(Psychological / emotional perspective)

To dream of being in tears and then to wake up and discover that we are actually crying, suggests that some hurt or trauma has come sufficiently close to the surface to enable us to deal with it on a conscious level.

To interpret tearing something up in dreams will depend on whether the action is destructive or one of division in order to share.

If the article is already torn, then there is an aspect of our lives that is less than perfect and has been damaged in some way.