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Did You Dream About a Kidnapping? Here's What It Means

A dream concept like a kidnapping can be a complicated one to really explain with any certainty. Because dreams are windows into our subconscious mind, and they may include symbolic references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation fits every dream about a kidnapping or any other symbol.

Below are three possible interpretations of dreams about a kidnapping, written from very different perspectives.

Which of these interpretations works the best for you?


What does a kidnapping mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about being kidnapped can symbolize feelings of powerlessness or being trapped in a situation in your waking life. That's the most general analysis.

It may indicate that you're allowing something or someone to control you.

Alternatively, dreaming about someone else being kidnapped can reflect your fear of losing that person or something they represent.

It can also symbolize feelings of helplessness, where you're unable to prevent a situation from happening. These dreams are often a call to regain control and confront the issues or fears that are causing you to feel trapped or helpless.

A kidnapping is complex and fascinating dream concept to to give you a single interpretation of. To really know confidently, it's really necessary to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's life and current circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Psychoanalyst,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of one's own kidnapping may indeed be a manifestation of feelings of powerlessness, but it can also be a reflection of the unconscious desire to escape from one's own responsibilities or reality.

With that being said, a kidnapping can be more complicated than that. It is a form of wish fulfillment, a Freudian concept, where the dreamer wishes to be absolved of their duties. To have dreamed of another's kidnapping, however, can be a projection of the dreamer's own feelings of vulnerability and fear. It can also be a symbolic representation of the dreamer's fear of abandonment or rejection. The kidnapped individual may be a representation of an aspect of the dreamer's self that they feel is being suppressed or taken away. In Both of these dreams, the dream serves as a mirror reflecting the dreamer's internal conflicts and fears.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of being kidnapped can be a spiritual message about feeling confined or restricted in your spiritual journey. It may suggest that you're allowing external influences to dictate your spiritual path, rather than listening to your inner voice. Conversely, dreaming of someone else being kidnapped can symbolize your fear of losing a spiritual connection or guidance. It may also reflect your feelings of powerlessness in helping others on their spiritual journey. These dreams are a spiritual call to action, urging you to reclaim your spiritual autonomy and address the fears that are hindering your spiritual growth.

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Whose dream analysis is best for you?

Which of the above interpretations for a kidnapping applies to your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a convoluted thing. Each and every object or image from a dream can reflect multiple things — or result from many different themes from our daily lives.

Do you have a unique interpretation on a dream about a kidnapping you can add? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your personal interpretation to the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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