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. MARIE

    September 18, 2018 at 3:03 am

    I’ve been having the same dream for like 6 years already. I’ve tried so hard to understand it but I can’t figure it out.
    The dream is about a man from the Victorian era. I know because of the way he is dressed up (white shirt with long sleeves, black pants, black boots), plus his hair is long until his waist and it’s black. His skin is very pale and he has deep blue eyes. He always comes to me in my bed. He doesn’t say anything. He just touches my face and smile. And that doesn’t scare me, it makes me feel in peace. What does it mean? Please help me. Thank you

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 19, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various social and emotional influences in your life. The media that you consume may have manifested in your dream as well. The person in your dream may be someone from your past or even someone that you may know. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with the world. Have a great day, Marie!

  2. DIANA

    September 17, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve Been dreaming about in a romantic relationship..always. it seems like its real. i duno why ive been dreaming a lot. with different guys. It’s very confusing. Been dreaming abt going back to high school life and having a romantic relationship with someone. 😭

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 17, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      Your dreams are reflections of your social and emotional connections. There may be someone from your past that is represented by your high school. If there is someone in your life that you want to develop a relationship with, then take action. Speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Diana!

    • Let me love you

      September 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Maybe you’re just missing out on affection and love

      • web admin

        web admin

        September 19, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. We always appreciate when members of our community share their supportive comments. Have a great day, Love!

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