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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    September 11, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I saw a big crocodile in my dream who was following me later I came to know he was chasing the food . I was safe then I saw an old friend whom I never liked coz of her bad mouth.

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Dreams of being chased may be indications of concerns or worries in your life. When you felt safe, you saw an old friend that you didn’t like. It is possible that the two aspect of this dream are related. If you have a dream about being chased in the future, then address your concerns about its presence within that dream. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Allen!

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    Nancy Quinlan

    September 5, 2019 at 5:34 am

    I had a dream that I was officially entered into a pro football team as their team comic and they nicknamed me. they had a lunch with me.i sat head of the table. mind you I hate football! I don’t follow any of the teams, especially my hometown Team. all my friends and family know I despise football yet in my dream I sat at a table and had lunch with these people! what the f*** does that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 6, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Your despise football, which means that you are thinking about it in some manner. This may have caused this dream to appear. You should focus your thoughts elsewhere, as there is no benefit in spending time disliking something. Allow thoughts and conversations of football to fade. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, even football players. Have a great day, Nancy!

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    August 31, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Hey I would like to know what my dream meant because I didnt really like him and I had memories with him in the past years that wasnt really good which made me hate him that time but now after 1yr level he became my classmate again, and after months hes now ok for me and then I suddenly dreamt about him that it seeemd like we were dating we were holding each others hands while walking and we were happy that moment, it was a short dream but I wanna know its meaning

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 1, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      The two of you shared a past that made you not like him. Now, you feel that he is neutral. Your dreams may be indications that you feelings for him are growing. It is possible that you are interested in maintaining a new social or emotional relationship. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Kezaya!

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