If you know anything about dream psychology, you’ll be familiar with how Sigmund Freud theorized that most dreams concern repressed needs such as sexual desires, and how the most random objects can represent the phallus.
But what does it mean when you actually dream of a penis? Does this have similar symbolism? Does it make a difference if you don’t have one in your waking life?
Let’s take a look.
Why Am I Dreaming Of A Penis?
Genitalia in dreams isn’t one of the most common dream symbols, which in a way is odd if you think about how normal they are – after all, everyone has them.
Some of the most common dreams include being kidnapped (see also article titled ‘6 Meanings And Interpretations Of Being Kidnapped In A Dream‘), something being stolen from you, or another theme where control or power changes hands.
In dreams, penises can resemble a fear of changing circumstances to the point where you’re no longer in control of something, whether that’s your own thoughts and emotions, or external factors.
The meaning behind a penis dream can also depend on whether you own one in waking life or not.
Seeing genitalia that you don’t own in a dream points to confusion, panic about how time is slipping away from you, and a call to be more in tune with your body’s needs.
Dreaming of a penis when you have one in waking life draws your attention to intimacy issues, aggression, frustration, and the need to be honest in waking life.
But these are very general meanings, and the dream’s meaning also hinges on your own associations with the dream symbol, as well as the context of the dream and the feelings it created.
Is Dreaming Of A Penis A Bad Sign?
Some dream symbols are nearly entirely positive or negative, leaning one way more than the other.
Penis dreams are associated with what drives you, or something that might be engulfing several aspects of your life. Depending on your situation, they can be equally positive or negative.
Maybe you’re afraid of something going wrong, or more bizarrely, you’re worried about things going right.
Usually, when we dream of the human body, this is connected to our self-image, as well as how we view others. It may indicate that you’re feeling great in yourself, and you know what you want and how to get it.
Or, depending on the dream’s context, it can show you why something’s so confusing or exactly where you’re stuck in life.
Maybe you’re too worried about what others think of you, instead of deciding your course for yourself.
Common Dreams Of Penises And What They Mean
Genitalia dreams are connected to romantic relationships, and the desire for meaningful connections.
If for example, you don’t have a partner, and you see your genitalia in a dream, this implies there’s a new relationship on the horizon for you.
It might not be easy, but there’s the potential for a long-lasting, meaningful connection with someone, if you’re both willing to give it a go.
Dreaming of a penis that belonged to someone you know or someone famous implies that you’re going to receive a lot more information than you want to know about someone!
They might go into more detail than you ever wanted to know. This information might prove useful, however, so don’t dismiss it entirely.
Needing to pee (see also article titled ‘What Does It Mean To Dream Of Urine Or Peeing?‘) during a dream about a penis implies that you need to push past your feelings in order to force circumstances to work in your favor.
If you dream about needing to pee during sex, then your subconscious is calling on you to pay attention to something important. Maybe there’s a problem in you being honest with each other.
Or, you might just actually need to pee while you’re dreaming.
Dreaming Of Your Own Penis
A dream where you see your own penis implies that your needs – spiritual, physical, or emotional – are going unmet. As your dream directly references your body, this is likely to be your sexual needs.
Maybe your partner’s sex drive doesn’t match your own, or you are single and want someone to be intimate with. You want things to be less complicated than they are.
Alternatively, dreaming of your own penis suggests you’re taking life a bit too seriously. Not everything has to be a source of stress, and you should try to find the positive elements in a situation to try and rebalance your mindset.
What Does It Mean If You Dream Of Having A Penis When You Don’t Have One In Waking Life?
Dreaming of having a penis without having one in waking life implies that your self-confidence and self-image are improving. Things are looking good for you right now, and you’re making great progress towards a future you want.
You may be going through a period of transformation, either through your own doing or the universe’s. You’ll need to work hard to make sure things turn out well, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride either.
If you feel uncomfortable or horrified during this dream, this reveals relationship problems, or intimacy issues which are powerful enough that they are affecting other parts of your life.
You may be frustrated in your current relationship. You are holding onto a lot of anger instead of telling your partner how you feel.
This can make things worse, as you may find that you explode at your partner over a small thing when your anger gets too much, when they had no idea you were upset to begin with.
Dreaming Of Your Husband’s Penis
Not to get too detailed, but it depends on the state of your partner’s penis in the dream as to what this dream signifies.
A larger penis than waking life refers to an increase in authority or power, and a smaller penis reveals the opposite.
Dreaming of your husband’s penis can imply that you’re not being honest with him. Instead, you feel the need to overanalyze things he’s said or done rather than telling him about your feelings or insecurities.
Dreaming Of Touching A Penis
Dreaming of touching a penis symbolizes a renewal of some sort in waking life. Your problems will soon be over, or your worries are just that – only worries.
If you dream of touching your own penis, this dream is focusing your attention on how much time you spend helping yourself, but maybe not enough time trying to help others.
Dreaming Of A Penis Growing
Seeing a penis growing normally, or growing to the point past reality implies that there are a lot of possibilities ahead of you, all leading in different directions in life.
It will be difficult to decide what you might choose, as any decision at this point could have long-lasting implications.
Consider each possibility carefully, and make sure that the decision you settle on is yours, and not just the most sensible-sounding advice you’ve had from someone else.
Older dream interpretations reveal that a dream of a penis growing denotes your family getting larger. This may be in terms of you yourself having children, someone in your family having children, or getting married.
A Dream Where You See A Man With An Erection On Your Bed
Well. This one entirely depends on your sexual orientation. If a man with an erection is a sight you want to see on your bed, this can denote your sexual drive. This could be good or bad.
If that sounds like an absolute nightmare and the last thing you want to see on this earth, you’re holding onto a fear you’re not willing to confront.
It’s worth exploring why you’re so afraid of even acknowledging you’re afraid, and this will take some of the intensity out of the emotion. It will allow you to face your fear a little braver than you might otherwise be.
What Does A Small Penis Mean In A Dream?
A small penis in a dream implies there’s an opportunity to make some money soon, and exactly how small the penis is relates to the amount of money.
If you have a penis in waking life, and you dream of a small one, this implies that your relationships are being threatened in some way. Maybe you’re worried about being judged, so you won’t let any meaningful connections form.
A small penis in a dream can represent a discord in your authority, if you view the penis to be a symbol of power. You may feel as though your image or reputation is being threatened in some way, or you feel incompetent.
Dreaming of a small penis when you don’t have one at all in waking life implies a new business opportunity. Alternatively, it denotes that you might be pregnant (see also article titled ‘ 24 Dreams Of Miscarriages And Their Symbolism’ ), or you desire to be. You long for a new start.
A small penis shrinking or falling off a body in a dream represents complete emasculation.
Dreaming Of A Big Penis
If you dream of a big penis, this symbolizes a newly-complete chapter in your life, and how you feel capable of absolutely anything you put your mind to.
Dreaming of a huge penis points to an inflated opinion of your own abilities, or how you believe you’re better than other people. This could be your downfall soon.
Maybe you’ll approach your manager or someone with a high authority in your career path and offer them a different way of doing things.
Instead of sounding helpful or clever, you may come across as arrogant, or worse, that you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Going to someone with hardly any knowledge will not do you any favors, especially if you act as though you’re trying to do them a solid, instead of asking them if they can do something differently.
Or you might meet lots of new people, and try to impress them right off the bat, instead of showing them your genuine self.
Seeing A Giant Penis In Your Dream
A monstrously-sized penis in your dream points to success in waking life, and perhaps the effort needed to get what you want out of life. If you’re willing to work for what you want, this dream is telling you that there’s no reason you can’t have it.
Or, a giant penis appearing in your dream represents your arrogance in a situation or social event which may lead to trouble. You may completely misread a situation and find out that an assumption you’ve made is the complete opposite of the truth.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of A Detachable Penis?
Dreaming of a detachable penis reveals the need to focus on your life, rather than getting caught up in the lives of other people.
Maybe you’re wrapped up in the goal of trying to help someone with a specific problem, when you need to turn your attention to a problem in your own life.
Perhaps you always look after other people before yourself, but if you do this too often, you may find yourself too exhausted to properly do either of those things.
Seeing A Penis Ejaculate In Your Dream
Dreaming of seeing a penis ejaculating suggests something is ending, and you cannot wait for it to finish. This is something that’s been dragging on for a while, such as a long-term project at work, or a hobby project which requires thousands of hours.
You’ll be glad to see the results of your hard work, and to move onto something completely new.
Maybe the event that’s coming to a close is a bad thing, such as a relationship that’s completely broken down, and you’re no longer invested in trying to save it. You want to move on with your life, and meet someone who is actually compatible with you.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Sperm?
Dreams involving sperm refer to spiritual release and a relief from problems in waking life. Either you have managed to clear all the issues from your plate, or you wish they would magically disappear on their own.
Sperm in dreams also points to renewal, where you might reflect on what gives you joy, and what just stresses you out. You’ll reorder your life as necessary.
Alternatively, seeing sperm in your dream implies that you’re sick of finding that your hard work or efforts haven’t paid off. You want to build something yourself, but things just keep stacking up against you.
Or, you want to start something from scratch, and while you’ve been daydreaming about it for a while, it’s now time you actually did something about this desire. Create a plan, and make your own success.
Yes, you will probably run into some obstacles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have what you want, or you’re somehow not deserving of it.
Nightmares About Penises
It’s also worth looking at the most common nightmares of penises, as your subconscious may be trying to tell you something important.
The more bizarre the dream, the louder your subconscious is trying to get a message across to you.
Dreaming Of A Penis Covered In Dirt
To see a penis covered in dirt implies you’re being lied to, or someone is about to betray you. As with most dreams about penises, there is an element of self-image or your reputation involved.
Seeing A Penis Covered In Feces In Your Dream
A dream where you see a penis covered in feces implies that you’ve lost complete respect for someone. They have shown you their true colors. You want nothing more than to rid them from your life completely.
As the penis is a symbol of masculinity and authority in some dreams, a dream scenario of this type suggests that there is conflict or turmoil ahead of you. This may involve money, which will make things much messier than they otherwise would be.
Seeing A Bug On A Penis In Your Dream
Seeing bugs (see also article about dreaming of cockroaches) on a penis implies that your self-esteem or confidence has taken a big hit, and it will take you some time to stop reeling from it.
If you only feel curious and don’t feel horrified or disgusted in a dream like this, your dream reveals a time in the near future when you’ll enjoy an uptick in your social calendar, or your path will change completely.
You’ll enjoy the hell out of this new direction in life. You may even find a deeper purpose which will run like an undercurrent through all areas of your life.
A Dream Of Your Penis Bleeding
What a frightening dream. Seeing your penis bleed in a dream refers to life and love, but it can also denote issues in your self-confidence, self-image, or your perception being clouded by the desire for instant gratification.
Your dream implies that you’re not focused on the right things. You’re oblivious to a situation which could have a lot of implications for you going forward.
An Injured Penis In Your Dream
Seeing an injured penis in your dream implies emotional turmoil, or a great blow to your pride. This will come from someone you’re familiar with, if not someone you’re close to.
Maybe you’ve been seeing things all wrong, or a situation in waking life which will be no one’s fault, but the problem will still come with other people involved.
Dreaming of being kicked in the groin suggests that someone’s words will deeply hurt you, and it might even cause your relationship to suffer.
In some cases, a dream where you see a penis being injured points to the beginning of a new chapter in life. Maybe a mistake or something that seems like a terrible situation will turn out to be the greatest thing that’s ever happened to you.
Dreaming Of Losing A Penis
A dream where you lose a penis is a pretty confusing image, and a terrifying one if you have a penis in waking life!
However, your subconscious has chosen this idea for a reason, and usually, the weirder the idea, the more likely you are to take notice of it.
Dreaming of losing a penis implies that you are similarly losing part of your identity, or what used to make up a big part of your life. Maybe it’s an old hobby you no longer enjoy, or a lifestyle you’ve outgrown.
This could also be the end of a connection with someone you deeply care about, or a career that’s defined this part of your life.
A dream where you have no genitalia at all suggests a self-image problem, or an identity crisis. You may be questioning who you are or what you want from life, or you don’t believe that you can change your life for the better.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Your Penis Being Cut Off?
This is a horrifying dream for many. Dreaming of your penis being cut off reflects how power or authority is slipping from your grasp in waking life.
This could be in your professional life, where someone has risen through the ranks quickly, and they seem to be better than you at your own job. A worrying thought.
It could also refer to your family or circle of friends, where you suddenly feel out of place, as if you don’t belong, or the dynamic is changing in some way.
Dreaming of watching your penis being cut off can also reveal that you’re sinking all of your effort and your time into something that won’t pay off.
This is especially important if you are putting all of your time into work, and you’re creating a great imbalance in your life. Is it time to return some of your personal time to the things you enjoy?
Dreaming Of Cutting Off A Penis Meaning
If you dream of cutting off a penis, this reveals a lot of pent-up frustration or anger with someone you’re incredibly close to.
This doesn’t necessarily mean your partner or someone you’re physically intimate with, but someone you are very honest with.
Maybe it’s time you tell them how you feel. Just be prepared to listen to their own side of the story, too. You might not like what you hear, but you’ll still need to hear it.
It can also denote a problem in your sex life, unsurprisingly.
Dreaming Of A Penis Falling Off
A dream where you see a penis fall off a man’s body implies that there will be a loss of control, diminished expectations, or bad luck in the near future.
Something will come along and rock your very foundations. You may start to question what you base your life around.
It also implies relationship problems in the near future, and it can point to suppressed desire or needs which are still going unmet. If you’ve been ignoring your own needs or how you feel, this dream is encouraging you to be honest with yourself.
Seeing Your Boyfriend’s Penis Fall Off In Your Dream
Dreaming of your boyfriend’s penis falling off is an odd one. You may wonder what on earth your subconscious is trying to tell you.
If you associate the phallus with power, you may have lost respect for him in some way, or you feel that he’s not acting in a way that he should. Is it possible that you’ve gotten your expectations of him completely wrong from the reality?
A dream like this is common when you’ve had an argument with him (!), and it can denote your rage and frustration because he’s not seeing your side of things.
Seeing Your Penis Fall Off When You Urinate
Dreaming of peeing and then your penis falling off is an anxiety dream. You may not actually be afraid that your penis will somehow come off your body, but you’re definitely scared of something when you have a dream like this.
You may be worried that your relationships will fall apart no matter what you do, or something else important in your life will fray at the seams.
Maybe you have imposter syndrome, and you’re anxious that someone will declare what your brain is already telling you, you aren’t right for a role or opportunity you have been given.
This is your anxiety talking, not your rational mind. Your subconscious is playing out your fears in a dream, allowing you to dispel them in waking life a little easier.
Alternatively, dreaming of watching your penis fall off while peeing implies that a relationship with someone male in your life is about to deteriorate. It suggests future conflict.
Seeing A Strange Penis In Your Dream
An odd-looking penis appearing in your dream implies a lot of pent-up desire, which you are getting uncomfortable with. It may start to distract you from what you feel is the most important thing in your life.
Dreaming Of Strange Things Coming Out Of A Penis
Dreams can be weird, but this one really takes the top spot. If you dream of unrelated objects coming out of a penis, or animals (!) for that matter, this is your subconscious trying to get your attention.
And it worked, didn’t it? Odd things coming from a penis in your dream implies that worry is taking over your life.
You’re paying more attention to the terrible things that could happen rather than the great things that are happening, or opportunities that are just waiting for you to take them.
You’re finding it difficult to switch off, and you need to find some time to recharge your batteries for the tasks ahead.
Is Having A Dream About Penises Related To Rejection?
Yes, this is a question you probably want to ask, after all those nightmare scenarios! Desire and rejection are closely linked in dreams, just as much as joy and sadness and love and hate.
As penis dreams often concern power, self-image, and assertiveness, nightmares about penises can similarly represent an anxiety of being rejected.
This might be in your love life, where someone doesn’t find you attractive, and they just don’t see you that way, or it could be in your career, where a door slams shut in your face.
Maybe you cultivate a certain image of yourself, of how you want other people to see you. You tailor each thought, every word and detail with this image in your head.
If this sounds like you, you may have problems with rejection to the point where you don’t want people to see the real you. You are afraid that if you are your most genuine self, people won’t be interested, or they’ll get up and leave.
However, if you put on a front to start with, and they eventually find out – because they will – that you haven’t been honest with them, won’t they leave anyway?
Older Dream Interpretations Of Penis Dreams
Typically, older dream symbolism associates all genitalia to masculinity, which sounds a little biased.
Dreaming of your own penis is thought to be connected to your innermost self-belief, and the nerve to do what you want in life. Usually, when your subconscious draws your attention to these qualities, they are being challenged in waking life.
If you dream of a significantly larger penis than yours, this implies that you want a more profound connection in one or more of your relationships in waking life.
Dreaming of having more than one penis was originally believed as a sign that your family would soon get larger. But it can also mean a great deal of spiritual growth, or unresolved feelings for someone.
Dreaming of a penis when you don’t have one in waking life implies that you’re concerned about the feelings in a romantic relationship, or the lack of them.
Maybe a relationship is moving too fast for you, where the other person has a lot of feelings for you, but you don’t feel anything for them, or at least not to the extent that they do.
The Spiritual Meaning Behind A Penis Dream
Spiritually speaking, a penis in your dream refers to self-image, confidence, and control. A positive dream of a penis denotes a development in your spiritual journey, or a twist in waking life that will give you new purpose.
Having a nightmare about a penis reveals a discord in how you can affect your own life. Something is challenging your perception of your own abilities, making you feel powerless or worthless.
What Do Recurring Dreams Of Penises Mean?
If you have recurring dreams involving penises, this implies that you long for more meaningful relationships. Maybe you’re craving a stronger connection than you have with the people in your life right now.
A repeating dream involving penises can also imply that you have unmet needs or repressed desires that you really should examine.
If you have a partner right now, maybe your sex drives aren’t compatible, or you don’t really click together personality-wise, or your values just don’t match up. Maybe you’re just with each other so that you aren’t alone, and there are better reasons than that to be together.
It may be easier to ignore them completely, but these dreams will keep repeating until you acknowledge the message that your subconscious keeps trying to deliver, instead of the way you keep posting it back.
Dreams involving genitalia can be an uncomfortable and confusing experience, and usually reveal more information about how you feel, especially when it comes to power imbalances, self-image problems, and relationship issues.
In order to find the meaning behind a penis dream, you need to pay attention to all the details in your dream, or at least everything you can remember.
If you find you struggle to remember your dreams, it’s worth keeping a dream journal by your bed or on your phone to help you remember.
The memory of a dream is at its freshest when you wake up, so try to record everything you can. You can always decode it at a later date if you feel you don’t have the time or the inclination to try straight away.