREAKTHROUGH DREAMS

See Types of Dreams (Introduction).... Strangest Dream Explanations

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BREAKDOWNS

Depending on the item that fails it will be possible to identify the problem you have in real life. So, dreaming of a broken TV may denote a strong need to escape from home. A failure of a phone, on the other hand, is a sign you need isolation.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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CHASE / BEING CHASED

Being at a disadvantage in a given situation.

Actually being pursued, probably in the sense of being “chased” by a potential lover, employer, or customer. Astrological parallels: Aries, Gemini, Mercury.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

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CHASE / CHASED

Spiritually the image of being chased or pursued suggests either fear of our own actions, or is a play on words, as in ‘chaste’, i.E. Trying to preserve our innocence.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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CHASE / CHASED

Psychological / emotional perspective: Being chased by shadows shows the need to escape from something previously repressed, such as past childhood trauma or difficulty.

To be chased by an animal generally indicates we have not come to terms with our own passion.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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CHASE / CHASED

Material aspects: Dreaming of being chased or of trying to escape is perhaps one of the most common dreams; usually we are trying to escape responsibility, our own sense of failure, fear or emotions we can’t handle.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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CHASE / CHASED

Gives gender - specific: It is not unusual for a woman to dream that she is being pursued in dreams.

The implication is that she has something special which she does not wish to relinquish.

If a man is being chased by a woman or that which he cannot identify then it is usually in response to his fear of being ‘consumed.’... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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CHASE / CHASED / CHASING

(1) If you are being chased in a dream, what is chasing you probably symbolizes something you are afraid of, either in your external life or - more commonly - in your inner self, your unconscious. For example, a woman who dreams of being chased by men is probably afraid of sex. (Freud would add that her dreams present, in disguise, an unconscious, repressed desire for sex.)

(2) If you are doing the chasing, the ‘you’ in your dream is probably your conscious ego and the thing you are chasing is almost certainly some part of yourself that frightens you. Chasing it away means disowning it, banishing it from your conscious life. It might be much better to try to integrate it into your conscious life. At the very least, get to know it and understand it.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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CHASED

Pursued by the pressures of life from which one tries to escape... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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CHASED

To dream of being chased is symbolic of being pursued by a spiritual or physical enemy, Deut. 1:44. If you are being chased by authority figures like police officers, school principals, or other adults, it may symbolize a problem with submitting yourself to authority... Christian Dream Symbols

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CHASED

Example: Three men with clubs were chasing me, but never actually caught me as I woke in terror. I was deter­mined to tell myself it was only a dream, and the next night as they were chasing me I remembered it was only a dream and lost all fear—stopped running—turned to face them and said This is only a dream, you can’t hurt me.” As they came closer they faded into nothing and I never saw them again’ (Account of dreams when six years old. Mr C).

The example shows how we can be pursued by fears or emotions, and can either continue to avoid them or face them. We are, in a real sense, pursued by what we have created with our thoughts, emotions, action and inaction. What we are avoiding might be sexual feelings; responsibility; expressing what we really feel in public; our fear of death; sense of failure; guilt; emo­tional pain; grief, etc. We can never escape from ourself, so such feelings may pursue us through life unless we meet them.

Chased by opposite sex: afraid of love or sex, haunted by a past relationship. By animal: one’s passions; anger, natural feelings. By Thing or shadowy creature: usually past experi­ence or trauma, a hurt from childhood. Chasing: something you are pursuing in life; something or someone you want; aggression. See follow. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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CHASED

1- Dreaming of being chased or of trying to escape is perhaps one of the most common dreams; usually we arc trying to cscape responsibility; our own sense of failure, fear or emotions we can’t handle.

2- Being chased by shadows shows the need to escape from something previously repressed, such as past childhood trauma or difficulty.

To be chased by an animal generally indicates we have not come to terms with our own passion.

3- Spiritually the image of being chased or pursued suggests either fear of one’s actions, or is a play on words, as in chaste.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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CHASED

Dreams of being chased are most common. These dreams are typically metaphors of the need for the dreamer to escape certain situations in life. Such escapes may not always be productive.... Dream Meanings and Dream Interpretation

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CHASED

See Being Chased.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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CHASED / ATTACKED

The origin of dreams of being chased or attacked probably dates back to an era when humans fought off beasts or other tribal members to survive. The ‘monsters’ of today are more likely to be emotional beasts, such as fear, anxiety, anger, hatred and envy, or the pressures put upon us by the fast pace of life. In these dream scenarios you are often being pursued by some attacker who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stresses or various difficult situations in your waking life. Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself who is the one chasing you, as that may give you some understanding and insight into the source of your fears.... The Element Encyclopedia

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CLOUDBURST, DOWNPOUR

Vision: If you are surprised by a downpour: sudden difficulties will turn up—making life miserable. Soaked by a cloudburst: you have more luck than brains in a certain matter. Watching a downpour: good luck and maybe winning a large sum of monev. See Rain. 0

Depth Psychology: A downpour announces unexpected good luck in a quandary that you could not have resolved with your head alone. That makes a cloudburst represent good luck—even if you get wet in the process.... Dreamers Dictionary

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COMING DOWN

(See Descending)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN

If you hear a message in a dream which you know to be important but simply cannot understand, even if it is in your own language, this is a clear symbol of frustration in waking life. A similar scenario would be if you are trying to explain something to someone but cannot make yourself understood. Both dreams speak of times in your life when, for some reason, communication is blocked, or you are misreading the emotions of someone or they are misreading you.

If you dream that you have muddled your words, this suggests a vain struggle to attract the attention of someone in your dream. The inability to say the right words when you meet them may symbolize feelings of inadequacy in real life or a deep sense of frustration that the important people in your life, or the people you respect and admire, do not appreciate or even notice you. One of the most distressing scenarios in a dream is when you try to talk or cry out but have no voice.

If you have such a dream, try to work out who is not hearing you in waking life; do you need to listen more and give your voice a rest?

Tripping up in public, forgetting your words when giving a speech, treading on someone’s toes in a dance, or spilling food and drink over a VIP can all betray a deep sense of social inadequacy, even with regard to people close to you. Perhaps your ineptitude masks an element of defiance, expressing your feelings of frustration with the stifling rules and norms of social convention.

If someone you know appears in a dream but you find yourself unable to recognize them, this suggests feelings of frustration or ambivalence towards that person in waking life. A similar sense is conveyed if you are looking on as a spy whilst a friend or lover commits a crime, or an illicit or compromising act.... The Element Encyclopedia

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DESCENDING, DOWN

Example: ‘1 look down and the stairs and bannister rail are swarming alive with a black moving wave of crawling things, like some awful insects; and in the hallway is a swamp with crocodiles and other hideous things. My terror is terrible and I cry out to stop dreaming this night­mare.

The person who actually lived in this part of the house was the owner’s mother. She treated me badly but no one knew as she was artful in her abuse. She pulled me along by my hair, locked me in a cupboard, and once locked me in the orchard—four high walls and a hidden door’ (Rita). Some­thing below us: as in Rita’s dream, where there is fear, it can depict past trauma which is not being faced (literally run away from); something we have left behind or we feel ‘above*.

Descent, going down stairs or in a lift: getting more down to eanh or practical; a return to difficulties after living in our fantasies or escapism, depression; sexual restraint; a return from meta conception (see aura). Descending into cave, cel­lar, hole: awareness of unconscious content, experience of womb existence. Example: Then I was climbing down a steep hill. Arriving at the foot I found rippling sparkling wa­ter. I stopped and looked around and found everything in­credibly beautiful—the green fields and the pebbles in the water, the soft fresh air, then I looked up and the sky was a glorious picture, the sun so warm and the clouds fluffy and soft and pretty. I felt at peace and so happy, and thanked God with all my heart for giving us so much beauty’ (Mrs RE). Going down a hill: can mean loss of status, ageing, failure or death, but is also, as shown in the example, a positive sense of life after death. Idioms: feel down; down and out, down in the dumps; down to earth. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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DOWN

A negative direction... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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DOWN

(Fuzz; Hirsute) Down in a dream means prosperity, profits, clothing, inheritance or a confiscated property. In a dream, down also represents lawful earnings.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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DOWN

Dreams of feeling down, falling down, or descending a staircase or an elevator symbolize that you are getting down to the heart of the matter and discovering the truth of a situation. Alternatively, you could be giving into depression or negativity. Or this could be your dream’s way of saying that you need some down time, to rest and connect with your deeper feelings and intuition.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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DOWN

Wrong direction in life. Important to take a look at what you are doing and change directions.... The Dream Books Symbols

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DOWN

Down is a symbol of energy and sexual potency; Therefore, if a man is seen with it, it makes evident his insecurity in the unexpected and his fear of rejection. When a woman is seen with an excess of down, it is a sign that she is approaching a time of dispute and adversity.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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DOWN

In this world that is divided into binary code, there are always two options in any polarity.

The up-down continuum relates directly to the strongest force we deal with: gravity. When anything in a dream is moving in a downward direction, you are either exploring what is below the surface or being stopped in your forward movement by something that is forcing you down. Consider how this downward direction is being presented to you and then remember to explore what wisdom is available for you in the lower depths.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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DOWN / DOWNHILL

If you dream of moving downward, or going down a hill, this suggests that you have made a wrong decision or are headed toward the wrong direction in life. Consider how you could change yourself, or your situation, to point yourself in a more positive direction. Also see “Falling”... My Dream Interpretation

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DOWN SYNDROME

This genetic disorder is expressed as limited development both physical and mentally. Therefore, as a symbol in a dream, it may be pointing to some area of your life in which you are not expressing your full potential. Use the context of the dream to see what may need development.

If there is someone in your life with Down syndrome, the dream may be interpreted more literally.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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DOWNGRADE

(See Placing things)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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DOWNHILL

Letting go; fear of “going down” (to the depth of emotions, or sexuality, etc.) as in Falling.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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DOWNHILL

Traveling downhill may represent either an easy coast to your destination or that you are heading downhill in your profession, suggesting a loss in your financial worth.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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DOWNLOAD

Dreams of downloading software or information represent that you are tapping into quantum consciousness. This dream is showing you how quickly and easily information can transmit into the database of your mind. Consider the content of what you are downloading. This dream can also reflect that which you are venting and releasing.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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DOWNTOWN

To dream that you are downtown suggests your fixation on wealth and materialistic things. It can also represent the fast-paced aspects of your life.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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DOWNWARD SPIRAL

Symbolic of the path to death or moving in the wrong direction in life ... Christian Dream Symbols

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ESCALATOR DOWNSTAIRS

Opening old DNA. ... Expansions Dream Dictionary

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HAND-ME-DOWN

See Second Hand.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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HAND-ME-DOWNS

See Second Hand and Thrift Shop.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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HUNTED

To dream that you are being hunted, indicates that you are being overwhelmed by life’s challenges.... My Dream Interpretation

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INN (BROKEN DOWN OR DILAPIDATED)

1. Unhappy or unrewarding journey or situation.

2. Need to continue or strive for new situa­tion or places. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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JOT DOWN

(See Write)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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LAYING DOWN

The dreams in which you lay down in bed indicate a period of uncertainty or waiting regarding problems that you do not feel able to cope with without help.

If you are lying down outdoors, something that is causing you suffering is nothing more than a passing concern, not as serious as you originally thought.

If you are sharing your bed with a person of the same sex, in addition to the aforementioned uncertainty, this reflects a concern about what others might think of you. Conversely, if it is a person of the opposite sex, chances are the problems will be solved soon.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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LOCKDOWN

To dream about a lockdown symbolizes a situation that is giving you much anxiety in your waking life, and possibly making you feel bad physically as well. You could be feeling confined and restricted in a friendship, social or romantic relationship.... My Dream Interpretation

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LOOKING DOWN OR UP

To dream of Looking Down from a height, such as a hill or a window of a house, shows that you are ambitious and have restless desires. Be careful not to over-reach yourself in your schemes. But if you Look Upwards, then go ahead with all confidence.... Mystic Dream Book

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LYING DOWN

If you dreamed of lying down, you can expect some extra hard work in your future, but the results will be rewarding.... My Dream Interpretation

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MAN(SAT DOWN ON CHAIR)

Alters taking your place. ... Expansions Dream Dictionary

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NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

1. Possible signal of emotional or mental ill­ness.

2. To relinquish responsibility for one’s actions and respon­sibilities.

3. Inability to approach a situation or relationship rationally, with clarity of judgment. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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SHAKE-DOWN

Repetitive, forceful persuasion, i.E. Shaking a tree so the fruit will fall before it is ready... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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SQUATTING DOWN

The down expresses sleep; rest; withdrawal; non-involvement. Idioms: feel down, down and out; do some­one down, down at heel; down hearted; down with. See prone above in this entry. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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STEPPING DOWN

Stepping out of a vehicle (or a high place) voluntarily can mean the end of a path or activity. It thus closes a stage in your life.

If the action is done involuntarily it means that you are in a situation of deterioration that is difficult to solve.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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TEARING DOWN ONE’S SHIRT

To tear open one’s garment in a dream means divorce.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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UNDERNEATH, BELOW OR DOWNSTAIRS

This signifies the anarchic or immoral side of our personalities.

The sexual impulses can also be characterized in this way.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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UPS AND DOWNS

The personality has a need to balance the heights and depths of its experience, and if this does not happen a warning will usually appear in dream form. Situations in life can be experienced in dreams as the actual movement of our position.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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UPSIDE DOWN

Figurative position indicating a reverse from positive to negative... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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UPSIDE DOWN

One is wrong about something, particularly in mak­ing assumptions. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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UPSIDE DOWN

The potential for chaos and difficulty is being emphasized.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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UPSIDE DOWN

To dream that you or your surroundings are upside down suggests that there is some situation or problem in your waking life that you need to straighten out. It may also mean that your initial assumptions about a situation were completely opposite from what’s really going on.... My Dream Interpretation

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WATCHED, ATTACKED OR CHASED BY AN ANIMAL

Hiding from or being trapped by animals can suggest you are feeling controlled or threatened by your urges or the emotions or feelings of others.

If the animal is watching you, your unconscious is reminding you not to forget or neglect the instincts that it represents.

If the animal is attacking you, this could indicate that you are in the grip of a rage that you fear you may unleash. Your dream is urging you express or deal with your anger in a controlled way.

If an animal is chasing you in a dream, this may suggest that in real life you are in flight from some area of your personality that wants to be expressed.

If you are trying to find refuge from animals—either by building a defense or running away—this indicates a struggle with instincts that threaten your safety in waking life. In some cases dreams of being threatened or attacked by animals may be telling you that you are repressing your instincts—perhaps being too civilized— and you should try and loosen up more. Being bitten by an animal could indicate aggression from someone close to you or that our own aggressive instincts are not under control. Any threat from a sinister animal suggests fears and doubts you may have about your ability to manage your emotions. See also SURREALISM AND FANTASY.

Animal noises

If you hear animals making sounds in your dream, you need to consider what these sounds mean to you in waking life and then to make a symbolic link. For example, if you hear an animal barking, wailing or whining for attention, these sounds could be calling your attention to the qualities that that particular animal represents to you.

If you hear ominous growling, roaring or cackling, it could reflect pent-up anger either within yourself or another person.

If you hear braying, it could indicate a need to overcome basic animal instincts.

If you hear bleating, you may be taking on new cares and responsibilities that could be positive or negative depending on your attitude towards them. See also SENSES.... The Element Encyclopedia

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