What Does It Mean If You Dream About Someone You Don’t Like?

By on September 10, 2017

When you dream about someone you don’t like, it can be disconcerting. You know that dreaming about someone you like is because you hope that they could like you back. Dreaming about a dead relative or friend may show regret or a wish that they were still there. But what does it really mean when you dream about someone you don’t like?

The Answer Lies in Your Subconscious

Your dreams are created by the subconscious mind. When you are asleep, this part of your mind activates to create dreams based on your thoughts, feelings, memories and desires. Sometimes, these dreams are completely random as the mind sends through random images. Other times, the dreams have a deeper meaning. They may represent current difficulties in your life, your desires, warnings and relationships from your past.

Interpreting your dream is not always easy. Each person is highly subjective. They have unique memories and experiences that play a role in their dream. Because of this, it would be quite difficult to apply the same interpretation to every dream.

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone You Don’t Like?

There are many common interpretations for why you would dream about someone you don’t like. We will cover some of the most common meanings that occur in your dream.

1. You Really, Really Don’t Like Them

Strong feelings tend to appear in your dream. While you hate thinking about this person, they are firmly cemented into your subconscious mind. When you have strong feelings about anything, it basically creates a fixed, strong memory. Your constant thoughts about the person makes it more likely that you will dream about them. Even though you do not like that person, they are more likely to appear in your dreams because of your hatred. If you can learn to let your hatred go, then they are more likely to disappear from your dreams.

2. They Represent a Feeling

Think about the person who appeared in your dream. Even though you do not like them, they may represent a certain feeling or desire. You hate them, but that does not mean that they are not intelligent, cunning, hard-working or many other qualities. They may have appeared in your dream because you wish you had their focused ambition, workaholic nature or natural cunning. Think about what qualities they represent and figure out the feeling or desire that they might symbolize.

3. You Want to Heal the Relationship

People naturally want to be liked. It can be extremely difficult to constantly be around someone who does not like you. If you don’t like someone, there is an excellent chance that they do not like you as well. You may dream about someone you don’t like becoming your friend, talking to you or going to an event together. This may happen entirely because you don’t like them, but you wish that they would like you. You may want to heal the relationship and stop living with a constant, ongoing feud.

4. You Fear a Danger

There are a number of potential meanings behind this type of dream, but one common interpretation is danger. If you dream about someone you don’t like lurking nearby you, then it may mean that you feel like a danger is lurking nearby. You may feel like someone or something close to you could betray you or act maliciously.

5. It Shows How You Feel

Your subconscious mind often shows how you feel through symbols. For example, when you are happy, independent and feeling invincible, you dream of flying. Flying is the symbol of independence and invincibility, so your subconscious uses it in the dream to show how you feel.

In comparison, your more negative dreams may show different symbols. Think about what the person you don’t like represents. If you dislike their ethics or attitude, it may be this attribute that your subconscious may represent. Perhaps they seem like a traitor and someone who would betray a friend. In this scenario, your subconscious may use them to warn you that a traitor may lurk in your midst. This person might not be the same as the one in your dreams, so you may need to be especially careful in your waking life.

Interpreting Your Dreams

You are the person who would be best able to interpret your dreams. Your subconscious mind deliberately includes people, images and things from your present. These aspects are all designed to show your current life, thoughts, feelings and desires. Because of this, it is important for you to look at your dream and figure out how it could relate to your waking life.

While a dream about someone you don’t like can be unnerving, it happens all the time. Many people have experienced this type of dream, and it is nothing to worry about. All you need to do is figure out what it could mean, and then you can figure out the best way to use that type of information.


  1. Stydia

    September 3, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Why do I keep having dreams that my ex is in it ( someone who I longer care about or think about ?

    • Stydia

      September 3, 2018 at 6:03 am

      Please help me to understand this !

      • web admin

        web admin

        September 4, 2018 at 8:41 am

        I just responded to your first comment, so read through it and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting and good luck, Stydia!

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 4, 2018 at 8:40 am

      You still have thoughts and memories of him, so these memories may replay in your subconscious mind from time to time–even after months or years have passed by. In addition, the subconscious mind often uses a past relationship as a placeholder for someone or something else you want in life. Your subconscious may be choosing your memories of your ex because you want a new romance in your life, and your subconscious just chose to use one of the last relationships you were in. This type of dream does not mean that you still have feelings for him or want to be with him, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

  2. ekta

    August 28, 2018 at 3:46 am

    I’m Currently 25 and I have a bestie from my school during my 8-10th standard who is no longer with me. She cheated on me for her benefits and spread rumors on me, back bitched me and created another picture of me (totally fake) in front of all my teachers and friends. I never ran into a fight with her anytime but simply went into depression and wished very hard to never meet her in life again. I neither hated her for what she had done to me but just fell really sick that it took me more than 7 years to accept some other person as a bestie. From past 2 months, I’ve been having recurrent dreams with her that she is trying to contact me and I’m running away from her, hiding from her because I never want to see her or meet her again, crying badly hugging her, dreams of her chasing me, she getting into trouble trying to meet me, she falling down from the top of a building and I’m crying badly seeing her bleed etc. What does this mean? Meeting her, talking to her, being her friend again is something that I never want to do again not because I hate her but because I don’t feel good about it. What do this dreams mean? Why is she trying/chasing to meet me, risking her life to talk to me while seeing me run away from her? That too so recurrently?
    Please help!
    Thanks in advance.

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your connection with her. Her behaviors in your dreams are a sign that you are thinking about her or something in your life reminded you of her. You are in a relationship, so focus your emotional energy to be focused on your partner. Allow thoughts of your ex to fade, and ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Ekta!

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