While people might prefer to avoid talking about poop in their waking life, the dreaming mind does not have such filters of social appropriateness.
There is no need to be overly grossed out or embarrassed by your dream of poop, or feces, though. Such dreams can be full of rich symbolic material.
Poop Dream Summary
Poop Dream Symbolism
Pooping is an unavoidable part of reality, so dreaming of poop can symbolize parts of life that people prefer to ignore but can’t get away from. Poop gets a bad reputation because of its smell and mess, so a poop dream can symbolize something you feel disgusted or ashamed about.
Pooping can also feel good because it is your body getting rid of things it does not need. Dreaming of pooping could therefore symbolize that you feel good about letting go of some burden.
As poop is a physical product, a poop dream can also symbolize that you are creating things in the physical world. In some cases, this can even mean money!
Common Poop Dreams
- Dream of pooping in a toilet
- Dream of needing to poop and not being able to find a toilet
- Dream of pooping your pants
- Dream of pooping in public
- Dream of seeing someone defecate
- Dream of never-ending poop
- Dream of pooping outdoors
- Dream of diarrhea
- Dream of pooping with blood
Poop Dream Symbolism
Under ideal circumstances, having a bowel movement can feel really good. A dream of pooping can therefore symbolize that you are relieved about being done with some difficult situation in your life. If you finally quit a dysfunctional job, for example, this could be symbolically depicted as having a really good bowel movement.
Pooping is ultimately letting go of something your body no longer needs. As pooping can leave you feeling physically lighter, a poop dream can symbolize that you feel emotionally lighter after some sort of release.
If you work in a creative field, a poop dream could symbolize your flow of work. You may have a regular and predictable output, but you might not be putting a lot of thought into each piece – the process has become routine for you, and you are just pooping out one more article or one more piece of pottery, for example.
When a poop dream symbolizes creation, however, the product is not just in your head: it is definitely something that exists in the physical world. With this emphasis on having a physical product, poop dreams can sometimes symbolize material wealth including money.
Poop is smelly and messy, and people often feel disgusted by poop. A poop dream could therefore symbolize a situation where you feel disgusted by someone or something in your life.
Sometimes people also feel shame about needing to poop, which could go all the way back to their toilet training experiences. A poop dream could therefore symbolize a situation where you feel ashamed of something.
Especially in the context of disgust or shame, a poop dream could symbolize a situation where someone’s dirty secret is found out.
No matter how disgusting anybody finds poop, it is simply an unavoidable part of reality. A poop dream could therefore symbolize a situation where you or another person in your life is very idealistic and needs to become more aware of practical details. If this person wants to live in a treehouse for the rest of their life, for example, where will they poop?
Alternately, a poop dream could refer to a situation where people are in denial about the elephant in the corner of the room. When the elephant has pooped on the carpet, you cannot ignore the elephant any longer.
In some cases, a poop dream can simply mean that you actually need to have a bowel movement. This will generally be obvious when you wake up with the physical urge. Poop dreams of this sort might involve looking for a toilet and not being able to find one.
Common Poop Dreams
Dream of pooping in a toilet
If you dream of pooping in a toilet, this could symbolize that you have a healthy process for letting go of what no longer serves you. You have a reasonable amount of control over the situation and are handling it in a way that is socially accepted, even if people prefer not to talk about it.
If you dream of pooping in a toilet that is broken or won’t flush, this could symbolize that you are trying to do your part toward handling a difficult situation constructively, but others involved are not holding up their end of the bargain. You put your poop where it was supposed to go, but the toilet didn’t do what it was supposed to do with it.
If you dream that there is already poop in the toilet when you come to the toilet, this could symbolize a situation where others in your environment are disrespectful and don’t think of anyone other than themselves. Alternately, someone around you may be an exhibitionist, but you are not impressed by their showing off in the way they might hope.
Dream of needing to poop and not being able to find a toilet
If you dream that you need to poop and cannot find a toilet, this could symbolize that you actually do need to poop, and that will generally be obvious when you wake up.
If the dream is not about the actual sensation of needing to poop, it may symbolize a situation where you feel like you are not able to release something in your life. In some cases it could display a reluctance to express emotions, though this type of problem might be more associated with urination dreams, as emotions are associated with water.
Poop represents more of a solid burden, so it could relate to something more intense than just needing a routine good cry, like a major unprocessed trauma.
As dreaming of a house with a lot of clutter can symbolize constipation, the reverse might also be true: dreaming of not being able to poop when you need to could symbolize that there are physical obstacles in your environment that need to be dealt with.
Dream of pooping your pants
A dream of pooping on yourself can symbolize that you feel out of control in your life. Interpreting the dream further would require looking into why you pooped in your pants instead of in a toilet.
If no toilet was available, the dream of pooping your pants could symbolize that you are in an environment that does not allow you to meet your basic human needs.
If there was a toilet available, and you chose not to use it, your dream of pooping your pants could symbolize that you have trouble asserting yourself to get your needs met.
Dream of pooping in public
If you dream of pooping in front of people, this could symbolize that you feel like something very personal about your life has been exposed to others. If the dream’s emotional atmosphere is one of humiliation, it could represent a situation where someone else violated your boundaries.
A dream of pooping in public could also symbolize a situation where you are intentionally telling people very personal things about your life. If the emotional atmosphere of the dream is positive, maybe you are helping others with these disclosures. You might, however, need to be careful that you are not crossing the line into exhibitionism.
Dreaming of pooping in public could also symbolize a situation where you have to tell people something they don’t want to hear. Maybe you are the voice of reason or reality in a group of people that is actively hostile toward reason and reality.
Dream of seeing someone defecate
A dream of watching a specific person you know in your waking life poop could be a comment on your relationship with them. A dream of watching a stranger poop could be a more general statement on privacy and boundaries, as most people prefer to poop without anyone watching them.
If you dream of seeing your crush or someone else you really idealize poop, this could symbolize that you need to get some perspective about them and remember that they are human.
If you dream of seeing someone defecate in a situation where they know you see them and they are okay with that, this could symbolize that they trust you and are willing to be very open with you. It could alternately symbolize that they are a little too open with you – maybe they have boundary issues or overshare in a way you are uncomfortable with.
If you dream of seeing someone poop even though they don’t want you to see them, this could symbolize that you have learned something about them that they would prefer to conceal. It could also symbolize that you are not respecting this person’s boundaries.
Dream of never-ending poop
If you dream of pooping a lot, like a huge amount, this could symbolize that you are getting rid of something negative from your life.
The interpretation of your never-ending poop dream could vary based on how comfortable the huge bowel movement was. If the poop was a perfect 4 on the Bristol Stool Scale and felt great coming out, this could symbolize immense relief from some burden being lifted.
If the poop was painful, however, this could symbolize that you feel like you just cannot get ahead of your problems. Alternately, maybe you are making progress toward solving your problems, but you are going at a pace that is too fast for you to keep up with.
Dream of pooping outdoors
If you dream of pooping outdoors, this could symbolize a desire to rebel against society. You may be interested in getting in touch with a wilder, more animalistic part of yourself.
If you tried to bury your poop in your dream of pooping outdoors, this could symbolize you feel that you need to take responsibility for your actions. Leaving your poop out in the open, however, may symbolize exhibitionism or wanting to make a statement.
Dream of diarrhea
Dreams about vomiting and diarrhea can have similar symbolism, as vomiting and diarrhea are both ways that the body gets rid of things that are toxic. Dreaming of diarrhea may therefore symbolize that something in your life is not just unneeded but actively harming you.
Diarrhea does not always come from food poisoning, though. Sometimes it just means you ate too much too fast.
A diarrhea dream can likewise symbolize that your life is fast-paced to the point of overwhelming you. Perhaps you have taken in new experiences faster than you are able to make sense of them.
The term “diarrhea of the mouth” is used to refer to someone speaking in a longwinded and careless fashion. In this sense, a diarrhea dream could symbolize that you need to be more aware of what you are saying. You could be talking just to hear yourself talk and not paying enough attention to how you are being received.
Dream of pooping with blood
To interpret a dream of pooping with blood, you might need to look at why you were pooping with blood. If this happened in your dream as a result of being constipated and trying very hard to poop without having much success, your dream might symbolize that you are pushing yourself too hard in your life, to the point that you could hurt yourself.
If the blood in your stool in your dream is not associated with constipation and is more free-flowing, this could mean that you are exhausted, as the symbolic associations of blood include the life force. You may feel that you have given all you can to some needy or demanding person or situation, to the point that you have nothing left to give.
Pooping is the normal result of the process of digestion of food. Similarly, your brain digests your daily experiences into dreams, so dreams themselves can be a little bit like poop. That might make your poop dream seem a little less gross.