Imprisoned/Prison Dream Meaning

A person looks at the bars on a prison cell.

Similar Dreams: Kidnapped, Escape, Being Ignored, Fighting, Idle

Dreaming about prison or being imprisoned often points towards constriction you feel in your waking life.

This type of dream is very common and rarely - if ever - represents actual imprisonment in your daily life!

If you lead a high-risk lifestyle and dream of a prison, then there is a slight chance that your dream is sending you a very strong warning signal. On the other hand, if you do not have a high-risk lifestyle, the dream is simply a message about another area of imprisonment in your life.

Are you feeling trapped in a relationship? Are you feeling trapped in a job? Do you want to get away from some area of your life for a long time?

Dreaming About Being Imprisoned

If you are the one who has been imprisoned in your dream it often suggests that you need to take a step back from the situation at hand, and truly assess what is holding you back.

Think about how serious the situation is that will unfold in your dream, or be revealed to you by the feelings that accompany the imprisonment. Do you need a simple and short break from a situation? Or do you need time away from someone or something?

The best thing to do when you experience this dream symbol is to take stock of what it is in your life that you are feeling trapped by, or feeling held down by, and make the steps to change those outdated patterns and belief systems.

It can be a scary thing, but often times when we take control of the things that are holding us captive, and let them go, new beginnings and new miracles are born as a result.

Has this dream happened again and again? Check out the meaning of recurring dreams.

Want more? Get more dream interpretations in the Astrology Answers Dream Dictionary.

Dreaming About Being Thrown Into Prison

If you are being thrown into prison in your dream, often accompanied by clanging gates being shut behind you, then it is usually a strong indicator from your subconscious that there is an area(s) of your life that is oppressing you in some way and the time to take action is now.

This particular dream is different from the first interpretation in the sense that it often highlights a new situation/person/circumstances that is trapping you, whereas dreaming about being in prison usually indicates a long-term issue that you have been stuck in for some time.

Dreaming About Imprisoning Another

On the other hand, are you the one who is throwing someone else in prison?

If you are the jailer or you have got someone under lock and key, it may be an indication that there is someone in your life who feels oppressed by you in some way.

Is there somebody in your life who feels you are stifling their nature or voice?

Sometimes, we may do these things without realizing it. Take time to assess your actions and relationships in your waking life. This dream might be a subconscious way of highlighting to you that somebody else is yearning for some kind of freedom and that you may be the one holding them back in some way.

Learn more about Dream Interpretation here.

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