Do you have recurring dreams about someone?
Did you dream about someone and found it odd that this person appeared in your dreams?
We have all dreamt about other people at one point or another. In fact, dreams about other people are the most common type.
Depending on the context, dreaming about someone can be a horrifying, comforting, or even confusing experience that leaves more questions than answers.
I wrote this article to address a common question many people ask: what does it mean when you dream about someone? As you will find out, the reasons for dreaming about another person are varied.
So, let’s jump in and discover what it means when you dream about someone.
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone?
Here are some common interpretations of dreams about someone.
1. You are thinking a lot about them
According to psychologists and sleep experts, dreams are a reflection of our predominant thoughts during our waking hours.
Interestingly, we are not always aware of our thoughts. After all, we think about so many things during the day; it is impossible to keep track of all our conscious and subconscious thoughts.
Dreams mostly emanate from our subconscious thoughts. These are thoughts we are not consciously aware of but are deep-seated in our brain.
A big reason for dreaming about someone is that you have been thinking about them for quite some time.
You might not be consciously aware that you are thinking about them but the low-key frequencies of thoughts about this person percolate into your subconscious mind and you end up dreaming about them at some point.
Proponents of the law attraction would describe this as ‘’thoughts become things’’ or “what you think of, you bring into existence.”
2. It is a reflection of your emotional state
Dreaming about someone might have nothing to do with that person and everything to do with your state of mind or your emotional state.
If the person you dream about had an immense emotional impact on you, you might end up dreaming about them whenever you experience these emotions.
For example, if someone caused you intense emotional pain, you might end up associating all emotional pain with this person even if they have nothing to do with your current experience of pain.
So, when you undergo yet another painful experience, it will remind you of this person who also once hurt you and you might end up dreaming about them.
3. You haven’t dealt with an aspect of yourself
Dreams about someone else can have a deeper meaning pointing to aspects about personality or something you are yet to resolve.
When you have recurring dreams about someone, you might want to think about what this person symbolizes in your life whether or not you know them at a personal level.
For example, if you keep dreaming about your bank manager, someone with whom you only have a transactional relationship, it could be a sign that you need to look more closely at your finances. Maybe there are fine details about your finances you are missing and need to pay attention to.
Dreaming about the same person over and over is a sign of a lesson you need to learn. If the lesson is not clear, call onto your intuitive powers to help you understand the lessons in your dreams.
4. You are being guided to a solution about a problem you have
From a spiritual perspective, dreams are a portal through which our guardian angels or Higher Self communicate to us.
When you see someone in a dream, your guardian angels could be giving you clues to help you solve a specific problem. Sometimes, the person that has been sent to you in your dreams might not ‘make sense but they are exactly what you need at that particular point in time.
When you see someone in your dreams and you have a feeling that they have been sent to you for reasons you aren’t clear about, I suggest taking time to meditate on this person and the dream.
Ask the universe to guide you in understanding the symbolism behind this person in your dream. Sure enough, if you keep your senses wide open, the answers will come to you.
Often, you will find that the person in your dreams is a North Star pointing you to a solution you have been searching for, for a long time.
5. You have unresolved feelings
A common dream most of us have is about our exes. There is nothing inherently good or bad about dreaming about someone you used to love.
But, dreams about an ex could be a sign that you haven’t learnt to let go and move on. The context of the dream matters and how you feel about the dream when you wake up will also give you a clue about the meaning of the dream.
If the dream conjures negative emotions, this is a clear sign that you still have unresolved feelings about your past relationship.
Perhaps it is time to deal with your feelings once and for all. This will allow you to experience greater peace of mind and usher you into a positive space where you can enjoy true love to the fullest.
Of course, it is still possible to dream about your ex even if you have long moved on. You might dream about them if you have subconsciously been thinking about them.
6. The other person is sending you a telepathic message
Have you ever thought of someone and they immediately call you? This is known as telepathy or mind-to-mind communication where you can communicate with another person without exchanging words.
Dream telepathy entails communicating with others while you are asleep and dreaming. When someone appears in your dreams, they could be trying to communicate with you telepathically, especially if the two of you are close.
This means they are either dreaming about you too or thinking about you. It could also mean that this person is trying to reconnect with you either because they long for you or they are in distress.
It is not always possible to reach out and connect with everyone who appears in our dreams. But, if you have a feeling that someone whom you dreamed of needs your help, it is a good idea to reach out and see how they are doing.
7. You are ignoring qualities about yourself
Did you dream about losing track of someone close to you? Dreaming about losing someone and frantically trying to find them could mean that you have lost a part of yourself.
This is a clear demonstration that dreaming about someone is usually not about that other person; it is mostly about you.
For example, if you dream about losing track of a child, this could be interpreted as you losing touch of your childlike qualities such as playfulness, curiosity, and optimism. Perhaps it is time for you to rediscover these parts of yourself so you can feel alive once again.
If you dream about losing your spouse, parent, sibling or friend, there might be a need to reassess your relationship with this person. Maybe you are losing your identity in trying to maintain a relationship with them.
It is up to you to determine how you would want to navigate this relationship to recoup your identity and the parts of yourself you have lost track of.
8. You are entering or leaving an uncertain phase in your life
Dreaming about someone dying can leave you feeling frightened and apprehensive. But, dreams about someone dying don’t always mean that this person will die immediately.
On the contrary, dreams about death symbolize transitions. You might dream about someone dying if you are undergoing a period of change that is causing you anxiety and worry.
The person in your dream represents a phase in your life that you are moving past but you are apprehensive about because you do not know what the future holds.
Dreaming about someone dying might also be a sign of your desire to end something that is no longer serving you.
Pay attention to the person dying in the dream. For example, if you dream that your boss is dying, it could be a reflection of your desire to leave your toxic workplace and cut ties with your employer.
If you dream that someone close to you is dying, this could be a sign of unresolved issues between you two. Maybe you are struggling with a toxic friendship that needs to end, this explains why you might dream about this person dying.
9. You are seeking for approval in real life
It is common to dream about someone if you look up to them in real life. Dreams about someone ‘superior’ such as a boss, mentor, or parent are a reflection of the admiration and respect you have for them and your need for their approval.
There is nothing wrong with seeking the approval of those you admire. Hearing your boss say that you are doing a good job or your parent say they are proud of you can be a great source of motivation.
But, you should not let your need for outside approval overwhelm or stifle you. In fact, this dream could be a sign that your desire for validation might be consuming you and getting out of hand and it is time to reevaluate yourself.
In as much it feels good to be validated, you shouldn’t let this be the primary focus of your life or career. The best form of validation comes from inside of you.
10. You are running away from elements of yourself
When you dream about someone chasing you, you might wake up wondering what this alarming dream means.
Dreams about someone chasing you can be interpreted as you running away from an aspect of yourself you do not yet understand, would rather hide, or are embarrassed of. This all depends on the context of the dream and your experience of the dream.
Pay attention to the person chasing you in the dream. If it is someone you know, think about some of their qualities you admire but are too afraid to espouse them yourself.
For example, if you dream about a friend whose adventurous spirit you admire, this dream could be prompting you to loosen up and dare to add more variation and interest into your life.
However, sometimes the person chasing you in the dream is someone who doesn’t inspire you or represents negativity.
In this case, the dream is a reflection of the effort you are putting in real life to stay away from this person. For whatever reason, you want to run away from this person and everything they espouse.
11. You are processing grief
It is fairly common to dream about someone who is no longer alive. Such dreams are a reflection of unprocessed grief, which of course takes time to fully pass.
Dreams about a deceased represent the connection you had with them and what they symbolize in your waking life. It can be comforting seeing a lost loved on in your dreams but this can also make it harder to let go.
Pay attention to the dream’s context. Is the deceased in distress or are they comfortable? Their state could be a reflection of your own state and aspects of yourself that probably need healing.
Summary: What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone?
Dreaming about someone is very common. These dreams have many different interpretations depending on what is going on in your life.
All in all, when you dream about someone, it is usually because you are thinking a lot about them or something about this person’s life is teaching of an aspect about yourself you need to get in touch with.
I hope this article has given you some solid answers and a good understanding of what it means to dream about someone.