To dream of crying sadly represents powerful feelings of loss, disappointment, or pain. Distress, sorrow, or stress. You feel frustrated or overwhelmed by how unpleasant a situation is. You may be having difficulty accepting the end of a situation or relationship. Jealousy of something in your life not being perfect. Feeling empty inside.
Alternatively, crying in a dream may be a sign that you are acknowledging a problem you've been repressing. You or someone else that is experiencing catharsis or emotional cleansing. A release of sorrow, grief, or misery that has been held back. You may have finally confronted a powerful fear.
To dream of crying tears of joy represents the resolution of a frustrating problem or working through emotional blocks. Relief of some kind. It may also represent your deep appreciation or sense of wonderment for something that has happened to you.
To wake up crying represents suppressed hurt or trauma that you've neglected to deal with. You are having difficulty accepting or confronting an issue. A sign that you may need to be more open about your problems or more willing to accept difficult changes.
To dream of no one hearing or responding to your cries represents your feelings of helplessness, neglect, or frustration. You may feel insignificant or that no one is listening to you. You may need to be more vocal about your problems or making your views known.
Pregnant women often dream of crying to reflect their heightened emotional sensitivity causing them to feel that they are losing control.
Crying in a dream may also reflect sad feelings of unbearable sadness or emptiness. Experiencing someone in your life that is sad and feeling that you can't do anything about it.
Example: A woman dreamed of crying about a horse dying. In waking life she had just spent a few days having sex with her husband in an expensive hotel before he had to leave on business for a long time. The crying probably reflected the woman's disappointment with the sexual activity having to stop for such a long time.
Example 2: A man dreamed of seeing someone crying. In waking life he was experiencing new found success in his business that suddenly stopped.
Example 3: A young girl dreamed of seeing her mother sitting at the dinner table and then felt herself start to cry. In waking life her parents were getting a divorce and she felt that it was her fault.
Example 4: A man dreamed of crying. In waking life he was a doctor in Nazi Germany that was distraught witnessing his hospital being over taken by Nazi soldiers.
Example 5: A woman dreamed of seeing her boyfriend's mother crying. In waking life she felt sorry for the mother because the mother missed her son (dreamer's boyfriend) who was off in another country. The dreamer felt powerless to address the problem while finding the mother's sadness unbearable.
Example 6: A woman dreamed of seeing her mother crying. In waking if she felt that promises she made to others about the future to move to another country were going to make her very unhappy.