What Does Dreaming you Are Lost Mean

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: March 31, 2019
What Does Dreaming you Are Lost Mean

Being lost can be a horrible feeling. Realizing we are lost, our sense of security can be immediately taken away. Panic sets in, fear grips us and the worst scenarios start filling our head. Equally, some people enjoy the feeling of getting lost, allowing it to free us from responsibility. If we dream of being lost, we might find we don't have the same feelings we would have in our waking life. Also, feeling lost isn't always a physical circumstance. It can often come from an emotional place. oneHOWTO investigates what does dreaming you are lost mean, interpreting these dreams through the places and circumstances our subconscious minds place us (or misplace us).

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Meaning of being lost in a dream

As with all dream interpretations, no one can truly know your subconscious mind. All we can do is recognize similar traits and point you in the right general direction. It will still take some thinking on your part to determine your own unique psychological circumstances. It can also be helpful if you speak about it with an emotionally intelligent person whom you can trust.

When it comes to dreaming you are lost, the physical state of being lost has correlations to your emotional state. How do you feel when you are lost?


If you get lost somewhere unfamiliar it is perfectly understandable to feel scared. You don't have the security of knowing how to get back to somewhere safe and the potential dangers which surround you can be truly terrifying. This is why many people's dreams of being lost take the form of nightmares.

If you feel scared when you dream of being lost, think of what it is that frightens you. Is there a big change coming up? Perhaps you are going to a new school, starting a new career or taking one of the many bold steps we humans go through in our lives. It is understandable we might feel intimidated by these events or feel they will overwhelm us. If you dream you are lost, it could be that you don't feel like you have the confidence to be successful in these new circumstances.


If you have ever been in a maze, you will know how frustrating they can be. Labyrinths and mazes sometimes start out fun, but if we keep missing the exit, we can feel confined. Equally, there may be circumstances in our lives which we find positive to begin with, but we start to feel trapped within them. Relationships which have gone past their natural course are just one such circumstance. We might not feel like we are able to get out of them, but there usually is some way, whether you stay lost in your dream or not.


The next step from feeling frustrated at being lost in a dream might be anxiety. We feel anxious when not only can we not see a way out, but any possible resolution to our state of being lost will be a negative one. It is a feeling of dread, that the worst is going to happen. Anxiety can be sparked by many things. These can include a traumatic experience, financial stress, relationship stress or even medical mental illness such as generalized anxiety disorder. If you have experienced any of these particular stresses, it is not unlikely this can manifest in a dream where you are lost. This is because anxiety often makes you feel as if there is no way out.


It's appeared in songs by everyone from Chet Baker to Beck and Bat for Lashes, but the feeling of wanting to get lost on purpose is a recurring one for many. The troubles and hassles of life can make us want to get lost, not so much that we can't find our way back, but so that others can't find us. If you feel like the pressures of life are getting a little to heavy, then dreaming you are lost and feeling calm about it might be a way for your subconscious to deal with it.

Dream of being lost in different places and situations

Dreaming of being lost isn't just about the emotions you feel during this time. The place in which you get lost can also have a bearing in how the dream might be interpreted.

Dreaming of being lost and finding a way back home

If you find yourself being lost near the start of your dream, but by the ending you are back home or in a safe space, it is likely you are looking for some stability. Finding stability isn't for everyone. Some love the chaotic and suspenseful lives which have more questions than answers. However, many people find themselves at a point in their lives where they want to the chaos of their younger years to calm down. Even if we don't realize it, many of use are searching for something. Whether it is security, family, a home or even spiritual enlightenment, dreaming you are lost and then finding your way home might mean you are looking to settle down in some way.

Dreaming of being lost while driving

Roads can be windy or straight, but if we are driving along and find ourselves getting lost, it is usually because we are losing sight of our destination. If we have been finding ourselves getting distracted, looking at the sights rather than focusing on where we should be going, perhaps our dreams are trying to tell us to get back on the right path. Whether this is related to a relationship, career path, personal mental health issue or something else, we should consider what might be causing us this distraction.

Dreaming of being lost in a city

Cities are big places full of many people and in them we can often feel insignificant. If you are dreaming you are lost in a city, then perhaps you are feeling like everything is getting on top of you. It might have a lot to do with your own self-confidence, your personal validation or having been knocked in confidence by circumstance. You may also feel like you are underachieving, that you have something to offer to the world at large, but you are being overlooked.

Dreaming of being lost in a forest

Being lost in a forest in a dream is more likely to mean you are afraid of the unknown. Although cities can be intimidating places, they are also the habitat of humans. The people within them often know how to navigate and survive. If you are lost in a place such as a forest, then you might be lost in a place where you are out of your depth. This could be related to any number of issues. If you are at a job you feel underqualified for, you might feel like you are in over your head. If you are in a relationship with someone, but you feel like you can't match their personality, you may dream of being lost.

Dreaming of being lost in a hospital

If you are searching corridors and wards in a dream, but can't seem to find yourself in the right place, you likely have some underlying worry about your health. It could be a case of hypochondriasis, but you might want to get yourself checked out by a physician, if only to relieve your anxiety about it.

What Does Dreaming you Are Lost Mean - Dream of being lost in different places and situations

Something or someone else is lost

If you are dreaming of someone else being lost, then you are likely worried for the direction they are taking in life. Perhaps you have a friend or loved one who is making bad decisions (relying too much on drugs, staying in an unhealthy relationship, becoming a religious zealot, etc.), you might feel like you are losing them. Whether or not you find them, you might be concerned that you are losing the person you used to know and love. Consider what is happening in their life and think about in what way they are becoming lost. Then you can speak to them.

If a particular object is being lost, then think about what this object may represent. If you continually lose your house keys, maybe you are worried about finding the right circumstances to live. The object you dream of losing might also represent a lost opportunity. If so, you should find a way to move on and let is positively inform you in the future.

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