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.


  1. Anne

    February 20, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Recently I’ve always dream about the guy, that i never meet before. 3 times. I don’t know if they’re the same because I don’t remember their faces when I’m wake up. But this guy is handsome. And I’m falling to him. Can i ask what is the meaning of this dream

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Your dreams seem to be a reflection of your interactions with this person. The frequency of these dreams are aspects of your social and emotional desires. If you are in contact with this person, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. You may nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Anne!

  2. Ethan

    February 20, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I had a dream where a girl I know, but don’t know anything about her personal life wanted to date me, she waited for me somewhere I didn’t know about so I didn’t go to her, she then came to me and asked me out then, and it felt real

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 20, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your social and emotional desires. You didn’t know her in person, so this dream could be a sign that you know that your future relationships may develop with a stranger. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Ethan!

  3. Liezl

    February 19, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I had a dream the guy wear a suit and me wedding gown the guy waiting for me.. The face of the guy is blurred . What is the meaning of my dream?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

      The clothing in your dream may be an indication that you are interested in getting married. There may be someone else in your life you recently became engaged or who got married. The blurred face of this person could be a sign that you are uncertain about who you are interested in maintaining a lifelong relationship with. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Liezl!

  4. Mark

    February 19, 2019 at 1:58 am

    I had this dream of a girl I have never seen before, it was a short dream. I heard a soft voice which belonged to the girl, she said, “I am the only one you will ever love.” All that I saw was her face and her full name, ABIGAIL DAWN CARLYLE. A few years later and I actually met her in real life. And like in my dream, I couldn’t help but to fall in love with her.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

      This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The name of the person in your dream could be someone that you admire. You have met this person, so you have an opportunity to speak with her about your thoughts and feelings. This will give her a change to share herself with you. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with her in person. Have a great day, Mark!

  5. Aria

    February 18, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve had this dream where I met this guy named Leo who has blonde hair and blue eyes and I’ve never met him before note that this is not my type at all yet we hit it off and I got his number. Also I had this other dream about this guy who liked me but I never liked him anyways he has a girlfriend irl, but in my dream he’d flirt with me as he would before when he liked me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 18, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social relationships and desires. You are aware that he is currently in a relationship, so allow this dream to fade. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him, but do not attempt to nourish a romantic relationship with him. If his currently relationship ends, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Aria!

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