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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    February 17, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I just woke up having a dream about a stranger that I’ve never met in my life.
    So I was shopping and he saw me by the window he started following me through the window and then all of the sudden I see him right beside me (he was a tall guy, from a strange city, we talk different languages).
    I asked him what does he want, he said that he wanted to marry me, I told him that if he wants so, then he must bend the knee and kiss me and did so!! (I was marries so I freaked out). I asked him why would he do that and he said that he liked me through a post i published is social media. I then asked him which post, he said the one about which color I have the most and then he saw a monkey photo there.
    The strange person took the clothes and paid, i noticed he took a nice socks so i tried to take them as a memory, he didn’t agree and at last turns out he came with someone i know from work and my mother was waiting for me in the dressing room.
    Weird! 😂

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 18, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      The person who appeared in your dream may be an amalgamation of various qualities that you may find attractive in a partner. Within the dream, his behaviors may reveal your desires regarding your relationship. The presence of your mother could be a sign of her influences on your life.

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    Mara Talleda

    February 16, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Had a dream where my cousin and I were walking out in like a big stairwell?? And all of a sudden a guy I’ve never met joins us. Some conversation ensues with my cousin and him, and my cousin proceeded to tell me they used to date. My cousin and and I walk a little ahead and I tell my cousin “dang he hot tho” and she turns around says his name loudly and tells him what I said. He kind of just chuckled and gave me a flirty look. My cousin and I finished walking through the hall and the guy disappeared and I told my cousin “why did you do that?!” And she didn’t respond. Later I’m eating at some huge table with kids at a school I suppose and some New guy sits next to me. He’s clearly flirting, but befo I could respond to New guy, my cousins ex shows up and sits bedside me also. Then new guy gets up and leaves. We proceeded to start hanging out and then began dating. One other thing happened, but I’ll summarize and say he basically judged me a bit in front of my family. Granted I did act immature. Plz help tell me what it means!!!!

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      web admin

      February 16, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      The dream may show that you wish that you could be with someone, but you don’t feel like you’d be able to actually make a move on your own. Because of this, your cousin is the one who pushes you into making a move in the dream. The fact that the guy rejects you at the end of the dream may show all of your worst fears coming true about making a move on someone.

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