Screaming Dream Symbol


Screaming – The sound of screaming in your dream can be vivid and alarming even if you do not see its source or know its cause. Screaming is the greatest symbol of fear in your life. You will often hear screaming in your dream if you are overly worried about others in your waking life. Parents hear the screaming of their children in their dreams. There is a promethean part of the brain that is especially active during resting hours.

During the course of evolution periods of sleep were always the most dangerous part of an animal’s life. In fact, many animals including fish, birds and reptiles actually keep an eye open while they sleep if they are fearful of their safety. Mammals also have an instinctual part of their brains active while they sleep. This is the cause of sudden bouts of terror in some people while they sleep.

In rare cases people can actually get violent in their sleep. This is all caused by that “protection” part of the brain and its insecurity during sleep. To hear screaming indicates that the part of your brain that regulates the feeling of peace and safety is off.

Additional Meanings

Hearing screaming in a dream is a symbol of fear. You may be worried about something in your waking life and fear the outcomes or consequences. What is it you fear? This also indicates there are powerful emotions you have bottled up inside. Dreaming of being unable to scream means there is something in your waking life that needs your immediate attention. Do you even know what it is that you fear? Hearing others scream may mean there is upsetting news on the way. You may need to be prepared.

Shouting Dream Symbol

Dreams that involve shouting can warn of impending trouble. When you are the one shouting, this can mean you are going through a tough time in your waking life. You may be only feeling only negative emotions. It can also signify a particular situation turning into something that is hard to deal with. It will all turn out well if your use perseverance and wisdom to deal with the situation.

Hearing someone else shouting signifies a warning of fright or anger. This is a sign there is bad news on the way and even the death of a loved one who lives far away. This can bring warnings that there are those who gossip behind your back. You may need to be more careful about who you trust. Someone’s loud shout for help is a cry for help from them in your waking life. Can you answer that call in your real life?

Shouting with surprise can mean you get the help you need from your secret love. What or who do you have hidden away? Shouting in fear can bring unexpected good news from afar. Hearing people you do not recognize shouting in fear refers to your worries in real life. It is a reminder that if you act with wisdom and integrity you will have a positive outcome.

When you shout for help in a dream someone will come to your aid. If no one comes to help, you could sink into a deep depression. This will have a negative impact on all parts of your life, especially on financial matters. Shouting in anger to someone can mean you lose the support of someone just when you really need them. This is a time where you need to foster relationships, rather than drive them away.

Someone else shouting can bring on depression and troubled times with your life partner. Hearing animals screaming warns of an impending accident. This could be you or someone close to you involved.

Note* If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. My situation actually is i hear the word jewish in the middle of the night when i’m sleeping out of nowhere when I wasn’t even thinkin about it … then constant yelling of a women until i wake up put my head between my hands until it stops … and it happens ever other night .. same situation

  2. hi. the last few nights, I have had someone scream my name in my face, and I have woken up suddenly. I was worried about what this may mean, all night. What does this mean? It feels as if someone is trying to tell me something? thank-you

  3. I’ve been having this recurring dreams, the worse one is the one where I can’t see anything, I can only hear. My parents are yelling at one of our dogs, screams, car screech, and silence… It honestly terrifies me, it always sounds real. Other dreams I have are visiting new places, some are slightly familiar but not. Usually those are pleasant, except for that one time where the town I was in had several shops I was looking at. I felt like I knew my way around, but haven’t been in many of said shops. One in paticular seemed really small and had young people running it, yet there were guns high on the walls, not very secure.. It was suprisingly difficult ordering there. It was a lil resturant, oddly enough. That dream ended with me in the perspective of someone running and screaming from bad people chasing them in a car.

  4. Hi.. i had a dream last night, I dreamed that i could hear a little boy scream some were outside far away, i was sitting on my bed in the night and i got up to check if the alarm was on and i got back to the room and then by my window me and my husband saw the boy and again he was screaming and jumping up amd down in front of the window. I woke up 3 o clock in the morning with fear

  5. I just had the same dream back to back. I was walking around in the rain in a dark city and then I just dropped to my knees and started screaming like I was being ripped apart. I’m shaken up…

  6. Celeste Hartley on

    I’m trying to find out why is that I can’t scream in a dream. Whenever I dream about something that makes me angry or scared when I try to scream it’s either whispered or nothing and I haven’t been able to find this anywhere

  7. I literally just had a dream where it starts out as a normal dream and i was telling someone where i lived and as soon as said my location I heard loud higher pitched screaming coming from the distance just getting louder and louder like that person whom i told where i lived was coming for me, and I immediately shot awake panicking and crying. I hate that dream, but whats crazy is I have had something like it before. A screaming dream, or something.

  8. Hi, i was sleeping woke my self up screaming like bloody murder my heart was beating so faat my cheat was hurting I cant remember no dreams ,this is the 2nd time ive have screamed so loud i woke the house up.

  9. I have had multiple nightmares where I end up screaming things at certain people. Once I dreamed my cousin was commiting some weird crimes and I had to knock her out by choking her. I was crying really hard and screamed at my mom while handing my cousin over “I can’t do this anymore!”. I also had a dream just now that I had to look out for someone who has to drop by some stuff. It was in the driveway of my house where my aunt suddenly drove up. I have no clue why I started screaming then, but it happened. My dreams have always been this bad and i can never pin point why. Ive had dreams where my friend was going to commit suicide, myself having to kill certain monsters, meeting an old friend who her and i had a falling out a year ago. Recently ive been getting more sleep then I’d like to. I wouldn’t get dreams/nightmares when I’d stay up till 4am. Now I sleep at 10 pm or 12 am and wake up multiples times between 12 am or 5. My doctor said I should get more sleep but I can’t because I’m scared of what my next nightmare will be. Please help. I’m only 14 and I need sleep.

    • I am so sorry this is happening to you. Being 14 can be very stressful. Hormones in your body you are not use to as well as stress from school.
      I would recommend that you meditate a bit before sleep there are some really good free meditations on line. Silva ..has some as well as ..mind valley.
      Let us know how you make out.

  10. I just woke up from a HORRID dream . the WHOLE time in the dream i was screaming so hard and crying SO HARD . All because my Bf of over 2 years told me he cheated on me (but he never has in walking life) . It was SO voilent . At some points in my dream i couldnt get my cry or scream out , but most of the other time it happened and it was LOUD . And just awful . And then my dream switched up and i was at some small river with some of ny friends and other people i didnt know ( my bf wasnt there) and we was cautiously walking across these old bridge things on horses ( i dont have a horse or have never ) although i didny see myself riding the horse , i was . And the person infront of me was ( i dont know who they was ) but then the things broke an we was all in the water , and then the river all of a sudden looked algee ate up with HUGE frogs and crocodiles!!! So while EVERYONE was freaking out trying there hardest to get out of the water, i stayed calm , an knew if i freaked out i wouldnt be gettin out of that water alive ( I AM SOO SCARED OF SOMETHING HAPPENING LIKE THIS TO ME IN WATER WITH OTHER ANIMALS ) but i just knew that if i wasnt calm , i wasnt getting ANYWHERE . As some girl started to get ate by a crocodile i was pulling myself out of that dirty water threw the huge huge frogs and right beside a crocodile . I woke up during this . But i was getting out and i was going to be safe …. PLEASE COMMENT . I come and read dream interpretations ALL the time .

  11. I had a dream of hearing my 4 year old sister scream repetitively the same annoying, “AH!” Over and over again simply for the sake of annoying me. I kept telling her to stop, I yelled at her to stop. It was scaring me. My mom told me to stop yelling at her as if I should be ashamed for it. Then my mom screamed the same, “AH!” toward my sister then toward me. Then the sister continued to scream, unaffected. Usually a dream like this, I think you’d wake up to actually hearing it in your environment, but this was not the case. I woke up from the dream feeling anxiety, but no sound but the birds and wind outside. I feel like my brain just got caught up in some place of playing this screaming repetitively. Gosh, it was awful.

  12. I keep having the same dream or sort of the same dream all week everyday. I am gathered with family ( each day it’s a different gathering one we were watching movies, one dinner, etc.) And all of a sudden a strong storm rolls in, it gets cold and windy and starts lighting and such and each time someone says it’s gonna be bad. I dk what it is but every time this week I have had this dream in it I have to go out and get one of my son during the storm or at least that’s what I keep saying to everyone, and then I hear as I am walking out the front door loud as ever someone yelling wake up, in which I am laying in bed heart pounding and wide awake .I hardly ever remember dreams but this one has literally been all week everyday so far. Just have a feeling whatever it is its gonna be bad.

  13. I keep having the baby dream.. Few days back I had a dream that I want a baby. I kept screaming and crying the entire dream. And just when the night was about to end someone came and put a baby in my arms. I stopped crying and I woke up.
    After that I had two dreams (days apart) that a baby who is very close to me is dead. I kept crying and screaming the entire time but the baby was dead. I always see my parents pushing me away from that baby (still crying and screaming) in some strange way. (My parents and siblings don’t talk to me because I want to marry the guy I like so we I haven’t talked to my mom and siblings in almost 6 months and father in last 2 months. )
    After the dream I just feel horrible… I don’t know why to do.. I keep having headaches and entire body pains… And all the time I feel like crying and screaming but have to put on a smiling face for everyone… I feel so lost…

  14. I had a dream today where I hurd a lout scream like someone getting grabed / kidnapped I hurd it 2x time it woke me up and I felt scared and startle never heard this before
    I woke upp at parnormal hours 5am. I Live next to a haunted building so I assumed that might have
    to do with that.

  15. I was taking a nap one day and just before my alarm went off and woke me up, I remember hearing this guy talk to me. And it was like his words were echoing in my head. I can still hear his voice after he started screaming at me in a gutteral tone. For some reason I was very frightened by this. It also didn’t really seem like a dream. It was more like I was just laying there in bed while this screaming voice boomed loudly in my head. I can’t really remember what he was screaming about but I do recall him saying something was my fault, everything was my fault. I do not recognize this voice either but it’s terrifying. Like I said I can still hear it and it’s been days since it happened.

    • Every night while I am falling asleep I hear somone screming loudly at me or people yelling at eachother agressively in my head. I can never remember what they are saying. It is very frightening for me and it makes it difficult to go to sleep. When this happends I am not quite asleep yet. It is odd.

      • This maybe be a case that you have a connection to the spirit world and you dont know about gf as a kid said she had people come in to her room and she said they tried talking to her.she got told to simply ask them to leave and they an adult now she is able to talk and see i would say ask them to leave in a nice way and see what happens.

    • I had something similar to this just happen to me an like 45 mins ago. It didn’t feel like a dream it felt real. What happened was I heard a lady screaming for help from a distance and then the screaming got closer and then all of a sudden it was as if she was literally next to me screaming into my ear, also it was pitch black I couldn’t see anything at all.

  16. To add more about my son. He is an adult almost 40. He is currently in prison for horrible DUI. Someone was injured. He has been there for almost 5 yrs. and should be coming home in 2017. We are the only family left for eahother.

  17. Dreamt of what seemed to be a violent argument. It was my son crying and pleading with who sounded like my deceased father. There was noise like hitting or knocking over objects. I could not see them only hear this. In my dream instead of going to them I ran to a closet and covered my ears in fear.

    • I just had a dream similar to that in my dream I came running out my room to see who was screaming an there were ppl there but could recognize them then the scream was right in my ear so loud woke me up

  18. Nebji dosubi on

    I was having a night with out visual dreams, but I heard a really loud scream next to my ear I woke up and asked the other people in the house if they heard it but they were confused and said that they didn’t hear anything. Anyone know why it could have happened?

  19. Hello. I’m writing about the dream I had today July 10. I had went to work and came home in the afternoon and took a nap because I’m usually tired from trouble falling asleep at night. I never had a dream like this ever. In my dream it was like I was looking at myself waking up in my bed, I looked in my doorway to my room and I saw a white figure just standing there, still and I felt very terrified. I started to scream but no sound came out and I was there alone in my dream. I don’t know if the figure meant something but I was creepy and had no face but I felt like it was there staring at me and knew who I was. I also remember panicking because I kept screaming and realized I couldn’t hear myself. I have been in a gloom mood ever since I woke up. Any advice or knowledge is welcome.

  20. Hey I keep having a dream where I wake up to a girl screaming for help. And I jump up and run around looking for her and when ever I get close I wake up.

    It’s always at my house and I recently moved houses now the dream happens at this house and I always wake up angry because I can’t find and help the girl.

    I’ve had the dream 4 times now and each time the screams lead to a different place of the property

    • Just had the same dream for the first time last night, i heard a child screaming and ran to know where it was coming from. I went into someones house and a child was in bed with her sister screaming her lungs out. I had figured out that her father had molested her i tried to kick his ass but he was bigger than me so all i could do was scratch his face up. Then she was telling me that he is not her real father. I made myself wake up after that, very disturbing.

  21. i just woke up from a dream the 3rd time ive woken.up.tonight in a row its been.happening alot but.i havent usually dreamed at all in a long while as far as.i remember but im scared still even happend, i dont remember all.i dreamt cuz.honestly it took me a bit to fall asleep again i couldve sworn.i was half awake but.ive heard dreaming only happens if your deep asleep. its 2am got work at 5:30am i just want to get back to sleep,but.i got the urge to call my bf since i think i dreamt of him pr he was, i remember something happend in the dream and i was still in my bed and for some reason i was really scared and called my bf in my dream but i looked at my phone and it turned into like a camera where.i can seey bf and he can see me, he said whats wrkng everything okay and then he stopped talking becuase.i heard another voice pn the phone but it was my bf ln the camera thing watching me concerned to why i looked.freaked.out. the voice said “someone is crying” or “someone here is crying” and.i freaked out more in the dream and when i looked at my phone it was my bf anymore but another guy who looked old tired and well..dead? he was miissing an eye. was taken out all i saw waa flesh where his eye was supposed to be just one missing eye,he.didnt say anything i dontt think but he was staring at me with no emotion he just had a face of a zombie i guess you could say. it freaked me out in the dream and i think i either screamed in the dream.or as i was waking up from it, im pretty was in the dream tho, only thing is it waant a loud real scream but a soft whispering scream…but nonetheless.if pure terror cuz i woke up FREAKONG OUT

    • This did not come from your conciuosness, that scream you heard came from the old man. He invaded your thoughts while you are asleep. You could offer Him a prayer right now, or better at the Church and let a priest bless you so the ghost will stay away from you. But if He is your relative even ancestor you dont know. Then He wants you to stay away from this man. Dont contact me or ask anymore thank you

  22. OK so I was dreaming that I was hitting my Teenage son. And keep this in mind I never lay a finger on my kids. But when I was hitting him (in my dream ) I heard a loud scream sounded evil, like a tornado whistle but ugly. My heart started beating fast and I woke up scared. What was that?

  23. Timothy Byrd on

    Today (August 27th) at 3:14 I woke after a horrible nightmare all I could hear is a muffled scream of someone and it sounded so real that I ran downstairs to check on my family does that mean anything?

  24. OK so on the night of June 23rd I had a dream where all I could see was dark red blood and I could hear the screams of my family. I have 2 younger sisters and a mom and dad.

  25. My wife is 31 year old and she starts screaming with very loud sound while sleeping. (Even people next door can suspects some thing is going wrong) . This is happening like once in 3 months. I am not sure why this is happening but I am more worried now. Please advice me on the same.

    • Your wife might have a sleep disorder. If she is screaming out loud during her dream you might want to get checked up by a medical professional to rule out any other issues that might happen.

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