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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    January 18, 2020 at 1:41 am

    I keep having this recurring dream of me going getting woken up in the middle of the night by someone I dont know ( I have seen him before hes a patient where I work,i dont know him or anything personally about him whether hes married of whatever else. Hes a very large gentleman so he was physically incapable to walk at times, with a friendly face. Someone I would help) being asked to find his wife, whilst hunting for her I bump into a lot of trouble and it takes ages, but eventually find her and reunite the 2.

    The husband is incredibly grateful but its not long until I bump into him again and he asks me to help him look for her….

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what this means?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 18, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Perhaps the couple represents qualities or traits you are searching for in your own life. You may be looking for a long-lasting relationship, or you may feel like you are disconnected from your current partner. Because of this, your subconscious mind has made you search for two partners to join them together in your dream.

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    January 17, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    I dream about guy then i fallin love with him then the guy i think he likes me too because he want me to sleep in his lap then he comb my hair

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      web admin

      January 18, 2020 at 10:33 am

      The dream most likely represents the kind of feelings and emotions you’d like to have in your waking life. Your subconscious probably created this guy to play the role in your dreams because you don’t have someone to play the part yet in your waking life.

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    January 17, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Last night I had a very vivid dream. I don’t have many of those. I went upstairs to bedroom in my grand pants house and was gathering items. Then a woman appeared maybe aged teen to early adult 20s. She was a ghost and her name is Amy and she knew either my mom or my moms sisters and directed me to a newspaper with her name and it seemed something happened to her. An accident or something. She is dressed in 1970s clothing. After I woke up I have this urgency get feeling to find out what her message is.

    I know someone who is into spiritual things like this and she said someone’s trying to tell you a message and that urgency feeling to figure out or search for her is my intuition or another power telling me it’s an urgent matter.

    I’m trying to search for her but haven’t found anything on the internet. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 18, 2020 at 10:37 am

      Perhaps the dream is your subconscious mind trying to tell you something instead of a ghost. If that is the case, it may be better to meditate on what different things in the dream might represent to you instead of searching online. Good luck!

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    January 16, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I had a dream about someone I know of and they know of me, but we’ve never officially met. I am definitely attracted to this person and the times we’ve seen each other in person I can tell he’s attracted to me as well. But I don’t understand why I dreamt of him when we’ve only seen each other 3 times in person.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 17, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Your subconscious mind may just want to find a romantic relationship or attachment of some sort, so it chose this guy as a placeholder for the kind of person you would like to find. Since the guy happens to be attracted to you in real life, you may as well make a move and see what happens. Good luck!

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    January 16, 2020 at 9:03 am

    This is a very weird dream…. So I was dreaming about this women who lived in the same building I lived in and ate fingers… Anyway I happened to see her one day as I was walking to the store, and it frightened me. What does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 17, 2020 at 1:33 pm

      Perhaps your subconscious mind has picked up on microexpressions or mannerisms that make you think she doesn’t actually like you or that she may be a threat in some way. It is also entirely possible that the dream was entirely random, or she was chosen as a placeholder to represent some other person or influence in your life.

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    January 15, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    My theory – Our souls leave our body and go to another world, therefore seeing people we don’t know. Happens all the time.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 17, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      That’s an interesting theory! Thanks for commenting, GS!

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    January 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Last night I dreamt that I was being terrorised by a poltergeist. There were 2 people in the dream with me, a colleague and an unknown. I also received a text from my mum telling me she was going to drown herself if the poltergeist didn’t stop.

    Woke up feeling very shaken and freaked out.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 17, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      The dream may reflect a fear that an outside, uncontrollable force could be causing you harm, and you don’t feel like there is anything you can do about it. You may also fear how your loved ones like your mother could be impacted. Thankfully, a dream is just a dream, so you always have power in real life to affect the outcome of any situation.

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    January 14, 2020 at 5:40 am

    i had a dream about someone with a black hoodie giving me a slip of paper with this on it “N-43215 Discover”, then became curious and decided to go look that up on instagram, then found a profile that her name starts with an N and has that same numbers, then i texted her and exchanged numbers, and we have so much things in common, and she has the same birthday as my mom, and other things like her friends call her the name my cat has. what does this mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 14, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of your desire to nourish a new social relationship. It is possible that this sequence may be meaningful to you, and you may better understand it in the future. You may be interested in maintaining a friendship with someone who has similar qualities as your mother.

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    Wes k

    January 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    I had a dream tonight about a girl in my life. The area around me was very familiar and I knew the other people in the room. But there was one person I didn’t seem to recognize. She was a little short kind of blonde and very pretty. Can I get any help?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 13, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      She may represent some kind of trait or quality you want in your waking life. Perhaps you want to meet someone like her, or she may represent the kind of person you’d like to have a relationship with someday.

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    January 12, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I have 4 dreams I want to ask about. One of them is unrelated though.

    1) I dreamed about an exam and when I woke up the next morning, it really happened. The test I saw in my dream and the one I took the next morning are the same.

    2) I dreamed about my boyfriend being with or choosing other girls over me.

    3) I dreamed about myself being with someone I didn’t know, happily in love with him. But I don’t want that to happen in real life because I’m contented and am happy with my boyfriend.

    4) I dreamed about me and my boyfriend having a fight. Then we broke up. I went to meet with my friends afterwards. And then I woke up.

    What do they all mean? Thank you for your reply.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 12, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      Dream one was probably a coincidence based on the fact that you actually had that class, which means you know the topics that would generally be covered. Dream two shows concern about other women or just other topics competing for your boyfriend’s attention. The third dream is probably just random–the worst-case scenario is that it shows a desire to spice things up. It doesn’t mean anything about whether you love your boyfriend or not. The last dream just shows your fear of losing your boyfriend, which is entirely natural.

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      Syreeta Thompson

      January 13, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      I’ve had this dream twice in the same month. I met a
      Lesbian who wore a white T-shirt, blue jeans, a black biker vest, she had dark short hair and she was heavy set.

      • web admin

        web admin

        January 14, 2020 at 12:28 pm

        The woman who appeared in your dream may be a reflection of qualities that you may find attractive in a partner. This person may be from your distance past. It is possible that she will enter your life in the future. If you dream about her again, then address her regarding her purpose within your dream.

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