The Meaning and Interpretation of Dreams About Being Kidnapped

Written By Jamie Young

Every person is bound to have their share of nightmares. But what does it mean when you dream about getting kidnapped? For one, this could be a sign that you’re feeling powerless in your waking life. You might feel like you don’t have any control over the events in your life and that you’re just going through the motions while someone else is doing all the work for you.

To get a better understanding of what this means, let’s take a look at some common reasons why people might be dreaming about being abducted.

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Getting Kidnapped

The nightmare of getting kidnapped is the fear of losing control.

If you dream of being chased or of being taken against your will, it’s likely that you’re feeling vulnerable in some area of your life. Chances are this fear is rooted in something specific. Maybe you got picked on at school when you were younger. Maybe there was one time when someone took advantage of you and it left you feeling powerless.

Don’t be so quick to assume that the kidnapping dream means only bad things, though.

There are times when people get kidnapped and they actually feel relieved—like they’ve found their long-lost family members or escaped an abusive relationship. It can also just mean that someone needs help, but doesn’t know how to ask for it.

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Dream about someone else being kidnapped

Dreams about someone else being kidnapped mean that you are worrying about somebody in your waking life. You are worried about their safety, or you have a fear that they will be harmed if you can’t protect them, perhaps through some fault of your own.  If it was a person like a child or grandchild and you were trying to rescue them, then it might show that you feel powerless to protect them at times.

Dream of being kidnapped and escaping meaning

If you are dreaming about being kidnapped and escaping, perhaps you are feeling a bit trapped in your life. You wish you could break free from whatever is holding you back. This dream represents your desire to be free, but in order to achieve it, you need to act on that desire.

Dream of being kidnapped by a stranger

If you dream about being kidnapped by a stranger, it means you are feeling a loss of control in your life. Or if you feel that, in some way, someone is trying to take advantage of you or trying to force their way into your life against your will. You may be dealing with issues related to emotional boundaries, such as a lack of trust, betrayal or abuse.

Dream of someone trying to kidnap me

Dreaming of someone trying to kidnap you signifies that you are being pushed into a corner by someone in your life. Are you feeling trapped or is your situation about to change for the worse? Is someone pushing you out of a relationship, job, etc.? Consider the feelings you had during the dream – were you scared? Anxious? Full of anger?

Dreams about your child being kidnapped

A child being kidnapped can be both a terrifying and confusing dream, especially if it’s not the first time you’re having this dream. Dreaming of your child being kidnapped represents a deep-seated fear that someone you love or care about will be taken away from you. It could also indicate that you are worried that your life is no longer under your control.

Dream my son was kidnapped

If you’ve just had a kidnapping dream and it involved your son, it indicates that you’re feeling a great deal of insecurity about something in your life right now. It’s likely that you’re worried about something one of your loved ones are doing or saying that is causing you to question his or her judgment. This can also be the result of real-life stress from your child’s teachers or other people in authority.

Dream my daughter was kidnapped

Dreaming of your daughter being kidnapped is a symbol of your unconscious fear that your loved ones are in danger. If you have a haunting nightmare that your daughter was kidnapped, it could mean that you are experiencing deep emotional distress over her, and she is not fulfilling your expectations of the relationship. Perhaps you feel that she is ignoring you or avoiding your calls altogether.

Dream of grandchild being kidnapped

If you dream that your grandchild has been kidnapped, that represents your anxieties about controlling the future. It might be recalling a time when you first learned about loss and grief or the early stages of parenthood.  According to Freud, dreams of grandchild being kidnapped speak to the unconscious mind’s struggle with primal desires.

Dream about being kidnapped and tortured

When you’re dreaming about being kidnapped and tortured, you’re attempting to make sense of some element of your waking life that is causing stress. In order to relieve the anxiety you feel while trying to figure out this problem, your unconscious mind is creating the dream scenario as a way to work through the problem.

Dreams about being kidnapped and held hostage

In dreams, being held hostage represents a desire to control our lives in the face of fear and insecurity. Fearing what will happen if we’re not in control of an uncertain situation, we try to exert our authority to make sure everything goes smoothly. Some might be afraid of what will happen if they don’t keep a rigid grip on their lives, while others want to seize control because they want the freedom that comes with making decisions without hesitation.

Biblical Meaning of Being Kidnapped in a Dream

Kidnapping is considered in the Bible to be as a metaphor for a terrible violation of freedom and security. In most cases, people who are kidnapped are falsely accused of committing crimes and are jailed or held for ransom. Some people, however, have willingly been kidnapped. These people may wish to be imprisoned for religious reasons, for their own protection, or because they are running from the police or other criminal justice agencies.

The psychological implications of a kidnapping dream

In a nightmare about being kidnapped, the dreamer is often the victim of some type of abduction.

Many psychologists believe that a kidnapping dream can be an expression of fear, anxiety, and insecurity. In many cases, the person who has this nightmare is worried about their safety or their security in some way. It can also show a need for control over one’s life and a strong desire to protect oneself from future harm.

It’s also not unusual for a person to have a bad feeling of uncertainty when they wake up from this type of dream. For example, they might feel anxious about whether they’ll ever see their family again or whether something terrible will happen to them when they’re out in public again.

This is because when you find yourself in an unsafe situation in your dreams it can translate to feelings of anxiety when you wake up. The person might also feel like they don’t have the ability to predict what could happen next in their life which can lead to feelings of uncertainty.


Many people dream about being kidnapped and think of it as a nightmare, but it’s important to understand the source of the dream and the psychological implications before deciding how to interpret your dream.