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. Hello. So I remember having this dream I had a while back and it involved some of my family and friends. I only remember the end of the dream where I gained control and asked if I would ever get a girlfriend. Everyone in the dream said no at the exact same time and it shocked me awake. I think my subconscious hates me, or do any of you have an explanation?

    • Maybe you just don’t actually think you’ll get a girlfriend. Maybe you need to look at that and believe you will.

  2. I liked this guy through middle school and high school, I was friends with his sister and would sleepover and hang out with him a lot. I know he liked me too but we never really admitted it to each other. I’ve since graduated and have a boyfriend of almost 3 years. I haven’t spoken to this guy in 5 years. But I always dream of him. Like every couple weeks. Last night my boyfriend was in my dream, so was the guy I used to like and his girlfriend. Him and his girlfriend were having sex and for some reason I saw and they stopped. He came in to tell me basically to mind my business but then we began to have sex. I didn’t even care about my boyfriend being in the other room, in my dream. After we had sex, he continued to hang out with his girlfriend and ignore me. I don’t know why I constantly dream about him!

  3. I keep dreaming about members of family that I haven’t seen in 20 years over and over. Not every day but at least once a month. I have let all bad feelings go and realize things were just not mean to be I never belonged but when I dream of them nothing ever goes right. I dream of choking one of them repeatedly and the others are always berating me in my dream as they did in real life. I don’t think of them often but wonder why they keep popping up. I am happy in my life without them, much happier than when they were there. Can any one interpret this?

  4. Angela garcia on

    I was dreaming that my best friend added me in the group chat and she forgot that I was in the group chat and her and her friend were makeing fun of me and I got all sad can someone tell me what this dream means

  5. Marshmallow on

    ~i [16 yrs] just recently had a dream where i was at a youth group gathering. at this gathering, which my ex is at – he’s always at youth gatherings, so i thought nothing of it – i was hanging out near him the whole time – which, again, is pretty normal – but during some weird “new comers” activity thingy, i went to hug him, he awkwardly told me he was trying to give me a hug where he picks me up, so we did that, and then we continued to hold hands for a bit. at one point he finally turned to me and kissed me, i kissed him back and we kinda blushes about it, still holding each other’s hands. then, just a bit before the end, he turned to me, said “this may our last kiss” and kissed me as passionately as possible, riiiiiiiight before we got interrupted by someone stopping us.
    i pretty much just wanna know what something like this, in a dream, means, even if it’s just random thoughts and suggestions. i also wanna know if anyone thinks i should take any action on it.
    [extra info: i am in a new relationship, but my boyfriend was not in the dream. i am very happy in my current relationship, but i do really miss my old one, and my ex is also one of my only friends.]
    thank you for reading.

  6. I know that when you dream about someone you’re crushing on means that you’ve been thinking about them, but what does it mean when you dream about someone you’re crushing on, but haven’t thought about in two weeks?

  7. Abby Paddock on

    What if you keep dreaming of a person, over and over again, but you don’t know who they are, where they are or why you are dreaming of them?

  8. I dreamed about that I’m saying I love you to a man I had met only two or three times and a year later I did said I love you to him and we are together now…is this make him my soulmate?

  9. I have been having dreams about two people that I hate with a passion. they keep showing up in my dreams recently but not in a bad way. in the dream we would see each other, talk about beating the crap out of each other but then like two seconds after it was as if we were friends and were talking to each other as if we had been friends for a while. I still hate these people and they still hate me and I still want to beat the ever living crap out of them but my dreams have been weird. Anyone know the meaning of these?

  10. I had this dream about driving to go see my great grandparents ( I’m 13 by the way, so I don’t drive yet) in a center for older people. The whole time, it was a beautiful, very sunny day. To go there, the person driving was one of my friends that I liked. I didn’t see that it was him, but I felt it. I felt like I trusted him and I was kind of sad and depressed When we got there, my great grandparents looked really happy and younger of maybe 20 or 30 years. We didn’t talk. They were just sitting. Then on the way back, I was the one driving and my friend wasn’t there. I felt stronger, but not happy, and not sad/mad. This is one of the only dreams I had that i remember this well and it really marked me (it happened about a month ago and I still think about it). Anyone can help me understand this please or anyone can relate?

  11. I dreamed about the woman I really like before untill now but I believe she doesn’t like me because she had already a boyfriend she said and she dont want to talk to me on chat and we dont see each other for very long time already. Im always dreaming about her more or less every month. She just suddenly appeared in my dream even though Im not thinking of her”
    Is it she always or sometimes thinking of me or she likes me to?

    I can say that she dont matter for me at all but every time I dream of her, my feelings about her turn back”

    Please help me to know the answer of this dream.

    • This doesn’t mean she has any feelings for you, sorry to say. If you are still dreaming about her this means that you still have a connection emotionally deep in your heart even if you’re not concious of it

  12. So last night I had this dream where a guy from school asked me to go to the school dance with him. I have had feelings for him in the past but I dont know if this means that I still like him. He is really nice and kind of popular but he has a girlfriend in the real world. What does this mean?

  13. So 2 nights ago I had a dream about my baby boys babysitter. I started off as pure innocence, & then it turned into a sex dream, & a purposel, crazy huh?. Then last night I dreamt about my buddies wife who I hadn’t seen in years, we went in outta space, next thing I knew it was sex. I’m kinda worried, & idk what they mean,

  14. Hi everybody!
    I’m having some weird dreams. I’m dreaming about someone I like as person but not as boyfriend,but in our dreams we’re dating! Ahaha! And the most absurd thing is that when I’m dreaming about him I like for example to be hugged by him. I felt like butterflies in my stomach,but as I dream about kissing the guy I like,I can’t feel anything. I don’t know why. Someone told me that in the truth I like the other guy,but I’m really sure it isn’t the case,cause I don’t feel anything for him in everyday’s life. So,what do you think about that? I think my brain is crashing lol

  15. Autumn madej on

    Theres this guy in school. And he always looks at me so i look back. And he has this friend, who also looks at me. So i look back. and last night i had a dream about meeting them for the first time. At school during the day i normaly cant find the strength and the courage to go up to them both and say hi. Id like to be there friends to be honest. They seem like nice guys but i just get so scared when i try to go up to them. I was thinking maybe my dream ment that i acually do have the strength inside of me to say hi to them but. Im just so unsure

    • You should definitely say “Hi” to him. Saying “Hi” doesn’t make any harm to anyone, so you don’t have anything to lose. Otherwise you might regret it for a very long time.

  16. I had a dream that a guy that I’ve been friends with and I were sitting near each other and I sat in his lap, we then began to grind, after such he was wide away on the couch and asked me to sit on his lap. After doing so we went farther. He is 19 with a SON and I’m 15 with a boyfriend, never thought I’d dream about him like that

    • I had a dream kinda like that before. I am also 15 and had a dream about a boy I was strictly only friends with.. a few months after the dream we realised we both liked each other and dated.

  17. An ex lover occasionally pops up in my dreams. These dreams really stand out because he seems to just walk in and look around, like he’s not really part of the dream at all, then slips away through a door or something. My thought is always “Hey you don’t belong here” and I try to follow him, but the same door or path takes me to another dream and he’s vanished. Days or weeks later he’s back in my waking life and that never ends well.

    He showed up in one of my dreams again a few nights ago. I’m on the front porch of a beautiful home in a charming neighborhood and he drives by in one direction… and again in the other direction… and once more, this time on his bicycle, looking at me as he turns the corner. I thought “I know this trick, move along sir” and chose not to follow. I liked the dream I was in and didn’t care enough about the brief invasion to leave it.

    It’s strange… I don’t miss him. I don’t hate him. I wish him well and hope he finds what he’s looking for. I just would like him to stay the hell out of my dreams already.

    • everyone you come across in life will leave a piece of themself behind in your heart. I think he will continue to be in your dreams for a long time…impossible to forget real life experiences of ex lovers especially

  18. So I had a dream that I was at an amusement park with my kids from work, and it started out some random guy was sitting nearby and I kept looking at him as he was watching me with my kids. Then some older guy walks up to me and tells me he still misses me and wants me to get back with him. Tells me he’s called me (over a year ago), I claim I never got it so as he tries to find my number and either call or text, I stare at the other guy who is visibly hurt. I realize both guys are wanting me so I run to avoid dealing with the issue at first, asking my kids why I feel like dating someone 20+ years older then me is wrong. Then I wake up. Why? Lol

  19. This morning I just woke up from a very vivid dream of an ex boyfriend. He was someone who has come and go in my life many times. I haven’t seen or spoke to him in years. But for some reason I had a strong dream about him last night all the way til this morning. Which I never dream about anything or ever remember it. But this one I remember everything. He came to me to tell me he loves me which has always been very hard for him to do. We couldn’t seem to let go of one another every where we went. He didn’t want to let go of me. I were in a new beautiful city and he came to me and visited and fell in love with it. But the whole time in the dream he was leaving for a long time in some sort of trip and I knew we had to say goodbye. But over and over he kept telling me he had always loved me. And I kept saying the same. Which in real life I never did. In the dream it was like we were back together again arms wrapped around each other, then just before I woke up he kissed me and said goodbye and I let him go and walked to his car not my car because in my dream he left his stuff to me. And I drove off in his car feeling more loved by him then I ever did. But in real life I stopped communication with him. I figured past is past so stop talking to him because I’ve always gotten no where with him. But in my dream I felt like he needed me or needed to find me for some reason. It really felt like he has been watching me. Weird. It was so vivid. But in real life he doesn’t have my new number or a way to contact me. Sooner what it meant.

  20. I had a dream a guy i just met him in our store.hes not my crush.in ny dreams ,he kiss me in my lips and feels so true and i woke up i can still feel his warm lips.and thats how i started to fell inlove with him.and now he is my husband already

  21. Few weeks ago I was dreaming about someone (a girl) I only meet her once in my life. My brother know that person because they went high school together. The first time meeting her I was’not interest and never thing about her, after that month or two she show up on my dream and on the dream we were together, hold one another, feeling love and be loved. I don’t know what does this dream mean.

  22. Sheyanna o on

    I had a dream about a guy I briefly dated (like a week) but the fact that I fell for him so quickly was unbelievable….. I never liked him before….. Then after it shows me my fiance diying…. I woke up almost crying.! I rolled over to hug him an say I love you.

  23. I had friendship problems with some guy, and I keep dreaming about him in many different ways. What does it mean? And is it true when you dream about someone means that person is thinking about you?

    ‘m in highschool and I had a dream that I was in Athletics with a bunch of friends. One of my guy friends(G) who two brothers, a year older(T) and a few years younger(S), and it was S’s birthday party. We live in a very small town where everyone is friends with everyone and their mom(Mrs.B) invited almost the whole town. I forgot what time the party started and instead of asking I just walked with T to their house. It was around 5 and we were just talking and laughing but then he leaned in and kissed me. I wasn’t really friends with him and I liked G, but I didn’t know what to do… I just froze. He grabbed my inner thigh and leaned back so where I was laying on his bed with him on top of me. He was holding my leg with one hand and my face with the other when he was getting rough. He started taking his shirt off and then his pants, I was still froze to the point I couldn’t even talk. He grabbed my shirt and started kissing my stomach and boobs. As he was doing that he also took my shorts off and that’s when I got my voice back and said stop. He didn’t pay attention to me and just kept going. I kept saying “no” and “stop” but everytime I did he didn’t listen. As he was putting himself in me I yelled really loud both because it hurt and I was scared. G and Mrs.B ran in and saw what he was doing, and me crying. G ran over and started punching and kicking the crap out of him. While Mrs.B got me a blanket, she tried to stop them but she got punched in the face and that’s when they stopped. I couldn’t stop crying my face was so pale white and I was shaking so much. G walked over to me and I was just thinking about how much he must hate me, but instead he just said that he was there for me and was on my side. Mrs.B didn’t want to call the police because she didn’t want to lose her son and have the party ruined but G did. They showed up 5 minutes after he called, and they took statements, rape kits, and took T into custody. G came with me to my house and stayed the next few nights. I just knew he didn’t like me the way liked him, especially not now. Months pass and G lives with me because his mom kicked him out, T is in prison for rape, and on my birthday G tells me that his loves me more than a sister.
    ***THEN IT WAS OVER!!!!!!***

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