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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    Leo

    February 27, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Hi,
    In my dreams I met this girl who i have got a liking to. We chat on facebook whatsapp etc and occasionally went out together-this is my dream before
    But this morning i got this dream continuation of before…
    We still hang out kisses and what not. But a time skip occur, her numbers,facebook a/c, Instagram. Seems like i have forgotten it all, i kept on searching but to no avail.wth is this is this delusion.

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      web admin

      February 28, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The person in your dream could be a reflection of someone from your past. She may manifest in your future. Ensure that this dream guides you to 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, Leo!

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    Bee

    February 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I dreamed that I was with an old best friend, in another state and she robbed a bank. We were arrested, but she told the police I had nothing to do with it. My charges got dropped and a police officer, with a particular name that I remembered when I woke up, helped me, as I didn’t have a phone or any way to contact anyone. I remember that he was tall, dark and handsome. A bit later, my friend showed up. When I woke up this morning, I searched for the name and found out he really does exist. And that he really is a police officer. There is no way I could have know that. What does this mean?

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      web admin

      February 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. What is clear is that you came across this person in your dream after the dream. It is possible that there may be a reason for you to reach out to this person. Determine what you want for your future. If you think it is appropriate to speak with this person, then do so. Ensure that you always share your kindness and compassion, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Bee!

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    Madison

    February 25, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I had a dream that all of the people around me were being mean to me, calling me names, pushing me around, telling me to go away, but there was always one person there for me and he would always be there to comfort me and held me when I cried and hugged me and i felt comfortable and happy with him, but i couldn’t see his face. what does this mean?

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      web admin

      February 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of a social concern that you may have in your life. The one person who was supportive of you could be a manifestation of your desires. Your inability to determine who this person is could be a sign that there are many potential people that could have appeared in your dream. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Madison!

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    yangchik

    February 25, 2019 at 4:53 am

    last night, i dreamt about a guy i don’t know, i hugged him and he did too, i was really in love with him,i felt safe in his arms, the problem is that i never met him in real!!!
    please what dos it mean???

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      web admin

      February 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that the person in your dream is a manifestation of various qualities that you find attractive. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Yangchik!

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      Justin

      February 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Strange, I had a similar dream very recently, where I hugged this young woman and I could feel her body warmth against mine, I felt secure and loved and strangely I loved her back, but unfortunately I woke up soon after.

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        February 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm

        Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. We always appreciate when members of our community share their thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Justin!

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    ?

    February 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I had this dream about this gorgeous boy, I did see his face which was a bit unusual because I’ve never seen him in real life. But he was like my dream boy and it was very confusing how comforting and realistic the dream was. Why?

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      web admin

      February 25, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      This dream could be a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The person in your dream could be a manifestation of various people who are in your life. You likely want to maintain a relationship with someone who makes you feel safe and comfortable. Allow this dream to influence 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, Anon!

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    Veronica

    February 24, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    I had this dream about a guy and we were at a party, but I don’t even know who the guy is. We we’re going as a couple to the party. But then I started dreaming about me going to a pool, and he was there as well but then it went back to him and I at the party talking about that I lost my bra at the pool and him finding it, then he showed me that if it was this, and I said yes…. and I have the same exact bra that was in my dream.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 25, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The pool may be a sign that you want to spend time in a social gathering. Your bra could be a sign of your physical desires. Determine what you want for your future. If there is someone that you want to maintain a relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings. Share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Veronica!

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    Camille

    February 24, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Last night I saw a boy in my dream and the face of that boy wasn’t clear. I hug him really tight while I’m crying and he whispered in my ears that he really loves me. I also saw my classmate that has a crush me and he is just looking at us.
    What does it mean? My mind is really in a puzzle right now.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 24, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. You may be interested in nourish a new social relationship at this time. The presence of the person who has a crush on you is a sign that you are aware of his feelings. The unknown person may be a manifestation of your knowledge that there is someone else in your life that you may want to nourish a relationship with. Since you are confused about what you want for your future, you will find benefit in determining what you want for your future. Perhaps nourish your relationship with the person who has a crush on you. Have a great day, Camille!

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    Nics

    February 24, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve dreamed about this guy who I personally don’t know. It happened many times that he is always with me, either we’re at a coffee shop or we’re reading a book. The problem is, I can’t see his face, his figure only. 7 times that he’s been on my dreams. What’s the meaning of that?

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      web admin

      February 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      These dreams are reflections of your social and emotional desires. The person who appears in your dreams may be unrecognizable may be a manifestation of various qualities that you find attractive in a person. There may be someone in your life that you want to develop a relationship with. This may be someone who may appear in your life in the future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Nics!

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    Ojani

    February 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve recently had a dream of this girl. I’ve met this girl, my friend introduced us while we were going to a party. So we pregamed at her house. I didn’t really talk to her but that way she was and she acted made her attractive. Her whole demeanor was positive to me at least. I had a dream and this same girl was in that dream or someone similar to her, naturally I felt happy in the dream and I seemed to have fallen in love with her. Thoughts?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 24, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      This person in your dream is someone that you find attractive. It is likely that you are interested in maintaining a new social and emotional relationship. It is certainly possible that you have developed strong feelings for this person. If you want to nourish a relationship with her, then spend additional time with her in person. When you feel it is appropriate, speak with her about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Ojani!

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    Andrew

    February 24, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been having multiple dreams now of a girl name “Veronica” but in my dreams its always a different girl with the same name, and the weird thing is I dont know any girl named Veronica.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 24, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      The repetition of the name could be a sign that Veronica could have been someone from your distant past. The various people in your dreams could be reflections of aspects of a person that you find attractive or desired. It is possible that a Veronica may enter into your life in the future. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help to draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Andrew!

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    ?

    February 24, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I had a dream about hugging my coach and crying while hugging her.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      You likely feel a strong social relationship with your coach. This may be because you appreciate her actions and support. Allow this dream to influence you to speak with your coach about your thoughts. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Anon!

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    Kenneth Dave

    February 23, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I dream last night there’s a Girl in the highway while im driving my Bigbike then she extend her right hands upwards then I stop and she ride me . I don’t know who is the Girl at my back. What does it mean? Who is she?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      This person in your dream could be a reflection of someone in your life that you may want to nourish a relationship with. It is possible that this dream is a sign you want to nourish a romantic relationship. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Kenneth!

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    Kartisha Robinson

    February 22, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I had a dream this guy seemed familiar. More than known him for years. I know his personality is what I want in a man. My masculine side is seems to someone who is light skinned, with long
    dark hair. Usually it’s a guy I once knew from high school. We dont speak to each other anymore and he’s the one I’m missing greatly. He even is as I have described above.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 22, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. It is possible that something may have reminded you of this person from your past. Allow this dream to influence you in a positive direction. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will help to draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Kartisha!

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    Leidy

    February 22, 2019 at 10:14 am

    I had a dream that I liked a guy but I’ve never ever seen this man before in my life. He was very handsome though. What does this mean ?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 22, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      The person in your dream could be a reflection of aspects of people that you may find attractive. Your social and emotional desires may have appeared in this dream as well. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help to draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Leidy!

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    Pedestrian

    February 21, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I always dream about this stranger and it says that me and him have a relationship. It’s weird because everytime I’m being emotional or tired and then i go to sleep he always appears in my dream. What does that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 21, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      The person in your dream may be a reflection of attributes of a person that you want to maintain a relationship with. It is possible that this person is from your distant past. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Pedestrian!

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    Anne

    February 20, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Recently I’ve always dream about the guy, that i never meet before. 3 times. I don’t know if they’re the same because I don’t remember their faces when I’m wake up. But this guy is handsome. And I’m falling to him. Can i ask what is the meaning of this dream

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Your dreams seem to be a reflection of your interactions with this person. The frequency of these dreams are aspects of your social and emotional desires. If you are in contact with this person, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. You may nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Anne!

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    Ethan

    February 20, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I had a dream where a girl I know, but don’t know anything about her personal life wanted to date me, she waited for me somewhere I didn’t know about so I didn’t go to her, she then came to me and asked me out then, and it felt real

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 20, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Your dream may be a reflection of your social and emotional desires. You didn’t know her in person, so this dream could be a sign that you know that your future relationships may develop with a stranger. Allow this dream to influence you to 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, Ethan!

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    Liezl

    February 19, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I had a dream the guy wear a suit and me wedding gown the guy waiting for me.. The face of the guy is blurred . What is the meaning of my dream?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

      The clothing in your dream may be an indication that you are interested in getting married. There may be someone else in your life you recently became engaged or who got married. The blurred face of this person could be a sign that you are uncertain about who you are interested in maintaining a lifelong relationship with. Ensure that your 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, Liezl!

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    Mark

    February 19, 2019 at 1:58 am

    I had this dream of a girl I have never seen before, it was a short dream. I heard a soft voice which belonged to the girl, she said, “I am the only one you will ever love.” All that I saw was her face and her full name, ABIGAIL DAWN CARLYLE. A few years later and I actually met her in real life. And like in my dream, I couldn’t help but to fall in love with her.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

      This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional desires. The name of the person in your dream could be someone that you admire. You have met this person, so you have an opportunity to speak with her about your thoughts and feelings. This will give her a change to share herself with you. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with her in person. Have a great day, Mark!

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    Aria

    February 18, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve had this dream where I met this guy named Leo who has blonde hair and blue eyes and I’ve never met him before note that this is not my type at all yet we hit it off and I got his number. Also I had this other dream about this guy who liked me but I never liked him anyways he has a girlfriend irl, but in my dream he’d flirt with me as he would before when he liked me.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 18, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      This dream is a reflection of your social relationships and desires. You are aware that he is currently in a relationship, so allow this dream to fade. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him, but do not attempt to nourish a romantic relationship with him. If his currently relationship ends, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Aria!

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