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.

124 Comments

  1. Amaan

    December 9, 2018 at 6:16 am

    I had a dream of my step dad and like I really hate him like badly In real life sometimes I would think about him and wish i can beat the crap out of him my mum don’t talk to him anymore they haven’t spoken for like 2-3 years but I never liked him I never had this such hate for someone like if I saw him somewhere or if he ever came to my house again I would literally beat him up so badly but In my dream I was also crying badly what does this mean

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Your dream may have manifested because something reminded you of your step-father. There may be no reason for the appearance of this dream except for that reason. Allow this dream to fade. You will find benefit in spending additional time with your friends and family. This will help bring you many benefits. Have a great day, Amaan!

  2. Lianis

    December 7, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I had a dream about a boy in my class that I don’t talk to at all. In the dream he asked me out and I said yes. My parents approved of him too. I’ve been thinking about the dream all day, but I don’t know what it means.

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 7, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      The person in your dream may have been a reflection of a stranger or someone that you do not know well. It is possible that your feelings for this person have grown. Your dream may be a manifestation of your social and emotional desires. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Lianis!

  3. svhne

    December 1, 2018 at 1:39 am

    So i had a dream about this guy who was in my class last year, i hate him and I think that’s reciprocal. Last night I had a dream about us living in the same house and acting like a married couple. What does it means ?

    • web admin

      web admin

      December 2, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional influences. You do not like this person and you feel that this person does not like you. Allow thoughts of him to fade and focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Your knowledge of marriage and concerns about arguments during marriage may have caused him to appear as your husband. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Svhne!

  4. Caia

    November 24, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    So i had a dream about this guy that likes me, but i hate him. He keep appearing in my dream lately, and i always get disturbed when after i woke up bcs of that dream. What does it mean? I hate him so much but he likes me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 25, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      You are aware that he likes you, so your dream may be a reflection of this knowledge. You do not like him, so allow these thoughts to fade. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Caia!

      • Caia

        November 26, 2018 at 12:56 am

        Thanks !

  5. Aaliyah

    November 24, 2018 at 5:10 am

    I had a dream about this boy about a week ago we are not really friends but we don’t hate eachother we are more of frenemies but we don’t really talk a lot in this dream he and I went on a date to some sort of restaurant and I lost him on the way there but I found him again hiding behind a car then we started laughing/ giggling after that we began walking out of the restaurant, somehow I still don’t understand, and then I woke up. But before I was fully awake I was like half asleep sat up in my bed I wanted the dream to carry on after about 2 minuets I was fully awake and realised that it was a dream and ever since that day I can’t help but wonder why I had that dream or why I had a urge for it to continue when I woke up. I am 13 years old and a single girl.

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 24, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your social and emotional desires and influences. You may be interested in nourishing a romantic relationship. Your urge to continue the dream may be a sign that you want to enjoy the experiences in your dreams. Determine what you want for your future. If there is someone in your life that you want to maintain a relationship with, then spend additional time with that person. Have a great day, Aaliyah!

  6. AnonymousAnt

    November 24, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Okay so I keep having dreams about this guy who I had liked for a while but then he started avoiding me and I got a friend to ask him why he was but he said really rude things about me. But I feel that he called me those things for a reason. I keep telling myself that maybe he was hurt by how he had asked me if I liked him but I panicked and said no of course not because I felt that it may be one sided.but it was the second time. We used to talk everyday but now it’s like he looks through me. I obviously don’t like him anymore but I’ve had four dreams in a row and he’s always there or it’s about him. There is a common theme well for the last two dreams it was about how every girl who he meets thinks that he’s attractive immediately. Sometimes I tell myself he doesn’t like me due to looks and standard but it puts me down. So I want to stop the dreams because I’d rather not see him or hear him. Anyway I was wondering why do I keep having dreams about the person who I used to like who I now can’t stand to see, hear , think of and now be around?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 24, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      You have decided that you do not want to maintain this relationship. Your dreams are reflections of your previous emotional connection with him. Allow thoughts of him to fade. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere, and determine what you want for your future without him. If he reaches out to you in the future, then share your kindness and compassion with him. Have a great day, Anon!

  7. Monica Morehouse

    November 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I had a dream about a guy that I don’t talk to and we were dating. And then we got married. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 23, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of various social and emotional influences in your life. The person may have been a manifestation of other people in your life. Allow this dream to influence you to determine what you want for your future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Monica!

  8. Erika

    November 20, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Ive been having this dream about this guy Marshall that i know and when i dream were like in a relationship, but i dont want that because i have a long distance bf of 8 mouth and im not undersatnd why im having this dream about marshall when i love my bf to death.

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 20, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      This dream is a reflection of various social and emotional influences in your life. You are happy in your current relationship, so allow thoughts of this other person to fade. Continue to nourish your relationship with your current partner. You will find benefit in attempting to visit your boyfriend. Have a great day, Erika!

  9. Jamws Quinn

    November 18, 2018 at 12:07 am

    I had a dream that I was in my house and it was a party of some sort for me. One of my friends who was accompanied by a complete stranger, gave te keys to my mothers car to the stranger with out my knowledge and he reversed it back out of the drive way and then back in, but scraped it off of the wall.This enraged me that my friend brought thus complete stranger and he had done this. The house then slowly filled with my male friends (I am male) and women who were complete strangers to me but I accepted to be their wives and girlfriends within the dream, but were not their actual wives and girlfriends that I know in real life, but complete strangers. Also men that I know from my town that I know, but wouldn’t particularly like and certainely don’t consider friends appeared again with women who in the dream I accepted as their partners, but in waking life are complete strangers. My house was my house but when I walked around the party certain areas became different, bigger and grander. As I walked around I had this increasing feeling of being on the periphery of my own party, that I had nothing in common with any of these people and I grew increasingly angrier had a desire to throw everyone, but also a feeling that I wouldnt be able to do so. I spoke to two of the women that in the dream I knew as my friends partners (but in real life are strangers) both were holding babies, both babies and one of the women had cuts and bruises all over their faces . I made a stupid hlib joke about them being in the wars or something and they started to laugh. I felt the interaction was incredibly false and fake and the laugh was just a cursery acknowledgment that we were having the interaction at a party for me. Feeling increasingly like I didnt want to be there I went through a door which took me out into my primary school playground at what appeared to be dawn. There was one of my friends and my mother, my mother was a good distance away and I didnt speak to her, a plane went by and created a sort of northern lights affect green trail behind it. I pointed it out to my friend he didnt really seem to care This made me more frustated and disillusioned, I walked off and back through the door I came out off. If brought me back into the party. At the doorway I was met by a group of the fake girlfriends, but this time I knew for sine reason that these people were complete strangers, this time there was an older lady with them who one of them introduced as their mother Suzanne. I shook her hand and said Hello Suzanne is it please to meet you and she really snottly snapped back no Susan she just told you, which sent me into a rage and I just started screaming I don’t know you people, get the f*ck out of my house, get the f*ck out, uour all strangers, I hate every last one of you over and over as everyone turned around and gasped in horror,but at that point my conciousness became seperate from my body and I was looking directly at myself having this meltdown. Then I woke up from what felt like the longest and was definitely to most viseral intense and easily recounted dream of my life with the most intense sadness.I was in tears nearly I felt like I’d just watched my whole life crumbling befire my eyes. I have no idea what it means, please help!

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. You are aware that you will make new friends in the future. You know the expressing rage to strangers is not beneficial. Their reactions to your behaviors in your dream will help guide you in a positive direction. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring you many benefits. Have a great day, Jamws!

  10. Mae Sam

    November 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I had this dream that the ex of my boyfriend is at our house together with her sibling. And they are welcome to our house. My family are assisting them and giving what they want.
    And when i fell asleep, I realize that the dream I had again is a continuation of the dream I had. And this dream is that girl is already my friend and she asks me to help her interpret something to her boyfriend.

    But, In reality, I want to make friends with her. With no hurt feelings.
    Pls help me interpret my dream. Thank you 🙂

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional relationships. Your ex manifested because of your previous attachment to him. You are interested in making friends with this girl. Speak with her about your thoughts and feeling. Nourish the relationships that you have in your life by spending additional time with them in person. Have a great day, Mae!

  11. Shaiel

    November 13, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I had a dream that this boy was walking down the hall behind me. then he tells me to wait and i stop and he grabs my hand. he admits that he likes me but i say that im not so sure i like him back that way. i have flashbacks to things that actually happened in real life and it makes more sense why he would like me. but im still dreaming and have the flashbacks. in the dream i just tell him ill think about it and then i get into the car to go home. i wake up and i think about it. the dream doesn’t bother me i dont feel anything at all. and the thing is that i used to like him two years ago but he never liked me back. he once did a prank on me that he like me and texted me on instagram. but he didn’t really like me it was just a prank. what does it mean? does he like me in real life? or is my mind trying for me to realize something that i never realized?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 13, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. This person may be on your mind for a reason. It is possible that his behaviors have caused this dream to manifest. It is possible that you want to speak with him. Determine what you want for your future. Decide if you believe if it is appropriate for you to speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Shaiel!

  12. Aaliyah

    November 10, 2018 at 4:07 am

    I am 13 and I had a dream last night…
    It started of as a normal day in school and I was in science, and for some reason I wasn’t in my normal seat I was next to someone who doesn’t like me very much and the feeling is mutual. Well, we tried not to talk to each other but sir made everyone work in partners anyway we started working together and I realised that he wasn’t that bad then somehow the classroom poofed away and it was break so I was about to go the the usual meeting spot for me and the girls but he tapped my shoulder then it became home time he was still tapping my shoulder then he said something along the lines of ‘ready to go’ I said yes as if I knew what was going on I didn’t but me dream self clearly did, we walked a different way than I am supost to walk home and we cross the road HOLDING HANDS and somehow we lost eachother I found him around another car looking for me anyway then I drew a blank and somehow I was walking home with him then he disappeared and I appeared home I walk in my house and my mum asked me where I had been I told her that the teacher kept us back ten minuets and that I decided to do my homework in school and that I walked the Long way home, my mum believes me eventhough I was 2 hours late and even if that entire lie I told her was true it would’ve taken about 45 minuets to an hour not TWO WHOLE HOURS. Anyway then I appeared back at some sort of restaurant with the boy I dislike then I woke up. But when I woke up I kinda enjoyed the dream… What does this all mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 12, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      You are aware of your social relationship with this person. You may be interested in nourishing relationships that you may not have wanted to maintain before. Determine what you want for your future. Whatever decision you make, be sure to continue to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Aaliyah!

  13. Anonymous

    November 5, 2018 at 3:32 am

    There’s this boss of mine that I hate. But a week back I had a dream where he and I were cuddling. This early morning I had a dream where he sat next to me with his legs across mine, pulling me into an embrace. He also said he always held me close to his heart in that dream

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      This dream is a reflection of a white variety of influences in your life. It is possible that you are interested in nourishing a new social or emotional relationship. The manifestation of your boss in your dream may have been a placeholder for someone else. It is possible that his behaviors have caused you to feel that he is attracted to you. If you do not get along with your boss, then avoid nourishing a social relationship with him. Have a great day, Anon!

  14. Mary Lou

    October 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Recently, I had a dream about chasing this girl that my fiancé cheated on me with. The dream started out with me waking up and her being in my house and talking to my spouse.(She was his friend of 10 years and would come over all the time and they would talk for hours BSing and sometimes in the morning before I woke up, so when I did wake she was there, very disturbing, anyways..) I confronted him and said, “why is she here?” and he gave his excuse he used to give, “we’re just friends and catching up, sorry.” Or something along those lines. Then I turned around to walk away came back around the corner and they were making out. So, of course I told him to get out of my house and never come back because the dream felt so real I felt like he was cheating again on me with her right in front of my face. Then she left, but then somehow came back, came inside and I was trying to talk to her, I don’t remember what about, maybe why she was doing this to me I dunno. Then I kind of draw a blank but, I think she took something from me and then tried leaving and I just started chasing her around then she went through my front door and then the back. And I was just chasing her around in and out of my house and then trying to lock her out. I almost felt like we were playing tag. I think I was just trying to keep her out of my house. I’m thinking maybe cause I was cheated on in my house and in my bed that I feel like she was trying to steal my home. So, I’m the dream I was literally trying to keep her out of my house. The dream went on, some weird stuff happened, but that was the main part. I dunno, what do you think? Btw, me and him are still together.

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 20, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      This dream is a reflection the betrayal that you faced in your relationship. For some reason, you have decided to continue to nourish your relationship with your fiance. This may be because you have forgiven him, though these feelings still remain. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship, and speak with your fiance about your thoughts and feelings. Ensure that he is treating you and your relationship with the respect that you deserve. Have a great day, Mary Lou!

  15. Confidential

    October 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    What does it mean when the person you dislike is just beside you, acting cool and chill, it’s weird..but can you please help me?

    • Confidential

      October 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      But that scenario was just in a dream…

      • web admin

        web admin

        October 6, 2018 at 9:43 pm

        Your emotions from this interaction are reflections of your thoughts and feelings. You dislike this person, so you feel negative energy. Your behaviors may cause this other person to feel similarly. Share your kindness and compassion with this person, even if you dislike that person. Nourish whatever relationships you wish to strengthen. Have a great day, Confidential!

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 6, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Your emotions from this interaction are reflections of your thoughts and feelings. You dislike this person, so you feel negative energy. Your behaviors may cause this other person to feel similarly. Share your kindness and compassion with this person, even if you dislike that person. Nourish whatever relationships you wish to strengthen. Have a great day, Confidential!

  16. amayah

    October 5, 2018 at 5:09 am

    what does it mean when you have a dream about someone you used to have feelings for but don’t anymore and he kisses you?

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Dreams of kissing are often reflections of a close emotional relationship. These memories may have manifested due to an influence in your life. Allow these thoughts to fade, and ensure that they influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Determine what you want for your future at this time. Have a great day, Amayah!

  17. 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.

  18. 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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