What does it mean when you dream about someone

In this blog post, we will talk about what it means when you dream about someone you love, when you dream about someone often and when you dream about someone dead. 

What does it mean when you dream about someone?

Dream interpretation has always been a subject of interest to us humans. It is a process that relies on guessing since there are no scientific theories to support dream significance. 

What does it mean when you dream about someone? There are several theories that explain that.

For example, if you dream about someone you know, it might mean that you have thought about that person lately more than usual. 

Normally, thoughts of someone you like haunt you all day, especially before you fall asleep.

This creates an imprint of thoughts on the subconscious, reflected in dreams.

What does it mean when you dream about someone you love? It can be a manifestation of the attraction you feel for that person. 

To dream of someone dying or dead indicates that that person is a not very good company, it indicates that it has a negative influence over you.

If the person who died in the dream was a close one, it may represent the strong connection between the dreamer and that person, or it may also symbolize the unresolved issues with that person.

Dreaming of someone famous can be a reflection of the desire to reach as high as that person.

A famous athlete you dream of can mean that you really want to practice that sport.

Of course, there are also sexual dreams about a person. It is a primary human instinct, these dreams show the flow of feelings associated with this instinct.

Dreaming about yourself

Even if you are changed in a dream, even if you have different hair colour or other clothes, even if you do not see your face very well, the feeling of recognition is strong. 

When you dream of yourself, you have premonitory dreams about either your health, about the changes you need or about future prospects that you do not see yet.

Regardless of the dream situation, your own person is a beneficial symbol and helps you have more confidence in what you are doing.

Dreams in which famous people appear

Psychologists say that most often we dream of the people we thought of that day or even before falling asleep, so acquaintances often appear in dreams.

They can be co-workers, relatives, dear friends or even people we dislike. 

In reality, your dream is not about that person, but about how you relate to them.

It can be about a relationship that is not going well, about the competition between you two or even about your need to get her/his approval, if she/he is a person you admire. 

You cannot decode the dream unless you look with all sincerity and objectivity at the relationship between the two of you.

Answer this question, ‘What do I want from this person?‘ and you will also find the message behind the dream.

Dreams in which family members appear

The gestures and words that your siblings or parents say in a dream are key to your relationship with them.

 If you often dream of your mother, it means that you are in a difficult time in life, when you need attention, affection and encouragement.

Dreaming about your father means the need for protection, but also authority, so if you dream of him, it can often be about a situation that you do not know how to overcome on your own.

Grandparents represent tradition, but also outdated models that you try to get rid of, to do things differently.

Siblings usually try to send you a message about the things you owe to your family, and in-laws are a symbol of your marriage.

Dreams in which your children and your husband appear

Children are representative of your concerns about your immediate family.

The more often you dream of them, the more you must be aware that there is something wrong with them, that a crucial moment is approaching in your family life. 

For a mother, dreams about her daughter mean in particular that the two need mutual support, but are not close.

Also, the dreams in which your husband appears are an expression of the things you cannot achieve alone and of the fears about your future together.

Dreams in which a former lover appears

Such dreams are repressed memories, unshared feelings or regrets.

But there are also cases in which the appearance of an ex-boyfriend in a dream warns you that the current relationship has too many aspects that bother you.

Dreams usually try to give us a solution to the things we fail to achieve in real life.

If your current partner does not give you what you want, you project your wishes to your ex-boyfriend who gets another aura in your dream, even if in reality you were not satisfied with him.

What does it mean when you dream about someone you love?

The most obvious interpretation of dreams in which your loved one appears is that you are always thinking about her/him.

It is a common dream at the beginning of a relationship and when you are in love. 

In this phase, the dream does not have a very deep meaning, but it is another way in which the subconscious manifests itself, considering that you are very attracted to that person.

If you are in a relationship and you dream of your partner, even if you have gone through the phase of butterflies in the stomach, this can have several interesting meanings.

The person loved in the dream symbolizes those traits and qualities that help us to be happy and fulfilled.

In real life, your partner is your support for you and helps you cope with difficult situations, so it symbolizes security and stability in your dreams.

It is not necessary that the dream is about him, but rather about a situation or behaviour that brings you many benefits.

A dream in which your partner appears can also reflect the way you currently perceive him/her and, if you analyze it carefully, you can realize exactly where you are emotional. 

Having an intimate relationship with your partner in a dream means that you feel very close to him/her and that you have intense feelings in everyday life.

Through dreams, we also express all our frustrations and insecurities, including those related to relationships.

Even if we are in a perfect relationship for ourselves, at the level of the subconscious we can still have deep fears, which will manifest in dreams.

However, because dreams are symbolic, they will rarely be related to your relationship but will be related to other aspects of your life, even if you dream of your loved one.

What does it mean when you dream about someone often? 

The idea that dreams are premonitions… about the past and the present or the future has been around for thousands of years.

People all over the world believe that they are actually announcing changes that are going to take place in the life of the dreamer. 

Many experts believe that dreams represent the subconscious, including the fears and hidden desires of each individual.

We remind you that Aristotle believed that the dream was a psychological investigation. 

If you always dream of the same person – whether it’s your best friend or the worst enemy – you shouldn’t take the interpretation too literally, according to several psychologists.

Dreaming about someone frequently is a more common occurrence than you’d think.  

These dreams do not necessarily mean that you are obsessed with the person who appears in your dream, but they can represent your feelings and worries.

The fact that we dream can help our brain to sort out the information “collected” during the day while we sleep.

In other words, if you often dream of the same person, it could symbolize a reason for stress or anxiety, a stage marked by worries, transposed in the form of dreams.

For example, if you always dream of the same co-worker, it does not necessarily mean that you have a problem with him/her, but rather it can symbolize a work situation that you have to solve because it causes you worries, stress and dissatisfaction.

What does it mean when you dream about someone dead?

These are the most disturbing dreams because you never know how to interpret them, whether they are positive or negative. 

First of all, it depends on what the deceased tells you.

If they encourage you, if they give you advice or just smile at you, it means that you accept their disappearance from your life and try to see their future. 

If they scold you, if they look at you with sad eyes, it means that you miss them and you are not used to the thought that they are no longer alive. 

On the other hand, the deceased can send you very important messages about your friends or common relatives, about the things that remained unfinished after them or about what you have to do next.

In popular tradition, when you dream that you are interacting with a deceased person, whether you are talking to them or listening to them, it means that you will receive unexpected news or that important changes are to come.

Psychologically, dreaming of a dead person (whom you do not know) can mean the end of a stage in your life.

If, however, the person you dream of is close to you and has recently died, you do not have to worry, because it means that you are still grieving, which is perfectly normal. 

A 1992 study identified 4 categories of dreams about someone deceased. 

In the first category, the dreamer is surprised that the person deceased appears to be alive.

These dreams are called “resurrection” dreams and accounted for 39% of the dreams of those who participated in the study.

They involve a form of denial of the death of a loved one.

The second category is the one in which the dreamer receives advice from the deceased person and it is represented by 23% of the dreams on this topic.

They usually occur long after the person’s disappearance and trigger positive feelings, showing that the dreamer has come to terms with the unfortunate event.

The third category of dreams that include dead people are those in which the deceased say goodbye and assure the dreamer that everything is fine.

These dreams accounted for 29% of the cases in the study.

The fourth and last category is the one in which the dreams about the dead acquire a philosophical nuance and the one who sleeps asks questions about his own existence, referring to the loved one who perished. These dreams accounted for 18% of cases.

When you dream of a dead person, the subconscious tries to cope with loss and suffering, but you may already be reconciled to the idea that a loved one has died and received guidance and a sense of protection from such a dream. 

Regardless of the effects, these dreams are not among the most common, so pay attention to them and try to figure out what they are saying about your current mental state.

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Conclusions

In this blog post, we will talk about what it means when you dream about someone you love, when you dream about someone often and when you dream about someone dead. 

What does it mean when you dream about someone you love? It can be a manifestation of the attraction you feel for that person. 

To dream of someone dying or dead indicates that that person is a not very good company, it indicates that it has a negative influence over you. 

Dreaming of someone famous can be a reflection of the desire to reach as high as that person. 

Regardless of the type of dreams you are having, pay attention to them and try to figure out what they are saying about your current mental state.

What do you most often dream about? Let us know in the comments section!

FAQ about What does it mean when you dream about someone

Is it true that when you dream about someone they dream about you?

Unfortunately, one cannot say for sure that it is true that when you dream about someone they dream about you.

It is most likely that this is a superstition. However, it is possible to dream about someone you spend a lot of time with, so in theory, it is possible for two people to dream about each other.

What does it mean when you dream about a person?

When you dream about a person it might mean that you have thought about that person lately more than usual. 

Normally, thoughts of someone you like haunt you all day, especially before you fall asleep. This creates an imprint of thoughts on the subconscious, reflected in dreams.

What does it mean when you dream about someone sexually?

When you dream about someone sexually, these types of dreams show the flow of feelings associated with the sexual instinct. 

How do you know if someone is dreaming about you?

Unfortunately, you cannot know if someone is dreaming about you unless they tell you.

Our dreams are often less about the people we dream of and more likely about ourselves and our needs. 

Further Reading

Dreams: Interpretations, Hidden Meanings, Symbols, by Alison Davies 

The Dream Dictionary from A to Z: The Ultimate A-Z to Interpret the Secrets of Your Dreams, by Theresa Cheung 

The Dreamer’s Dictionary: Understand the Deeper Meanings of Your Dreams, by Stearn Robinson

The Complete A to Z Dictionary of Dreams: Be Your Own Dream Expert, by Ian Wallace

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References

Finding Meaning in Dreams: A Quantitative Approach, by G.William Domhoff

The Dreamer’s Dictionary: Understand the Deeper Meanings of Your Dreams, by Stearn Robinson

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