You don’t have to be a criminal with an arrest warrant for an assault, robbery, or some major traffic offense to dream about getting arrested. It is a common dream that a lot of people encounter in their sleep, no matter what their relationship with the law is.
Still, because being the arrested person is an experience nobody wants to have in real life when people do dream about something like this, they feel certain unease after waking up.
However, we should always remember that we must not take dreams literally in many cases and that we need to decode them. It wouldn’t be too much fun if all our problems were laid out and handed to us on a silver platter, now, would it?
Dream Of Getting Arrested
Our subconscious mind uses the arrest dreams as a metaphor for things like loss of freedom, bad habits, or injustice. But we have to discover how those meanings apply to us. And that’s where this article will hopefully be of help.
1. Have You Been Treated Unfairly?
Dreams about being arrested can indicate that you feel like you or maybe people close to you have been treated unfairly or poorly. Unfortunately, this is somewhat inevitable as few people will go through this life without experiencing what injustice is.
The very sense of injustice and unfair treatment profoundly affect people and make them ask questions such as why me, could it have been done differently, why are people like that, etc.
And apart from dealing with the sense of being wronged and all these questions, which are mostly directed at who or whatever hurt you, a lot of people will go through an internal fight as they’ll start doubting themselves. It is not even excluded that they will begin to have feelings of guilt for a “crime” they didn’t commit.
If you are completely sure that your actions were correct and that the other side is at fault, you will have to work on getting rid of these strong emotions and thoughts in order to avoid further repetition of dreams of this sort.
2. A Bad Deed Haunts You
To dream of being arrested can be a sign that you have done something wrong which hasn’t given you peace for years.
Of course, this can be an act whose consequences really do warrant an arrest, but it is also possible that it’s some minor thing where you “only” behaved badly towards someone, offended or badmouthed them.
No matter the scale of your wrongdoing, deep inside, you feel like you haven’t been punished for what you’ve done because you did something for which there was no need and which was evil at its core.
You know that, and any endeavor to repress the memory is futile regardless of how much time passes. Is there anything else that can be done in this situation?
3. You Can’t Seem To Satisfy Your Appetite
Many petty misdeeds or even violent crimes go unpunished. When people notice this, they feel a certain enjoyment or happiness and start trying their luck more and more until one day it ends badly for them.
Now, we’re not telling you to go out and commit one or two crimes that will go unnoticed but trying to draw your attention to the pattern of behavior. Dream of police or other types of authority figures arresting you could be a sign that your appetite may have increased abnormally.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be the appetite for food. But in the event that this could be the case, there is a simple solution: take a look in the mirror and see what’s up.
However, what happens to most people is that they become hungry for inedible things – money, gaming, sex, adventure, etc. Perhaps it is something that a lot of folks would consider normal or even desirable, such as the appetite and desire to work or study.
By now, you’re probably aware of the fact that no amount of indulging in this activity will satisfy your appetite, which is a step in the right direction. But you need to continue going in that direction.
4. Your Opinions Aren’t Valued
Dreaming of getting arrested can also be a reflection of your emotions in waking life when you feel that your opinions and ideas are not valued or respected.
People in your environment don’t seem to take you seriously and treat your opinions like trash. But your thoughts and ideas are some of the essential characteristics which make you who you are, and that’s why this kind of behavior by others hurts greatly.
It is hard to deal with this because, at one point or another, feelings of shame and worthlessness start to creep in, and we start thinking that there’s a problem within us.
You have two options: change your environment or work on yourself to build some authority.
5. Are You Doing Things Against Your Will?
No matter how strong or weak our character is, sooner or later, we all find ourselves in a situation where we are forced to do things against our will.
It does not necessarily have to be some kind of breaking the law or similar misconduct. It is possible that we are stuck on a job we don’t like, but we have to do it to feed ourselves and our family.
Maybe the pay is not even enough to sustain ourselves, but the fear of unemployment, complete poverty, and hunger is simply too big to leave the job.
Of course, this situation can also refer to a relationship with a partner, friend, or maybe even a family member. We are afraid we will hurt that person if we end the relationship and feel as if someone handcuffed us.
No matter what your exact case is, at that moment, you feel like there is no way out of the situation, and you continue to suffer. So, the only question is, until when?
6. Are You Scared Of Not Succeeding?
There’s no need to get ethical and debate whether all sorts of breaking the law and evading police arrest are wrong and should be avoided, but if you violate the law and get arrested, it means you’ve ultimately not succeeded.
If you dream about scenarios in which there is a police arrest, atychiphobia, which is the fear of not succeeding or failure, may be hiding in your subconscious. But let’s not take them literally, as such dreams do not necessarily mean you are afraid of being arrested for breaking the law.
These dreams can also be interpreted as a fear of any action that involves risk and failure. Your fear is a consequence of thinking about the negative experiences that could follow if you are punished for not succeeding.
7. Has Someone Done Something Good For You But Against Your Will?
The vast majority of people who end up being arrested are arrested against their will. Duh. But there is also a minority who, although they don’t like it, have become addicted to the life of crime and can’t stop themselves. So, getting arrested for such people can be a blessing in disguise.
What we are trying to say here is that all dream interpretations of getting arrested don’t have to be necessarily negative because, occasionally, we all need someone to do something that we probably wouldn’t do ourselves.
Maybe we had some unresolved issues from the past, or perhaps we should have made some difficult decisions, but we just didn’t dare to. It is also possible that we knew for a long time that we were doing something wrong, but we needed someone to say stop.
Nevertheless, now that we no longer have to worry about it, we feel relief and can move on with our lives.
8. Is Someone Taking Your Freedom Away?
Freedom is one of the most valuable and significant things a human being can possess. But most of the time, we’re not aware of this until it’s denied or taken away from us.
Dreaming about getting arrested may reflect the loss of control over some aspects of your life. For example, maybe someone is trying to control you or forcefully change something around you.
Now that you see what it’s like to be partially free, it starts to bother you and torment you even in your dreams. Will you take back what belongs to you?
We don’t want to get arrested, even in our dreams. But if we happen to end up in a situation of this sort in our dreams, it is good to know how to interpret it.
This dream can be a symbol of the fear of failure, someone taking away our freedom, or our appetite increasing extraordinary, which is affecting us in a harmful way.
We may also dream about the arrest because we did something terrible to someone or because others have wronged us somehow.
Lots of interpretations to go through, so any questions regarding them are welcome in the comments.