What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone?


Dreaming of someone you know is one of the most common dreams that can occur. You might have a dream about your loved one, or it could be about someone you just met last week.

These dreams can often be exciting, especially if that person is someone that you are attracted to. Countless dream scenarios involve dreaming of different situations. It is important to remember that you are the only person who can honestly interpret your dream.

Nine Dream Interpretations

Because many different scenarios feature people you know, we will break down some of the more common dreams about people that you might have.

Here are nine dreams that you will have at some point in your life

#1. Dreaming About Someone From Your Past

someone from the pastPart of being human is the interactions that we have with other people throughout our lives. Everyone we meet along our journey has some impact on us, whether we realize it or not. For better or for worse, your experiences over the course of your life with shape who you are.

Every once in a while you might dream about someone you know from the past that has crossed your path. It could be an old crush that you had in grade school, or it could be a co-worker that you used to work with. There are thousands of different scenarios that feature people from our past, so it is important to understand the context of the dream.

Sometimes events in our life can trigger old memories that will fire up neurons in our brain that remind us of people from the past. If an old memory suddenly becomes fresh in your mind, there is a good chance that your subconscious might activate that part of your brain.

Most of the time when we dream about someone from the past it is about a person who influenced us or someone who had a meaningful impact on our life positive or negative. If someone in your past bullied you, you might have a dream about that bully 20 years later.

You could also be dreaming about someone who has passed away that had an impact on your life. Perhaps it is someone you met while you were growing up or a childhood friend who is no longer on this earth. These people may come back to you and offer you advice in the form of a dream.

#2. Dreaming About Someone You Are Dating/Married

Someone you currently love

Dreaming about your current boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife is a very common dream for couples. The scenarios that you experience in the dream will vary depending on how strong your bond is with your significant other. If you feel loved and emotionally satisfied from your partner, you might have romantic dreams that involve being in love together.

Conversely, if you feel unsatisfied in your love life, you might have a dream about cheating on your spouse, or you could see them cheating on you. (Cheating dreams don’t necessarily mean you are unsatisfied, they often represent our internal fears that we have inside of us).

Click here to read the full post: Cheating Dreams – What They Mean

To interpret dreams about people you are in a relationship with, you need to understand the context of the dream and how it makes you feel. It is quite common for our partners to show up in our dream as have completely different personalities. You might dream that your boyfriend is emotionally abusive, even though he is the complete opposite in your waking life.

Often the people in our dreams can represent an emotion, thought or feeling that is tied to that person. For example, your partner could mean a safe place for you, and a feeling of being loved. If you can’t find that person in the dream, that could indicate an internal fear of losing your safety blanket.

#3. Dreaming About Someone You Have A Crush On

Dream about a crushWhen you have a crush on someone, your mind will spend a lot of energy thinking about your crush throughout the day. A million thoughts will go through your head as you imagine yourself being together with that person you like. Whether you are day dreaming or only imagining different scenarios, these thoughts can have a significant impact on your brain.

The more focused energy you spend thinking about your crush, the more likely that person will show up in your dream. Your crush could appear in a million different scenarios, depending on some various factors.

Alternatively, if you dream about having a crush on someone in a dream that you didn’t know you liked, it could indicate that you may have some feelings towards that person. Perhaps there is someone in your life that suddenly becomes attractive in your dream, that could be your unconscious mind picking up signals that you are interested in that person.

There are many scenarios that occur in these dreams. You may dream about marrying your crush, or you could dream that you go on an adventure with your crush. Whatever the situation, it usually is something that is exciting and often makes you want to have another dream when you wake up.

These dreams often represent wish fulfillment dreams, where your sub conscious is acting out something you truly desire. Crush dreams occur mostly among teens and young adults but can occur at any age. You are never too old to dream about someone you like, especially if you are currently single and looking to get back into a relationship.

#4. Dreaming About Someone Famous

Celbrity dreamsCelebrity dreams are very common among super fans. If you spend hours and hours every day watching your favorite star on YouTube and interacting with them, you are likely going to have your thoughts consumed by that person. Given the rise of social media, it is now possible for fans to get in direct touch with their favorite star.

Fans who are emotionally involved with their favorite stars are likely to see these famous people showing up in their dreams. When you spend a lot of your mental energy focusing on a celebrity, they can often make an appearance in your dream as someone you are very familiar with.

Unfortunately, dreaming about a celebrity does not mean you are going to start dating your celebrity crush. It just means that you have spent a lot of time thinking about them, which has been reflected in your dream.

it is quite common to dream about an actor/actress after you see an impactful movie with them in it.

#5. Dreaming About A Family Member

family dreamsDreams about family members are very common among people who have close attachments to their family. You might dream about your family if you haven’t seen them for a long time and you can’t see them on a regular basis.

A mother who is always thinking about her children is likely going to have dreams that incorporate her children inside of the dream. Conversely, a child is likely going to have dreaming scenarios that involve the whole family inside the dream.

You dream is a reflection of your reality. If your family is part of your everyday life, you can expect them to make an appearance in your dream. If you came from a broken home and had emotional issues as a result of your upbringing, then you might have dreams that are a reflection of this pain inside of you.

Sometimes dreams about family can be your unconscious minds way of healing wounds of the past. Perhaps you were neglected as a child or didn’t receive the kind of love and affection your desired. You may dream of a happy family and an alternate reality that occurred.

Conversely, if you had a good childhood, your family members will often represent positive signs in your dream.

#6. Dreaming About An Ex Lover

ex loverThere is no denying that when we leave a relationship, a piece of that person still exists inside of us, whether we are conscious of that or not. Anytime you have an emotional attachment to someone it creates a strong memory of that person. Even when you break up from that person, the memories are still inside of your brain, locked away.

Break ups are similar to someone passing away. When you are no longer with someone, it can have a significant impact on our unconscious minds.

The emotional bond that you have with someone will often determine the likeliness that you dream about that person. If you were with someone for ten years and had three kids together, that person is likely going to have a bigger emotional impact than a short fling you had for two weeks.

It is also important to know that the situations revolving around the breakup can also have an impact on your feelings towards someone. If someone dumped you and you never go to express how you felt in the relationship, you are likely going to have unresolved issues inside of your mind.

These unresolved issues can often get manifested in our dreams, as a way for our unconscious mind to heal some of the hurt. By bringing to light some of our old emotional baggage, our unconscious minds are sometimes telling us that we need to deal with these issues.

Dreams are often a way to help the mind process hurt and losses that we have experienced in the past. If you were the one who dumped someone you never loved, you are less likely to think about them or have a dream about them in the future.

The emotional attachment you have to your ex will often determine how likely you are to dream of them.

#7. Dreaming About Someone Who Has Passed Away

dead memoryIf you lose someone who has been an important part of your life, that can often leave a big gap that’s hard to fill. When our loved ones pass away, it often leaves a hole in our hearts that makes us feel empty.

It is very common to dream about lost loved ones or family members, especially if you never had a chance to say proper goodbyes to that person. Unresolved hurt and pain from the loss can result in your dreaming of that person.

Anyone who has ever had a positive impact on your life is still going to be alive in your mind. Even that person isn’t alive in the flesh; they can still live on inside of you.

Sometimes people from our past may appear in a dream as a symbol of something they represented. If your grandfather used to give you advice about your life, your dream could indicate your desire to seek advice on a particular issue.

It is important to look at the situation involving your dream to determine how it applies to you. Sometimes people in our past are just reflections of our memories, and it is just your brain taking a trip down memory lane, reminding you of people who have had an impact on your life.

#8. Dreaming About Someone You Don’t Like

Dream about an enemyNothing is worse than having someone you don’t like show up in the middle of your dream. It is bad enough if they torment you in your waking life, why do they have to visit your dreams?

Someone who is being bullied in school might have a dream where their bullies are harassing them, or someone who went through an abusive relationship might have that abusive spouse or partner show up in the dream.

If there are people in your life that have a negative impact, it can cause you to dedicate a lot of your thoughts towards these negative people. Sometimes your unconscious mind will feature these people in your dream, as a symbol of something you don’t like. They could represent your insecurities that you need to deal with.

Often the best way to stop dreaming about someone that you don’t like is to make peace with that person in your mind. For example, if you have a bully who used to torment you, forgive that person in your conscious mind.

The act of coming to peace with that person who caused conflict can free you of the emotional impact that is tied towards that person. Often forgiveness is not for the individual who wronged us, but for our benefit of letting go animosity that we hold on towards others.

If someone in the past bullied you, realize that people bully because they are insecure themselves. This individual was acting out their insecurities, by trying to hurt you. By finding closure, you can help resolve conflicts that might still exist in your sub conscious mind.

#9. Dreaming About Someone In A Sexual Way

sexual dreamsSexual dreams about people you know are one of the most common dreams. If you have a sexual dream about someone who is close to you, it might be your subconscious mind living out your dark desires that you have. It is important to remember that there is a difference between desire and acting out on those desires. Just because you feel like doing something, doesn’t mean that you should do it.

Young teenagers are the most likely to have sexual dreams as they develop and go through puberty. One of the great psychologists Sigmund Freud believed that all dreams were sexual and were a result of sexual repression from the dreamer.

This theory has been largely disproved in modern society because our culture and society has changed since Freud was alive. In Freud’s time, society oppressed the sexuality of the people, which meant dreams were the only way to express yourself honestly.

How to Interpret Dreams About Someone You Know

When it comes to interpreting dreams, there is no hard science behind interpretations. Interpretations come down to how you feel about the dream. If you think your dream means something, then you should dig deeper into your mind and start asking yourself what aspects of your life that are reflected into the dream are.

Some dreams are the result of our wish fulfillment, while others are the product of our brains processing pain that we have experienced throughout our life. The dreamer is the only person who can understand what their dream means. A good dream interpreter can help you search for the right answers inside of you, but at the end of the day, you have the final say on the meaning of your dream.

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Note* If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic, please leave a comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


About Author

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. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. HI i keep on dreaming of my suitor way back in highschool. i never gave this person a chance to get close to me since i never want him. i blocked him .. i showed no care for all his efforts before but previously he keeps on appearing in my dreams, still showing same care and concerns for me. sometimes in my dreams, i just entertain him and feel guilty of what i did to him before, although sometimes, i ignored him again and treat him as if nothing happened in the past.

  2. I dreamed that I was very close to his person that I know but don’t really talk to (also I’ve had that type of dream 3 times)…but his time I dreamed that my crush was trying to tell me something but I kept avoiding him because I didn’t want to know if he didn’t like me or did…wat does this meaaan??

  3. claire jane on

    I saw my boyfriend getting engaged with unknown woman in my dream then I was crying that night for real that I really felt the pain.

  4. The other day a had a dream that was sooooooo uncomfortable. My brother has a friend who likes me but I do not like him. So I feel pressured to like him or something cause my brother wants me to be with him. I had a dream that me and this guy were together like I just automatically new, and we kissed and stuff in some ways if m being honest I liked being loved and the attention, but I hated the guy after the first day I wanted to break up because I was sooo uncomfortable . The other day we had an early Halloween party and it was the first time I met the guy in real life my best friend showed him to me through FaceTime “real life” and the Halloween party was the first time we met in real life. He always teased me and messed with me in a fun laughing way and we are great friends, I never felt uncomfortable until this dream. For some reason I wanted to keep our relationship a secret so I was about to break up with him in a private place but someone else was there I started the words “ so you know how we are dating?” Then I heard a gasp then I went and looked behind there and there was this girl I quickly said that he tried to kiss me but I dodged it. So dumb. I don’t even want to date or anything! Then I made sure she would tell no one of this. He kept on getting into fights and I hated that he had to prove everything to everyone. He is not even my type, so I don’t know when I had this dream and felt sooooooooooooooooooo uncomfortable afterwards.

    Does anyone know what this means?

  5. I’m 21 now but while I was i highschool ( all 4 years) i had a little something with my class-mate. A little something that felt like a little more. We weren’t together because i was in love with someone else but I always felt a really really deep connection with this boy. He chased me all 4 years until a girl from our class decided to be his girlfriend. He was confused he likes her but loved me. He broke up with her two times for me but I was that stupid to make him look like a fool everytime. I was a really bad person to him. They began a very beautiful relationship on the outside because everyone knew she was the devil incoronated and he was the most angelic guy ever. All of those 4 years, even when they were in a reLationship not only me but a few of my classmates that were aware about our situation felt his look over myself while nobody was watching. One time we were in the sports class and she threw a ball directly at my face but until it hit me he ran and catched the ball with his stomach and shouted at her in front of everybody “if u don t know how to play with a ball. Don t play at all”. Sometimes, when she skipped classes he always had a tricky way of smiling at me like with so much resentment in his eyes like he wanted things differently but couldn t do anything about it. When i saw all of those things i decided to go and talk to him. He told me there s no resentment but we could still be friends because he would like me around. And i said that there is resentment and that that s too bad because i love him. He was shocked, close to crying and then she showed up making a scene because she saw us being that close. After that he never talked to me again. I had a summer full of dreams with me apologizing and crying with so much ache in my heart and him shoving her in my face telling me how happy they were.We finished highschool, and i thought they broke up, because they were broken up but she blocked me from everywhere and i couldn t reach her or him to find out new things so i made a new account. I wrote a message as long as this one or longer with just my apologies because i thought that was the problem with me still dreaming about him all the time. And he gave me the seen, blocked me on that account too and after that they got back together. I’m thinking she had his password and she backfired thinking she could lose him. After all of this I ran into him in the park i was holding the ice cream in my hand and he ran into me with his bicycle. None of us realised who each other was until we raised our heads up. He left without saying anything. After this we ran into each other a fre times at the mall and the same thing. Not even saying hello…
    Now i m in a relationship, I moved in with my current boyfriend, this is my first serious relationship and i truly love him. But all of a sudden after a year with my boy i started having dreams about my class-mate again. He s asking me why I was bad with him because he loved me. I still can t find him anywhere. I can only find his dad on facebook and that s not helpful:)). What can I do? What does this mean? What do my dreams mean?

    • i personally believe that your dreams are just reminiscing about happy times in your life, that felt really significant to you.

  6. Eva Darkbloom on

    I came to this article because I rarely dream, and when I do they’re very vague and not usually very good dreams. A few nights ago, I had a dream though and the only thing I remember from it was a person. It was someone I knew as a kid, had a dumb falling out with and to sum it up, we haven’t talked since. We went to the same schools and ran into each other a few times over the years, but I haven’t even glanced in his direction for at least 3 maybe 4 years. Nothing happened in the dream, I was just looking at him, as I imagine he would look now, in crazy detail. I immediately knew who it was and haven’t been able to let it go. I even went as far as to try and find him on social media (which feels weird to go so far regarding someone who is basically a stranger now) even if it was just to see if his face looked like what I saw. I couldn’t find him though and don’t want to search more for the sake of not feeling like a complete stalker. It doesn’t help that the only people with just about non existent ties to him are my family, who are the same people I insisted to that I “didn’t remember him at all” because I sooner wanted to take what few memories I had of this person to my grave than talk about them awkwardly upon running into one another in a grocery store. If anyone can help me understand why this would come up and bother me so much, I’d appreciate it

  7. couple of weeks ago. I dreamed about this guy who lives upstairs of our apartment. Its not a dirty dream or something. It just that on my dream he was so nice and gave me special attention. It won’t leave my mind cause, Why would I dream about him? We just passed each other couple of times and talk for a few words. And I’m sure I don’t have a crush on him.

  8. I had a dream we’re I was with my crush and we went on this weird adventure together. We got kinda close in some parts and he asked me out, I said yes! The. I woke up and the next day at school it was really awkward (I have all my classes with him) I want another dream like that! It was fun and amazing! If only it was real 🙁

  9. I had a dream last night that i was reunited with my best friend from the age of 3 to 23 who i no longer speak to. I am now 27, the dream felt so real and made me miss her so much. does anyone know what this means? We was so appy to see eachother in the dream.

    • Steven Mastin on

      Dreams like that usually represent your desire to see this person again. Maybe it’s time you do some digging and try to have a catch up with her.

  10. last night I had a dream about at school and I got a phone call. the call was saying that my boyfriend was killed in a car accident. I dropped my phone and started crying, one of my male friends ran over to me and asked what was wrong, I said “hes dead, tristans dead’. I did not speak for weeks. it was like he was my soulmate. when I woke up, I realised I don’t have a boyfriend or know anyone called Tristan. I researched and found out that Tristan is from an Arthurian legend,i have a Arthruan legend book an the end of my bed that I have only scanned. what does this mean?

  11. My dream was about a friend named (we are gonna call him T) T. He is nothing more than a school friend and I never liked him. But, in the dream, my parents constantly told me that they like him and how good of a partner he would be. In the dream, T was behaving exactly as T would in real life. I told my parents he was just a friend and they took it as a challenge, they said that I was pretty, good cook, and things that would make me a good spouse. The weird part is, I’m transgender so this 1.) upset me in more ways than it should have, 2.) Confused me because I like somebody else, 3.) I’m not all that close to T. He’s simply a kid in my class. Going back to the dream, my mother sneaks his phone and literally LOOKS THROUGH IT. Now doing so, she found pictures of me that T secretly took. 35 of them. Dream me didn’t know what to do, so I confronted him. Real me has confrontation issues and would never confront someone about this. I talked to him about it and he said “they’re by accident” all nervous like… And then I woke up angry, confused, freaked out, and more confused. The weird part is, I’ve had this dream before, but I didn’t think much of it.

    Anyone know what this could mean??

  12. Since my father passed in May of 2013 I have had 31 dreams about him. In most of them he is either giving me advice or we are having a legit/literal conversation.

    In one dream (September 2015 while my condo was on for sale and fallen out of escrow twice) I see my dad walking into a building and I tell him that I want to sell my condo. He says no I don’t want you to but I insist that I want to and ask him to help me. He say’s OK let me see what I can do but you have to be honest with me and tell me what you want. The next night I held up a photo of my father, lit a candle and told him exactly the kind of buyers I wanted and made a list of 10 must haves with finding a new condo. I did this every night. Long story short a month later my condo was in escrow (the perfect buyer) and 3 months after closing escrow I moved into my current condo that had 9 of my 10 must haves.

    Also every year around the anniversary of his death I see the mourning cloak butterfly hover over my house. My fathers favorite animal was the butterfly.

  13. Ok so last night i had a really weird dream this is what wrote in my journal—-> (Oh BTW I am gong to call the boy Drew because i don’t want to reveal his identity) I had a dream that i was at school and Drew Brown was there, i don’t like Drew in any kind of romantic way we are simply friends, in my dream we were hangout out a lot and he kept trying to ask me something, At one point we were like at an amusement park and we would go somewhere like on a ride or something with 1 friend or more and he would eventually ask them to leave. then in the dream we started holding hands, which was weird because i don’t like him that way, then later he was like “Jenna i really like you…” then i was like “oh…” and he ran off. I forgot about him until a little later i was thinking about what i had said and i went to like the loud speaker and said “i just want to tell a certain person that I feel the same way” then we met up together and kissed and hugged and stuff, it may have been dream me and dream drew but the feeling love was real, he kept trying to ask me something, i would see it in his eyes that he really wanted to ask me something. since this was a dream i could hear what he was thinking if i wasn’t there, but dream me couldn’t hear him just i could, so he was on his phone looking at his texts and he was looking at pictures of me and in his head he said “i just can’t stop looking at her naked” because i guess somehow he got pictures of me naked. Later on we were kissing and hugging and holding hands and he said, “we should go somewhere else”. I need to tell you that were at Youth Conference! YC is a thing my school puts on where kids form all over go to this one place called Aspen Grove in Utah, we stay in cabins and hear inspirational speakers, they are so strict on Romance that the boys are not even aloud to LOOK at the girls cabin! and in the dream we were both only 13 (what we are now) Aspen Grove has this little like miniature town where you can play games and so were in the mini town in top of the “hotel” (its only like 1 1/2 stories high) and were kissing when he said “we should go somewhere else” because like i said its so strict here that a boy and a girl aren’t aloud to go anywhere alone, so i asked him where and he just said “follow me” next thing i knew we were somewhere else, i think we were either in the game building, the conference building which has hotel rooms underneath, the hotel-lodges, or one of the cabins by the laser tag arena (those cabins are always locked though) so we were in one of those places, there was a bed and it was really quiet and romantic (even though IRL i don’t even like Drew) the we were making out when he said “umm Jenna?” and i said “yeah?” and he responded with “do you think we could… like… Nevermind its stupid” and i he looked away i said “no no what is it?” and he said “weeell i mean its just i was thinking we could like… you know” and i was like “mmhmm” and nodded my head then we were making out again but this time while taking each others cloths off, i was about to take his pants off, and him mine, but right as they fell off… I woke up. I mean i don’t even like Drew that way and i don’t want to have sex until im married, i don’t understand what all this was but at the same time… I don’t know why but i kinda liked it, which is weird because i don’t like Drew!

    Does anyone know what this could mean?

    • Long time ago I’ve had a crush on someone I’ve worked with. He was weird towards me. He’d tell me how much he hates me but all his actions were a complete opposite. Anyway, our paths separated and I started to have those weird romantic, super vivid dreams with him. I mean almost every night, then I fallen in love with someone else, married him. I mean I am happy with my marriage and my husband but I still have dreams about that other guy. I don’t even think of him and I haven’t spoken to him for years! How can I stop those dreams? I don’t hold any feelings towards him and my brain starts to annoy me with getting him involved in my dreams so often. Anyone, help?

      • Same dream with you. I kept on dreaming of my X. We’re both happilly married with different person. How can I stop dreaming of him. He’s happy with her wife and I don’t want to tell him about this.Please help me what to do.

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