It happens a lot in our dreams that we are in a rush, we are being chased by something, we are trying to avoid some kind of an accident or an event…but we are moving our legs so slowly, just like we were running in slow motion.
In the other version of this dream, we do not have any control over our muscles – we feel paralyzed or running costs us a great effort – just like we were in a quicksand. Although we concentrate on the escape, we are not able to do this and we see how fast the danger is coming – a person, a beast, but also a train, a car or an avalanche…
How to interpret a dream about slow motion running?
Dreams in which we happen to run in a slow motion often appear when we are supposed to make an important decision about something that can not wait. And so we feel like we stuck in one place with a decision in our real life and we can not get out of it anyhow, or we feel trapped because we have to make a difficult choice and we can not take the necessary steps. It may be related to, e.g. finishing a relationship, resigning of work, a disease, selling a car etc.
If we are willing to move forward in our dream, it is a good sign – probably our unconscious mind it trying to tell us that we are able to take a step forward. However, we have to realize why are we paralyzed, what it is related to, analyze our reaction to it and understand the source of our anxiety. And if we draw the correct conclusions – everything is going to be fine.
How would Freud interpret a dream about slow motion running?
For Freud, dreams in which a person is not able to move were the proof of the subconscious will of being caught. Most of all, he connected that need with the sexual sphere and that is how he interpreted it.
How would Jung interpret a dream about slow motion running?
For Jung, dreams in which people’s attempts to escape fail because of the inability to run prove that in reality, the dreamer does not want to accept an important, but sometimes worrying part of himself. The confrontation is necessary – despite it seems scary and we would like to run away from it.