Unfortunately, fear in dreams is not rare. Most ancient dream books interpret such dreams negatively, but their meaning depends on the context in which they occur and the details that follow them.
To dream of being afraid for your life
If you dream of being afraid for your life for some reason, it means that you are in the process of questioning past decisions. You might have regrets over missed opportunities, or you have many wishes that you haven’t fulfilled yet. It is not too late to do it, but you can’t let your age be the excuse for laziness or lack of courage.
To dream about being afraid for your loved ones
Being afraid for your loved one’s life in a dream suggests that you are prone to panic. You react violently to every problem that happens to your loved ones. Even if it is something small, you perceive it as something tragic. You have to find a way to relax and calm your nerves to be able to help the people around you.
To dream of being afraid for a stranger
When you dream of being afraid for a stranger’s well-being, it means that you are very empathic. Other people’s misfortune, poverty, or sickness hurts you a lot. You can probably cry even when you hear about such stories on TV or in movies. You might feel better if you join a charity and start working for the well-being of those who need help the most.
To dream of being afraid for your health
Being fearful for your health in a dream can symbolize selfishness. You are probably used to being the center of attention, and when your loved ones focus on someone else, you get jealous and nervous. Love is the only emotion that multiplies when we share it. If you start loving people around you more, you will get more of it in return.
To dream of being afraid for your loved one’s health
If you dream of being afraid for your loved one’s health, it means that one of your family members or friends is facing a financial, emotional, or another kind of crisis. It seems to you that you are not doing enough for them, but you need not neglect the importance of love and attention that you give them.
To dream about being afraid for the stranger’s health
Being fearful for the stranger’s health in a dream means that you have let negative emotions take over you. That can be rage, desire for revenge, envy, and so on. Such emotions blind us and stop us from seeing the world from a positive perspective. You have to think about the good things in your life instead of focusing on what you lack.
To dream of being scared for your job
If you dream of being scared for your job, it can mean that you have made a mistake at work, and now you are trying to hide it from your colleagues or boss. You probably hope to be able to fix it alone, but there is a chance that you will have to turn to someone for help.
To dream of being afraid for your loved one’s job
Being fearful for your family member’s or partner’s job in a dream suggests that you are lazy. You probably don’t have the motivation or the will to dedicate your time to anything properly. We might be talking about a temporary stage caused by exhaustion, but you have to find a way to snap out of it if it prolongs.
To dream of being scared for your future
When you dream of being scared for your existence, it suggests that you have given up on the actualization of your ideas too early. You didn’t even try to put them into action before setting them to failure. You have to stop sabotaging yourself to be more successful in the future.
To dream about being afraid for your loved one’s future
Being fearful for your loved one’s future in a dream can be the result of some negative events in real life. Your family member or partner might have told you about their problems at work, and you have transferred that worry to a dream.
Some of the most common fears are fear of heights, water, dark, open or closed space, and so on. You can find more precise interpretations of such dreams in the text below.
To dream of suffering from a fear of pain (algophobia)
Suffering from a fear of pain in a dream means that your conscience is restless because you acted like a coward in one situation. You might have witnessed a robbery or physical or psychological abuse and didn’t do anything to stop it.
To dream of suffering from a fear of heights (acrophobia)
If you dream of suffering from a fear of heights, it means that you will have to postpone some plans soon. You might be looking forward to going on vacation, but objective circumstances will stop you from doing it. Another possibility is that you will have to miss a family gathering or a party with friends because of work.
To dream about suffering from a fear of water (hydrophobia)
Suffering from a fear of water in a dream means that you deny yourself of something in real life. That can be food, alcohol, cigarettes, or something else you don’t need to survive but enjoy. It is great that you have decided to get rid of vices, but don’t overdo it because life is too short for denying ourselves of too many things.
To dream of suffering from a fear of the dark (achluophobia)
If you dream of being afraid of the dark, it suggests that you are lonely. People who have been single for a long time know that feeling very well. However, if you are married or in a relationship, it means that it is time for an honest conversation with your loved one.
To dream about suffering from a fear of open spaces (agoraphobia)
Being afraid of open spaces in a dream can mean that you have to get out of your comfort zone. You will do something you don’t like or don’t enjoy. However, you will have to put up with it to have a better future. People who are afraid of public speaking but have to do it as their job have such dreams often.
To dream of suffering from a fear of small spaces (claustrophobia)
Suffering from a fear of small spaces in a dream symbolizes a lack of freedom in real life. Someone or something stops you from being happy. We might be talking about you, your job, or a partner, but you have to change the things that make you unhappy, no matter what reactions your actions and decisions will provoke in people around you.
To dream of suffering from a fear of solitude (isolophobi)
When you dream of suffering from fear of solitude, it can be a sign that your relationship with a loved one is not the best. Other minor problems appear because of your communication issues. You have to show understanding and readiness to make compromises, and the other side will drop their act as well.
To dream of suffering from a fear of women (caligynephobia)
If a man dreams of being afraid of women, it suggests that one woman is a threat to him in real life. You might think that your colleague wants to take over your job, or you are ashamed because your partner makes more money than you.
If a woman dreams of being afraid of other women, it symbolizes jealousy. Your friend, colleague, or acquaintance might have everything you fantasize about. You will never get what you want by poisoning yourself with negative emotions.
To dream about being afraid of men (androphobia)
When a woman dreams of being afraid of men, it symbolizes a childhood trauma that stops her from functioning normally. You have to work on it or turn to someone for help to overcome that problem.
If a man dreams of being afraid of other men, it symbolizes a lack of self-confidence. We might be talking about deeply rooted insecurities that stop you from having a quality love life.
To dream of being afraid of sex (gynophobia)
Being afraid of having sex in a dream means that you lack affection in real life. You might not have been intimate with someone for a long time, and you crave human touch and devotion. You would agree to have an affair even if you got an opportunity at the moment.
To dream about suffering from a fear of spiders (arachnophobia)
Suffering from arachnophobia in a dream means that you make an effort to be special, unique, and different, but you are not successful at it. Wouldn’t it be easier to be yourself? You have to let people love you for who you are, not who you want to be.
To dream of suffering from a fear of dogs (kynophobia)
If you dream of being afraid of dogs, it means that you need not let prejudices control your life. You tend to call things bad even before you gain any kind of knowledge about them.
To dream about suffering from a fear of snakes (ophidiophobia)
If you dream about suffering from a fear of snakes, it means that the person you see as your biggest enemy is not it. What’s more, they want the best for you.
Interpretations of such dreams can be a lot more trivial. If you have recently suffered from a fear of any kind, it has left a strong impression on you.
Definition of fear
Fear is a primary emotion caused by observing or expecting real or imaginary danger or serious threat. That is an inborn and genetically programmed reaction to a threatening or painful stimulant.