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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    June 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I had a dream last night very similar. There were a lot of people on the floor. Dead or sleeping, I don’t know. I look up and I see her. She’s so beautiful all over, I can’t believe it. She then comes walking towards me and I to her. We’re both extremely happy as we hold hands, as if she’s looking at me with all my flaws, but still loves me. I ask for her name and she says, “Jane Greive.” As she’s spelling it out, I wake up.

    I made sure to write her name down before nodding back to sleep. In this dream, I see her again. Same girl, except we don’t talk this time. We just walk and smile at each other. Once again, I wake up and that’s it.

    I googled that name and it came out completely different from what I dreamed.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 23, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. It is possible that you are interested in maintaining a new social relationship. It is possible that the person from your dream may appear in your life in the future. She may have been an amalgamation of various people in your life. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Seni!

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    June 23, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I had a dream where I was at a particular place with couple of my friends. I went to a spa and met this girl, I found her very attractive and I asked her out but her reply was kind of strange since she spoke to me like we were already together. “She told I dont want to go out with you today if I do come out I will start missing you more than I already do”. I can clearly remember her physical appearance, sound of her voice.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 23, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      This dream is a manifestation of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that this person in your dream is an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Gowrang!

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    June 23, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I have a dream where I see a girl and she is my friend we hang out, talk, and laugh all day i feel like i can trust this person but i also feel like she has something going on at home and i want to help but in my dreams i never ask about it so i dont know. I have seen her face before in my dreams but i can’t rember what it looks like when i wake up but i know she has Burnett hair. She is postive and juat wants to have fun. I have had two dreams about her in the past and even though i tried to see her again she would come back in my dreams so i forgot about her but about year since then i recently had a dream about her i was with my friends and i saw a random person walking towards us i didnt even see who it was my body justt started running to her once i got closer i saw the girl and she started to run up to me i knew immediately after that who it was and we ran up and hugged each other i was so happy and we hung out all day until she had to go back home.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 23, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that this person is from your distant past. He may appear in your future. It is likely that the person in your dream is an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Ashley!

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    June 23, 2019 at 4:29 am

    So I had this dream of my ex yelling at me saying I cheated with a guy who’s name I had no idea who he was. I’ve never even heard the name before!! And it’s been with me for a few days trying to think of some reason why this unknown name appeared in my dream. I searched him on Facebook and, as I had previously concluded, I had no idea who the guy was. I have no idea how to interpret this…help

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      The dream may just show the lasting unpleasantness that stems from your last relationship. You may feel like your ex is unhappy with the way your relationship ended or with you in the present moment. This kind of dream is often a reflection of the negative feelings surrounding the break up, so I would not read too much into it at all.

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