5. Being chased or persecuted
Such dreams have several different meanings. An expert in the field of dreams named Lauri Loewenberg says, “People that tend to avoid conflict, who are afraid of ruffling feathers or causing issues will have the recurring dream of being chased.”
Pay attention to the thing chasing you — they symbolize an unpleasant feeling or situation that you try not to think about in real life. It can be debt or addiction. Are you chased by a person you know? Think about what or who you associate this person with. They might indicate some other person or even a part of your personality that you don’t want to admit (like a hidden talent or aspiration) in your dream.
There’s also a theory saying that dreams about running away from someone are simply the echoes of primitive instincts that are in our genes thanks to our ancestors. All because they were constantly running from predators.
6. A catastrophe or an apocalypse
Each of us has dreamt about natural or man-made disasters where we’re scared for our own life and the lives of those close to us. These dreams might indicate personal problems that have gotten out of control or are a result of feeling threatened by something. Of course, constant messages in the media about catastrophes and terroristic acts worsen the situation too. As a result, we start feeling vulnerable in the modern world.
Sometimes when having a nightmare, we try to shout out loud but feel that voice has left us which causes an even bigger fear. Psychologists explain it as sleep paralysis. During the last phase of sleep, the time in which we have dreams, our brain purposefully paralyzes the body so that we can lie still and not “live” in our sleep by running, jumping, etc. People who have sleep paralysis usually wake up before the end of the last phase and enter a state between sleep and reality for a short period of time. This can be felt as an inability to move, speak, and in some cases, breathe.
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