Description: You are being pursued or attacked by a menacing person, wild animal, monster or some other villain that may even catch, harm or kill you.

Frequency: This is the most common nightmare.

Usual meaning: You are feeling threatened by someone or by a strong emotion of your own. You feel frightened, attacked and in danger. Occasionally your brain may be replaying an actual event in your own life.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Who or what is chasing you? What does it look like — size, color, shape, etc.
  • What is its outstanding physical characteristic?
  • Of whom does it remind you or who has similar characteristics?
  • What happens in the dream?
  • How does the dream end?