What Does Dreaming About Being Kidnapped Mean?

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: March 3, 2017
What Does Dreaming About Being Kidnapped Mean?

Have you ever dreamed about being kidnapped? Or have you ever dreamed about someone close to you being kidnapped? As dreams are often subconscious reflections of the concerns or feelings that weigh on our psyche, dreaming of being kidnapped can seem like an extreme feeling. It is common to not consciously reflect on what we feel, so our subconscious does it for us, leading to the images and scenarios we conjure up in our sleep. Interpreting the meaning of being kidnapped in a dream can mean many things, often to do with censorship or deprivation of something, so let oneHOWTO answer what does dreaming about being kidnapped mean? so that you can have a better understanding of your waking life.

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  1. Loss of control
  2. Dreaming of someone else being kidnapped
  3. Dreaming of being kidnapped as fear of commitment
  4. Introverts dreaming of being kidnapped
  5. Dreaming of kidnapping another person
  6. Avoiding conflict

Loss of control

Many specialists say that kidnapping dreams, specifically dreaming of being kidnapped yourself, reflects the fear of deprivation or loss of freedom. Dreaming about being kidnapped is a more common dream than you might think and can be due to you feeling unable to do what you want to during certain stages of life. What leads to you being unable to do this may be a lack of control or censorship of your feelings. When other influences are stronger than your own will, dreaming of being kidnapped is the ultimate depiction of a lack of control, to be incarcerated physically might be representative of an emotional or philosophical lack of control in your own life.

The fear which often accompanies dreaming of being kidnapped might have relevance in real life. If you still live at home, perhaps simple parental prohibitions might be your concern. If you are having difficulties at work, maybe it has something to do with the controlling nature of your boss. Despite this widespread interpretation, meanings of dreams are very subjective and we must know exactly the context and the circumstances of the dream in order to understand its true meaning.

If you fear that someone else might be doing your job better than you, that someone might be taking over in a position that you used to occupy, you may have dreams where you are kidnapped by an unknown person. It is not uncommon for human beings to fear the unknown, dreaming about being kidnapped may be closely linked to the concerns you might have in the present or future.

If dreaming of being kidnapped represents a fear of censorship or being unable express yourself, maybe you should find ways to express yourself. This could be artistically, through sport, through obtaining your professional or personal goals or however you might feel validated.

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Dreaming of someone else being kidnapped

Interpretations of these dreams are diverse, but it is likely that dreaming about a kidnapped relative does not have the same meaning as dreaming of criminals kidnapping an unknown person, like a bank manager for example. The connection you have with a family member is nothing like what you have with a bank manager, so the interpretation may be quite different.

In the first case, it is a clear reflection of fearing the loss of someone special. Perhaps this is to do with a romantic relationship where you may be drifting apart or your insecurities are acting up and you fear this person will leave you. This may be due to personal issues between each other, but equally dreaming of someone close to you being kidnapped can mean there are outside influences which might be concerning you. Perhaps work circumstances are changing or you fear you are growing lower in your partner's priorities. If this is the case, communicating your worries in a positive way might be useful to you. If there isn't a problem in your relationship then you may be reassured enough to stop dreaming about being kidnapped.

In the second case, your reaction is worth analyzing as much as what's happening in the dream. If you dream of someone you don't know being kidnapped, but are glad that this unknown person is being kidnapped, it may mean this person represents something in your life which needs to be overcome. Following the example of the banker, if you're glad he's being kidnapped it could mean you are expecting an economic windfall. Conversely, if you are afraid, it may relate to hidden fears that you have about your finances or related problems which need to be solved. Depending on the unknown person being kidnapped, their relationship to you, their profession, their circumstances, etc., your subconscious concerns might be represented by them.

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Dreaming of being kidnapped as fear of commitment

Are you dreaming about being kidnapped due to some kind of misunderstanding such as not reading the fine print of a contract? It is common to feel like you have signed your soul away on your mortgage or a big professional contract which will tie you down for great lengths of time. This kind of dream can be caused by worrying about important commitments, very strong ties which create an obligation and a responsibility of great importance. It is quite possible that after a commitment you may start to dream of kidnappings.

Do you make friends with your kidnapper during the dreams? Having Stockholm syndrome will just mean that you want to face your fears though you are unsure whether to trust yourself, your instinct or others. You may be doubting whether to rely or not on someone. Dreaming of being kidnapped and doubt can go hand in hand, again partly due to the lack of control. Housing markets and many professional considerations are out of your control, so this may be what is weighing heavily on you as you dream.

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Introverts dreaming of being kidnapped

Are you a shy person? If you have trouble relating to others and it's hard for you to open yourself to the world, it is likely that you may be dreaming of being kidnapped. For a person with few social skills, there is always a personal conflict about whether to accept the rules which govern life in society. Introverts are less likely to accept the norms that would allow them to be integrated into society, perhaps because there is a feeling that these rules have led to their loneliness or isolation. It is very common for these people to dream of being kidnapped because of their inability or difficulty to follow the rules. If you are at school, college or in a professional environment, perhaps you feel like more popular or sociable people are intimidating you and you feel trapped in your own mind. If you are introverted and are dreaming of being kidnapped, you should try to talk to a mental health professional in case these feelings dominate you and lead to further problems down the line.

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Dreaming of kidnapping another person

If you dream that it is you kidnapping another person, subconsciously you may like the idea that people submit to your will. If you usually impose your will onto others, if you regularly take control in your social group and if you do not like people to contradict you, it is likely that you get this kind of dream. The people around you who tend to submit to your will may not do it forever and you might be forced to change your attitude.

Others may interpret a dream where you kidnap someone you know to the feeling of not being able to overcome loss, to not being able to let go. There may be an issue you have been dwelling about in your head for a long time. This dream may mean it's time to get it out of your head, not an easy thing to do and it may require the assistance of someone else.

Avoiding conflict

If you are frustrated constantly, you bite your tongue and avoid all conflict, you are most certainly repressed. Therefore, it is very normal that you dream of being kidnapped. This could be the result of a weak character and how impressionable you are. A good tip to stop these feelings of torment is that you fight for your opinions and make others listen to you.

The reasons for this fear of conflict may be genuine, especially if you are being kidnapped by someone you love or are close to in your dream, as it may mean this person is contributing to your insecurity. If you are in a family where there are a lot of arguments, dreaming of being kidnapped may be a fear of conflict, but equally it could be a desire to evade this conflict because of the harmful repercussions you are experiencing in your conscious life. There may be underlying concerns or worries which are being unaddressed because of this fear of conflict, so you should try to find ways to engage with these issues before they come to define you.

What Does Dreaming About Being Kidnapped Mean? - Avoiding conflict

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willow smith
Something was taken away fro you....by someone else.......
Ana Martinez
I was having a dream where i was almost kidnapped by a strange lady I was waiting for my mom in family dollar I was alone in my moms car. She walked in pushed me put me in a seat she drove. I jumped off and went for help I was lost I got my phone called everyone in my family no one answered then I woke up.
Bugs Bunny
I had a dream where my family went to a pool party, me and some random girl who was about the age of 9 were dancing in some old mans yard. the old man opens the door and signals something and we apologize. he says to the little boy "Do you like them?". And the little boy who is about the age of 10 replies "No.". We don`t know what`s happening so I take her hand start running. The old man runs out of the house as the little boy screams "I DONT LIKE THEM!" seeming as he had been kidnapped too. the old man caught up to my friend and grabbed her and drug her and grabbed me. he drug me and her to the house. we wake up in a living room. a really ugly one . {There was a really musty ugly dark green olivey couch}. the man tells us if we want to be let go, to go under the bathroom cellar {Outside, wrong move dude} with a flashlight for 10 minutes. we agree and go out of the house. then we count for two minutes, leaving eight left. we escape. we run to the pool party [two houses down] and I spot my dad, and the girl spots hers. my mom says "Were about to leave! you missed your chance to swim honey!" and i tell her all about it and my dad about it and then i woke up this morning
So, in my dream, I was playing outside with my friend and we went for a walk and a couple men who looked ugly and like a pirate. The man who was in lead took and cupped his hand over my mouth

So then I seemed to wake up in a moving room i tried the door and it was locked. I almost gave up when I decided to force it open

I then realized i was on a ship and my friend was no where to be found. I was then told I was either to immediately get to work or to go back and not ever to come out. I decided to stay out and work

I had to work and work and work, from early to late. The only thing I ate was soup or slop . And I only got a break to sleep at night or a walk on the beach(when I escaped)

Then I woke up what does that mean?

willow smith
Someone took something away from you...you earned it in your nation through history..the past and get it now..your parents parents parents did...it was done by someone who listed you without your knowledge of it.its a post traumatic dream..which is where you couldn't get out of a room.were trapped..you need to have more control over your life but someone should stop internal predators who classify you into records..list you....who take what you gave coming in nature ...you worked hard for it ..the labor was done in your mind made it impossible...was when you were eating slop is what I think....saying reps in govt list citizens to oppress them.....it was done when you were at work and didn't know about it and still don't....what lists are you not on.....what lists are you on...category lists...might be where you can't have a job or walk down the street legally ...and might endanger you.....circumstantially...or disqualify you from benefits or people who you like or love....that's what it means....someone took something away from you...it's about the dammage it did over your lifetime ...to you...it's circumstantial harm......symbolic in the dream...consciously repressed...you know but can't admit it .mso the dream says everything from how you feel about it to what was done .....in kind ..dreams convey a lot ........it's good code too...don't have to be direct...can be coy....Boone can tell what were talking about when were talking dreams.....
So, my dream was, I was on my school waiting for my parents to pick me up, then the teacher called my name and she told me to follow her and she would lead me to the car, then she got on the car and then she said "come! your parents are giving me a drive!" Then I just closed the door an ran back to the school, by then the kidnappers where gone, I thought they believed I was on the car, After that I heard some teachers talkking about how fun my kidnapping was? they said "Yeah, it was so much fun, that girl was an idiot, she deserved being held" I just wallked away, then, I tried to call my mom but she didn't pick up, neither did my dad, I assumed they where at work, Then I decided to get out from thr school to check if the van was there, so, I took my hoodie and hid my face and hair, the the van rushed to de school's door, and I hid behind a wall just some meters away from the school (Outside) then I decided to take my brother and ran to my house, then I woke up, I was pretty damn scared to keep dreaming. (LET'S PLAY A GAME, TAKE A SHOT EVERYTIME U SEE A COMA!)
willow smith
All dreams are post traumatic...something happened recently or in the past and it injured you....or effected you somehow....deeply....teacher was going to drive you home..but your parents were coming to take you home....teacher thinks your parents are coming to get you...but their not....suddenly the teacher turns into a heathen derelict criminal who is taking you somewhere .....only then you run inside to safety...but then....your afraid of being abducted...but ithe dream means that something was taken away from you..its why you had the dream..and noone cares.....everyone knows...noone will get it back for you...noone is there for you...

Make friends ...hang in there...keep safe...time might pass..it might not matter...noone will hurt you in real life but someone did...it's loss that invoke dreams....in the first place....maybe .....you don't fear abduction literal life but it's what you associate with symbolically when you get hurt..or are ..maybe life itself isn't what you want it to be....or you have something to loose....we'll see...
So I had a dream that I was in the dollar store with my nana and my little sister. I was carrying her to the freezer section to get something and I turned around and this man with black hair glasses and ds and a black shirt was coming towards us. I had a bad feeling and he came up to us and grabbed both of us and I couldn't move or fight back and there were people there before but after he grabbed us everyone in the store was gone. What does that mean?
shiro perez
Hi, So I had a dream last night that I was waiting at my bus stop, and I see a car speed past me and of course I didn't think too much of it but I saw the car backing up and I thought oh well maybe this person missed their road but the engine cut off and that's when I started to worry.
I started backing up and these three men came out of the car, with hood outfits, and started saying things at me like "hey come over here" "we could take you to school" I started running and one man said "go get her" then the other two men chased after me, I ran back to my house, but I didn't go inside I stayed in the backyard.
When I saw the two men break into my house I stayed quiet, but then I saw this kid who knew my name, he said "Shiro? Are you okay?" I said "No we have to get out of here, Now" he led me out and we ran but the car with the first man was driving right behind us and he had a gun but before he could pull the trigger I woke up. I cried and I dont know what it means...
please contact me.
OneHowTo Editor
You may be insecure someone is cheating you behind your back. You should embrace the people who are close to you and trust them.
Just last night I dreamt of an attempted on my life for the first time.I was sitting in my car at the Walmart parking lot and some woman opens the door and is talking to me as if I am someone else.
I shove her away and drive off but before I get home I stopped the car.The same woman shows up and this time we struggle.She is trying to get my phone when I wake up, heart beating rapidly.It felt so real while the dream was happeningScary and stressful
In my dream I was walking with two female friends one who is no longer my best friend for abt 4yrs and one who I just started calling my best friend after she helped me out tremendously when I was in a bind and lost my keys to my car and apartment. We were all walking and I said bye to them and they kept walking. I noticed a man was walking close to them and I shouted to them hey lookout. My new friend was quick on her feet and she hurried and turned around and ran, then my ex bff ran too. They both ran and turned down this crack in between the buildings. I was still on the busy public street and the man began to chase me. I ran and another man appeared, I grabbed onto the store brick column and screamed for help. I yelled loud and said help me someone, help! The first man stayed back a little but the new guy who appeared kept pulling me. I saw a lady waiting across the street at a bus stop and said help me! She said girl that's not my problem. The man laughed and kept pulling. I screamed more into the store but it was hard to see because I was on the side. I screamed for what felt to be a long time and there was a female security guard and she ran out to me. The man let me go. She got me into the store, Walgreens, which looked like the one I went to at 8yrs old back home in another state. She said I know that man, he just got out of prison and he's itching to go back. I was still frightened and upset. My friends left me and the lady at the stop was ruthless. She said she would file a report and I should go out the front because they ran to the back. I left the store and I was nervous but I felt safe to leave like the worst had been done. I walked a few steps and I woke up.
I have some possible guesses why I had this dream, but I'd like to hear what someone else might say first. Thanks
OneHowTo Editor
It sounds like the focus of your dream is not on the person who wants to kidnap you but in the lack of help you receive. It may be possible you are scared your new friend will deceive you as your old friend did, this is why it appears in the dream and is projected in a sense of insecurity and fear.

Hope this helps
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