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Did You Dream About an Arrest? Here's What It Means

When a rich and colorful dream vision like an arrest is revealed in dreams, it can have many possible explanations.

Here are 3 different ways of interpreting dreams about your dream topic from our dream analysis guides.

Which of these insights best matches your dream vision?


What does an arrest 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 arrested can symbolize feelings of powerlessness or guilt in your waking life. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

You may feel trapped in a situation or burdened by a decision you've made. Witnessing someone else's arrest in a dream, by contrast, could indicate that you are judging others too harshly or that you feel someone in your life is not taking responsibility for their actions. Both of these dreams suggest a need for introspection and possibly a change in perspective or behavior.

An arrest is a very very deep dream concept to interpret. To really know for certain, it's really necessary to really get to know the dreamer's past 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 arrest may be thought of as a manifestation of the superego's attempt to impose order on the id's chaotic desires, a Freudian struggle between societal norms and personal impulses.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. It may reflect an internalized fear of punishment for transgressions, real or imagined. Conversely, witnessing another's arrest in a dream might represent the projection of one's guilt or blame onto others, a defense mechanism to avoid confronting one's own shortcomings. It could also signify a desire for justice or retribution in waking life. Both dream scenarios underscore the need for self-examination and understanding of one's internal conflicts.

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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 your own arrest could symbolize a spiritual awakening, a call to acknowledge and address the darker aspects of your soul. It's a divine nudge to introspect, to confront and resolve any guilt or regret you've been harboring. Witnessing an arrest, by contrast, may indicate a spiritual call to forgiveness. It suggests that you may be holding onto judgment or resentment towards others, which is hindering your spiritual growth. Both of these dreams are divine messages urging you to seek inner peace and harmony, to let go of negativity, and to embrace love and forgiveness. They are spiritual opportunities for growth and transformation.

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So whose dream explanation matches your dream?

Which of the preceding perspectives on an arrest applies to your dream vision?

Only you can know for sure. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a complicated puzzle. Just about any dream concept can symbolize many different meanings — or symbolize many different realities from our conscious lives.

Do you have a better explanation for dreams about an arrest you can add? Please consider adding your personal analysis to the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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