Have you ever dreamed that you cried? Or that you saw someone crying? Do you remember if there was any emotion accompanying such a moment in the dream?
In this article we tell you what meaning(s) has dreaming that you cry, through the consultation of different dream interpretation manuals. As you will see, there are many variants of this type of dream, which we tell you below.
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Crying: what does it imply on a psychological level?
Normally, we relate tears with the feeling of sadness. However, it is also true that we can cry for joy.
From a psychological point of view, crying is healthy, since it is an escape route through which we can release tensions and anxieties. When we cry we unburden ourselves, and after that we can even see things from another point of view: with more serenity and calm.
Logically, when crying is related to constant victimizing behaviors, or simply when we are talking about people who can never contain themselves, this is not healthy either, from a psychological point of view.
Having said all this, we must bear in mind that all people, to a greater or lesser extent, have cried at some time in their lives -or practically all-, and that it should be an act as natural as breathing. But what happens when we go beyond “real life” and move crying to the dream world? What does it mean to dream that you cry? Do you think it says something about your personality?
We are going to discover it through this article, and from the hand of different authors in the oneiric literature and the world of dreams.
Dreaming that you cry: what does it mean and what does it tell us about our personality?
We review the literature of the dream world to understand what it means to dream that you cry. In Luis Trujillo’s book, “Interpretación de los sueños” (Editorial Libsa), the author explains that behind the oneiric image of crying (or tears), the need to be consoled is hidden..
This meaning is associated with dreams where it is the person himself who cries, about himself. Thus, crying in dreams is related to the fact that we are sensitive people and that we need help at one time or another in our life.
Behind this image, but, Trujillo adds, many meanings are also hidden depending on how the action develops. In this way, dreams where it is another person who cries (the dreamer sees the tears on the face of the other), this is interpreted as follows: our actions are causing pain in others.
On the other hand, the fact of contemplating the fall of tears without any predominant feeling of sorrow or pain, means that great joys will soon come.
Other authors, such as Anna Monteschi, author of “The Great Book of Dreams” (De Vecchi Publishing House), explains that soming that you cry is related to a great sensitivity, and to the reception of good news.and with the reception of good news. The author, however, specifies even more, and adds a series of variations that we will see later on.
What does it tell us about our personality?
As we have seen, dreaming that you cry says a lot about the dreamer.. Thus, people who cry in their dreams are often sensitive people. It is frequent, in addition, that when we dream of crying, it is because we need help or to be consoled.
In addition, the action of crying, according to Trujillo, is a symbol of fertility and inner richness. That is to say, tears in dreams are related to people with a complex, stimulating, deep and rich inner world.
Different types of dreams with crying
Now, yes, let’s look at some examples of dreams that involve weeping, as well as their meaning(s).
1. Crying for joy
When we think of crying, we associate it with sad emotions and moments, but you can also cry for joy (and dream it)! Thus, crying for joy has to do with having finished a very sad period of life (or a stage) in “real life”. In this way, it is related to a time of happiness and well-being that is yet to come.
2. Crying for the death of someone
If in the dream we appear crying over the death of someone, it means that we are in a favorable period of our life, but that it will end soon.
Other authors attribute to this dream the following meaning: we are finally overcoming a mourning (for example for the death of a loved one) in which we had stagnated.
3. Crying for one’s own mistakes
To dream that you cry for mistakes made in the past, means that we are manifesting in wakefulness a passive behavior and certain predisposition to give up certain things.
4. Crying for nothing
If, instead, we appear in the dream crying for no apparent reason, Monteschi relates it to a period of life full of sadness and unpleasantness. Thus, dreaming that you cry for nothing has a negative meaning.
5. Crying out of grief
It may be that we dream that we cry, but also, with a lot of grief accompanying the moment. According to Trujillo, to dream that we experience a feeling of sorrow, beyond crying, without there being an event that produces it or a tremendous associated pain (chemically pure), may be a consequence of having gone through a very sad or traumatic experience.
Such an experience may have left a deep “trace” in the subconscious, engraved in the memory, with a high degree of associated emotion; thus, such emotion remains hidden in the folds of memory, until it emerges through dreams, Trujillo also specifies.
On the other hand, in the opinion of Monteschi, the other expert in the oneiric world, to dream that we experience a moment of great sorrow has to do with moments of vital crisis.
If in the dream, in addition to dreaming that you are crying, handkerchiefs also appear, this image is associated with a period of sadness that we are experiencing, or that will arrive soon.
An escape valve?
We have seen what it can mean to dream that you cry in different situations. But, what meaning could this type of dream have in “real life”?
Beyond the mentioned authors, other authors of the oneiric world attribute to the fact of dreaming that you cry, a more positive meaning than the commented ones, and they relate this fact with a liberation of tension and worries that we can have in our “conscious” or lucid life.
Thus, crying in dreams in a certain way can also mean an escape valve for us, which is activated in dreams or in our dreams.It is activated in dreams either because during our “real” life we are incapable of activating it, or because we repress this action out of fear, shame, unconsciously, etc.
On the other hand, already in the field of psychology, Sigmund Freud gave special relevance to dreams and their interpretation.
Following the line of Freudian theory, we see the same as above, and we can relate the dreams where we appear crying with repressed and unconscious emotions, which in “real life” we are unable to manifest or manage. That is why, through dreams and the oneiric world, our unconscious has “carte blanche” to express itself.