Dreams open a realm of extreme curiosity that we are always trying to decode. Let’s be honest: dreams are mysterious. But when you add certain people to your dreams, they become even more curious. So the question is: what does it mean when you dream about someone?
Well, it all depends on who that someone is. Do you dream about someone you love? Someone you like? Or someone you’ve never met? There are many reasons why you might be dreaming about someone. If you’re wondering what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you, let’s try and decode it. For starters, remember that your dream might not even be about that someone you dream about. It may be something much deeper.
Dreaming about someone you like
It’s not uncommon to dream about someone you like. After all, when you like someone, you think about him/her constantly. It’s only logical that that someone comes into the realm of your dreams.
What you need to remember is what happened in the dream. Did they like you back in your dream? If that’s the case, it means that you’re confident in yourself. And if you have confidence in yourself, it’s time to take the next step and try to advance that into a relationship. However, if in the dream, that person doesn’t like you back, you might believe you will be rejected by him/her.
Dreaming about someone you love
As in the previous case, when you love someone, you think about him/her all the time. That’s just how love works. And it’s natural that he/she comes into your dreams as well. Again, it’s important to pay close attention to what happens in your dreams.
When you dream about someone you love, the dream will show the depth of your relationship. For example, if your dream is happy, joyful, cheerful, and you’re holding hands, it’s safe to say that your relationship is deep. However, if there’s a lot of fighting in the dream, the dream might be a sign that you’re losing the connection with your partner. Or even worse: you don’t feel as passionate about that someone anymore.
Dreaming about someone from your past
One of the aspects of being human is having interactions with people from our life. We meet different people on our journey. Some have a big impact on our life, whether we realize it or not. But no matter how big the impact is, every person we meet leaves an imprint on our life. For better or worse, our experiences make us who we are.
That being said, every now and then you might dream about someone from your past. Someone who crossed your path, and it might be an old crush, a co-worker you no longer work with, a friend you no longer communicate with, or anything else.
What does it mean when you dream about someone from your past? Well, more often than not, a certain event in our life has triggered memories from the past. And the dream is just a means our brain uses to remind us of the people in the past. The memory suddenly becomes fresh.
Dreaming about someone famous
Let’s be honest: celebrity dreams are common; whether you’re a super fan or not, chances are you’ll see your favorite star in your dreams. Simply put, you’re consumed by the music you listen to or the movies you watch. And with social media as popular as it is, fans can now get in touch with their favorite stars.
When you’re emotionally involved with a celebrity, it’s only normal to dream about them. But the bad news is dreaming about a celebrity doesn’t mean you’ll start dating him/her. It just means you spend a lot of time thinking about them.
Dreaming about someone who has passed
Similar to dreaming about people from the past, dreaming about someone who has passed has either a positive or negative context. The dreams represent something positive or negative in your life. It all comes down to what happened in the dream.
So, what does it mean when you dream about someone who has passed? Sometimes, deceased people visit us in our dreams to offer closure and comfort. If you had a conflict with the said person, the dream might be a way to resolve it.
There are also many spiritual theories, but we won’t get into that.
Dreaming about a family member
People who have close attachments to their family often dream about their family. It’s as simple as that. Our dreams are usually a reflection of our conscience. When you like someone, you dream about that someone. And when you’re close to your family, you dream about them. You might dream about your family if you haven’t seen them in a while, or if you don’t see them on a daily basis.
In other cases, a mother who is always thinking of her children often has dreams about them. A child, on the other hand, has dreams about the whole family.
Dreaming about an ex-lover
So, what does it mean when you dream about someone you were previously romantically involved with? Does it mean you haven’t moved past him/her? Well, when you have a romantic relationship with someone, traces of the relationship and pieces of that person still exist inside of you. Whether you like it or not, you can’t completely remove someone from your life.
The emotions you had about someone determine if and how often you dream about him/her. For example, if you were involved with someone for 10 years, it’s logical to have him/her in your dreams.
Another scenario is that you were dumped, and you still have unresolved issues about the relationship. It’s logical that the anger and those feelings occupy your dreams.
Dreaming about someone in a sexual way
Known as wet dreams, dreaming about someone in a sexual way is just a proof of your passion and desires. Now, it’s important to note you don’t always have emotions about that person or that you’re attracted to that person. For example, if you had a sexual dream about a colleague, that doesn’t mean you’re attracted to him/her. You’re probably around that person for long periods during the day, so he/she is on your mind to a certain extent.
It’s different, of course, when you dream about someone you’re interested in.
The Sigmund Freud Theory
Speaking of what it means when you dream about someone, we must touch on the Sigmund Freud theory. Freud studied the psychological effects of dreams and how they affect our conscious world.
Freud suggested that if you want to understand what’s happening in your real world, you just have to study what’s happening in your unconscious world. It’s a known theory that when we dream, our unconscious world and mind take over. According to the famous neurologist, when we dream, our unconscious shows how we perceive the world in conceptual form. In dreams, we see our fears and our desires, but not necessarily as we would expect to see them.
Freud firmly believed that nothing happens by chance. Every action is motivated by our unconscious. For example, if your partner is cheating on you in your dreams, it doesn’t mean he/she is cheating on you in real life. However, it does mean you’re thinking about it.