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 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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    January 12, 2020 at 6:38 am

    I dream of introducing to my late cousin my boyfriend, but I don’t know him or seen him in my waking life as to my cousin in my dream I don’t know that he is dead as if he is still alive, by the way the guy is tall and Asian look.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 12, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      The dream may represent your wish to introduce your boyfriend to your family, or it may just represent a wish to have your late cousin in your life again.

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    Lhainezy villaver

    January 11, 2020 at 4:03 am

    I have a dream about a boy but i don’t know him and i never meet him i dreamt about the same guy maybe 4 times but the strange is that me and that unknown guy are dating in my dreams what does it means

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 11, 2020 at 11:20 am

      This person may be an amalgamation of various qualities that you find attractive in a partner. You may be interested in nourishing a new emotional relationship at this time.

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        January 21, 2020 at 1:30 am

        I keep getting dreams of the same person, but the strange thing is that every dream is different. For example I sometimes fall in love with her and sometimes I just become good friends with her. And also the dreams are never set in the same place. For example last weeks dream was set in Germany and yesterdays dream was set in the Bahamas. What do you think.

        • web admin

          web admin

          January 21, 2020 at 6:20 pm

          The dreams may seem different, but they show the same general trends. It seems like you want to find someone to love and be with. The dreams also show a consistent desire to travel and explore the world. Now, you just have to make these two goals possible in your waking life!

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    January 10, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I dreamt about a man I have never met. We fell in love right away. I am married in real life. But in my dream I was so in love with this man, like a love I have never felt before and he was so in love with me like I have never felt that loved before. What does it mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

      The person in your dream may have been a reflection of someone from your distant past. Allow this dream to fade, and allow it to guide you to nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time together in person.

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    January 8, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I have a dream about this guy, his name is tub bee or tub lee. He a Hmong guy. I don’t know him . He keep coming to my dream 3 times. He probably need something. Idk 😐

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 8, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Perhaps he represents a feeling or trait you would like to have in your waking life. The situation in your dream could also indicate what kind of qualities your subconscious mind is trying to express as well.

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    January 7, 2020 at 4:35 am

    Well I had a dream when I was in a hotel and the room next to me had a boy named Alex my age and we ran into each other at the water park and when talked and grew close then suddenly we knew we had a crush on each other but it was strange because in my dream I actually questioned myself asking is this a dream? Then I woke up and said huh it was a dream and I never actually knew Alex from anywhere so what does that mean?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      Most likely, your subconscious created him as a placeholder for the kind of guy you would like to meet. Once you find a crush or boyfriend in your waking life, your subconscious will most likely replace the image of your dream guy with your real guy.

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        January 8, 2020 at 5:31 am

        I dreamt of myself being requested by an ex-employer to update a website with eulogies of 2 dead women i’ve never heard of. In the dream, it was frustrating that I can’t seem to get the right images of these women; women A even have a creepy looking picture of women B updated wrongly. I dreamt that my ex-employer and my colleagues almost missed a flight back home because everyone was waiting for me to be done with the updates. What does this dream mean?

        • web admin

          web admin

          January 8, 2020 at 7:15 pm

          The dream may show that you feel dragged down by the past and previous experiences. Because you are still wrapping up matters from the past, you feel as if you and everyone else are just waiting around for the future to happen.

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      January 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      I had this dream last night where it was the first day of high school and we had a free period so me and some friends went in the pool. Then after like 10 minutes we went to this dorm room to get changed. We were sorted into classes and I was with my friends who were’nt even going to go to that high school right and then there was this guy called ‘Ryan’ who i was sitting in class on a couch with and i fell asleep on him becuase the teacher never came. oh and the class turned into a train and we went through the entire city so… What does this mean!!!

      • web admin

        web admin

        January 11, 2020 at 11:28 am

        This dream seems to indicate that your education is closely intertwined with your social relationships. The train could be a sign that you are interested in traveling or making a change. Sleeping within a dream often means that you will find benefit in introspection.

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          January 12, 2020 at 12:47 am

          In My dream I met a boy in a house tree, he was wearing a white T-Shirt and blue shorts.
          We started talking and I fell in love with him and we started dating. I was so happy, so in love with him and he seem happy too.
          When I woke up I smiled and I thought: “I loved this dream I wanna meet him” :/

          • web admin

            web admin

            January 12, 2020 at 11:07 pm

            The dream shows the passion and love you want to find in your life. Your subconscious mind most likely made up the dream guy because you don’t have someone to actually play this role in your waking life. Once you find Mr. Right in your waking life, the placeholder guy in your dream will most likely be replaced by the real guy instead.

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    January 6, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    I Think I’m in love and that for the past 6 months or so and he really lives far away and kinda act like he has feelings for me too but doesn’t Show it, my question is, what does it mean if I dream about someone I don’t know in a romantical way? That happend twice in like a week

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 7, 2020 at 10:17 pm

      Your subconscious mind may just be creating this person as a placeholder for the type of romance or relationship you’d like to have some day. You may not have anyone who could play that role in your waking life, so your subconscious created that person instead.

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        January 8, 2020 at 5:18 pm

        I dreamed about this guy and he’s my best friend but the way me and him act towards each other is as if we’re together? I don’t know but I feel like it’s my fear of not being loved because I’m not enough or something.

        • web admin

          web admin

          January 8, 2020 at 7:07 pm

          This can sometimes happen with friends because the friends are so close together that it feels like they have a romantic relationship, even if this kind of relationship doesn’t actually exist. With that said, some of the closest friendships make the best relationships, so you could always consider being more than just friends!

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      January 12, 2020 at 7:33 am

      I had a dream that I was in a guys apartment (that I don’t know jn real life) it was a really nice apartment I had my stuff there I was packing and trying to leave to see my kids and then he took me to his room I felt like I was in love with him but he had friends there that didnt like me… what does this mean?

      • web admin

        web admin

        January 12, 2020 at 10:54 pm

        The dream may show a concern that you will not be able to find someone to date that is really a part of your life. The fact that the friends don’t accept you may mean you are concerned that you could really combine your life with the life of someone else. Thankfully, a dream only shows your own thoughts, feelings and desires, so this may not be a real issue in your waking life.

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    January 6, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Today I just woke up from a dream and I dreamed about someone he is my friend in the beginning then when we gathered all our friends he suddenly kissed me and told me that we are now in a relationship. After that I woke up. I don’t know him. And for the past few months I keep on dreaming having a boyfriend that I don’t know that person. I am bothered on this happenings. This is the 5th time.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 6, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      I wouldn’t read too much into it. Your subconscious is probably using this guy as a placeholder for the kind of person you’d like to meet someday. Judging by the nature of the dream, it seems like you may want some kind of romance or close relationship to enter your life.

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    January 6, 2020 at 2:00 am

    I dreamt we were in like a gathering but a party you know? And there is this guy that calls for me and is like “hey is this for you” and he has something for me and I ask how he got it and then he starts laughing and running so I chase him to get what’s mine and then I encounter one of my classmates but we don’t talk to each other however we make instant eye contact (I BARELY KNOW BOTH OF THE GUYS)

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 6, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      The dream may show that you want to accomplish or gain something in your waking life, but you feel like your objective is still just out of reach no matter how much you do to get it.

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    January 5, 2020 at 6:43 am

    I had a dream I was in a party/ celebratory event. And I had some ladies with me there, we were happy and celebrating. And we were done, and they were about leaving, I then called out to a girl amongst the rest. She then answered me, and said but I saw her earlier and I didn’t say a word. Then she started coning towards me. Afterwards a friend of hers made an announcement. That the day is her birthday. In my mind and the dream, I was so excited and felt a strong feeling to tell her of my feelings that I liked her and wanted us to be together. Pls what can it mean?
    Note: I know in real life, but we’ve never spoken. And I always admired her the few times I saw her.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 9:36 am

      You may just want to have someone to love and care for. Since you admire this girl in real life, your subconscious may have chosen her to play that role in your dream.

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        January 5, 2020 at 2:39 pm

        That’s from a quite solid point of view. Because partly right now, there’s really not a lot of options for my subconscious to choose from. Cos am simply alone at the moment with few or little female interests. I appreciate you for your reply. But one more question; I should be seeing her around soon, but from your explanation:I guess its not necessary to try speak to her and get to know her better. Or is it worth giving a shot at?

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    January 5, 2020 at 3:09 am

    For about 2 years or so, i started dreaming people i don’t know or forgot i met them in the past. It’s kinda strange.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 9:43 am

      That’s really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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    January 4, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I dreamed about a guy I only see in basketball games. I don’t like him, we don’t even talk and he doesn’t have me on his socials. Why I dream about him then?

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

      Sometimes, your subconscious mind picks a random person or makes up a person to serve as a placeholder for the kind of qualities or relationship you would like to have in your waking life.

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    January 2, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I keep having this dream about a guy that I only know because he does social media and every night I dream about this time where me and him met each other when we was younger and it always seemed like he liked me more than just a friend and each dream I had would involve these similar events in them like I would do social media and me and him would end up working together.

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 3, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Take this time to determine whether or not this relationship is viable. If you are interested in nourishing a relationship, then speak with him.

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    January 2, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    I have a dream about multiply i entered into new college even though i am studying in a college and had a phone call to me from help of teacher his name was mathew he said i will help you whatever your need
    I am not answered and woke

    • web admin

      web admin

      January 3, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      It seems that you may be interested in furthering your academic career in the future. Make a decision about what you want for your future.