What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone You Don’t Know?

By on September 4, 2017

When you dream about someone you know, you have a place to start interpreting the dream. They may have appeared because you like them or because they represent a certain kind of quality that you want to have in your waking life. When you do not know the person who appears in your dream, it can be extremely disconcerting. You see them in your dreams, but you can’t tell what they mean because you have never met them in real life. There are a few reasons why you may have an unknown person appear in your dreams though.

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Your subconscious creates the dreams that you have each night. Currently, neurologists believe that the neurons in your mind fire at random. The images, memories and thoughts that are released are jumbled and completely random. The story in your dreams is put together by the rest of your mind when you wake up and the mind tries to make sense of your dreams.

This is one possible reason why random people appear in your dream. You may have seen them on television or in line behind you at Starbucks. You never consciously noticed them or thought about them, but their image was imprinted into your memory. Because of this, you dreamed about them and your mind just tried to make sense of the memories later on.

Filling a Void

If the neurologists are wrong, your dreams have a subconscious meaning of some sort. If they do, then perhaps your mind is trying to fill some subconscious need, desire or fear. If the person is positive in your dream, you may want to have someone happy and supportive in your real life. If they are chasing you, you may fear that an unknown force or person is working against you. If you dream about an unknown person being your lover, it may represent a desire to have a new romance or increased passion in your life.

It is very easy to believe that the person you see in your dreams is real. It is actually possible that they could be real because you may have seen them at random in your real life. At the same time, they are not someone with a deeper meaning. They give the meaning to the dream, but they themselves mean very little. If you dream of falling in love with an unknown person, it is highly unlikely that you will ever meet them in real life. Instead, they are just someone your subconscious chose to use to represent a feeling, situation, person or something else.

Aspects of Yourself

Sometimes, the people who show up in your dream just represent one of your personality traits or an aspect that you want in your life. For example, you may feel like the entire world is out to get you. Nothing seems to go right. Friends and family members you once trusted have betrayed you, and you are constantly criticized at work. In this scenario, you may dream that an unknown stranger arrives to help you and protect you. This is not because that stranger is actually going to appear in your life. Instead, it is just a sign that you want someone who will help or protect you. Your subconscious was unable to choose someone else to fill the role because you do not have someone like that in your present environment.

In other cases, the dream represents an aspect that you would like to have. Perhaps you are the type of person who works 9 to 5 at a respectable, stable job. You are a dutiful spouse and parent, and you are always on top of things at home. You may dream that a fun, playful person appears in your dreams. This may happen as a representation of the qualities you want in your waking life. You want to have spontaneous experiences and fun, so your subconscious mind lets you experience things in your dreams.

There are times when a stranger appears in your dreams to make you question your waking existence once again. It can be extremely hard to analyze your own thoughts and habits. Sometimes, the only way to gain perspective is when someone else does or thinks the same things. The person in your dream may be a mirror reflection of yourself. It may be a chance for you to wake up, realize the changes that you want and go for them.

Dreams can be extremely, extremely subjective. Because of this, it is important to look at your own dreams and analyze the feelings, people and experiences that occur. By analyzing your dream, you can figure out how it reflects on your own life and subconscious mind. With that knowledge, you can decide what it means when you dream about someone you don’t know.

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    Sana Madre

    October 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I had two dreams while sleeping.First dream was that I was jumping out from the prison fence which was guarded by electrical wire fence and inspite of knowing about it I jumped and literally felt that huge shock in dream as well. But after jumping I felt like I am slowly turning into ashes and that I have fallen into a never-ending trench. Second dream was about I was witnessing a thunderstorm with heavy rain at my old house and suddenly saw that the tree in my yard was striked by a lightening bolt which shocked me all of a sudden. Pls interpret this dream of mine. P.S: I never thought of any lightening stuff before sleep.

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    Need to know

    September 15, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I dreamed that I was at like this condo type living arrangement and this police that I don’t know in real life would always flirt with me and let me watch his tootles son. Well a few days later I bump into him at a party and we start talking and getting to know each other I wake up in the middle but I dreamed this all night .. about this mysterious guy and his son.

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      web admin

      September 15, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      The mysterious person in your dream may be a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The person who appeared in the dream could be an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. His son could be a sign that you are interested in raising a child. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Need!

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    alex gray

    September 14, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    i dreaming many guys that i don’t know. there is one guy wearing a glasses and long sleeves , at the grass field sa lie down beacause i want to see many stars at night then that guy also lie down and i said” don’t lie down there it will dirty your clothes'” but he smile at me then after that i don’t know why i felt asleep but that guy hold my hands then he hug me then we felt asleep after that we go to the church to listen the priest sermon again he hold my hands as we are like lovers, then there are many places we go there is a shop that we go then buy a bracelets like i don’t know why??

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      web admin

      September 14, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      These dreams may be reflections of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that this person is from your distant past. He may appear in your life in the future. It seems that your spiritual beliefs have appeared in this dream as well. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Alex!

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    Grace Chang

    September 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I dreamt of my ex from 2 years ago. I visited the school I used to go and he was still there. I had stomach aches and he was there looking at me, he walked towards me and throughout the whole day he was there taking care of me. He suddenly started kissing me saying I miss you and etc. And I’m just so confused as to why I keep dreaming about him even if 2 years has passed. Our relationship was hidden, we didn’t want anyone to know. We agreed to that. But then he started to talk to me less, entertaining people he knows that likes him, then I tried talking to him he would look away and then he stopped talking to me completely.

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      web admin

      September 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your previous relationship with your ex. It is possible that his behaviors in this dream are similar to his actions during your relationship. The two of you are no longer together, so allow thoughts of him to fade. If he reaches out to you in the future, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings at that time. Have a great day, Grace!

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    Chloe

    September 14, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I’ve never had such a vivid dream , he was cute and a guy that i would have interest in but I’ve never seen him in my life. it was all just weird because i was hanging out with his family for the first time and he was talking about relationships and the things he wants.

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      web admin

      September 14, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      This vivid dream may be a manifestation of your strong social and emotional desires. It is possible that this person is from your distant past. He may be an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Chloe!

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    Sam

    September 14, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I have a dream that with someone and we are running in the park while holding hands and we both have the same t-shirt then the leafs are falling down one by one then the boy hugs me and we are both laughing and evey time i look at her face only a lights i can see I can’t see her whole face and I don’t know why

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      web admin

      September 14, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      This dream is a manifestation of your various social and emotional desires. The people in your dream could be reflections of your friends. The person that you were running around with could be someone that you are interested in maintaining a relationship with. You will draw positive people and energy toward you by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. 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. Have a great day, Sam!

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    Ssmuel

    September 12, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    In my dreams I really do know I am dreaming.. At times I dream and fall in love with a girl and I’ll tell her I love being with her and want to stay and never wake up or I tell her I’ll be back after I wake il

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      web admin

      September 13, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Being aware of your dreams is often an indication that you are lucid dreaming. You may be able to control aspects of your dreams. The presence of this person could be a sign of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that she is an amalgamation of various qualities that you may find attractive in a partner. It is possible that she will come into your life in the future. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Ssmuel!

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    Lucheta Kashyap

    September 11, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I have a dream that I was in a wedding then I see someone who is talking to me then we go for a walk and then he gives me hairclip I didn’t accept it then he was so angry then I accepted it then we go to a restaurant he saw an old woman and he gives that hairclip to the old woman and then I cried

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      web admin

      September 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      The hairclip within this dream could be an indication of your thoughts of commitment or of a strong relationship. The behaviors of this person and yourself could be an indication of various social or emotional relationships that you have in your life. If there is someone that you want to maintain a relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Lucheta!

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    Lily

    September 11, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    I had a dream where there was this guy I have in some classes but I don’t talk to at all, I do find him attractive but I don’t really pay attention to him. In my dream he was teasing me in a playful manner and talking to me. I don’t remember much but he was being nice and playful.

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      web admin

      September 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      You are attracted to this person, but you do not want to maintain a relationship with him. It is possible that your feelings for him are growing. His behaviors within the dream may be a sign of how you would like him to interact with you. Determine what you want for your future. If you want to nourish a relationship with him, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Lily!

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    Someone

    September 10, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I had a dream that I liked someone and they liked me back, we were very close friends and were always looking for each other, we never left each others side but the thing is that he wasn’t real but I think it was because I don’t find any people in my life that I trust and I want someone like that in my life but can’t find one, this helped me a lot thank you.

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      web admin

      September 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of your social and emotional desires. You want to maintain a relationship with someone who makes you feel safe and comfortable. You are aware of what you want for your future. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Anon!

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    Clerissa

    September 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I had a dream about a guy I never met. One day I walked home from university and with a bag on my back that was so heavy. Just around the corner was a lot of people. Only that one specific guy looked at me and said hello. It was almost like that bag on my back got heavier.

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      web admin

      September 10, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      This dream may be an indication of your social and emotional desires. The person who appeared in your dream could be an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. The university aspect of this dream may be a reflection of your focus on your education. Make a decision about what you want for your future, and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Clerissa!

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    Clerissa

    September 10, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I had a dream about a guy I never met. One day I walked home from university with a bag on my back that was so heavy and just around the corner there was a lot of people and only that one specific guy looked at me and said hello and that bag on my back just got heavier.

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 10, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      This dream may be an indication of your social and emotional desires. The person who appeared in your dream could be an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. The university aspect of this dream may be a reflection of your focus on your education. Make a decision about what you want for your future, and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Clerissa!

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    Emily

    September 8, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I had a dream about that I like somebody but they didn’t like me back but then they force ourselves to like me but they couldn’t and then you left with the other person that they like I need to know that person don’t know why was feeling that because I didn’t see anything that can make me feel that what is it what does it mean I miss the person but I don’t know the person

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 9, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      This dream is an indication of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that this person is a reflection of someone in your past. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Emily!

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        Lucheta Kashyap

        September 11, 2019 at 7:17 pm

        I have a dream that I was in a wedding then I see someone who is talking to me then we go for a walk and then he gives me hairclip I didn’t accept it then he was so angry then I accepted it then we go to a restaurant he saw an old woman and he gives that hairclip to the old woman and then I cried

        • web admin

          web admin

          September 12, 2019 at 4:48 pm

          The hairclip within this dream could be an indication of your thoughts of commitment or of a strong relationship. The behaviors of this person and yourself could be an indication of various social or emotional relationships that you have in your life. If there is someone that you want to maintain a relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings. Share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Lucheta!

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