Dreaming about kidnapping often means that there is some kind of power struggle in your waking life that needs your attention.
This type of dream can evoke fear and uncertainty. It is not uncommon for it to turn into a nightmare! But as with all dreams, there is an underlying meaning and your subconscious is trying to bring it to your attention. The fear induced is a powerful emotion and tool the subconscious uses as it knows you will not be able to ignore the emotion the dream brings.
So what exactly does kidnapping in a dream point to in your waking life?
Dreaming about being kidnapped
A dream that involves any form of kidnapping is a symbol that relief is needed in some area of your life. If you dream that you are the one being kidnapped, it can indicate that there is someone in your waking life who you feel has a stronghold on you.
This person may be exerting too much influence over you and preventing you from doing what needs to be done.
This can also mean that someone is placing a lot of demands on you and it is wearing you down. They may be using guilt or manipulation in order to control you.
Has this dream happened again and again? Check out the meaning of recurring dreams.
Dreaming about kidnapping someone else
If you dream that you are the kidnapper then it could be pointing towards the opposite, that perhaps you are being too overbearing or controlling of someone else. In this, you are making them feel that they are robbed of freedom through nitpicking, micromanaging, or purely by trying to change them. This is a sign that you should investigate why you are acting this way towards them and how you can make a change.
In another sense, this could also be a dream that stems from sexual meanings. Sex dreams allow us to process our day-to-day life, so this can come up in stressful situations that arent inherently sexual but this dream can take on that kind of meaning. In this dream, you being a kidnapper or being kidnapped could be an expression of your consensual desire to dominate somebody else or be dominated by them. If you have this dream, it may just be a reflection of your inner sexual desires coming out.
Dreaming about rescuing someone from being kidnapped
If you are the hero and the one doing the rescuing then it could point towards you breaking free from the influence of another or winning the power struggle between you.
This dream usually brings a triumphant feeling attached. Pay attention to the feelings in your dream as these offer big clues and indicate which area of your life the dream is referring to.
This type of dream shows that either you have the courage to face your oppressor and that you are breaking free, or it is reminding you that you have the courage within and you just need to find it.
Learn more about Dream Interpretation here.