If you’ve recently dreamt about being trapped, you may have woken up in a panic or cold sweat. Our natural instinct is to escape from any dangerous situation – including being held somewhere we don’t want to be. That’s why it’s important to analyze your dream and find out what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you.
Most of the time, a trap dream represents a figurative trap you are living in your daily life. This could be economical, within a relationship, or cognitively from past traumatic experiences.
How to Interpret a Dream About Being Trapped
There are two types of dreams about being trapped. The first is one where you are physically trapped in a place within your dream, while the second is when you feel trapped in a dream because it repeats or you experience sleep paralysis.
1. Being Trapped with Your Dream
Experiencing a dream where you are trapped in an uncomfortable and difficult situation. You may have experienced being stuck in a large building, maze-like structure, or a series of obstacles.
These kinds of dreams may also place you in the pit of natural disasters, such as an earthquake, tornadoes, or tsunamis.
Most of these dreams do not end with an escape but simply terminate once you awaken.
2. Experiencing a Non-Ending Dream
A non-ending dream can happen during sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming, or a dream loop.
Sleep paralysis is when your mind awakens before your body, leaving you conscious but unable to move. This could happen directly after dreaming and cause a lot of distress.
Lucid dreaming is when someone – typically self-taught to do so – enters their dream while still conscious. This allows them to control their dreams but can lead to dream claustrophobia when they cannot wake themselves up from said dreams.
Finally, false awakenings are part of a dream loop, when you think you’ve woken up but it’s just a part of your dream.
These examples of non-ending dreams may also feel like traps.
A Detailed Dream Interpretation for Being Trapped
Dreaming that you are trapped means you feel stuck or confined in your finances, habits, relationships, or past experiences. Read below to see which of these scenarios most resonates with your day-to-day life.
1. You Are Stuck in a Dead-End Job
Oftentimes, real-life frustrations boil over into our subconscious, arising in the form of dreams or nightmares. Many dream interpreters find the source of these triggers where you spend most of your week – at work.
If you feel stuck in a dead-end job, unappreciated, and underpaid, this will soon leak out to other areas of your life. Finances are the puppeteer strings that move along our social lives, health, and livelihood. The true feelings you have about your work and economic life may now be appearing as dream symbols by trapping you in a certain building or place.
2. You Feel Trapped by Old Habits
If you find yourself in a maze-like structure within your dream, you’re likely battling some inner demons that live in the form of your old, bad habits. Whether you have a skeleton in the closet you don’t want to face or keep feeding urges that you shouldn’t, these shadows will continue to haunt your current life until you take positive action.
Use this opportunity to rid yourself of your self-limiting belief system and to start fulfilling your obligations the right way.
3. You Are in a Stagnant Relationship
Bad relationships happen to the best of us, but too many times we remain in one when we know better. If this is your case, your trap dream may represent feelings about your partner.
Some of these dreams could include your partner trapped with you, while others may place you stuck with a stranger. Both of these symbolize the disconnect you feel within your current relationship.
Now, this doesn’t always mean that the relationship should end, but it does signal that you need a change within it to be happy.
4. You Have Past Trauma
Past traumas often live on many years after the event has finished. These traumas can take the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, resurfacing as vivid dreams or flashbacks of the event.
If you’re experiencing a reoccurring dream where you are trapped, this could be that very trauma manifesting itself subconsciously. The most effective way to face and eliminate it is through formal therapy or counseling.
Different Dreams About Being Trapped
Certain dreams about being trapped seem to repeat across cultures and people. Run through this list to see if any sound like the dream you had to uncover a deeper layer of your dream’s meaning.
1. Struggling to Get Out
If you’ve experienced a trap dream where you are struggling to get out, this might include:
- Running loops in what seems to be a never-ending passageway
- Failing to escape a building no matter where you go
- Being stuck in something like a net or cloth
These dreams reflect being muffled or caged by others in your life. This may be because your thoughts and opinions aren’t respected, you are belittled, or because those around you don’t respect your presence.
Your subconscious has realized this dynamic and wants to tell you’re conscious mind to do something about it. Don’t let these people push you down – you have the power to break free in your waking life.
2. Being Trapped in a Tight Space
If you’ve dreamt about being trapped in a tight space, such as on an airplane, within a tube, or in a crawlspace, you fear commitment. For people who have this type of dream often, one of your greatest fears may be settling down for less than you can get.
This kind of person is sensitive to their space, time, and goals, and feels anxious or nervous when an event threatens to take away some of their control.
Such dreams may also be associated with claustrophobia. If this is your case, check out some of these solutions.
3. Someone Else Is Trapped
Perhaps your dream wasn’t about you, but about someone, you know. This is a clue that your own emotions towards this person are jumbled up. You may be fighting opposite feelings about them or doubting how you see them all together.
If the other person is trapped in your dream and you are trying to free them, this signals a distance between the two of you. You would prefer to be closer to that person but they are either pushing themselves away or the distance is naturally growing between the two of you.
No matter the outcome of the dream, this is a surefire sign that you should fight for the relationship. Communicate your worries and needs to your friend and see if there’s any way to reconcile or reinforce the relationship.
4. Escaping a Trap
If you manage to escape the trap in your dream, you’ve no doubt woken up with a sigh of relief. This dream is a hopeful one, and it points to a big positive change that is coming up in your life.
You may be on the brink of breaking through your glass ceiling at work, ending or starting an important relationship, or finally following a passion you’ve been putting to the side.
If, on the other hand, you escaped the trap in your dream but still faced additional barriers or difficulties, this shows that your battle isn’t over. You will be facing multiple challenges in the future and you must approach them with strength and confidence if you want to succeed.
5. Breaking a Trap
If you find yourself in your dream attempting to break a trap you’re stuck in – or one that holds something you need – this shows that you’re struggling with change. You may have gotten used to how things have been and see any modifications as a threat.
Instead of fighting the new, try accepting it and adapting to it within your life. Without changes, you cannot grow. Control your feelings – unlike you did in your dream – and try to approach the situation analytically instead of emotionally.
If you succeed in breaking the trap within your dream, you are on the verge of a breakthrough. The trap symbolizes your struggle and the moment it breaks signals newfound freedom. Times may get tough but this means you are nearing the finish line and must keep pushing forward.
Dreams about being trapped can make us feel overwhelmed, confined, or stagnant. Most are a sign that you feel stuck in some area of your life.
If you dream with another individual, they may be stuck with you or you might feel drained within that very relationship. A dream about escaping a trap is a positive omen, foretelling a large change in your future for the better.
No matter which trap dream you experienced, you can breathe easy knowing that you are not truly trapped in real life. Take effective action today and you can break free from your figurative traps and live the life you deserve.