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What Does It Mean to Dream You Are Screaming but No Sound Comes Out

Updated on February 25, 2018
Edvard Munch Screaming Terror
Edvard Munch Screaming Terror | Source

In Your Dream You Scream, But No Sound Comes Out

Dreaming that no sound comes out when you scream or yell is a dream that many people experience. You are not alone.

In both mystical[1], and psychological[2] dream interpretations, this is viewed as a sign of one, or a combination, of four emotions: anger, fear, frustration, or helplessness.

To understand the dream symbolism of this, it is important to determine how these basic interpretations apply, specifically, to your dreams.

It is also important to be aware that this type of dream, (or nightmare), is different from not being able to scream. That symbolizes a different set of circumstances.

The first thing to consider is why you were screaming. That will help determine what it is you are feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by.

What Are You Screaming At In Your Dream

Composite Image Woman and Man Screaming
Composite Image Woman and Man Screaming | Source

Although dream interpreters agree on the underlying feelings, (frustration or helplessness), that are symbolized by soundless screams; to understand why you are having this dream means looking at it's context.

Can you remember why you were screaming, or what you were screaming at?

Remembering that just screaming in a dream could mean anger or fear, it matters whether you were screaming at someone or something as if they weren't listening, or, if you were screaming to warn them.

If you were screaming at someone, as if in anger, it could symbolize suppressed feelings of frustration. Something is going on in your life where people are not letting you express yourself, or not listening to you when you do. This could also mean you have a sense that you aren't being taken seriously. You have a problem that no one will listen to, or a solution that no one will take seriously. No matter how hard you try to communicate -- no one listens. As if your words, (screams), carried no sound at all. That no sound comes out indicates a sense of suppressed frustration.

Think about what has been happening in your life recently. Have you tried to express a thought or feeling -- and been ignored? Is there an issue where you feel that no one is taking you seriously -- as if your opinion doesn't matter? Or are you afraid to express a thought or feeling -- and feel oppressed? Any of these instances could lead to a sense of frustration, and even if you aren't conscious of it, your dream is telling you this suppressed frustration is there.

Think of recent events in your life. Your dream is telling you of a deep sense of frustration that is likely stronger than just one recent occasion. Is there an ongoing issue that fits this description?

Although this type of dream context can be unsettling, most people do not really think of it as a nightmare. If you feel yours is more of a nightmare than just a bad dream, then there may be another reason your screams make no sound -- a feeling of helplessness.

Feeling Helpless In Your Dream

Dreams of Feeling Helpless
Dreams of Feeling Helpless | Source

Is Your Dream Scream a Warning

When you are screaming in your dream, does it feel like you are trying to scream a warning? Are you trying to scream a message, or just to get someone's attention?

If this feels like the case of your dream, it means something completely different than the explanations about feeling suppressed frustration. It means you are feeling a sense of helplessness.

This helplessness could be coming from several different sources. It may mean you think you are unable to help, that the needed help is something you can't do. Or, it could mean that your help is being refused, or that your help can't get there in time.

Consider an instance of someone about to take an unknowing step into danger. You want to scream out a warning, but know it is too late, or they are too far away to hear your warning, or even that they hear, but won't heed your warning. Any of these scenarios will give you that sense of helplessness that you may be feeling.

Helpless Because It's Too Much

I just can't, it's too much
I just can't, it's too much | Source

Helpless or Overpowered In your Dream

There is another form of this helpless feeling. One that comes from feeling that what is facing you is just to big or powerful for you to handle. You are helpless to change or stop it, no matter what you do.

This feeling could be coming from a fear of a danger, or, from facing a force you just don't feel you can handle.

Again, think of recent life events. Can you think of a danger you are worried about, (or one you recently faced), or is there a force, like; a job, relationship, or life change that you feel you are just not strong enough to resist? Has someone entered your life as a domineering force?

Any of these can give you that sense of helplessness. Are there clues in your dream that can help you decide? Look for other symbols in your dream that can help you answer these questions.

Paralyzed And Helpless

Paralyzed And Helpless in Sleep
Paralyzed And Helpless in Sleep | Source

You Can't Scream, Shout, Or Move In Your Dream

You feel paralyzed. Both in your dream, and possibly the first minute or two after you wake up.

As mentioned earlier, this is completely different from the dream symbolization that no sound comes out when you scream or shout. This feeling is related to what is called; sleep paralysis, a condition that occurs when your body isn't transitioning smoothly into the different phases of sleep.

According to;

During sleep, your body alternates between REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. One cycle of REM and NREM sleep lasts about 90 minutes. NREM sleep occurs first and takes up to 75% of your overall sleep time. During NREM sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end of NREM, your sleep shifts to REM.

In REM sleep, your body is relaxed and immobilized -- naturally, but this paralysis stops when you transition to NREM. It is when your body doesn't handle this phase shift smoothly that the feeling of being paralyzed, both in your dream, and immediately upon waking, that your dreams take on the "paralyzed" symbolism.

There are several easily understood reasons for this, ranging from simple lack of sleep, to mental disorders, but in all cases it is separate from the dream meaning of soundless screams. It is estimated that about four in ten people experience sleep paralysis at some time in their life.

Sleep Paralysis Explained

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