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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    U C

    July 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Seeing my fiance in a dream but not with his actual face means

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      Seeing your fiance is an indication of the strength of your relationship. The lack of his face may be a sign of your knowledge that your relationship is changing. Nourish your relationship with your fiance by spending additional time together in person. Have a great day, UC!

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    July 17, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I had a dream that that there was a boy who likes me because he gave me a card and a box of candy and he was in my room then I hugged him. He’s not my crush from real life. What does this mean? Is that boy some where in this world?

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      web admin

      July 17, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that this person is an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. Ensure that this dream guides you you share your kindness and compassion at all times. If there is someone in your life that you want to maintain a relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Kiera!

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    July 17, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I had a dream last night that I was at the lake with some people I know, not genuinely friends with. Some i were friends with. Then I had a part in the dream I was in my home room class and he was in it and all the guys were in the opposite side of the lake and we would swim to the other side and I would see him and he was just perfect and I would feel my heart skip a couple of beats and just keep swimming near him. I also saw his name on something but I forgot then I followed his insta. Another time in this dream we were at target and it was weird because you had to sign out with your name (irrelevant) then my sister and I were walking back to the car and our parents were riding with us so we were waiting gofer my mom the I see him in a truck across the street and everything paused then I remember walking abode to him and then I woke up. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      Your dream seems to be a reflection of your social and emotional desires. Swimming across the lake could be a manifestation of your knowledge that you need to take action. Make a decision about your what you want for your future. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Speak with this person about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Lily!

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    July 16, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    A few months ago i had some dreams which included a stranger and he was the reason i saw myself smiling in the dream after suffering from nightmares for more than 8 years. I later saw this guy and talked with him and we have been greeting each other ever since. Last night i saw him in my dream again, this time it was his graduation, i was in a place that didn’t look like our university but it was supposed to be it. He was no where to be seen, his friends though, were talking nonstop about their excitement for graduation, and then i asked about him and they told me that he’s a very cold guy yet could be nice, and they showed me a document that contained all information about his life, turns out he had lost his parents (in the dream) and i even saw their dates of birth and death, and found out he’s 31 years old (no idea how old is he in real life). I started crying when i knew about his family especially since he’s an only child. I cried so much in the dream because i thought he wouldn’t have anyone that would share his happiest moment with him and that he has lost his family, so i decided to search for him and tell him that something, i wasn’t sure what i wanted to tell him, all i know is that i was crying the entire time and just wanted to comfort him somehow, without even knowing that he’s suffering or not. But people kept intervening in our encounter and i don’t think i was able to approach him.
    And the day after i saw this guy in the hallway and he smiled at me as a gesture of greeting but i literally paused because flashbacks of the dream popped in front of my eyes just when i got an eye contact with him, that i couldn’t even greet him back.
    What could be the meaning behind this? or does it have any meaning at all? or is it just some stressful matters troubling my brain?

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 16, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Your interpretation is likely correct. It is possible that you are stressed and this dream appeared because of those concerns. It is possible that there are social considerations that you are dealing with that this time. If there is something that you want to do regarding a relationship, then make a decision and take appropriate action. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Sandra!

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    India price

    July 16, 2019 at 8:20 am

    I dreamt of a man who had an abusive wife he had a child he was trying to protect he turned his house alarm on there was a camera which had a Lazer light the light reflected an eye onto the ground the man made an emphasis on looking at the ground I don’t know these ppl and I’m not in the dream just watching

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 16, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your knowledge that there are abusive relationships. It is possible that you are aware of someone in your life who is being abused. The ground could be an indication of your desire to look at the foundation of the problem. If there is someone in your life who is being harmed, then nourish this relationship by spending additional time with them in person. Have a great day, India!

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    July 16, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I dreamt of a meeting a boy who’s older than me with a few years wearing a pink shirt. And he is in the same house as me and my family and two of my cousins, one i really care about and is my favorite cousin and shes older than me wuth three years, the other was younger than me with 4/3 years and i didn’t like her alot in fact i kind of hated her and her family, so we were in the same room that night and my older cousin went and gave us drinks which she claimed were water, we drank them and i felt kind of drunk and then i slept, in the morning i felt like i wasn’t the same and like i have gotten raped by that boy, i then realized that the drink she gave us was alcohol, she then somehow confesed or something i kind if forgot but then my dad was there somehow and i was hiding the glasses of alocohol and trying to not let him see them and throw them away, my cousins were looking at me scared that he’d know. Then i threw them successfully and went outside to the living room, i found the boy with my family and suddenly i don’t know why or how, we were dating or something because i sat with him and cuddled with him. Then the dream ended i guess
    Please tell me what do you think as soon as possible because i think this dream has a bad meaning, o yeah i
    And i forgot something. Somewhere in the dream when we knew it was alcohol we went to where my older cousin went to get it and it was a place like a hotel and there was a machine that gives you alcohol anf you could choose how strong it is and we got some of it and my older cousin that time got a really light alcohol.

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 16, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. It is possible that you are interested in maintaining a new social relationship. The rape aspect of your dream is a manifestation of your knowledge of violent and non-consensual actions. If there is someone in your life that makes you feel uncomfortable, then avoid that person. Nourish your relationship with the people in your life by spending additional time with them in the future. Have a great day, Madison!

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