What Does it Mean if I Dream About Being a Hostage?

Hostage Dreams

Being held hostage is not a common dream theme. However, men and women do have such dreams. Dreaming that you are a hostage can represent a variety of different meanings in your waking life. This theme can come in a variety of different scenarios and with different emotions.

This type of dream commonly represents several negative emotions that we are feeling in our waking life. It might suggest that you are feeling trapped in a certain situation in your life. This can refer to a variety of different things, such as a bad relationship. It could also be a friendship, a work relationship, or your relationship with your partner. Your dream can also point to a bad financial situation or your job.

In this article, we will discuss hostage dreams and its scenarios. We will also review its meanings, and hopefully it guides you to understand how it relates to your waking life.

Meanings and Scenarios

When we dream about being held hostage, we commonly feel emotions of deceit, vulnerability, powerless, and trapped. We might have feelings of being confused, dazed, fear, anxiety, and terrified. Your dream may be applying to these same emotions in your life. What is making you feel this way?

We quickly go from total control to no control at all. What situation in your life have you lost total control over? These situations can point to anything in your life where you now feel powerless.

Just like any dream that you have, you need to try to remember as much as you can from your hostage dream. Remember, each symbol, emotion, and elements can represent meanings in your waking life. There are several questions that you need to ask yourself to better guide you in finding the meaning:

  • Who held you hostage?
  • Where did they take you?
  • Were you held captive?
  • How was your captor acting?
  • How did this make you feel?
  • Were you able to escape?

Many things can happen in this type of dream. As you know now, there are a variety of emotions and scenarios that can occur. Overall, it suggests that we feel powerless and trapped in our waking life. We may try to correct the situation or circumstances, but we fail to resolve the issues at hand. It often points to money issues and controlling relationships. They can also point to drug and alcohol abuse as well. These situations control our lives and emotions.

More Meanings

  • The actions and emotions of your captor can represent your own emotions. If you captor is acting angry, your dream may be pointing out your own anger in your waking life. This is why it is important to analyze your captor's actions and emotions while you are being held hostage. In this case, their emotions are actually your own.
  • It can also symbolize that we are not living up to our potential. This is viewed as a positive sign, because we can use the dream as motivation. Your subconscious is warning you that you have a higher potential. This can point to your job, friends, family, or a relationship. Maybe it is time to work harder to achieve your goals and aspirations.
  • It can also symbolize that you are being controlled by someone or something in your waking life. You may feel that you are in a situation or relationship that is controlling your everyday life. As mentioned before, your hostage dream can represent any situation, relationship, or circumstance that is the cause of your entrapment. Despite the potential loss, it is wrong to be controlled or controlling. Your dream may be a sign that you need to break free from this situation.
  • Often, it could reflect on your lack of ability to get out of a controlling situation. You may feel that you have no choice or the potential loss is too great. You may have already tried but had no success in doing so. This brings on negative emotions and can lead to anxiety and even depression. Although you feel that you are not in control, you do have options.
  • If you dream that after being held hostage, you escape, this may suggest the need to escape from the controlling circumstances that are occurring in your waking life. Your dream is suggesting that you may need to escape this situation. You may have already escaped a controlling situation and the dream is simply representing this fact. If we are held hostage, we all want to escape. The trouble is finding the courage to manage this escape.
  • If you are being held in captivity, this may symbolize that someone or something is holding us back from reaching success. This commonly points to work. You may be in the position for a promotion but someone is keeping you from reaching this point in your life. It may even point to the fact that you deserve a raise but your boss is controlling your promotion. You may be overlooked or passed over for whatever reason.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, another dream I would for sure not want to have!!! It has been very interesting to read about the meaning of all such dreams here in your series.

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I wouldn't want to have this dream too!!

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

wow i didn';t think this dream was common at all.. but after reading your interpretations maybe.. what an interesting one my friend :)

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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I've never had a hostage dream, very interesting, your meanings..Thank you Ricky. I probably will have one now..Hee

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I have to agree with Faith...a dream I would not wish for. I've never had such a dream, and after reading your interestng interpretation, I hope I never do. Fascinating work. :-)

corissa 3 years ago

Just came across this googling "dreams about being held hostage"......unfortunately I have had quite a few of these dreams over the years :(

Just thought to look up the potential meaning of these dreams.

I enjoyed your article and will try to examine what could be the root in my particular situation.

They sure aren't fun.

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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hello Corissa. Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your accounts on hostage dreams. I can only recall having this dream once in my life. It's certainly a dream that can leave you on the edge. The good news, this dream isn't saying that you're going to be taken hostage. Many people believe that. Since this is a reoccurring theme Corissa, try to consider what your dream has been telling you over the years. Do you feel trapped in life, feeling that there's nowhere to turn? If you'd like, explain how the last few years have been. I'll be happy to help you Corissa.

Kim 3 years ago

Just has this dream also, except my family was being held hostage in my home and I escaped across the street and tried calling 911 to no avail. A terrible dream.

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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia Author

Kim, thanks for sharing your dream and your comment. When we do have hostage dreams, it's not uncommon for our loved ones and those we care about to be in our dream. There's a lot of different factors and details that determine the meaning of such a dream. My first thought, do you feel trapped emotionally or physically? Could represent that your being held back by someone or something. Escaping can represent the need or willingness to get out of a current situation. Perhaps, your dream suggest that you don't need help from anyone, this is something that you can do on your own. None the less, a terrifying dream for sure. Thanks again Kim!

Corissa 2 years ago


Thank you for responding. Honestly I think it's me feeling trapped in my money problems. I'm a sahm and my husband has been saying he's going to get a new job since our daughter was born 2 1/2 years ago and it has yet to happen and we are struggling financially big time but with nobody to watch my daughter it's not feasible for me to go get a minimum wage job which would barely pay for child care which I'm not a fan of sending her too anyway. It's a long (really not too long) story but he's too comfortable at his job and he's not even a real employee. Soo needless to say...pretty stressed lately. And the hostage dreams have been more and more frequent lately ugh!

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thelyricwriter 2 years ago from West Virginia Author

My poor dear, I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Absolutely. You feel trapped in your life and situation. That's a very tough position. With you being Sahm, it's hard. I respect that fact, but I believe I would get out and do what is best for you. I know you want change, I hope you find the courage to do your own thing. I've been in similar position. I followed my dream and now I'm happy. I hope you can do the same.

Karen 2 years ago

Just had a hostage dream. It was so strange, there was a "ready, set, go" beginning where everyone was frozen (sort of like the Hunger Games? Haha). I was on the deck of a big ship with a bunch of people, and I was one of a few who knew we were about to be captured. I was near the back and saw I could escape by jumping into the water, and noted the others had plans set to hide. This all happened while we were frozen. Then the dream started and I ran to the back but I wanted to wait until we moved faster, captors were running towards me so I jumped anyway. I thought I had gotten away, but a woman somehow forced me back to the captors. Next I'm bound to a poolside chair. A big storm is coming. Another boy is held captive, and one of the captors walks up to us, asks us if we stole his lighter and takes the boy with him. I ask "what color is it?" and he says he doesn't want to tell me b/c I'll look for it and steal it. I reply sweetly "well if you tell me I could probably keep an eye out, it's not like I have anything else to do today" and I laugh as if it's a joke between us and we're friends. He smiles and I can tell he's beginning to care for me and tells me it's red.

Suddenly I'm in a house with my boyfriend and his family. I think I'm still held captive but by them. I'm not in chains or anything but I have to abide by some weird rules they have. I'm being judged for taking too long to come to the dinner table, and I've broken the ice machine which is now producing too much ice. They have two spare microwaves that they've filled with ice to keep it because of my mistake. I apologize and attempt to be accommodating to them.

My boyfriend and I are currently on a break and I've been working on my personal development. I've been growing as a person and have recently realized that much of our relationship problems may have to do with that causing tension (I am usually a pleaser and overly accommodating and he is emotionally guarded). We have a date set for this coming week to end the break, so I wonder if that has something to do with the "ready, set, go" beginning. Super interesting.

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thelyricwriter 2 years ago from West Virginia Author

Karen, thanks for the comment. That is a very vivid dream but great detail for an interpretation. Most commonly, hostage dreams often represent negativity in our waking life. This can reflect on anything that's negative in our life. You very well could be on something. You say that you've been growing as a person, I take that there's been negativity in your life. Here's what I think. I believe it may be possible that you're running away from your past life, past emotions. Could it be possible that in the back of your mind, your past haunts you. You may have made some bad decisions at some point that still reside in your thoughts.

This dream reflects your personality as described. I believe this dream does reflect on that. Perhaps your concerned how his family does view you. If your the type that cared what everyone thinks about you, perhaps that brought on your dream. It's common for dreams to split like this, giving two different meanings. If you're surrounding by water in a boat, water can reflect on the meaning, representing purity and new. This falls in category with your change. In terms of your relationship, it's compromise. To be honest, I'm your personality and my wife has the guarded heart. We've been together for 12 years, it took 10 for her to open up. Its all about compromise and equality. I hope this helps. Thanks for a great comment!

michelle 2 years ago

I just woke up from a nap not to long ago. I had a vivid crazy dream i didn't know it was possible to dream like that in only an hr and a half. But the hostage part wasn't the only part of my dream. But very memorable. Except the captors i didn't recognize, they let me wonder freely but i went outsude to smoke a cigarette and a mom tyoe person whisoered for me to go...this actually happened a few times in my dream because i would run and leave and blackout (still in my dream) and end up in the same house 3 times in my dream this happened and i had no idea how i got back there. But one time i was back and i said i forgot my sketch pad (im a tattoo artist in my free time) then id leave again. However to begin with i was in a car with an ex asking where my partner was then i blacked out and ended up in some strange house it seemed like i couldn't get away from. Can you help me at all? I feel like all dreams mean something and im interested and curious as to why my subconcious is coming up with this lol. Please explain if you can. Thank you

Grace 2 years ago

I had one of these dreams. it WASN'T fun at all. I was trapped with 3 other young girls, around my age (seventh grade). we were tortured... I never got hurt in the dream before I had a chance to I woke up. but the weird thing is, I know one of the other hostages from school. I might have even known two, I can't remember the third. this was very, very strange, and I do not want this dream ever again.

I saw some stuff that I won't forget for a long time.

Ci-Ci 2 years ago

I had this dream last night, it was very traumatising. I felt very powerless and your article helped me make sense of it all. Thank you very much. I would not wish for my worst enemy to have this dream.

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thelyricwriter 2 years ago from West Virginia Author

Michelle, thanks for the comment. Sorry for the long wait for an answer. With dreams, our perspective of time gets lost. This is why we can feel like we've been on hours of journey when it has only been a few minutes of sleep. Now, hostage dreams often reflect on our own emotions. You don't know your capture, this may represent the need to break free. Something in your life is controlling you, perhaps holding you back. Suggestive of your dream, you may not know what this is as you find yourself back in the same position time and time again. I believe it is your own emotions that you struggle with. House dreams are a common reflection of ourselves. The house is deep with meaning, many layers. many emotions make up our house. Our house is a safe place, it would make sense that you run back to it time and time again. Even if the house is not our own, it can be built by our emotions. Take a close look at your life, I feel something is holding you back from your true potential Michelle. Perhaps the mother figure was the answer, exactly what you're looking for.

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thelyricwriter 2 years ago from West Virginia Author

Grace and Ci Ci, thank you for your comments. Hostage dreams can be very scary, very traumatic for many. In most cases, they point to control. Something controlling our life, a controlling emotion. Glad you found my article useful, thank you all.

Angela 2 years ago

I had a dream a few mins ago... It was rather scary, and the thought of it makes me want to cry. In the dream I was younger and with my elder sister and my mother at a market. A man then comes and takes me and my sister with my moms consent. He takes us to so fast food chain, and makes us wait outside. The scene is then changed to our villa where me and my sister are held captive and we are allowed to use our phones. So knowing what is going to happen I message my boyfriend and my parents to rescue us however I don't know where the villa is.

A few men come to the house, there's 4 of them and when one of them, a bald young chap with a very built body, starts slapping my sister, I change his attention to me so that he will stop hitting her. And that's when it all begins. He starts throwing liquor bottles at me and the cuts mixed with the alcohol begins to burn my body. He uses another bottle with hot sauce specifically for my hands and as my hands start bleeding this man starts laughing with pleasure and then starts licking the blood from my hand. And at the same time some cops that we had previously called show up at the villa next to ours and arrest 3 guys while arresting the guys they see me and my sister being tortured in the villa next door and figure out their mistake, they try to help but both the cops(ladies) die in the process of trying to help us.

The last scene is me, my sister and the men driving away somewhere and I'm still being tortured by the bald man who slaps me until he ties my hands together.

When I wake up. What do you think this means? I can't stop thinking about it. And it scares me.

HannahM 2 years ago

I have just woken up from a hostage dream. Me and my friend were parked up on the road waiting for another friend when we realised we were in the way of traffic so we started reversing to move out the way and ended up in a supermarket. Then we looked round and saw that we were in a hidden room under the store, there were 3 men laughing at us and they told us we were trapped in the supermarket and couldn't escape. But there was a twist that the customers couldn't hear or see us, and all of us 3 captured people wild be fitted with a tracker that's pounded an alarm if we tried to escape out of the supermarket doors. We of course tried to escape by doing this and ended up in the car park and bad to hide and we saw our captors running out the doors after us and becoming very angry. One of them - he had long black hair like a stereotypical Italian (???) spotted me and began chasing me. It was all very panicked and I was getting very out of breath. I managed to run out of the car park and tried to get in a nearby taxi only to realise the outside world couldn't see or hear me either...

Taylor 2 years ago

My dream began by being a superhero of some sort, I was in a group of people fighting for something good, to save the world perhaps. And then in an altercation with the bad guys, I was captured and was tied up.

The next part I was somehow sitting next to a very dirty pool and everyone was talking about what their evil plans were next, I think we were at an abandoned hotel. Some teenager (my age) late teens, early twenties, jumped in and swam to the other side.

The next scene (it felt like a movie that I was in but it was real) there is people who break into the house me and two others who were captured and the bad guys have been staying in, and although I can't remember being raped by them, I feel like I have, and the people who break in try to save us but I end up being forced to fight against them. After the altercation with the rescuers, I try to make a joke to my captor about the food he gave me (I don't know who he is btw) and he didn't like my joke and he made me watch while he cut my wrist.

The next part it was about a year later and I was still being held captive but I feel as though I was having an abusive relationship with my captor. I found a way toget out of the house I was being forced to stay in by picking up a job babysitting? That my captor approved of. While babysitting I began to form a plan to escape, but before I escaped I woke up. Please respond with any interpretation you can

Joe 2 years ago

I just had a similar dream. It's started with me teleporting in a way to a scene of a crime where there was a dead man and a woman nearby. I would try to stop the woman yet would meet the fate of my own death. Each time I would die and I would try to go about it at different angles. Eventually I just rode it out to try and make it out alive. I endured torture where I would be cut and stabbed but would still be alive clinging to life. I eventually ended up in a transit stAtion where I was able to get someone to call the police and to separate myself from the woman. After that seemed like hours of running from her I ran into her family who reassured me that they were turning her in to the authorities. After this I teleported again and was being chased by a different woman with a bow and arrow. She dhot at me and I was able to dodge it. I then woke up in a pool if sweat and the pain from the stab wounds. Do you have any thoughts?

Chelsea 2 years ago

Just woke up from a similar dream. I'm terrified to say the least. I dreamt that I was at a friends house (but can't remember the friend ) drinking... which is weird because my 3year old was with me. And there were several other people there too. Anyway, I soon became heavily intoxicated to the point of barely being able to comprehend much of anything. All of a sudden these police officers barge through the door with k9 officers and raid the house, but then leave. Shortly after, a group of vehicles pull up on the lawn, yell something and just start shooting, like a massacre. We all hit the floor and wait for them to leave. When they leave, everyone gets up, and goes about there business. Soon after, I realize I've been shot multiple times in my back and am bleeding heavily. When I go to escape to find medical attention, the people come back again and start looking in all the windows of house and start shooting again. Then I woke up??... huh?? Confused and terrified.

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thelyricwriter 2 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thank you all for sharing your dreams. Sorry for the late response. Better late then never, right. Let's get to your dreams.

Angela, thanks for sharing your dream. It's is not uncommon to have such a horrific dream. The scenario changes are normal dream elements. What I'll point out first is the actual pain you feel. In some dreams, we feel no pain and we could have cuts all over our body. Your pain suggest to me that there could be pain in your waking life. I can't point to it from your dream, but it could honestly point to anything. Remember, while a dream so vivid and changing can suggest many things, you are the dreamer. These are your emotions and feelings. I say it all the time but it's important to knowing what such a complicated dream means. I hope that makes sense to everyone. Now, I'm trying to understand your sister in the dream. Control is a big common meaning in these dreams. The man laughing, does this suggest that your being controlled by someone on purpose? Laughing to fulfill one's needs? You have to think about the negativity in your life. Perhaps something is out of control. We would need a second opinion from you. It could be potential and opportunity that your missing. Please feel free to let me know and we'll take it from there.

Taylor, thanks for your dream. Superhero, I like it. A good sign that you have a genuine heart and soul. I get the feeling that your going to be doing great things when your time comes. In your dream, this could represent your need to break free. It may be work, school, a relationship. Your joke was an important element, shows your carefree attitude, possibly easy going, going with the flow. Is life passing you by? Is there something that you've been thinking about doing and yet to have done? If so, go for it, I truly believe your dream suggest you'll be great. Not only that, but make a difference.

Joe, thanks for sharing. I immediately feel your being held back. I know this is a common theme with hostage related dreams but I feel that you've tried, tried, and tried again with something. You haven't made it yet but you continue to push and push and push some more. You have that "IT" factor that won't allow you give up. This is why you continue as if never dying. Could it suggest something new? Maybe, I don't know positively if you'll ever make it, accomplish that main goal in your life. I do know this, if you continue and work hard, you'll get there.

Chelsea, thanks for the comment. You didn't feel the pain of the shots, that is a good thing believe it or not. Common in dreams, just one of those normal elements we usually have. This is a tricky one. It may suggest chaos in your waking life Chelsea. Was the intoxication to hide the pain you feel? Are you doing something you shouldn't be doing? I'm no one to judge, but perhaps you made a bad choice or two. Do you feel guilty? And again, perhaps life is crazy for right now. You have a lot of noise in your life, that is the feeling I get my dear. Something in your life needs peace. I hope you find it.

You all are more then welcome to respond. I do my best and interpret the dream as I can. I don't judge, I only respond with the gift I was given. May all of you find peace, love and thanks always.

Brooklyn Shea 2 years ago

I had this dream that I was being held hostage underground by some sort of Gang they used a device on me that hurt my brain made it feel like it was melting but then I developed a plan of attack I was killing them one by one until one beat me up then she threw gasoline on me just as she was lighting the match she said who are you then two ladies I befriended that did work for the gang shot her before she killed me and I starts shooting the rest of them again then I woke up

Christina 2 years ago

I had an awful dream of being held captive last night. I put my 1 1/2 year old daughter down for a nap and napped my l self. I woke up in a strange secluded house with wired blurry visions of a family around me and some girl I was apparently kidnapped with. The only person I could see clearly was a young guy who seemed to be very unstable and angry. The girl I was with and I tried to escape several times and we're being tortured for trying to do so so I knew I needed to find a new approach so I wasn't killed. She didn't do so and the young guy killed her and tried forcing me to drink out of a carton of something with her head in it!! It was horrible and felt so real. I knew I was next if I didn't cooperate and try to win his trust over or just make him want to keep me around. I had my daughter to get back to and for some reason I wasn't terrified and felt I was going to get out of this alive. The young guy ended up wanting to keep me around to have a relationship with he was sick in the head and like a ticking time bomb. I felt if I cooperated I would buy myself more time to figure out how I was going to escape. Every time he left the room i was being held in i felt terrified that when he came back he was going to kill me this time, I felt sad and taken over I had no Control and cried because I needed to get back to my daughter that's all I could think of. eventually trusted me enough to take me to meet his sister at a gas station but I begged him to take me just to see my daughter for a moment then I'd leave with him, he did it for me them forced me to go to the gas station. My sister ended up showing up at the same gas station. She is pregnant. I was trying to figure out a way , with this guy watching me, to tell my sister I needed help. He caught me! And took us BOTH back to this house. He tried forcing my sister to shoot me in my head with a gun that may or may not be loaded... she pulled the trigger 3 times and nothing. Then handed the gun to me knowing somehow there actually was a bullet in there. I put the gun to this guy's head and pulled the trigger... but I was sad doing this??? My sister and I ran out of the house somehow being separated and he still came after me!!! With a gun this time. He pointed it at me following me as I was running then I woke up.... what was this dream all about???! I don't understand ... there is tons more I probably left out and don't remember but why so vivid? It scared me. I do have a lot going on in my life right now. Not with myself but family members so maybe t h at has something to do with this? Please help this has been an ongoing thing the past few days. :/

Christina 2 years ago

I'm sorry for the misspelled words and some of my story that may not make sense, I am posting this on my phone and it has a mind of its own sometimes. -_-

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Nikko Jett 2 years ago from Columbia, South Carolina

Hello, I am really glad that I found something that would explain the dream I had the other night. I was walking with someone and I had two bottles of liquor in my hand. There was a man standing there I think he was talking on the phone with a bike by his side. Then the guy was walking up behind us and then the person next to me started walking away from me but he was going to the same house I was going to. When I got there still with the two bottle in my hand. I tried to go into this blue house that was on a main street but he would let me in. Finally he open the door and I got pushed in by the same man who was walking behind us. He had a gun pointed to my head and said don't tell anybody that I was here or that this happen. I was so shocked and scared that I didn't answer. Then I thought I could out smart him but that didn't work like in the movies. He pointed the gun at me again and said he would shoot me right here so I said i would not tell anyone. Then he took the two bottles of liquor with him. All of us where in there crying and sweating because I think he did the same thing to everybody holding them at gun point. Not soon after he left some women came to the door selling something and I did exactly what he told me not to do I told the woman everything. Then out of nowhere him and another guy busted in and said I thought I told you not to tell anybody. The lady was in on it the whole time. He was going to shoot all of us. Oh yea my dad was in the house from the beginning. So he was going to kill all of us because I tried to save us. Okay because I told :-(. I felt so bad and scared when i woke up like it really happened. All I can picture is the gun being held to my held to my head it felt so-real.See the thing is I tried to resolve the issue in my dream but it did't work this time. Should I just finished the dream and see how it ended? Oh, the behavior of the gun man was nonchalant, he wasn't loud, very direct and he was confident. It was also two guys and female but there faces where blurred. Okay I think I'm done. Thanks for reading this :-)

shena 22 months ago

I had this dream.last night everything stated in the text described wat im going through in full detail

Sarah 22 months ago

I just woke up from one of these dreams of my own and I am absolutely terrified. In my dream it was Halloween and no one was supposed to go outside. I was in my room with my boyfriend and he had to go home to turn off his house lights so no one would break in. I was mad because I told him to do that before since no one was suppose to go out on Halloween. we opened my garage door and some man I never seen before came in. I don't remember what happened to my boyfriend at this point. all I remember is I was in my parents room being held captive by this man who would continue to rape me. I was screaming and crying and it was terrible. my mom was being held captive as well and my father was downstairs but he couldn't

come up and save us because the guy was threatening to kill him. finally I escaped somehow and my mom was left behind. you could hear the guy going through my dads knives picking one to use(my dad doesn't actually have a knife collection) my mom came downstairs to tell my father what to make for dinner (baked ham with cheese sauce and brussel sprouts, weird i know) and you could tell she was doing this and saying what to make because the guy threatened her and told her to say these things. somehow she escaped to and we ran out of the house together and rode our bikes away while my dad was still left behind. we called the police but it was an answering machine and we left a message saying what happened and where to find us. I said a name on the message that I now

forget but we knew it was a killer that never got convicted. we didn't know where to go because we didn't want him to come back. it was so real, especially the rape scene and just everything. I'm terrified and I don't know what this means.

Liberty 20 months ago

Hi there. This previous weekend, I had a dream about being held hostage. What was most scary about is, was that my fiancé was the one, holding me hostage... I woke up after the dream, feeling really confused, and I still struggle to forget about the dream. Just so you know: I have a very healthy relationship with my boyfriend! We recently got engaged and I couldn't be more happy with that!

The dream was very upsetting for me : it was my boyfriend who held me hostage, it was in a house that I don't know, and he was soooo calm about it. I could walk around freely, but was thinking about a way to get some help, by using my phone. I literally saw my cell phone in my hand with the word 'help' in a text, and I just couldn't send it. I was afraid he might notice, and that the friend I was going to send it too, might not understand what was happening to me.

I don't remember everything exactly, but I do remember some other disturbing facts : my only defence against him (although he never touched me in that dream), was attacking him with a fork. (I feel so messed up, just writing this). I stabbed him multiple times with the fork, but he never seemed to care, and stayed calm through all of it.

In the end I remember that my ex-boyfriend was at the door (with another person that I don't remember), and I'm not really sure if I did escape, that is kind of blurry... Now : the fact that my ex-boyfriend was the one showing up at the door (without contacting him), is really crazy. I had a very bad relationship with him & never want to see him again.

Don't really know what to think about this whole dream. I made the mistake of telling my boyfriend about it, who is now concerned about me dreaming such things...

Sorry for the long post! Just had to get if off my chest!

Josie McLeod. 20 months ago

I had a very strange dream. I woke up in a dark cold room that was all cement and my husband and a few of my friends were there. An old man came into the room, took my hand and walked me out of the room. We some how ended up in a huge museum with glass ceilings. It was still dark everywhere except for a metal table with a sergical light pointing at it. Next thing I know I'm laying naked on this metal table and strapped down. He puts these little magnifying glasses with a light on it and starts cutting me all over my body. They are very small cuts and not very deep and I feel no pain just fear. After every part of my body is covered in these cuts he rapes me. When he is done with me he throws me back in the room with my husband and friends. I try so hard to tell the to help me get out buy they are doing nothing. My husband is just sitting in a corner and my friends are putting on their makeup and no one has paid any attention to me. This is always when I wake up in this dream. I have had this dream or one very close to it a few times this month.

Hellboy me is Dee l enjoyed reading the definition of being hostage all of it was true 20 months ago

So true and right on point.

ohlala 19 months ago

Hello. I just woke up fron a hostage dream and find this article enlightening. In my dream, there were many of us held hostage in a room but we were not bound or gagged. I was in the front row together with two other hostages. The 2 were released but they kept me because the captor said i work with the FBI. And i just kept on crying i woke up exhausted.

What could be the meaning of this? Thank you.

Jill 18 months ago

I recently had a dream that's been bothering me. A building next door had an explosion. I had friends in the building. I ran over to help and got shot in the back several times. I found the building had been taken over by terrorists holding everyone hostage. They thought I was dead so I was able to hide out while I began to make an assault plan against the terrorists. Then I awoke. The part about getting shot in the back is the part I can't seem to forget. I swear I felt the bullets enter my body.

-Helen 17 months ago

I had one last night I woke up screaming n crying

It was horrible and very terrifying the man was very angry but

Yet was crying and was jumping up n down like

If he was happy n I did escape but I came back to check

If they were gone and there was one man hiding there peeling his skin

Off from his face

Steve KP 17 months ago

I just had this type of dream when I was napping/sleeping this afternoon.

I had been in this knockoff McDonald's and I just stopped in to grab like a burger or some fries and then I had forgot something in my car so I went back to go get it. When I came back and got in line, I saw some commotion going on in like another room which was kind of like a sunroom and went to check it out. The manager went to see what it was too after telling the other customers to stay where they were. There had been a guy that I went to college with that had a gun just sitting on the floor pretty much cleaning it. I saw that it was a tranquilizer and he had tranquilized my brother and his friend and he would shoot anyone who would try to leave and there where like 6 or 7 other people in there with him sitting across from him scared out of their minds. All the while, he was trying to tell them something.

Here's a little background on the guy and my relationship with him (FYI I'm also a guy). He and I shared 2 lab classes together and he would always come in a little late and leave a litte early (I always wondered why, but it's his own personal business but I later found out it was because of his driving arrangements). We were in the same group for a little while but we also always worked in the same area as each other. From my standpoint, he didn't really care for me and I didn't think much of him. He seemed to be kind of reserved around myself and the other guys but he almost seemed flirtatious around the girls (And I never thought that it could be because he's gay, which I highly doubt that he was, but I did think that he was pretty good looking). Anyway, I never really felt comfortable working with him, because while he was a very hard worker, there was just something about him I didn't like too much. By the end of his college career though, he did seem a bit nicer and would say hi to me in passing, which is more than he would usually do.

Here's some of the strangeness of the dream firstly, today is the day that I got my first ticket and I'm terrified and so upset with myself for it. That could be where the helplessness is coming from. But the absolute strangest part was that it was like I was meant to hear what he was saying. Like the whole purpose of the dream, was for me to find out was he was trying to say and in the dream, it seemed like he had something very very heavy on his mind and like he really needed to talk to someone and although him and I we'rent actually "friends" I just wanted to be there for him. Now I feel like I NEED to figure out what he was trying to say and I'm feeling genuine concern for him in real life.

moses007 15 months ago


I was just dreaming about being in a school auditorium. Some masked men broke into the school and killed the people in the hallway as they ran in fear. The auditorium doors were closed so they couldn't hear us, but they were made of glass. I tried to escape through a window, but it was too late. They had broken into the room. There were a lot of people in the room. They were very scared. The men looked like terrorist because they were dressed in black militant clothes and they sounded pissed. Quitly I called my mom who never picks up the phone from my cell to tell my kids that I love very much.

Tasha 12 months ago

Last night, i dreamt that I (with many other unrelated people) were being held hostage inside a huge school by an angry aggressive masculine woman. I started running from room to room and she lost track of me. After standing still a moment, i got the courage to try and run outside. The woman chased me outside, but couldnt catch up. After running so many feet, i looked back, she was gone, and i felt relieved.

12 months ago

My dream was different i didnt hsbe feelings of fear , or threatend at all

I felt more of a feeling to play the people holding me hostage to allow them to trust me and little by little i was free enough to choose if i wanted to stay or leave !

Djinthehouse+ 11 months ago

Okay let me start it out as i am 18, and in college know im a girl and my little brother is 13. My dream starts with me waking up at my dads house he lives with his parents so when it was his weekend to take us we would be always seeing them as well as him. My dad is a paranoid schizophrenic but he has never done anything to scare me or my little brother. But the dream that i had he was holding the two of us captive, and my grandpa was in on it and they would not let us leave the house. But i was able to escape, and we were forced to army crawl, and hide behind trees while we watched there trucks pass by. I had decided to head to a nearby church that in elementary i would transfer school buses to head to my school which was on the other side of town. But for some reason my bestfriend since the last year of middle school, and i even go to the same college as her know lets call her alisiya was there doing something i cant remember but when i told her my problem she helped me out. That is when i wake up my heart is racing i am scared, and slightly shocked. But i fall asleep again, and the dream continues from where i left off only thing is my little brother is gone and for some reason im not worried about it. But my bestfriend and some other friends of mine who i havent seen in about six months show up and are yelling that 'hes here' which i think meant my dad so they smuggle me out of the church, and i meet up with my mom and latter we rescue my dad who seems to turn back to normal, both my dad and grandpa seemed to have but i still wake up the same way as i did my heart racing, and shaking.

cheezeboy 11 months ago

Had a dream that I was held hostage with a group of people I know. We were held in a large storage container as seen on barges and it was inside a warehouse, we were all scared and we talked with our captors occasionally. I recall that we had to kill a few of our captors, one of my fellow captee's and I threw one of our captors into some kind of transparent circular vat with yellow fluid in it, seemed like she died. The captors were about to let us go when a flash of light revealed a silhouette of the body in the vat alerting our captors. I then woke up.

Leah 10 months ago

I had a dream that i was being held captive to be killed by the joker (from batman) and i started talking to him and he spared me and we spoke and walked and then ifound that he also had my husband and iasked him to spare him also because i love him and he said he would temporarily bye he was still going to kill us but together since ilove him. I remember agreeing but then waking up. My husband had adream that him and iwere in aroom and we couldn't leave because there was agirl there that told us to wait and she had blocked the door. He said that she was waiting for abig man to come and kill us. But he woke up after plotting to save me.

Megan 8 months ago

I had a dream that I was kidnapped by a serial killer along with another girl but for some reason he wanted to keep us alive with him. Some of the dream was in color. It really frightens me.

Ally 7 months ago

Just had a dream that while I was working at my job behind a bar, one of my regular customers asked if I had security measures in place and I asked why, and he said oh I'm just wondering if your gonna hand over the money or not and pointed to a table with a man wearing a balaclava with a gun sitting on the table in front of me as I looked around i noticed a second man with a gun unmasked- holding the gun to a patrons neck, when he saw me look he stopped pointing the gun at the patron and started walking towards me and told me if I wanted to live to kneel slowly with my hands in the air, I got nervous and freaked out as kneeling behind the bar would prevent me from seeing anything that happened or anything that was coming towards me- also I was stressing because I am short they wouldn't be able to see my hands in the air and I wouldn't be able to reach the money from the till to give them. I woke up screaming crying and feeling extremely stressed and unsettled.

Nick. 6 months ago

I just had a dream that I was kidnapped.. the twist was he was with the bad guys that hurt me..but they wanted to go to a different hide out cause I got a call out to a friend. So my kidnapper put me in his plan and took me away. It was strange cause he kept me sitting really close and there was an awkward moment when we almost kissed. I remember feeling confused and a little Grossed out. It goes on he let me have the choice to run away but I didn't I ran with him.

Colorful Dreamer 5 months ago

Just woke up from a dream and remember plenty of things reasonably vividly. My brother and I had gone on a trip to Kenya, or some other African country. We were at our hotel and a tour operator, I think, was being very congenial to us. Something seemed suspicious so wee avoided going on the trip he was telling us to take. We have backpacks and stuff ready. All of a sudden, we are at the garage of the operator and there are is one other guy there explaining to us that we should not be worried about the trip. I happen to have my iPhone and blackberry with me. I google whatever the country is and tourism and pull up articles about a hostage crisis. Oddly enough, I am mindful enough not to use my iPhone to do this so I don't incur roaming charges. My blackberry is work issued. The guys at the tourism place start getting agitated that we are not going on the tour. We are not "captured" but me and my brother are able to keep ourselves from getting held down. While this comical-like pursuit is taking place in the warehouse, we lose our packs and keep looking up more info on google, which starts making me worry even more. Eventually, they get my brother and I'm not sure where he went. They go get help from the bus to try to get me but, in the meantime, I duck into a storage room with a door that won't close properly. There are different kinds ropes/wires/etc. extending down from a high ceiling and I try to climb up but the spools keep unfurling. Three guys come back and "the chase" continues as they try to convince me that they are not going to hurt us and it happens to people routinely. While they were gone, I made an outbound call to my father but his phone went to voicemail because I think he was flying back from India. I dial me mom's cell but it happens to be an inbound message from her saying they were back from India and calling to say hi. I call my wife's cell phone last and twice. I get her voicemail both times. The reason I called her last was because she would probably call my parents first anyway after hearing what was happening to me and my brother. She calls back in a short while later and I give her instructions on what to do. Going back to the return of the bumbling hostage takers, I have been able to get myself tied up in the ropes/wires and a third guy comes back with a three nosed plier. I somehow get it away from him and grab his arms and neck and pin him against the storage room door, which is holding back the other guys. At this point, I'm not all too worried because my actions have stalled them from taking my brother away while help gets there. For some reason, I think I was worried about not being able to enjoy the vacation either. I have joked with my brother about going on amazing race so I think we may have gone on our own adventure instead. I woke up while the guy was still trapped in the pliers but the other hostage takers were able to make their way in to the storage room.

Marschiee 4 months ago

Just had one of these where me and my gf was tortured after accidentally buying a house, sold to us by a thief. Kept and tortured in some asian country, down in a dungeon but eventually let out under supervision by our captor. It ended with me eating live, exotic fish from a platter shared with me by another woman.

Im in a happy relationship but recently there has been a disturbance by another woman.

Creepy dream as f*. Just woke up and am afraid of going to sleep again after this one.

Good night!

Martha 4 months ago

I. Had. A Dream Last. Night When An Armed And. Dangerous. Masked Gunmen When Ran To The Back Door Opened They Went Inside And He Grabbed Me FromThe Behined Hand Over My Mouth Knoked. Me Out When They Picked. Me up Thir Arms And Ran And. Opened The. Van Doors And. Trown Me Into The Van And They Drove And Taken Me. To Abandoned. Warehouse And They Parked The Van Opened Van. Doors Took Me Out And Holding Me In. There Arms And They Get Me Inside

DIGANTO 3 months ago

dreamt about few men who came in with huge knives trying to control me and my companions. i managed to fist out with the person just when the dream broke & THE TV RAN EURO 16 FINAL.

scared man 3 months ago

sadly being held hostage can mean other thing, a hacker had controlled all of my information on my laptop, not being able to stop him and being completely helpless to do anything, i tried and tied different ways to stop him but it was hopeless. and i was completely helpless, he mocked my efforts and mocked my feelings in real life like he knew me, just words behind a screen. after reading was myself telling me these things. it seems i need to seek help from myself. because i can easily picture the man behind the screen as myself.

Missty 2 months ago

My dream started rather differently.. It was a social environment (pub setting if you will) except it was set at my house, only remodled as a bar with tables bar stools etc. The plan was to have pre drinks there then go into town, but we had got there rather early at 1:30pm (I remember the time because I remember thinking it was off to get to pre-drinks so early). All my friends and a few family members were drinking and having fun till around 10. I was taking it easy because drink prices were extortionate (I'm frugal in real life too). When it started to get late the establishment owners started acting shifty so I told my friends we ought to gather our things and get a cab to town but they were having a good time and didn't listen. At 11:15 I started feeling this huge sense of pressure that something bad was going to happen so I went upstairs to grab my shoes and told my friends to get ready to leave as I was calling cabs. The owners were watching me so I forced myself to smile even though I knew something was wrong. As I left one of the employees grabbed my hand in attempt to stop me and said "where are you going there's plenty of more fun to be had" so I made up some excuse and ran. I could see him calling for backup as others locked the doors, but I ran across the street and screemed at all my neighbours doors for help, one even came out throwing her rubbish in the bin but just gave me a blank look. I opened the uber app and woke up. I've harboured that "something bad's gonna happen" feeling all day.

Sleepy girl1 7 weeks ago

I had a dream where I was with a friend down my street whom I didn't know. We were sitting on the edge of her driveway talking when this medium sized car pulled up and tried to take me. I ran but the caught me because they were in a car. They take me away to a place. Next thing I know I'm in a building that reminds of an old mental institution and there are other kids here that the people have taken. I get the feeling that I've been in there for a long time even though I don't really know how long. All the rooms in the place are second story and higher I assume to keep us from escaping. Mine was on the second floor so I go to my window, open it up and rip out the screen. I jump out the window and start running, before long I pass my house and I look behind me. The people who captured me are behind me. I keep running past my house and up this big hill. As I'm running up the hill I pass this house that was in an old dream I had once that I had forgotten about. But I don't stop there I keep running and take a turn into the woods, this whole time I haven't been able to get away from my captors but they also haven't gained on me. In the woods I see a low stream with high banks on either side so when I went and laid down in the stream I couldn't be seen. I stay in the stream for hours until daylight and I know that my captors are still looking for me, but then this is when I wake up. I've been having different variations of this dream lately and if someone could tell me what it means it'd be great.

Isabella Ulibarri 7 weeks ago

I had a dream where my aunt took me hostage. She was a cannibal she was saving me and my friend as dinner. She make us clean everything, she had the whole town in on it too so when me and my friend would try to escape she would always find us. The whole town would be searching for us. We tried to escape multiple times everyone would end up finding us, and beat us as punishment. She made us eat her human meat meals. Then eventually my friend gave up on escaping, but I did not I managed to end up with car keys. I hid them in my shoe, then my friend told on me, I confessed to having the keys, and she was beaten instead of me. I tried so hard to escape and never could escape.. I eventually gave up too. Then we realized that they were going to kill us, and eat us. So my friend and I joined forces again. We need up putting on dress that I had make in real life on and we ran. I couldn't run in my dream though for some reason I stopped ruining and we got caught again, this time by a man he made me give him a blow job, while I was doing what I was told my friend slit his throat, and grabbed his car keys. Everyone in the town was on our tail we were free but not really... each town we would stop at they were all a part of the kidnapping for the other town we had all these people after us even the police. This is when I woke up, what does this dream mean?

Michelle Tawater 6 weeks ago

I honestly have this type of dream way too often. Maybe 40-50 times a year or more. I still can't really figure out why this is the case. The reason for me having this type of dream today I actually found in this so thank you even though it's not really specifically in there.

Shania 7 days ago

Hello, i have constantly been having dreams where I'm being attacked or kidnapped and held hostage iv beend having these dreams ever since I was 8 and I'm 16 now and still having them. all in the dreams iv been having Im always running away from the person who's attacking me or keeping me hostage, hence why I'm so afraid in real life to go places on my own to walk in the dark because of the dreams iv been having why am I dreaming this and why for so many years

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