Cheating Dreams – What They Really Mean

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“He was cheating on me in my dream!” Cheating dreams can invoke a very strong emotional response when you wake up from the dream. Most people can remember a dream when they woke up in a pile of sweat, furious at the person lying next to them.

Unbeknownst to your partner, you just had a dream that they were in the arms of another woman or man. If one spouse accuses the other of cheating because of a dream, it can cause a lot of problems in a relationship.

To understand why you have a cheating dream, it is important to interpret the dream in the context of your waking life. If your spouse is constantly flirting with other people around you, these dreams can indicate an untrustworthy partner.

Have you ever dreamed about your ex? Find out what a Dream about your Ex really means

Young man text messaging with young woman sleepingDreaming about cheating or being cheated on is one of the most commonly reported, and most disturbing dreams, for people in relationships.

These dreams can be so real and vivid that you can have all the feelings and emotions that you would have if your partner did cheat.

In some cases, these dreams turn out to be simple insecurities or fears within the dreamer. However, cheating dreams can also indicate an unfaithful partner in a relationship. As the dreamer, you are best equipped to uncover the hidden truth inside your dream. Related Dreams: Boyfriend Dreams or Girlfriend Dreams

“The subconscious mind can detect hidden signals that your conscious mind ignores or refuses to acknowledge..”

Foreshadowing Dreams about Cheating

When I was a child, I had a dream that foreshadowed my parents getting a divorce. One night I had a dream that my mom was being taken by a man that was connected to our family. When I woke up from this dream, I was visibly shaken and told my parents about it.

They both assured me that it was a nightmare, but little did I know my mom was having an affair at the time. This dream was so vivid and clear that I couldn’t get it out of my head. Three weeks after the dream, my dad found out that my mom was cheating on him, with the family friend I saw in my dream.

Cheating DreamThinking back to this memory, this dream was my subconscious mind trying to warn me of the impending disaster about to hit my family. Although my conscious mind did not sense any problem with my parent’s relationship as a child, my subconscious mind was reading all of the signals that my brain refused to acknowledge.

It was my subconscious mind that compiled all the hidden signs and portrayed them in a dream that revolved about my mom’s unhappiness in the marriage.

Whenever a dream about a cheating spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend turns out to be real, it often means you have a strong sixth sense of the things around you. Your unconscious mind is better at reading the subtle signs that your conscious mind has either overlooked or simply blocked out to avoid being hurt. Even though some people choose to remain ignorant of their cheating spouse in their waking mind, sometimes the subconscious will attempt to provide clues to infidelity.

An example of this is a wife that fails to notice that her husband is staying out longer after work. Although the husband could have displayed visible signs of infidelity, the wife’s conscious mind remained ignorant to any of these signs. To awaken the conscious mind, the wife could have a dream that her husband was in the arms of another woman.

Sometimes these cheating dreams occur to provide a warning of something that may happen in the future. Your dreams could be providing you clues that your relationship has grown stale and needs to be revived before it burns out.

Detect a Cheating Partner: If you suspect that your cheating dream might be telling you something about your partner, then I recommend this book called how to Catch a Cheat. I actually know someone that read the book and discovered her partner wasn’t cheating, which allowed their relationship to grow even stronger. 

Being Cheated On

In most cases, cheating dreams represent our fears and insecurities that we have about ourselves. You could have issues with trust that is causing your subconscious mind to create a dream about your partner cheating. Some dreamers have deep insecurity and anxiety about themselves that are reflected in their dreams.

Dreaming that your partner is cheating on you, usually, represents some kind of anxiety or worry that you have about your personal feelings towards yourself. You could have anxiety over your physical appearance, or be worried about your future together.

When someone is cheating on you, it can also represent a lack of control in your life. If you are the type of person that likes to have everything planned, cheating dreams can disrupt your feeling of being in control. Cheating dreams can also represent your fear of failure on a project that you have been working on.

Cheating on Someone Else

When we cheat on someone in our dream the first thing we feel is guilt. Why would I do that? I love my partner?! Cheating on someone is just as emotional as being cheating on because of the strong feelings of guilt associated with the dream.

These feelings are amplified if you were experiencing pleasure and happiness in the dream. Dreaming about being a cheater can indicate a feeling of guilt in other areas in your life. There is another possibility that your conscious mind is entertaining thoughts of cheating and these are reflected in your dream state.

If a person is constantly thinking about cheating on their spouse or partner, chances are they might have a dream about it. Sometimes these dreams reveal the painful impact of cheating and allow the dreamer to experience the guilt without actually going through the motions.

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Cheating dreams can represent self-fulfillment dreams of dreamers who are missing something in their lives. If your partner is not very affectionate, you might have a dream about cheating to satisfy your inner desire to be loved by someone.

Interpreting and Understanding Cheating Dreams

When trying to analyze a cheating dream it is important for you to look at the specific situations and circumstances that you encounter in the dream.

Is there a particular person that stands out in the dream?

You should always take note of the specific locations, people, objects and places in the dream. Remember that your conscious mind can influence your dream.

For example, if you are jealous of a coworker because of her good looks, this jealousy could be reflected in a dream of your spouse having an affair that same co-worker. Take note of any conscious thoughts that could influence your dream about your partner.

Is your dream a reflection of your insecurities and thoughts that you have in your waking life? Remember that most cheating dreams are not a reflection of reality, but are reflective of our insecurities. Although some dreams can offer an omen of truth, it is important to thoroughly analyze your dream before you come to the conclusion that your partner is cheating on you.

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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.

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  1. I have had the same reoccurring dream about my ex for 10 years. It has run and ruined my life in ways. I have it almost nightly and some things change but it is basically the same, I am trying to get him back. Ive even moved in next door only to find he is either moving or moved or sometimes living there with a new family. I tell him of my undying love for him and he usually just walks away, on occasion he has reciprocated the love. but usually not. I wake up feeling alone, let down, and sometimes just crushed. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy. Wish I could just stop dreaming.

  2. I was dreaming i was cheating on my fiancee with his cousin and i was gettin dresses messured to marry him also i had my baby with me pluz i was pregnant by my boyfriend still but i had sex with his cousin in my dream it feelt like i was really in a relationship with him nd we was talking about tge thing he like nd dont nd like wen his in a relationship . he also was telling me he was going to chill with my baby daddy lik wth could this mean

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  4. Why I keep having these dreams about my boyfriend cheating on me. I been dreaming about these dreams for 3 years now. Every time I dream about it I find out he be seeing another woman it’s never fails. We been together since 2005-2017 of this month. I just caught him with another woman and I ended our relationship. However I keep having these dreams about him cheating on me I don’t understand why please help me to understand all of this.

  5. Ashley Womack on

    My husband and I got married November 5th 2015, one year later November 5th 2016 a week after our one year anniversary my husband cheated on me with my own mother. I walked in and saw it all and I punch my mother in the face I went into shock and my husband was trying to control of me telling me it was okay. Now every once in awhile (but it’s really obvious) that I keep having a similar dream of the same dream of my husband and my mother whether it’s a different setting or different position (if you know what I mean) I’m just so confused, my husband swears and my mother swears that it will never happen again and we don’t even hang out with my mother as much as we used to do when the cheating happen, my husband lately has pretended and joked with me about flirting with other girls but he says he’s only joking with me but of course he’s mad because I will not let him go to his sister’s fiancee’s bachelor party which they are going to a strip club or a titty bar. I don’t understand why I keep having this dream. I wake up and go into complete shock as if it really happened again in front of me, I wish I could understand this dream doesn’t mean he’s going to cheat on me again or does it mean that I just can’t let go of the past I really need some help because it’s really affecting my marriage now I accuse him all the time and he says if I don’t stop accusing him he’s going to leave me. I just don’t know what to do I’ve been so faithful and now I feel like something’s fixing to go wrong I even had a dream when I was a little girl that I would walk in on my mother and husband of course it didn’t show Eric’s face but it was a man and it was like deja vu when I walked in on them I thought I had powers of some sort through my mind where I can predict the future and I’m hoping that me dreaming of them having sex again doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again. Please help.

    • ALL i am going to say is why would you even stay with him after being with your mother! That is Gross and if he did that with your own mom what makes you think he wont do ti with someone else. Want to live in peace? start over ..with someone else

      • I’m not here to judge but really if a person wil stoop as low to sleep with ur mother what makes U think that anyone else is off limits ? He has no respect for u at all and I’m sure the reason u are having the dreams is because he already cheated and now ur insecure

    • Dreaming Sag on

      I have been married 20 years. I promise you he is still cheating and will leave you some day. Open you own account take half the money. Take your stuff when he is not there. File for Uncontested divorce before you have children. Go live with someone him and your mom don’t know. Change your number, Facebook, etc. Cut them both out of your lives and never look back. You have a fear of loss. I used to also
      You can do this be strong.

    • My mother would be dead to me and I would have filed divorce immideitly! I cant fathom a reason why you’re even associating with them at all. You know how many men are out there? That won’t cheat on you your own MOTHER? plenty. Move on. And as far as your mother, being a mom myself, and more disgusted by her than I am shitboy himself. You cannot take people for their “swears”. Once a liar, always a liar. Find another. Hopefully the dreams will end after you do. If a guy will sleep with your mom, he’s going to sleep with anybody

  6. So I keep having dreams I’m cheating on my boyfriend. I’m in a long distance relationship and been with him for a little over a year now. I’m very happy with him. I suffer from extreme anxiety and somewhat depression. If I see a guy that’s attractive I feel guilty. If an attractive male opens the door for me and I smile and say “thank you” I feel guilty. There’s not one day where I don’t feel guilty. Is it wrong to find other people attractive as long as you don’t act on it? (Which I don’t) but I believe my dreams have something to do with feeling guilty over these things. I mentally tell myself not to glance at any males in case I find one attractive. It’s pretty upsetting I go through this, but if I distance myself from males I feel better. Any thoughts about my dreams? Or the “guilty” feeling in general?

  7. Hey doll, I just called you because I had a dream that he cheated on me. He had sex with another girl in the shower. At first the person didn’t look like him, but then when I opened up the door and spoke to the person, the person turned more and more into him. Like he really wanted to do so and when I caught him he told me he did, so I let him. I brought the girl from where she was crying because he’d denied her and told her to go and be with him.He said she’d be his wife in two weeks, I was pregnant again and he told me that he would have a good birth plan for me. I cried, left them, then came back to see if he didn’t go through with it and he was. Then I forced myself to wake up.

  8. Well my dreams are because my wife has literally said to me that she wants to be with another man and that there is another man waiting for her. This morning she told me that her ex boyfriend use to do this and that for her. As soon as I get the chance I am out. This woman is so abusive and definitely fit BPD and narcissism. I am living in our basement to get away from all the fights. I walk on eggshells daily and can never tell her anything without getting some degrading response or attitude. She is 51 and acts like a child. Spends all her money, has no assets and saves nothing for retirement. I am with a looser and I should have seen this years ago. I have known this woman for 15 years and never thought she would treat or act this way towards me. I help her with her father who lives with us, dishes, cleaning, her daughter who needs rides everywhere. I have gone out of my way over and over just to be treated like nothing. No thank yous no nothing. She only thinks of her dad and children and always puts me last. I have grown to hate her more and more. And once she does wake up it will be too late for the damage has been done.

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      Get out of her life for your own good. Shez not Worthy of you, rather shed taking your kindness for weakness

    • Why are you staying? What purpose does it serve you to stay in such a situation? Do you enjoy being tortured and being a victim? If it’s financial reasons, rent a room somewhere. If you have children together, schedule time to spend with them. There’s options. It’s her own disappointments and insecurities with herself. And at 51, I doubt she’ll see the light without divine intervention or you leaving and her eventually realizing it was her poor behavior that caused you to leave. I realize a lot of people stay for the sake of the kids; that’s honorable and understandable, but the kids are witnessing a relationship that’s not authentic, kids know what’s going on. So, why not be honest and show them how an authentic person behaves. Be there for the kids and be good to yourself and leave an unhealthy situation. Good luck.

  9. I had a lot of dreams in the past about my partner not being honest with me but back then it was true we wasn’t in a relationship we started out as best friends and lost our way we stopped talking for about five months and we rekindled recently we are now in a relationship and I’m scared that it will happen again but he has not shown any signs of dishonesty in fact he better with everything but these dreams about him talking to some other girls behind my back I do not believe he talking to someone I personally feel like I’m scared of it happening again but they keep happening and I’m tired of it.

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