I’m Being Chased!: Recurring Dreams And What They Mean

Waking up from an intense dream often leaves us with lasting impressions. If you have the same dream often, you might be wondering if the universe is trying to tell you something. Well, it’s not the universe that is trying to tell you something, but in fact, it’s yourself.

Infidelity, Losing Teeth, and Falling (For Starters)

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Your subconscious can cause you to have recurring dreams. The most common recurring dreams range from falling and being chased, to dreams of infidelity and missing teeth. But what do these dreams mean? If you have intense, recurring dreams, the following guide will help you interpret what these dreams are trying to tell you about your life.

The Falling Dream

The Falling Dream

Everything seems to be normal in your dream until suddenly, you take a wrong step off a cliff, a building, or somewhere high up. Now you are in a perpetual state of falling and you never seem to land anywhere, building the fear and anticipation of what might happen when you actually do. Most people wake up at this point.

Falling dreams are probably the number one most common recurring dreams that people have. But could this be an indication of something deeper that is going on in someone’s waking life? If you often have dreams about falling, click on to find out why this might be happening to you.

Are You Insecure About Something?

Young beautiful woman with depression

Falling in your dream may indicate an underlying sense of insecurity in your waking life. Perhaps you’re afraid, feeling some anxiety about a certain situation. Maybe you’re working on a big project at school or work and things aren’t quite going according to plan.

Falling dreams also suggest insecurity in the sense of something falling apart in your waking life, in which you are losing stability and security. Maybe you’re on the brink of losing your relationship or your job or your home, so you dream about falling because it feels as if the ground is falling out from under you, according to dreammoods.com.

Other Falling Interpretations

Other Falling Interpretations

While a sense of insecurity or loss of stability is the most common interpretation of falling dreams, there are other possible reasons your might feel as if you’re falling into an abyss when you’re fast asleep. If you enjoy the falling feeling, it could indicate that you’re not afraid of changes that are occurring in your life. If you are falling into water, dreams.co.uk suggests that you may have strong feelings for another person.

Have you ever dreamed that you stepped off a curb or had a short fall and suddenly jolted awake? That’s actually a physiological change that happens when you are falling asleep. Known as a myoclonic jerk, in which your muscles involuntarily twitch as you drift into dreamland.

The Chasing Dream

Zombie-Chase

You keep running and running and running. From what or from whom? Sometimes you don’t always know, but you know you have to get away from it or them. If you often dream that you are being chased by something or someone, this might mean that you are running away from something or avoiding an issue in your waking life.

When you feel pressure from an issue in day-to-day life, your immediate instinct would be to try to avoid it instead of facing the issue. This is a common coping mechanism for fear or stress, but it will not go away until you pinpoint the problem that’s bothering you and try to fix it.

Different Kinds Of Chasing

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On a deeper level, having a dream of being chased could also signify that you’re running away from yourself. Sometimes people might be suppressing certain characteristics or feelings that they are unable to come to terms with.

Alternatively, people may find that they are the ones doing the chasing in their dreams. If these are the kinds of chase dreams that you have, it could mean that you are setting seemingly unattainable goals for yourself or that you’re struggling to keep up with others around you, but you are running out of time. Or it could represent your ambitions and drive to accomplish a certain goal.

Dreams About Teeth

Dreams About Teeth

If you’ve ever dreamed about your teeth rotting, crumbling, or falling out easily, you are not alone. The most common interpretation of teeth dreams is related to vanity, which makes sense because your teeth and your smile are a part of your appearance. If you have these kinds of dreams, you may feel insecure about your appearance or how others perceive you.

Since your teeth are used to chew, gnaw, and bite, they are also interpreted as a symbol of power. Dreaming about your teeth falling out or crumbling away might mean that you feel powerless about a situation in your waking life, or perhaps you are often experiencing feelings of inferiority or lack of self-confidence.

Truth-Telling Teeth

Truth-Telling Teeth

Since missing teeth also make it harder for you to speak sometimes, dreaming about them might mean that you are having difficulty communicating certain pent-up feelings or you might not be getting through to people.

Some Greek or Spanish-speaking cultures believe that if you have a dream that your teeth are rotting or falling out, it means that someone close to you is very ill or on the verge of death. In Chinese culture, it is believed that if your teeth fall out in your dream then that means you are lying or being deceitful about something in your day-to-day life.

Naked Dreams

Man on stage

Imagine you are just normally going about your day, then suddenly you are in a public place and find that you are naked! If you haven’t had this dream, you’ve probably seen it portrayed in movies and television. As one of the most common recurring dreams, studies have shown that this dream is caused by insecurity or vulnerability.

You may feel anxious about being rejected after opening up about something or worse, you may fear getting judged or ridiculed. According to dreammoods.com, you might find that while you are completely humiliated about your public nakedness, no one else really notices. This indicates that those feelings of insecurity and vulnerability are mostly in your head.

Exposing The Truth About Nude Dreams

Exposing The Truth About Nude Dreams

Another underlying cause of naked dreams might be a fear of exposure. Maybe you are trying to find yourself or you find that you are being someone you are not. You might dream that you are naked because you fear that you will be exposed for who you really are, which you might feel ashamed about.

If you are in a foreign environment and trying to fit in, you might try too hard to present a perfect image of yourself. Or you might be afraid that people will not accept you for who you are. But if you are having naked dreams, this might indicate that you are having a hard time concealing the truth and it may be best to just be yourself.

I Believe I Can Fly

I Believe I Can Fly

Another common recurring dream is dreaming about flying. Do you ever dream that you are flying high and you are on top of the world? Does this type of dream make you feel liberated and exhilarated? This could mean that you are in complete control of your life. You have risen above the odds and now you have all the power.

If, while flying, you can see the world below you, this might indicate that you are gaining a wider perspective on things. You might be facing a situation in which you’ve been too narrow-minded, but you are coming to conclusions after looking at the bigger picture.

Fear Of Flying

Fear Of Flying

Although most flying dreams might have positive connotations, you might want to pay attention to the kind of flight that you are having. The previously mentioned flying scenario is true if you dream that you are flying with ease. But if in your dream you find that you are having difficulty flying, that could mean a whole other thing entirely.

If you find that something is keeping you from flying or that you are encountering many obstacles, then this might mean that something in your waking life is hindering you from achieving your goals or you might have trouble moving forward in life. If you are fearful during your dream flight, it could indicate that you are afraid of new challenges or success.

Dream Driving

Dream Driving

If you have a recurring dream in which you are driving, pay attention to how you are driving and what the conditions of the road are. According to dreams.co.uk, “cars in our dreams represent our drive in life and the direction we are taking.” So if you are driving and it is dark or you are somehow unable to see the road ahead of you, this might mean that you are unsure about where your life is headed and that you lack direction.

If you lose control over the car, that means that you are off track in life. Also, if you find you are driving down a dangerous road or a road with many obstacles, that might be your subconscious trying to tell you that the decisions you are making aren’t the best or that something is keeping you from continuing down the life-path that you have chosen.

When You Are Unable To Find A Toilet

When You Are Unable To Find A Toilet

A lot of people have a recurring dream in which they are desperately looking for a toilet to use but they cannot find one. While sometimes this means that you need to wake up to use the bathroom, this might not be the case for other people, who sometimes spend their entire dream in search of a restroom. Sometimes when they succeed, they find that the restroom is filthy or not usable.

To dream that you are looking for a bathroom with no success (and you don’t need to wake up to pee) means that you might have difficulty expressing your emotions or that you are holding back feelings. Since restrooms offer “relief,” pent-up emotions or feelings might make you feel in need of some type of release.

Discovering A New Room

Discovering A New Room

People whose recurring dreams consist of them discovering a new, unused room in their house might be experiencing a positive change in their lives. According to prevention.com, when the home is featured in a dream, it symbolizes the self. So if you dreamed that you found a new room in your house, it might signify that you are taking on new responsibilities or new opportunities. You might have realized new strengths and abilities about yourself.

If the room is pristine and white, that might indicate a new beginning or some type of fresh start. The bigger the room, the bigger the opportunity that lies in your future.

Taking A Test

Stressed student during a test

Probably one of the worst recurring dreams to have is one in which you are trying to take an exam, especially when you’ve finished school. Still, you dream that you are in a classroom, about to take the test when you find yourself incredibly unprepared. Whether you find the test to be in a different language, all your pencils appear to break, or the fact that you didn’t study even though you knew you had an exam, dreaming about this scenario might mean that you are being tested in your waking life.

You might worry about failing a task or project in your waking life, even if you are actually overly prepared for it. This might just be in your head and your anxiety over not being able to follow through or succeed could be manifesting itself in your dreams.

Being Late

Dream-interpretation

Similar to the test dream, another recurring dream could be one in which you are running late to something important. The most common interpretation of this is that you might feel you are running out of time to accomplish a goal. You might have a deadline set for yourself to achieve something, whether it be work-related or personal, and you’re subconsciously stressing out about it.

Alternatively, if you often dream that you are running late to something, this could mean that you are unsure about a new direction you are taking in your life. You might subconsciously be worried about taking a chance or the consequences of new opportunities that arise in your waking life.

Dreams Of Infidelity

Dreams Of Infidelity

If you dream that your partner cheated on you, most times this doesn’t mean that they actually committed an act of infidelity. Your subconscious might have made you dream this because of how you’re feeling in your relationship. Maybe your partner is staying at work longer or spending more time at the gym. Because their attention is focused elsewhere, you may be feeling neglected.

You might even fear that your partner is going to leave you or you might be wondering about the future of your relationship. Or perhaps you feel like you are not good enough for your partner. These feelings of anxiety and inadequacy could subconsciously make you feel like those are reasons for your partner to cheat on you. But even if you dreamed it, it may not be true.

The Tables Might Be Turned

The Tables Might Be Turned

On the other hand, you might have a dream in which you are the one who is doing the cheating. Even if you haven’t cheated in your waking life, there could be underlying reasons for why you might have dreamed that you slept with someone other than your significant other.

Perhaps you might have done something in your waking life that didn’t involve infidelity, but where you compromised your integrity and morals. If you haven’t outright admitted what you’ve done wrong, it would feel like you’ve cheated someone. Alternatively, if you dreamed that you cheated on your partner with someone else, it may be that you resonate with a certain quality or characteristic that the other person has.

Slithering Into Your Dreams

Slithering Into Your Dreams

One common symbol that is often found in dreams is the snake, which can have multiple interpretations – positive or negative – depending on your view of snakes. Snakes can represent fear or hidden threats. There might be something in you waking life that is unpredictable or someone who you fear is out to get you, but you don’t know when something is going to strike.

If you don’t have a menacing dream about a snake, perhaps this might mean something positive. Since snakes shed their skin, having them in your dream might indicate some sort of transformation that you are undergoing or your desire for change and renewal in your life.