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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    January 15, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Hey, can you interpret this dream and what it means, It’s not the first time dreaming about it! This dream is of me in a forest surrounded by nothing but trees and a beautiful but somewhat intimidating waterfall, with a big wooded house standing on pillars facing the waterfall. In the beginning of my dream It always starts with me enjoying my time with certain family members who I don’t have great relationships with and then near the end of the dream I always seem to find myself alone in the forest where Im being chased by a wolf that never stops terrorizing me.

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      web admin

      January 17, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Perhaps you enjoy your time with these family members because you wish that your relationship was different in real life. The lone wolf may reflect the fact that, currently, you’d rather go alone than be with these family members. The waterfall may be a reminder that it is through joining together like each of the water droplets that we gain strength, and connecting with your family members can help you be stronger than ever before.

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    Sonali M M

    January 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    I have a repetitive dream 3 times in this week where I have seen my bro in law n his wife who I have broken ties with. Since my in laws do not accept me the way I’m n they keep Comparing me n my husband about how successful they are & I’m not given the respect that I deserve. When the fact is that we are doing better in our lives. Today’s dream I was wearing a green saree.. n speaking to MIL.. suddenly my bro in law n his wife appeared on their Royal Enfield bike.. I thought they would talk to me but they dint.. then my BIL’s wife’s friend appeared n they discussed about some event they have to attend… she changed her clothes to denim jeans n shirt got on the bike n left… in the meanwhile I changed to a white, black, blue n green colour printed saree (gifted by my best friend which I gave away to someone else since I dint like it)… n asked m hubby if we could leave for the day.. but he asked me to wait for sometime.. after sometime we left this place.. dec’18 my BIL had approached me to get things sorted but before I could reply he left & since then no contact…

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 7, 2020 at 10:09 pm

      The dream is probably just a reflection of how you feel about her in real life such as the way you feel like she waltzes into your life and spends all of her time comparing her life to yours.

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    January 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    i keep having romantic dreams about a boy who I used to go to school with, I currently am in love with someone else and its making me scared because i’m worried I have feelings for this boy because he keeps appearing in my dreams. when we went to school with each other, we didn’t even talk to each other, in fact I completely forgot about him until he started appearing in my dreams. also, when I wake up after the dream, i’m not 100% sure whether it was him in the dream or my love but I have a gut feeling that it was him each time. the bit that unnerves me the most is that I like the dreams… I just cant wrap my head around why he is there and not the boy i’m in love with. Please help?

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      January 5, 2020 at 9:45 am

      It may be entirely random or from just memories of him getting mixed in with your other memories. It is easy to feel like you like someone after you dream you do, but dreams aren’t the same as real life. I’d be very careful about confusing dream feelings for real-life feelings because it definitely sounds like you aren’t interested in him in your waking life.

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    December 29, 2019 at 1:32 am

    What does it mean if i dream about a guy confessing to me in my dreams? (Is someone i know in real life but isnt close to he was in the same school as me ) he actually tried to kissed me but i woke up in the end

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 2, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      He may have been a placeholder for someone else in your life. If there is someone that you want maintain a relationship with, then speak with them.

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    December 27, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I had a dream that I said I liked I girl that I don’t in real life, and she said that she likes me too.What does it mean? Do I like them?? Does she like me?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 27, 2019 at 10:09 am

      It may mean you just wish that someone loved you or paid romantic attention to you in real life. While you may be attracted to her in real life, it is also entirely possible that the dream merely occurred because you want someone to be with in your waking life–not necessarily her.

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    December 27, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I keep having dreams about someone who used to be best friends with me. In the dreams he is completely emotional detached from me but tries to show off that he’s living lavish to me or that he has a bunch of friends.
    This has been happening on and off for the past 2 years since we ended our friendship. Could this mean he’s thinking about me? And why can’t I get him out of my dreams? It’s like regardless of what I do he always shows back up.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 27, 2019 at 10:12 am

      You were once best friends, so it makes sense that he would keep appearing in your dreams. Even if you no longer think about him, you still have a deep emotional connection that you remember. Your subconscious may also be sending you these dreams because your subconscious mind wants closure and wants to know how everything turned out or if he misses you too.

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    December 17, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I had a dream that the girl my boyfriend cheated on me with showed up at the same place with me, but I greeted her with a hi. Shortly after I walked away.

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    December 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I had this dream about a guy i hate and randomly i was dating him and soon i was his girlfriend. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 10:31 am

      You have strong negative feelings for him, and this dream could have switched your feelings toward him. He may have been a placeholder for someone else in your life.

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    Megan Bradford

    December 16, 2019 at 10:23 am

    So my best friend Likes this guy and hes kinda cute but I don’t like the way he acts he’s rude and cusses a lot. In my dream we were all out of town and my best friend the guy and me had a room and when she went to the bathroom (they were on the bed and i was on the floor) he came on the floor to me and I said “I don’t know what we could do” and he said “I could touch you” he then lay down and begin to touch me which gave me major butterflies because i’m a virgin who hasn’t been touched when he slid his hand in my pants we heard the bathroom flush and he got back on the bed and my best friend never knew anything happened the next day he wasn’t in there and we went to the store and my best friend was like the other dudes here (trying not to use names is hard) and we went and found him he looked at me and smiled and i smiled and he mouthed “don’t say anything” and i mouthed “i know” then we watched some movies and i woke up. plz plz plz help me figure out this dream.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

      It seems that you are interested in maintaining a physical relationship with someone, and it is possible that your friend’s partner and you share a connection. Don’t attempt to maintain a romantic relationship with him.

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    December 13, 2019 at 3:17 am

    I had a dream about this guy in my class, who I have seen so many times throughout highschool (we’re in college now and study the same thing)who I’ve never liked. But in this dream we were standing in a busy line and suddenly he hold my hand, I looked at him and he asked me what it was between us. I told him the truth that I just don’t like him, but now just a lil bit. Still don’t like him, and he laughed. Other than that there is this guy, I am kind of seeing, he was standing just behind me rubbing himself on but the minute the dude I don’t like grabs my hand I pushed the guy I’m seeing away a bit from me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 11:22 am

      It seems that you are navigating your social and emotional relationships at this time. There is someone in your past that you are not interested in, and there is someone else that you are nourishing a connection with. Take this time to determine what you want for your future at this time.

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    December 5, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I had I dream that I was in a relatipnship with a person I don’t really like. What does that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 14, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Your feelings regarding this person influenced your dream. This doesn’t mean that you are developing feelings for them, but it is possible that you are seeing qualities of them that you were previously unaware of.

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    December 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I dreamt of a person I don’t like in real life, performing something in my dreams and at the same time that person was holding/cuddling me

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 14, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Your feelings regarding this person influenced your dream. This doesn’t mean that you are developing feelings for them, but it is possible that you are seeing qualities of them that you were previously unaware of.

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    kyra teora

    September 30, 2019 at 5:20 am

    I want to know. I dream about a man that i really really hate. In that dream we’re friend. It’s weird. When we meet at school,we never talk. Because,he also hate me. But got one day,he disturb me suddenly. He just take my chair and sit wth his friend. What its mean? He hate me or like me?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 28, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      You hate this person, and this dream may be an indication of your strong negative feelings for him. Allow thoughts of him to fade, and focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Determine what you want for your future, and take appropriate action. Nourish beneficial social and emotional relationships at this time.

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    September 28, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Hey I would Like to know what my dream means. I dreamed Of a person I dont Like and in my dreams I was cool with her and hanging out and I made Out with her like that’s was crazy and am confused. What does my dream mean. I dont Like her and am sure she doesn’t like me at all and all because of her sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong and think she is better and has the perfect family.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 28, 2019 at 9:35 am

      The dream may show that you wish you could have traits or aspects of her in your life–such as having the perfect family. The making out may have also been your mind experimenting with different things, so it may not mean anything significant. Overall, I wouldn’t spend too much time worrying about your dream.

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    September 22, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I dreamt about an ex lovers ex who committed suicide I didn’t see it just heard of it. I went and parked outside of his house but not to see him I had my daughter with me filling out some paperwork and I saw the person he is with now who I don’t like. She came out and talked to me didn’t recognise me at first but as I was leaving she then recognised who I was and started following me asking me questions and then I woke up.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 23, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      The dream may be symbolic about the way you feel about love since the relationship ends ending completely. The other part of the dream may just be random, or it may be your dream self reflecting on what happened.

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    September 21, 2019 at 9:25 am

    I keep having dreams about a guy who is friends with an ex of mine. The dreams heavily show that we are together, and in the dream I am happy. I am friends with this guy, but I don’t have feelings for him at all. I’m very confused as to why this dream is reoccurring and it’s very odd. Please help me figure out what this means.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 23, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      The dreams may happen because you have a subconscious attraction to him, or your subconscious may have chosen him as a placeholder for the kind of guy you would like to date. The dream seems to indicate that you would like to find someone to be with and to have a relationship with again, but that person might not be the dream guy.

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    September 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    so my old bully came into my new school recently and ive seen a dream about him dying and everyone coming to me to rant how sad they are. what does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 20, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      The dream may be a kind of wish fulfilmment. He died because you wish that he would just disappear. Everyone is sad when they approach you because a part of your subconscious knows that it would be wrong to actually make the bully disappear.

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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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      October 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      Can you tell me what my dream means? I can usually figure out my own dreams but this one has me very perplexed. It was about my mom (we have a very bad relationship) being really good to me and giving me a phone for my birthday and my ex bestfriend and I driving to the city for a nice night out. I hate both of these people in real life, but in the dream they seemed to be my favorite people.

      • web admin

        web admin

        December 30, 2019 at 10:12 am

        Perhaps the dream is trying to tell you that it is time to let go of the past and stop worrying about interpersonal problems because life is too short to care so much. There are other things to enjoy like nights out on the town, so don’t let negative people get you down.

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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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