What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone?

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One of the most common dreams are the dreams about people you are familiar with. You might have a dream about your loved one or it could be about someone you just met last week. Because there are many different scenarios that feature people you know, we will break down some of the more common dreams about people that you might have.

Here are 10 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 the course of our life. Everyone we meet along our journey has some sort of 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 you were bullied by someone in your past, you might have a dream about that bully 20 years later.

#2. Dreaming About Someone You Are Currently Dating/Married

Someone you currently love

Dreaming about your current boyfriend/girlfriend or 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 Really Mean

In order 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.

Just because your partner is doing something inside of your dream, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are like that in your waking life.

#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 simply imagining different scenarios, these thoughts can have an 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 a number of different factors.

These dreams can 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 to 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 crush. It simply means that you have spent a lot of time thinking about them, which has been reflected in your dream.

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

#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.

The emotional that you have with someone will often determine the likeliness that you dream about that person. If you were with someone for 10 years and have 3 kids together, that person is likely going to have a bigger emotional impact than a short fling you had for 2 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 your true feelings in the relationship, you are likely going to have unresolved issues inside of your mind.

Dreams are often a way to help the mind process hurt and losses that we have experienced in the past. Conversely, 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.

#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 is difficult to fill. When our loved ones pass away, it often leaves a hole inside 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 flesh, they can still live on inside of you.

#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. The one person in the world you don’t want to see can make a surprise appearance in your dream.

A kid who is being bullied in school might have a dream where there bullies are harassing them or someone who went through an abusive relationship might have their abuser show up in a dream.

When you really don’t like someone, that person can be on your mind and occupy your subconscious thoughts. Once someone gets inside our head, it is quite often that they can show up in our dreams.

The best way to stop dreaming about someone you don’t like is to come to terms with that person inside of your mind. If someone hurt you in the past, forgive that person.

If you were bullied by someone, realize that people change and move past the hurt you experienced. 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 deep 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 are developing and maturing. One of the great psychologists Sigmund Freud believed that all dreams were sexual in nature 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 truly express yourself.

How to Interpret Dreams About Someone You Know

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

Some dreams are the result of our wish fulfillment, while others are the result of our brains processing pain that we have experienced throughout our life. The dreamer is the only person who can truly 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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About Author

Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for DreamSTOP.com and has a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology. 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. In Stephen's free time he loves sweating out his stress in Hot Yoga and enjoys cooking recipes he finds on Youtube.

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  1. Patrick Caya on

    I consider myself to be a huge dream junkie. I lucid dream every single night, and I have been ever since the first dream I can remember having as a child. I thought it was normal to control yourself and be aware it was a dream until a few years ago people would say “WOAHHHHH YOU CAN DO THAT?!”. It’s normal to me. Because of that, and because of the fact that I remember one to five dreams I have every night, I’m in love with every single dream experience, whether it be a creepy or happy dream. To me, there’s no such thing as a “nightmare”. Yes there are scary dreams, but I still consider those more interesting than scary. I can pause my dreams and a menu literally pops up saying “Quit or Continue?”. But if a dream does get too creepy for my likings, then I just squint my eyes and, poof, I’m up. It’s honestly like a video game in “real life”. I can fly if I want, I can think of someone and they will be shown to me within 10-30 seconds in the dream. I can breathe fire if I believe I can. I can turn my hand into a hammer just by thinking I can. Whatever I believe I can do, happens. I feel bad that others can’t do this, or simply don’t even remember their dreams. It’s the best part of my day/night. I wish I could stay asleep forever. Not kidding at all. Sometimes Astral projection accurs, which at first, which was maybe when I was around 12 years old, I was not a fan of at all. Then once I actually understood what was happening. I was simply amazed. The only thing I do not enjoy, which I’m sure barely anyone does, is sleep paralysis. And that stupid black/shadowy type person or sometimes a cat/gargoyle looking thing. Not a fan at all. But other than that, I can’t wait to pass out, and see what dreams I have the next night. Comment if you want to talk about any of your dreams, I love these discussions!

    • Sounds amazing what you could do in your sleep. Your last part sparked my interest when you mentioned you “don’t enjoy […] black/ shadowy type person or sometimes a cat/gargoyle looking thing.” You described my spirit guides, although I don’t see them directly, but with my peripherals, and I see them awake, not in dreams. The tall dark shadow man seems to appear when I am not doing the “right” thing, and the cat comes by my side when I am sad. Thought I’d share cause you described me guides on the dot, minus the gargoyle part lol

  2. I dreamed last night about all my ex’s, they were all bad dreams ( just being in trouble ) had these dreams for awhile but today I’m going to meet someone off a social site.. Does this dream mean I will not like this person, or just getting rid of all the bad times with my ex’s so I can start fresh with a new person.. Confused ???

    • Patrick Caya on

      I have these a lot. I bet it’s because maybe you weren’t either honest, or feel like the other person wasn’t honest in the relationship. If that’s not it, then the other thing I’m thinking is that you’re worried about how things either were, but most likely where the relationship may take you in the future. That’s how I see it. This interpretation I’m not so sure about though. I get these “hiding” dreams but not sure what I’m even hiding from sometimes. I just know I’m suppose to be hiding from something… but obviously, it means you’re scared of something. Either scared of thinking of the past with this person, scared OF the person, or scared of where you think this person may take you in life. There’s a lot of possibilities, but all has to do with you worrying or scared of something.. let me know:)

  3. So a couple of months ago I had the most random dream in which I was at a rehearsal for an orchestra concert and a certain little-known celebrity showed up. I hear this person’s songs on the radio, but I had never given any thought to him, nor had I been thinking about him in the time leading up to the dream. Ever since then, though, I’ve developed a huge crush on him and am now a huge fan. The orchestra part can be explained because a few days prior, our orchestra teacher gave our class a serious talking about an upcoming concert, but I still can’t figure out what the celebrity was doing there. I just recently found out that he’s actually an orchestra conductor, too, so that freaks me out even more! What does this mean?

  4. I had a strong crush on someone 3 years ago and I just had a dream where he comes back from somewhere and me andd another girl i dont know go to recieve him… we become best friends ( all three of us) but the girls becomes pregnant and im not sure if the father is my best frined (the boy) but then he takes me to the side somewhere and holds me i kiss his neck while he kisses my cheek and my mouth

  5. I want to share my story. I met my husband once when I was a teen. I was a contracted janitor working with my uncles company at a grocery store and he was a manager. I saw him once staring at me and it felt kind of creepy. He was totally not my type. About a year later after not seeing him at all , I had this random dream about him. In the dream we fell in love and we had 5 children. I was smiling and felt so warm during the whole dream. I woke up feeling flustered and happy but because he was about 3 years older and still not my type, it was weird. Two years later, I began a job as a cashier there. He was always looking at me and I remembered the dream I had. I was a mom by then and single at 17. He asked a mutual friend and coworker to get me to go on a double date and I agreed because by that point I kinda liked him as a friend. He was funny and actually kinda cute to me. He didn’t even know I had a kid until he picked me up and he was okay with it. We had that double date and then the following week a solo one and I have loved him since. We have been together now 21 years and have five children including my first born who is not his paternal child. Could this mean my husband was my soulmate? Could it be destiny? Either way I advise you all on here reading to let the guard down sometimes. I never planned on falling for him. But I love him with everything I am.

  6. So I haven’t had a dream in a while. At least not one that I can remember. Tonight for the first time in a while since me and my fiance has been together i had a dream. He was on the phone with his daughters mom and she told him that she loves him. When I asked him about it in the dream he said to me, “Well I didn’t say it back to her did I? “. I immediately woke up upset and crying. I know in the beginning of our relationship I used to have these type of dreams. But I thought we were better. Why now after so much time would I be having this type of dream? I’m so confused.

  7. Gabrie Hussle on

    My boyfriend just passed away on 02/0717. The same night he passed away I had a dream that he walked into the room I was sleeping in, layed down on my chest and told me he was okay that he was never going to leave me and he placed the promise ring he gave me onto my finger. What does that mean? Was this his goodbye?

    • Very sorry for your loss. I had a similar dream when my grandmother whom I lived with passed away. She died suddenly and I did not get to say goodbye. I was overwhelmed with grief and the same night she came to me and patted my back and said she’s happy and I would be okay. I took that as a sign that she wasn’t in pain and to begin the mourning process. She always had butterfly stickers on her glasses and the following Mothers Day they were everywhere around me. I absolutely believe that we see our loved ones again in the afterlife. We just have to embrace the little signs they send until then. I know nothing about dreams except my own personal experiences.

    • Patrick Caya on

      I don’t mean to be a bummer, but I don’t want to lie, either. This was not so much as him saying goodbye to you, but it was your way of yourself trying to show yourself what you may have wanted/needed. That’s a sweet, yet sad dream. I’m very sorry for your loss. I don’t believe in heaven, but he is in a better place, whether that be starting a new life, getting a new start here, or in another “realm” or “dimension”. I may be totally wrong about that, too, and there’s an infinite amount of possibilities of where he may be. But if you believe in heaven, there is nothing wrong with that at all. Just know he’s in a new, better, different place. Not gone, just somewhere else.

  8. I had a dream and it was when I was with my ex and all these other people that I knew were lined up on the wall next to us and there was a person that called couples up to kiss but when it was me and my ex boyfriends turn I ran away what does that mean?????

  9. So I’ve been seeing this girl for about a month now and we’ve known each other for over 10years and we got connected again and last night I had a dream that we were laying down somewhere I can’t remember and I just remember telling her I loved her it kind of slipped out. I want to know if anyone knows what this means or could mean? Help!!!!! 🙂 thank you

    • So Matt, it could mean you think very much or fondly of that person. You care so much that your brain is telling you to go for it. If you love her than tell her. Otherwise you guys may never get that good relationship. Saying I love you to a girl is a big deal. If you want to tell her make it special. I hope my advice helps. Please reply to my comment. Please. Thank you!

  10. I’ve had this dream about my crush and me being together and in the dream we hug and kiss all the time. I’m sort of confused at what it means. I’m not saying I don’t like the dream, cause every time I think about it, I smile at myself and get butterflies. All I’m asking is…… What does the dream mean?

    Sincerely
    Confused Butterfly

  11. I met this guy at a music festival and for some reason I got very connected to him, but I only spent one night with him.. now seven months later I still can’t stop thinking about him and also crying.. I keep having dreams about me and him and every time I wake up I cry because I wish he was beside me!!

  12. i dont know but this guy happened to be in same school and class, but i never said hello to him not even for once in my entire school life. i sometimes dream about him alot, nothing sexually or lover, i dont dream about my ex boyfriends, but about him, this is really embarassing and i am seriously giving a thought to this.

    • You probably have had thought to it , it’s like when people would say you like someone when you don’t but the more they say it , you might think it could be possible to. So seeing this guy all the time , you don’t think about it , but it could be tension between you to, hope this helps :)).

    • Patrick Caya on

      Was this kid bullied? Did he not have many friends? Was he hurt, and no one dared to help him? Maybe you didn’t help him, and you dreaming about him made you feel a little guilty. If not, it may just be you subconsciously wanting to talk to him, and now you don’t have the chance unless you contact him via email, Facebook, etc. I really don’t know who this kid is, though, or what he’s like how how he was treated in your eyes, so there’s not much else to guess. It’d be sweet if you answered my questions that I asked at the beginning of my comment so I could help you out if you’re really inclined to figure out why you’re having these dreams. Finding meaning in your dreams is very, very satisfying. Please let me know!

  13. I’ve been having a weird dream for over a week; it involves everybody in my life & it’s like I’m sitting down talking to every single one of them and apologizing to them. Even to some that have done me wrong. & it’s eating at me really bad!! Like there is something I need to do. My husband is worried I’m gonna leave but I’m not miserable in my marriage and very happy. So I don’t know what it is going on if somebody could help please

    • Hey Bullard, I have had similar dreams and I can assure you that the dreams you are having are only dreams. They are in no way an indicator that you will leave your husband. Assure your husband that your dreams are simply troubling you and that you have no intention of leaving him. One of the benefits of doing this is that he may learn to be more supportive of you after you are upset by what is going on in your head at night. As for making the awful dreams stop, this article actually had some pretty good advice in regards to “forgiving” those people–not apologizing, rather, just letting it go–and I might recommend that you meditate on what these people mean to you and try to resolve whatever conflict you might have with them internally.

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