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.

382 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Sarah

    March 22, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Had a weird dream weeks ago i cant seem to forget. In the dream iam best friend with a woman whoms my husband cheated with 2 years ago. They are coworkers. And in the dream we talk on the phone while we both getting ready. Her to go to a party and me to meet a guy thats not my husbands though in the dream im married?

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 25, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Your husband’s infidelity has impacted your dreams. It is possible that you are not upset at the other woman, but rather your husband. It is clear that you are a kind person, as this dream shows that you are interested in forgiveness. This doesn’t mean that you should reach out to this woman. Instead, focus your thoughts toward the future. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times.

  2. Avatar

    a confused high schooler.

    March 20, 2020 at 6:46 am

    so, i had a dream about someone. in the waking world, i don’t know him, he is just in my classes. but last night, i had a romantic dream about him. what does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 20, 2020 at 4:58 pm

      Sometimes, your subconscious picks people at random to play the part of your loved interest in your dreams. You may not have someone in real life who could actually be your love interest, so your subconscious mind created someone instead. The dream may not mean you have romantic feelings towards him. Instead, it may just mean you want to have that kind of love and romance with someone and just haven’t met the right person yet.

  3. Avatar

    mia

    March 16, 2020 at 5:22 am

    i had a dream that i was told by a consuler that me and my ex ( i hate him personally a but stalkerish )needed to talk to eachother and he started talking about school stuff. What does that mean??

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. However, you should not allow this dream counselor to influence your behaviors. If you feel that it would be best to avoid your ex, then do so. Take this time to determine what you want for your future, and take appropriate action.

  4. Avatar

    Charline Martinez

    March 1, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    I had a dream about someone i really hate, I was slightly mean to him.. but he only cried and rants about what he feel. He died eventually in my dream. He was shot. I’ve been wondering what does that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 3, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      The death may have been a metaphor for what you wish had happened to him in your waking life. You may not want him to actually die. Instead, you probably just wish that he would stop causing you so much stress in your life and he could just disappear from your waking life.

  5. Avatar

    Lily

    February 22, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Ive known this guy, we used to be so closed. After sometime,he just shut me down. Ive be figuring and wondering why and later during the process i can feel that i‘d fall for him. Knowing that we wont go far, i tried to avoid him later. Returned all his gift and barely see him anymore. However we did bumped into each other esp when im out with a friend who is also his friend and tagged himself along for the meeting. He also wont mind sits with me at cafe even when i was with friend without asking. My mind don want him and im hate him for giving me such signals, like he likes me but at the same time drives me crazy by pushing me away. Id trying to forget about him tho my heart didnt agree and glad ive succeded with the mission But few days lately i dreamed of him all of sudden. Ive blocked him from ig and twitter. Guess he just found out and deactivated his acc for both. He also removed his whatsapp dp when he knew his number not longer in my contact list. I am so confused. I dont like him now why do i dream of him?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      Your dreams are manifestations of your previous emotional relationship with him. You are aware that this relationship is not viable. If you have similar dreams about him in the future, then address him within the dream regarding his purpose. This will reduce his appearance in your dreams in the future. Learn from this relationship and apply that knowledge your future relationships.

  6. Avatar

    Ms GG

    February 21, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Hi

    I am not a person who worships, or even cares for, celebrities by a long shot. But last night I had a dream where I was on a tour bus loaded with superstars. One of which was a certain queen bee. Of everyone on that bus, I was drawn to her and completely starstruck, even asking her if she’d like me to draw a portrait of her. (I am a great artist IRL, but my business acumen is… not up to snuff yet, mostly because I’m very introverted and shy.)

    She was very kind, accommodating, and gracious to me in my dream, offering a job to be her official artist. However in my waking life, if I ever met this person I presume I might get the coldest of shoulders, maybe even ridicule.

    What on planet earth could this dream mean? Thanks in advance for your time.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      It is beneficial that you do not allow your thoughts to dwell on celebrities, but it is certain that you are aware of who is famous. You have made assumptions about the behaviors of this person, and it would be good for you to not allow your opinions to influence the way that you treat people. If there is something or someone that you are interested in working toward, then take appropriate action.

  7. Avatar

    Sadie

    February 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I had a dream about this guy a while back. And I still remember it vividly. Like. A very intimate dream, if you know what i mean. And I dont really know him. We have a few of the same classes and he was in my middle school. I’ve always been interested in being friends with him and his group of buddies cause we share a lot of the same interests. But im very reserved and shy, and he is kinda a popular youtuber and I’ve always felt like someone like him wouldnt want to ever have anything to do with me. I’ve never felt like I had romantic feelings for him, I only have been interested in being his friend. So I dont know why I would have such an intimate dream about him and me. Its possible that I have some repressed romanic interest in him but I dont think so?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      Your dream is an indication of your romantic feelings, and it is possible that you had feelings for him in the past. You may find that your connection with his friend may have impacted this dream as well. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. If there is someone in your life that you want to nourish a romantic relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings.

  8. Avatar

    I rather not say...

    February 16, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Hey, I’ve recently been having dreams of this girl who’s extremely rude to me everyday in my class. But I keep having dreams with her about us being close friends, sharing things, talking, etc. The dreams are actually quite nice and peaceful. I don’t hate her but I really wish she’d be nicer, I hate her attitude. Anyway I’m just wondering what my recent dreams mean.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 16, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      Perhaps you just wish you could have a close relationship with someone, but not necessarily that girl. Your subconscious may have just chosen her at random to play the role of a close friend. It’s also possible you had this dream about her because you wish that she would be nicer to you, and your subconscious mind doesn’t understand why she is so mean to you in your waking life.

  9. Avatar

    Halie

    February 13, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Lately I’ve been having dreams about this one guy I strongly dislike, but they’re always loving? There’s no hate between us in the dream and we’re constantly trying to be close to each other in more ways than just one. Its so confusing since I haven’t talked to him in months and I don’t even look at him. /:

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Perhaps your subconscious mind feels like you need to let go of this guy because the dislike of him is dwelling on your psyche and taking up unnecessary mental space. You want to feel okay about him or even positive because it is less stressful than focusing on how much you dislike him.

  10. Avatar

    Natasha

    February 13, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    I really don’t like her at all, we hadn’t talk in many months, but in the dream, as she walked past me and I called her name then told her I miss her.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 13, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Perhaps there is a trait or quality that she represents that you miss. You may not actually miss the woman in your dreams since you don’t actually like her.

  11. Avatar

    Stella

    February 12, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    First dream, my brother was wearing the clothes of this evil man as I tried to ask him,bcz of my worry, bt I could not as in reality we are not in good speaking terms, the clothes seemed dirty and oversized, bt surprisingly so I found myself wearing the same clothes and I didn’t like them on me as I felt as they are itching, this evil man happened to appear where I was and we were talking as if we dnt like each other, like we are in good terms bt in the dream he kept asking me about his frd if I know him bt I will say no I dont knw him maybe the day I come across him I will recognize him,bt than I said to him which country he comes from bcz people from that country dont like to say they are from that as they are evil, than I took off his shirt n gave him i immediately woke up

    Second time
    I was still with some1 I’m not in good terms with, now is my frd who accused me of dating his ex husband, I was with this frd so this guy appeared again,we are talking as if we not in good terms, and I said to him, you, you are very dangerous, and immediately woke up

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 13, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      when you don’t like someone, it often weighs on your subconscious mind. Because of this, you are more likely to dream about them. Bot hof these dreams definitely seem to indicate that your subconscious is trying to warn you away from the person you dislike because you think that they are evil and dangerous.

  12. Avatar

    Vanessa

    February 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    I had a dream about dating a guy a just met I wouldn’t say we are friends but I wouldn’t say that we aren’t the only time that we speak is during study hall I wouldn’t say I don’t like him but I just don’t like him like that I remember one specific part of my dream I’m sitting with him I lay my head on him and he smells my hair and I get insecure and start wondering if my hair smelled good what does that mean

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 10, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      The dream shows a desire to meet someone and to fall for them. Your subconscious most likely picked the study hall guy at random, so I wouldn’t assume from a dream that he actually likes you back (or that you like him, for that matter). As for the concern about whether he likes you back or not, it sounds like your subconscious is just concerned that you will find someone who doesn’t end up liking you back.