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.


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    July 17, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I keep having reoccurring dreams of the girl who was the catalyst of all my problems in high school. Each dream is different and its confusing to me because I’ve spent years trying to get away from her, years trying to love myself, and now when I think about her the least she’s in my dreams. I do hate her, because I don’t understand why she hates me or what made her obsessed with hurting me that she had to ruin my reputation. In these dreams though, she’s surprisingly a love interest. I did like her in real life at one point, but she only used me to fix her boy problems so I accepted she was straight and would never like me. She made rumors about me and coined me as the creepy lesbian but flirted with me when it was convenient. To top it all off we haven’t talked in 4 years and she texted me during my last breakup defending my ex, trying to convince me all I do is hurt people I love, when all of the mentioned names hurt me. I don’t understand her, but I know she’s toxic and whatever my deal is I can’t be with her in real life.

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 17, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      The two of you have not spoken for four years. Something in your life may have reminded you of this person. It is possible that there is a stress in your life which is reminding you of her. Reduce negative influences in your life at this time. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere, and determine what you want for your future without her. Have a great day, Suti!

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    July 16, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Hi there. I had a dream once about a person who I disliked not hated. We were at this party setting and it wasn’t very thought through and there were risers for the girls and boys to sit on. The people present were the people in my math class. The guy who I disliked was dressed very nicely and a crowd of boys from my math class (including the guy I liked) were following the guy I dislike and urging him to tell me something. He then walks up to me and tells me that he likes me and wants me to go out with him. I was flustered and confused because he’s made his dislike of me very clear and I walk away with a group of my friends with the group of boys following him back to the other side, his eyes are still on me and he looks cuter than normal, and I told him yes, but I dislike the person in real life and my crush was present during the dream. What does that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      This dream seems to be a reflection of various social relationships that you have in your life. It is possible that this person from your past that you dislike may be developing feelings for you. Your feelings may be growing as well. Make a decision about what you want for your future. It also seems that there is someone in your life that you have a crush on. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Lara!

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    July 9, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Hello! I just had a dream last night of someone I’m trying to vanquish in real life. I haven’t seen or talked to them in months until only recently and last night was the first time I’d had a dream…It was winter and cloudy, grey weather..everyone was wearing thick coats. I was with a friend (who I also haven’t see in a very long time) walking thru the city when I see the cousin of this person. He didn’t say a word to me(because I’m not talking to him irl) and pretending to be digging thru a garbage can to avoid me noticing him. I knew that if i saw him, his cousin would follow shortly after. Then I see him. He was wearing a thick red jacket, standing out amongst the crowd. I began saying to my friend, “That’s him! That’s him!” With rage and disgust, pointing my finger. My friend just kinda brushed it off… but the rest of the crowd started to crowd around him and kind of shuffle him away from me til I couldn’t see him anymore. I caught a last glimpse of him and he had a look of fear on his face. His cousin was also nowhere to be seen.

    I guess it’s safe to assume that I’ve subconsciously vanquished this guy? What do you think? 🙂

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional relationship with this person. It is clear that you don’t want to maintain a relationship with this person. You want him out of your life, and it seems that you are not maintaining a relationship with him. Allow thoughts of him to fade, so focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Have a great day, J!

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    July 6, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Okay so there’s this girl that I went to middle school with and we were best friends until sophomore year of high school when she blurted out in a crowded hall way that no one likes me and I’m such a liar and my friends aren’t even really my friends and they are faking. So I stopped talking to her that day and then she got mad and decided to make a fake Snapchat account and snap my boyfriend and tell him I cheated on him and this that and the other. And then after that whole mess we had a class together junior year and we had to sit near each other and I asked the teacher if I could move because I couldn’t concentrate and the next thing I know I’m in the principals office because this girl told the teacher that I was threatening her. This same girl also told the principal that I was harassing her online which I wasn’t it was actually her doing it to me. The point is i keep dreaming about this girl. And usually the dreams are not good. She’s not trying to kill anyone but she won’t leave me alone. We are still in a school in the dream. It doesn’t seem like we are trying to patch things up. I don’t want to be her friend. She’s manipulative and mean. Please help, I don’t want to be constantly reminded of her.

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 8, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      It is clear that this person is dangerous and harmful to you. Hopefully, she will grow over the summer and no longer treat you in this manner. In the future, you should record any interactions that you have with her. Write it down in a journal. This will help protect you from her actions and lies. However, it is possible that she will no longer treat you like this in the future. Allow thoughts of her to fade, and focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Have a great day, Anon!

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    July 2, 2019 at 11:49 am

    So basically I keep dreaming of two people I absolutely hate and a whole group of people I do like. I keep dreaming about this boy I used to like and he liked me back but he was aggressive so I started hating him while he still had a crush on me. He even said it himself he has a crush on me. Than the other person I keep dreaming of is my fifth grade teacher which was a pervert, unfair to me, and even my mom had a gut feeling about him and told me he’s one of those people who sound fake. Than the whole group of people that I guess I like is the rest of the class. I didn’t really have any enemies. What I keep dreaming is doing the usual but than after school my fifth grade teacher came and told me I have to stay. He made me do all this work. Than the boy I hate just snuck in and hid under a table (he’s a bad boy so he would do that in real life) Than the teacher kept making bad lies about me and he would make me do like a lot of work. It was totally unfair. Than at last when he sent me free to go, the boy come out and freaking rapes me! It was weird especially since it was in fifth grade!!!!! Well of course luckily it was just a dream.

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      This dream is a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. Social and emotional relationships have caused this dream to manifest. The rape in your dream is indicative of fears or worries that you may have. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. If there is someone in your life who is making you feel unsafe, then speak with an authority figure about their behaviors. Best of luck, Skullz!

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    July 1, 2019 at 4:28 am

    A weeks ago I dream about this Guy. But actually his just my shs mate’s we’ve seen each other in school but it was 2yrs ago. We’re not friend and his not my crush. I don’t know why his in my dream and we’re so sweet in that moment.

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your previous social relationship with him. It is possible that you want to maintain a romantic relationship with someone at this time. He may simply have been a placeholder for someone else. Your feelings for him may be growing. Make a decision about what you want for your future. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Rish!

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    Aasheesh Jha

    June 28, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Last night I saw 2 people I hate very much in my dream and they were trying to kill me and we’re trying to harm my family also. I was trying to save my life and also rescuing my family. Does it have any meaning or should I neglect it mere as a useless dream.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 28, 2019 at 11:30 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of worries or concerns that you have in your life. The people that you hate may have caused this dream to appear. Allow thoughts of them to fade, if possible. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams in the future. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade, and share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Aasheesh!

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      White flower

      July 6, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      I had a dream about a couple that I don’t get a long with. We’ve had issues for a few years now. In the dream we were all saying goodbye to my sister in law and he approached me and put his arm over me and apologized and I wrapped both arms around him and I told him I was sorry as well and that we were all a family and needed to stick together and he spun me in a circle. I could see my sister in law reversing and she was smiling Soo big. Then when it came down to approaching the female I asked if we could talk outside. She was very hesitant and kinda gave me attitude. She wasn’t interested in making ammends. She and I are the ones that have a problem with each other.

      • web admin

        web admin

        July 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm

        Dreams about people that you don’t like are reflections of worries and concerns that you may have. If this person is leaving your life, then allow thoughts of them to fade. If this person remains in your life, then simply avoid them whenever it is possible to do so. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, White!

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    June 27, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Sometimes I dream about this person that I don’t like. He isn’t just any person, he was someone I used to have a crush on. Last year he made me feel really bad about myself & he was being disrespectful to me. I’m Completely over him now but I don’t know why I still dream of him

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 27, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your previous feelings for this person. However, you are aware that he would not be a respectful partner. Allow thoughts of him to fade, and focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Determine what you want for your future without him. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Anon!

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    June 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Hello I frequently see my neighbours in my dream who had been very close to me and my family but later our relations went ugly in such a way that we never use to look at each other and on couple of ocassions my neighbour manhandled me and my family, tortured my kids, misbehaved with us. Currently they have shifted some other place. But whenever i dream about them i fall sick. Basically i am an hypertension patient my blood pressure shoots up whenever i dream about my neighbours….

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 15, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      The dreams seem to reflect the anxieties, anger and fear that you feel about this person in your waking life. While these dreams do not mean anything about what can or will happen in your waking life, it is certainly clear that this neighbor is a negative influence. Other than trying to put him/her out of your mind, there probably isn’t anything else you can do about them in your waking life.

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      July 13, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Hello. I would like to ask about the interpretation of my dream.

      I had a bestfriend before that was close to my current boyfriend. Then we were close, but when she became close with my bf, she tended to forget me. Then i feel bad about this girl, because she kept on talking to my bf. Telling him that she missed me w/o telling it to me directly. Nothing i feel weird and bad about that. Okay that’s the background story.

      Last night, i dreamed about my bf and her are still talking thru messnger. Then i asked my bf whether they are still talking, he denied. Then i looked on his phone then i saw the chat head of the gurl. Right after, i wanted to break up with him for he lied. I kept on crying that i can’t breathe properly to the extent that i felt like i’m dying.

      • web admin

        web admin

        July 14, 2019 at 9:50 pm

        Your dream is a reflection of your concerns regarding the relationship between your friend and your partner. The events in the dream may not be manifestations of reality, but simply your concerns appearing in your dream. If your partner has given you reason to not trust him, then you may want to speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. If he has been behaving appropriately, then allow these dreams to fade. Nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time together. Have a great day, Eya!

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