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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    Amena

    March 23, 2020 at 12:46 am

    Hi. Also I am dreaming constantly of being in relationship with different guys. But I’ve never met them in real life. In first day and second day it showed the same guy but in the first dream (looked in the same age with me like 17) I met him in the bus and he looked like he knew me so well and in the end I ran away lol, and in the second dream (he appeared older like 30 yo) he was taking care of me in my home. The third day, I was going out with someone (I think I’ve seen him in school) then we went to his home to meet his family.

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      web admin

      March 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      The dream may represent the fact that you want to find someone you can be close to. The fact that you run away in the first dream may mean you don’t feel like you are truly ready for a close, committed relationship. You seem to be somewhat undecided about being in a committed relationship though because your third dream shows you meeting the guy’s family. It sounds like your subconscious is currently experimenting with the kind of relationship you want and what you want in a partner.

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    Tiya

    March 22, 2020 at 6:58 am

    I constantly dream about a guy thats stays beside me.
    But he always looks different but have the same guardian vibe/energy to them.
    Could he be my guardian that protects me in my dreams (if that’s a thing)?
    Or is it really someone irl who I imprinted in my memories?

    Btw: I BARELY go out :p

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      web admin

      March 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      It is certainly possible that this person is a manifestation of your guardian. He may also be an amalgamation of various people from your life. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. If you find that you are being guided toward a positive direction, then ensure that you listen to those guiding words.

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    SujiSha

    March 22, 2020 at 1:34 am

    I had a dream about this guy from work who I met on the elevator once. We have never talked to each other… He’s a black dude, really cubby but cute looking. We’re total strangers He’s taking me out for dinner and we don’t know anything about each other.. but the strangest thing is he gets my favorite foods without even asking me or knowing anything about me and I was in total shock. When I was trying to see his face it was the black dude who I met on the elevator who lost a lot of weight and he looked handsome…! I’m so confused about this dream. I hardly get any dreams. What does this dream mean…?

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      web admin

      March 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      Your dream seems to be a reflection of your social connection with this person. You may be attracted to him, and your shared experience may cause you to be interested in maintaining a romantic relationship with him. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish your connection by spending additional time together in person.

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    Seven

    March 18, 2020 at 5:40 am

    I often dream of people I don’t know in real life but if not blurry, they’re just in shadow. But this time was different. I dreamt of a guy and unexpectedly, I was able to see his face.
    We’re on the sidewalk watching a marching band. He was infront of me and was holding both of my hands by stretching them towards the back. Uncomfortable it may seem, he twisted his body and head a little bit to look at me. There, I saw his face. He looked handsome, too much actually with all that bright eyes, pointed and high nose. He looked like someone straight from the movie, someone I can’t reach. Funny thing was, even my self in the dream knew that. I asked him what does he see in me, why does he like me and such. I can’t remember what’s his answer. All I know was that it made the people around us emotional. They even cheered for us lol.

    I know it’s just a dream but every time I think about it, my heart flutters.
    It feels so good to have someone who accept you, including all your imperfections and flaws.

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      web admin

      March 18, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      Your dream is a manifestation of your social and emotional desires. The behaviors of the person within your dream are clear indications of qualities that appreciate. Make a decision about what you want for your future. If there is someone in your life that you want to strengthen your connection with, then you should spend additional time with that person.

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    Yuziee_

    March 17, 2020 at 7:44 am

    HEADS UP: I was crying before I sleep that time bcz of Being yelled

    So uhmm…I had a dream of someone I dont know but in the dream i look like im 18 so is this guy but the thing is The guys, I never met him He was asian(so am I)

    I remember his features He has this Black hair,he has brown eyes,He was tall,Skinny,Handsome,Cute,and looked athletic Its like…his my kind of guy to date.
    then in my dream it was night time and We have a Relationship, We were Lovers, But the problem was The language barrier, I remember I was crying in my dream then he tried his best to comfort me in his broken english… But then I woke up…

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      web admin

      March 19, 2020 at 9:24 pm

      The dream seems to show a desire to find someone to love and be with. The fact that you can’t communicate may mean you are afraid that something will go wrong and keep you from having this idealized relationship in your waking life. The good news is that a dream just reflects the dreamer’s desires and fears, so you could end up finding Mr. Right and having a perfect relationship in your waking life. Good luck!

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    Shannon

    March 16, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Recently, I had a dream. It was after school and I was waiting around and talking to my friends when I noticed a guy that I felt was going to try and get my attention. once my friends left, he approached me with a goofy smile and started creating small talk and flirting at the same time. What threw me off a little was that I was able to see his facial features and what he wore which never happened before. Later that day there was going to be a party I was planning on attending with my friends and he asked if I knew about it and if I would like to go with him. I started to find him really attractive and got really shy and flirted back a little as well. I agreed to his invitation and we just kept enjoying each other’s company until he had to leave then i woke up. Now, I am currently in a relationship that is almost hitting one year and a half and have been researching what this dream might be. I read it could be a desire I want in my current relationship (like with the flirting) or to pay attention to what might be going on within the relationship. Could I get a little more depth because I am still having a hard time understanding?

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      Shannon

      March 16, 2020 at 11:45 am

      to add on, I have never seen this guy in my life nor did he go to my school I went to because I didn’t recognize him. He did seem to be in my grade but looked a year older than me.

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        web admin

        March 16, 2020 at 3:02 pm

        It seems that your research regarding your dream has given you clear insight into the purpose of this dream. It is possible that the person who appeared in your dream may simply be a placeholder for your feelings. You may want your current partner to make changes in the way that he behaves. Of course, you should not end your relationship because of this dream. Nourish your connection by spending additional time together in person.

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      web admin

      March 16, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      It seems that your research regarding your dream has given you clear insight into the purpose of this dream. It is possible that the person who appeared in your dream may simply be a placeholder for your feelings. You may want your current partner to make changes in the way that he behaves. Of course, you should not end your relationship because of this dream. Nourish your connection by spending additional time together in person.

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    melanie

    March 14, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I had a dream that I was at a dinner with this guy I never met. We seemed to hate each other but we were seated together and at a point, our hands had interlocked, at that moment he looked up at me with so much love and he had tears in his eyes. he said “I love you…” at that moment my sister appeared and questioned our closure…while he was explaining, I woke up.

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      web admin

      March 15, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      This dream may be a manifestation of your social and emotional desires. The person who appeared might have been an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. He may have been part of your distant past or he may appear in your life 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 toward you.

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    Emz

    March 10, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I had a dream that I was with my friends and we were in that place to study I guess and then we were choosing a place to eat from, I helped them choose and then they went and something held me back I don’t know what it was and then I couldn’t find my phone and tried to call them from someone else’s phone then I found it and went to them and on my way to them I saw to kids fighting in front of my old school one of them really looks like a guy who was in my class and I decided to make that logical by saying he’s his brother in the dream, I made them stop fighting and then left. But all of a sudden I find myself on the stairs of some place .. I probably went to that place in the dream but I don’t know what it is now it just looks like a normal building anyway my phone fell from my hand and it seemed like I didn’t make that much effort to hold it then I looked at the stairs and found them too long and I was in a very high floor so I regretted not holding on to it I kept going down fast and looking to check if it got stuck in some floor but then I reached the ground and it felt scary at first Idk why but I kind of encouraged myself not to be scared then I kept looking for the phone and I found it. And again I found myself at a place .. it’s a birthday party I know that because I remember the person who’s birthday it was all I remember is that I kept wanting to go down to get him a gift probably some chocolate or whatever I could find and I left the apartment to do so but then found myself back in the place it was like my mind was stuck there no matter how I tried to leave. Then I found myself wanting to say to him, or actually said to him Idk, that I was going to get him a present but then I said to him that it was late and I have to go now and he said that if I was smart enough I would’ve noticed that I needed to go earlier in order not to leave late .. I will wasn’t really shocked by what he said nor it really made me sad I kind of comprehended it and said to myself he has a reason to say that. But I tried to defend myself anyway by saying that I couldn’t notice for some reason. Then we talked I think about things I don’t remember and I’m saying that because I found us in the middle of a conversation that Idk where it started.. I was saying to him that instead of asking God not to give me tests or hardships I ask him to give strength to pass them and get through them. It was kind of a reply to something he said. He was very calm but he didn’t really smile..it felt like he had a heavy load or something that made him sad deep inside. I felt like I didn’t want to leave I even wished he would ask me to stay when I told him I had to leave. I then told him let’s take a selfie. I was kind of close to him physically holding his back and I think he was holding me too.. we then took a photo and I with a deep feeling of fear to leave as if I was gonna die or not see him again or that he won’t see me again I told him let’s take another one. I opened the camera and then realised we both had very tanned and darkened faces so I told him it must be the filter I tried to change it and he told me to go remove the furniture behind the glass I didn’t understand why but I looked and tried to make sense of it that it was not to make them appear in the shot and I realised this was my real home in my waking life so I thought that would really be exhausting and I went through many stairs today I tried to take the photo from different angels appreciating every second I am with him then I woke up.

    The way he treats me is actually the way I treat myself in real life. I always have this two sided conversations in which both sides try to compensate for me to make a good decision. Also I know I want a romantic relationship in my life. That person was a complete stranger I was surprised when I woke up that he was so clear to me in the dream although I didn’t know who he was.. I never saw him before. When I breathed in I felt like the smell in my clothes and blanket was in the dream, and of course it was :D, and that it reminded me of that moment. That made me somehow feel that this person is a part of me somehow… I really would like to interpret this further.

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      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      Perhaps the dream is just trying to give you the qualities you lack in your waking life. Often, the subconscious mind will create a dream person to serve as a placeholder for the kind of person you want to meet or the traits you need in your waking life. Perhaps this dream just shows how much you want to have a sense of calm and strength in your life or the appreciation of someone you admire.

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    Sree Valli

    March 10, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Hi I am dreaming constantly different guys .first day I dream about cold guy in high school we share our inner feelings and problems eachother.other day I dream about my crush in that dream I’m regerting not chosen him.another day I dream about some musilim guy we met eachother coincidence and we love we married also.wt it dream all means

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      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      The one commonality between your dreams is that you seem to always be in a relationship with someone you love. Judging from the dreams, it seems like you want to find a lasting, committed relationship, but you just haven’t found the right guy yet. Because of this, your subconscious mind keeps experimenting with different guys in your dreams at night.

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    Natasha

    March 9, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I just had a dream last night about someone I’d never met. But we were in a romantic setting just us and he was behind me hugging me to him. It was so intimate but not sexual. As if we’d known each other forever, but he was so unfamiliar. I remember everything about him, his hands, build and height. But I can’t remember his face.

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      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      Sometimes, the subconscious mind creates a dream character to serve as your love interest. This might happen because you don’t have a romantic interest in your waking life, or it may just mean your subconscious mind wishes you could spice things up by having more romantic fun. Whatever the case, the dream guy is probably random and just shows the type of experience you’d like to have in your waking life.

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    Brianna

    March 6, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    I had a dream that my crush and me was serching a little girl in real life i never told that guy. than he came to my home than he was going to marry i was telling to do not marry you will regret it his father was also against his marriage he divored 3 months later in real life

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      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 9:17 pm

      It sounds like you wish you could have stopped your crush from being with someone else in real life, and you feel like it was just as much of a mistake as he now realizes it was. If you are single, why don’t you make a move and see if your crush is interested? You never know, he may have secretly had a crush on you this whole time as well!

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    Monique

    March 5, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Hi! I dreamed again earlier and about a guy again but i can rmmbr his face again it’s like there’s a scene that we’re hugging each other bytheway in this dream he’s my boyfriend again like my past dreams and when i woke up i dont know but everytime im looking back/ remembering the scene that we we’re hugging there’s something that touches my heart and it makes my hands weak. I told u that this isn’t my firstime that i dreamed about a guy that is my bf and that i can’t rmmbr his face

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      Chezca

      March 7, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      I can’t find where i can leave my comment.

      Uhm i had this dream a while a ago i was in the crowded people then there this guy who approached me. (i forgot the other details) but he kissed me on my lips, i am just bother because i clearly saw his face what he looks like. This is my first time seeing random people’s face in my dream like i clearly see his face!!! And then he keeps on kissing me whenever he saw me. Then i have this another scenario then i saw him there, then there he is again try to kissed me like he was obsessed with my lips. Please enlighten me, thank you!!

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        web admin

        March 12, 2020 at 9:01 pm

        The dream may just reflect your desire to be with someone and to have a guy who loves you so intensely. You may not have someone like this in your waking life, so your subconscious mind created this dream guy for you instead.

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      web admin

      March 12, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      The dream most likely represents your desire to find someone to love and be with. You may not have someone who can actually play that role in your waking life, so your subconscious mind created the image of this guy. When you are able to find someone to love and care about in your waking life, their real-life image will most likely replace the image of the dream guy.

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    Sksksk

    March 1, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Hello, i dreamt about a complete stranger 3 years ago. His face was somehow blurry. But all I remembered was his chubbiness, height, complexion and the strange feeling that connects me to him. In my dream, it feels like we are on a romantic relationship.

    Then 3 months ago, I have met someone who really resembles the one in my dream. And the first time I met him, there’s this strange feeling that connects me to him just like in my dream.

    We are now dating.

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      web admin

      March 3, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      That is a very cool experience. It sounds like your subconscious mind created the image of the exact kind of person who would work well with your personality. When you met someone who matched your idealized partner, you were smart enough to take advantage of that opportunity and be with them. Congrats!

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        Willow

        March 7, 2020 at 11:17 am

        Yea i keep seeing this guy with green eyes and black hair thats all i know about him i can’t see anything eles about him. And he saves me everytime.

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          web admin

          March 12, 2020 at 9:06 pm

          Most likely, he represents the kind of person you want to find or just some kind of trait you would like to have in your life. Perhaps you feel the need to be rescued or to get extra support, which is why he is always saving you in your dreams.

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    Monique

    March 1, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Hi! I dreamed again earlier and about a guy again but i can rmmbr his face again it’s like there’s a scene that we’re hugging each other bytheway in this dream he’s my boyfriend again like my past dreams and when i woke up i dont know but everytime im looking back/ remembering the scene that we we’re hugging there’s something that touches my heart and it makes my hands weak. I told u that this isn’t my firstime that i dreamed about a guy that is my bf and that i can’t rmmbr his face

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      kenzie

      March 3, 2020 at 9:34 am

      I just found this website because i have been having dreams about this guy that i feel like i know him, like there is a actual real connection, it is so weird but its like i am actually gaining feelings for this guy, and everything feels so real in the dream it is so confusing, people keep saying it doesn’t mean anything, but i know it does..it has to right..i mean i can see his face clearly and i cant stop thinking about it..iv been having these dreams for weeks now..and these dreams are so realistic that i actually hate waking up because of the relationship i had created with this boy.

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        web admin

        March 3, 2020 at 2:55 pm

        Everything happened in the dream because you like him and wish that you could be with him. A dream can only represent what is going on in the dreamer’s subconscious mind, so there is no way that the dream can show what can or will happen in real life unless you already know how he feels. If you like him that much, make a move and see what happens! You said that there is an actual connection between you two in your waking life, so why not see where this thing can go? Good luck!

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    K. Lola

    February 29, 2020 at 6:53 am

    I had a dream last night that I woke up from, sobbing. In the dream, there is a man, a father. He is out of control and angry and abusive. There is a little boy, about 11, his son. The little boy is in his room on his bed. He is trying to play a video game he always plays but it disappears. The man storms into his room, yelling and cussing and accusing him of deleting *his* game (since he plays it too). The little boy knows to not look afraid and tries to calmly explain that he didn’t do anything. The man/his dad is holding a sword. He throws the sword over the boy in his bed and it hits the mirrored closet door and bounces off. Once the boy sees it bounce off, he scrambles off the bed and hits his dresser/night stand and that is where the sword stabs him in the back, through his chest. Blood is forming on his shirt around the sword. The man is panicked and quickly grabs clothes from a pile and covers up the little boy. This is where *I* (and I honestly never realized I was anywhere in this dream until this point), sobbing, grab onto the dad’s legs as he walks. I guess I am a little girl. Throughout this incident, the boy could see his older brother standing behind the dad, but the older brother was no longer a human when he saw him but a drawing of a monster. I woke up sobbing. I had never seen a single person in this dream before. I have no brothers. My dad has never been really abusive like this to me but did once hit me in my stomach almost 20 years ago. I do not think this man is representative of my dad, but could certainly represent my mother.

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      web admin

      February 29, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      You are aware of the abuses that you suffered from your parents, and it is certainly possible that your dream is a reflection of those memories. It is possible that the events and experiences within the dream are also related to your knowledge of the suffering of others. Death is often an indication of your knowledge of change, so it is possible that something in your life needs to be addressed. Allow this dream to influence you to share your positive energy with the world, as this will support those in need.