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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    Anonymous

    August 21, 2019 at 1:05 am

    I dreamt of the death of someone I know at a distance. In the dream I was so sad that she had passed on and I actually woke up feeling sad and anxious. I got to work and my cousin told me about the death of her friend whom I know briefly. Could these be linked? What does it mean?

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      web admin

      August 21, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with this person. The death of the person that you cousin could be linked with the death within your dream. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of those who have passed. Have a great day, Anon!

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    Nahomy

    August 20, 2019 at 10:53 am

    In this nightmare I was somehow possessed ,I said things that didn’t make sense and I gained strength when I didn’t feel good or when I didn’t have a strange necklace to protect me, sometimes they left me in the kitchen, they went outside and they just kept a eye on me from outside the window and it seemed like something they were used to do. It was a long nightmare and I remembered every detail but I started to forget and know I just remember little pieces now. I woke up with tears in my eyes , I forced myself to wake up saying ‘it isn’t real continuously, in the dream I recognized a friend, my boyfriend, two of my ex classmates back home ( from high school I haven’t seen them since 2014), one guy from my church back home (i never spoke to him), A girl that me and my friends went to her party last week and 4 more people that I don’t know. Everything started when we went to a trip, it was all so real that I wanted to cry even when I was in the nightmare. I do remember that we were at the beach and the house we were was a beach house. I didn’t hurt anyone but I felt bad and trapped. The only thing that really protected me was a unusual necklaces but someone used to take the necklace when I was asleep because in the nightmare I always slept good and woke up possessed but then before I sleep the necklace was back.
    I don’t know if this has anything to do with it but the other night I was having the most beautiful dream and all of the sudden I felt something strange and when I woke up in the morning I felt a empty space in my neck and it was so strange because I always have my necklace and I really thought I lost it but it was just misplaced and I couldn’t feel it ( I have this gold necklace for 3 years now and I never take it of , It was a gift that my godmother gave to me and i just feel protect by it)
    So I don’t really know the meaning for those

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      web admin

      August 21, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Feelings of possession within this dream is an indication of your spiritual beliefs. The presence of your friend, partner, and previous classmates are indications of your social and emotional relationships. The necklaces are indications are your thoughts regarding magic or artifacts. It is clear that the necklace within your dream is related to you thoughts regarding the necklace from your godmother. Ensure that this dream guides you to make a decision about what you want for your future. You will honor the memory of your godmother by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Nahomy!

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    FM

    August 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Hello, I had this bad dream, the guy Isn’t a friend I know who he is because of same dance events that me , my boyfriend and some friends go. So I don’t really know him. In the dream I was walking alone exploring a country ( that I’ve been living in for quite a time) and all was beautiful and I could discover new things, then someone stole my phone and it was when I saw him, chased him and started yelling his name , I told him that I know him and after a wile he gave up and stoped running. He gave my phone back and and he started to laugh I told him it wasn’t funny and he told me it was just a joke, then I realize that he made me run to a place that i didn’t really know so i started to be afraid because i wanted to go home. We walked pass by some guys playing soccer and one of the guys was my cousin I try to give him signs to help me but he didn’t seem to know me. I thing the guy notice and he said ‘if you want to go home I can help you, come ‘ I just afraid of him but I just started to follow him, he took me to a abandon house I we just sat there he was trying to kiss me but I was able to stop every move he tried and he was getting mad I didn’t notice when he took my phone again and when I realized he had it I took it from him, I tried to send a message but he put some virus to the phone and all I could see was censured stuff. I panic but didn’t say anything I just told him that I need to get some air and he told me ‘if you phone isn’t working you can use one of mine’ he pull out like 6 phones and I was surprised to see so many phones and I said ‘ it’s ok , let’s just go outside ‘ and before he could answer me I left the house , he was mad but he thought I was to scare to try anything so when I left I was trying to follow the voices of the guys playing so I could ask them for help , I walked fast and for a good distance I saw that the guy left the house and was following me with a mad face, I was walking as fast as I could , when I finally could hear the voices clear I thought I found the guys but it was a Main Street with some people using their motorcycle as taxis, once I saw that I ran , the guy started to run as well but I was able to get to one of the motorcycles and I escaped.

    Sorry for the long dream, I just walk up and the first thing I did was coming to this website to know answers of some sort because this bad dream scared me. The funny thing is that all of us ( me, my friends , bothers-in-law and my boyfriend) we have this guy on social media we don’t talk to him but from the posts and the events he seems like a good person and I never really acknowledge that much until know . Thank you

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      web admin

      August 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social relationships with the people who are in your life. It seems that you have many influences in your life that may be pulling you in various directions. The numerous phones may be a sign that you need to reduce stresses within your life. This dream brought you here, which is an indication of your desire to look inward. Ensure that your dream guides you to make a decision about want for your future. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, FM!

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    Russell

    August 20, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Had an ugly and terrifying dream. I’m in a psychologist’s office. Someone else I do not know is in there. They are angry. Standing up. People show up at the door. People I do not know. Arguing between them ensues. The person in the room approaches those at the door menancingly and throws the first punch and is attacking them. The people at the door rush in attacking the person in the room who is incredibly strong. There is a lot of blood. Oddly the people who are attacking this very strong man have their hands in his mouth basically trying to rip his mouth apart. Lots of yelling. He manages to escape out the door running and very bloody. But he leaves behind several people in the office who are dead. Blood everywhere especially on their heads/hair.

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      web admin

      August 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of various influences in your life. It is possible that the presence of the psychologist may be an indication of your desire to look inward. The violence within the dream could be a sign of concerns and worries that you have in your life. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you 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, Russell!

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    Mich

    August 20, 2019 at 1:41 am

    I dreamt of someone that I don’t know who nor haven’t meet in real life. And we just had sex. What does this one mean?

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      web admin

      August 20, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The person who appeared in your dream may be an amalgamation of various qualities that you may find attractive in a sexual partner. It is possible that this person will appear in your future. You will draw positive people and energy into your life by sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Mich!

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    Ellie

    August 19, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I had a dream where there was this boy and I knew his first name and I knew his school based off of the uniform he was wearing- I fell in love but I had never seen him before in my life. I woke up and searched up this boy and the school and turns out he is real and that’s his real name and he actually goes to that school butbhow can I know that if ive never seen him or heard of him before ?

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      web admin

      August 20, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that you are aware of this person for some reason. His appearance within your dream may be an indication of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. You made the decision to search for him, and you found out that he exists. This may hold special meaning to you. Make a decision about what you want for your future and what you feel is appropriate. If you want to speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, then reach out to him. Have a great day, Ellie!

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    Jennifer

    August 19, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I had a dream last night. I was picked up in a white large van. They opened the door, knew my name and found me on the seating chart with the others inside. They took me to a very nice building , when I went inside a very pretty woman said hello to my husband who was standing there ( he is deceased) she looked at him and asked “ does she know who we are?” My deceased husband said no. She smiled real big at me and took my hand in hers and said I need to show you something. I can’t remember what I seen. I started running up stairs and into different rooms. I ended up in a condo in the same building I entered earlier. I didn’t know where I was or what was going on.

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      web admin

      August 20, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      This dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. The presence of your late husband may provide some insight as to the purpose of this dream. The unknown thing within the dream that you needed to see may be related to your husband. It seems that this is a positive dream, so allow it to guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help you honor the memory of your husband. Have a great day, Jennifer!

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    M

    August 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Hello I had a strange dream today where I saw an unknown woman (Couldn’t see or remember fave clearly) was in a dark place or may be they were 2 women’s and I don’t remember what happens in the dream but all of a sudden I could feel pressure on my neck as if someone is trying to harm me.. there was some background music going in my dream. I wanted to shout, open my eyes but I couldn’t even move my body.. I was so scared I could actually feel the pain.. I tried so hard and after few minutes I could finally open my eyes.. am. so scared.. Well I usually get drams if an unknown women may be laughing at me, trying to hurt me or something weird.. could u plz let me know what this all means?? I and what can I don’t avoid it…??

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      web admin

      August 20, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      This dream seems to be a manifestation of concerns and worries that you may have in your life. The unknown women may be indication of various new relationships that you may have in your life. It is possible that you have a fear at this time that you are navigating. If there is a stress that you are dealing with in your waking life, then attempt to remove yourself from that influence. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, M!

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    Oaklee

    August 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I had this really realistic dream about a girl I have never seen before. She also had two or three brothers that I have never seen before. The girl and I were trying to find the end of a rainbow. I’m the dream I asked her what year it was, I can’t remember what year it was but it was the early 2000. We kept trying to find the end of the rainbow but the dream ended before I saw the rainbow.

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      web admin

      August 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      This dream is a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. It is possible that this person is an amalgamation of various people from your past. The rainbow may be a sign of something that makes you feel happy and safe. It is clear that you are looking toward a positive future. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Oaklee!

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    Shaun

    August 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Hi. I been having a recurring dream about this woman i dont know or ever met, at mostly the dreams are happy and about love, at first we met and she became a source of my happiness where she would appear in most of my dreams before i wake up and broghten up my mood, at one dream we got married, so today im posting here because i had here in my dream just as i was about to wake up after i took a long nap after work, in this dream i was in the war as one of the frieghter pilots so the war was over and theu dropped me off to this place where they sold food, the war felt hectic and i was glad to be home and finally have to eat something local, as i went out for a smoke as i waited for my order, there she is, came over and gave me the warmest hug and the most beautiful smile and i was so happy to see her, woke up in tears of joy, so comeing back back to all these dreams, they all happy, but than although ive seen her countless times and even married her in this dream, she has never spoken a word to me, like i dont even knw how her voice sounds, she could just look at me and smile, it find it mostly weird and can’t get a meaning for all of this,

    Please do help abit, im a 29 year old, cant say im single but not in a serious relationship and currently things have been going so well for me i tend to really wonder what it actually mean, is this stranger trying to portray a message or.

    Thanks

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      web admin

      August 18, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      This dream is a manifestation of a wide variety of influences in your life. It seems that you are looking for something or someone in your life that will make you feel fulfilled. You are in a relationship, so nourish this relationship by spending additional time together in person. Speak with your partner about your thoughts and feelings, and give that person an opportunity to share themselves with you as well. Introspection will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Shaun!

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    Shambhavi

    August 16, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Hi last night i had a dream in which m getting engaged to someone i don’t know..he was a decent nice guy after a while i saw that we are having our moment as in we are together and i told him that though we don’t know each other i think we are going to be the perfect couple since the one who created us,created us for each other and then we kiss each other…
    Then we hear someone coming and my dream gets over
    I thought i know him but when i checked out the profile of the person who looks like him i discovered that he was completely different from the one in my dreams
    I can’t understand what’s this!

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 18, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      Your dream was a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The person within your dream may be an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. This person may have been from your distant past. It is possible that he will appear in the future. Ensure that this 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, Shambhavi!

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    Vanessa

    August 14, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Hey! I’m having reoccurring dreams about being in a relationship with someone i don’t know, but there are also people i’m close with in these dreams. Last night would be the 5th consecutive night of having these dreams. The first night my dream was about how me and this guy were together in a relationship. We were in a computer lab at school sitting next to each other and talking. Around me we’re all my friends and they all seemed to know him (i don’t know if that’s an indication that i’ll meet someone important soon). Later in the dream we were in a line. He was ahead of me by 2 people. I went up to him and then hugged him and held him, like it was a normal thing we did. I then called my friend to come in front of me, because she was alone, now he was ahead of me again. The line was for 2 different places, one on the left and one on the right. The guy i was together with went into the place on the left, expecting me to be with him, but then i was sent to the place on the right and we were separated. He got upset about it, but we were still close. The next 4 dreams were similar but all of them with different people. I’m not sure if this is a sign that something in the future will happen. Please help me try to understand what’s happening. I’m a 16 year old single female and i haven’t been in a relationship whatsoever.

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      web admin

      August 14, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      These dreams are indications of your social and emotional desires. The unknown person may be an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. The line may be a sign that you feel like you are waiting for something. Something may be happening in the future. Ensure that this dream guides you to make a decision about your future. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Vanessa!

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