What Does It Mean When You Dream about Going to Jail?

No one wants to be in jail. Not even the hardened criminals who return time and time again. It’s not hard to imagine the relief that comes after one realizes they weren’t really in jail, they were just dreaming about it.

The question is, what exactly could cause you to dream of jail, if you haven’t even been there, or weren’t just watching some show or movie about jail? What could your dream mean? Let’s find out.

1. You have a fear of commitment

So you just met this wonderful new person, and you’re in the process of getting to know them. Or you were pitched a wonderful, innovative business idea, and you’re about to shake hands and become partners. But a part of you has been super scared of going all in.

Well, if you dream of going to jail, while experiencing real-life situations like the ones just described, then you could be afraid of commitment. Your fear is reflected by your dream of being “committed” to jail – something you definitely don’t want.

Try to suss out whether or not your fears or concerns are valid.

2. You’ve been suppressing your feelings

Dreaming of being in jail could be really revealing about how you’ve been handling your true feelings. Perhaps you’re faced with circumstances in life that dictate you absolutely need to keep a stiff upper lip.

Perhaps you’re dealing with people who would make a mockery of you, if you dared to show you have feelings and are human, too. If this is the case, now is the time to be brave, and true to yourself.

Be authentic with how you feel. This is not only cathartic, but then it will give you the courage to change what needs changing, and to let go of people who are not on your side.

3. You’re feeling stifled in your relationship

Whether it’s your relationship with your lover, your boss, your friend, or a colleague, if you’re feeling stifled, suffocated, unable to be yourself, unable to fully express yourself, then it’s not unlikely to have a dream about going to jail.

You might want to consider setting boundaries for yourself and these people, so you can feel freer, or in extreme cases, cut them off altogether from the toxic relationship.

4. You’re feeling left out

If you look around you, and it seems like everyone else is having a great time, but you’re forced to go through your routines, that could have caused you to have the dream of being in jail. You’ve been feeling left out of everything, and your subconscious mind shows you that in a dream, by having you locked up.

The great news, is you have the key. You can free yourself, and join in on life. The only thing that ever keeps us locked up, is our mindset about things. So what’s stopping you? Are you tired of being left out of things that matter to you? Take the reins, and take part in the things you’re passionate about!

5. You’re easily controlled by external conditions

If you dream of being in prison, then it could be that you’re allowing situation around you dictate what you do or don’t do. You are bound by the expectations of people, and traditions – represented by the jail in your dream.

You can choose now to do the things you really feel you should, understanding that no matter what you do, or don’t do, you can’t please everyone, and there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t approve of your actions. So set yourself free, and live!