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What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone – 34 Types of Dreams Explained!

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone – 34 Types of Dreams Explained!Updated on January 18, 2021 | Published on August 13, 2020
Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, Certified Psychiatrist

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What does it mean when you dream about someone?

This question is bound to pop in your heads when someone shows up in your dreams. Whether it is about a person dying, a family member, or just someone you know – there are a lot of questions that linger in your mind about dream interpretation.

While some of us just shrug it off, a few others come looking for answers… like YOU (and me)! The mysterious thing about dream symbolism is that it is never direct. It is encoded in symbols that represent your thoughts in the real world.

So, what does it mean if you dream about someone?

Broadly, there are…

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34 Types of Dreams about Someone

5 Reasons behind ‘Dreaming about Someone’

People in your dreams appear for multiple reasons – positive or negative. However, to correctly understand what your dream meant, it is important to remember it exactly as you dreamt it.

While we have also discussed various types of dreams below in detail, here’s a quick sneak peek into the reasons why people appear in your dream.  

1.  You want them to like you

There are so many people in your life from whom you seek approval or attention. Especially, when they have been ignoring or dismissing your efforts.

This mostly happens when you have unveiled your soul with them and are now scared of whether or not they will like you. You constantly question your confidence, think about them, and seek their admiration which is carried to your dreams.

2.  They are thinking about you

If you dream about the person on a daily basis, it is believed that they are thinking about you. It might appear vague, but people around the world have favored it.

If you haven’t met or even seen a person for a long time and still dream about them, there’s a high chance that they are thinking of you and are likely to make an appearance soon.

3.  They will take advantage of you

This is a warning sign. The appearance of a person in your dreams can also be a sign that they will manipulate you and cause you emotional pain.

They have done it in the past and you are scared that this time the pain will be unbearable. Be very careful about this person’s motives and don’t let it affect you for a long time.

4.  Life would have been different with/without them

A lot of us often wonder about life situations. Even though you are happy in your current relationship you are curious about life with a certain person.

That’s the time when this person appears in your dream to give you a taste of how life would have been if it turned out differently.  It is also believed that dreams about the same person will bring a positive change in relationships.

5.  You feel lonely

Painful relationships leave you scarred in various ways. You keep missing them, feel used and lost which is often carried onto your dreams.

While the other person doesn’t feel the same about you, you find it extremely hard to move on. Now since you are dwelling in the past, you are feeling overwhelmed and stuck. But don’t worry, it will soon start getting better.

It’s very common to see people in your dreams but if you understand its underlying meaning, it can not only help you strengthen your relations but also advance your career.


How can you understand the people in your dreams?

Imagine them (people) as characters of your story (dream). 

That is, think of your dream as a plot and the people in it playing different roles. It can be anyone – your family members, platonic friends, romantic interest, current partner, ex or even someone you don’t know.

Every person in your dream is there to play a specific role – either as a particular character or as your own self.

You must ask questions (given below) to yourself to understand these characters in your dreams and their meaning in your life. The answers to these questions will help you relate it better in waking life and gain a deeper insight into the character.

  • Name of the character and whether it has a special meaning that relates to your life?
  • Age of the character in your dream?
  • What is your relationship with this person in the dream?
  • What are their personality traits in your dream?
  • What professional role do they play in your life?
  • What are their archetype symbols?
  • What did you experience in your dream with them?

Once you learn to see the people as screen players, it will be easier for you to identify the type of dream and its symbolization in your life.

Characters of the People in Your Dreams

By paying attention to your dreams, you will reckon that they usually make themselves appear in three primary roles, which are as follows:  

1.  People in your dreams starring themselves

A good or bad experience with a specific person that casts a significant impact on your brain, triggers dreams about them.

The dream interpreted will be symbolic of their fresh memory in your mind. These dreams are also believed to be precognitive in nature of both alive and dead people, not literally but denotatively.


  • You dream of your mother who you visited recently.
  • You dream of your partner after a heated argument.
  • You dream of your high school friend who called you just yesterday.

2.  People in your dreams as symbols

Sometimes, people from various areas of your life appear in your dreams as symbols. They can be a specific thing or even your own emotions.

So, if you are sure that the person who appeared in your dream last night is a symbol or something – think of your own personal associations with them. This will help you uncover the significance of the dream in real life.


  • Dreaming about your school-life crush may symbolize that you need to rekindle the lost innocence and love.
  • Dreaming about your friends dying when you have just lost someone very close to you.
  • Dreaming of kissing an enemy may symbolize that you must make peace with unfinished business.

3.  People in your dreams playing yourself

This might feel a little strange but people in your dreams also play YOUR character. This means it’s not necessary that in your dreams your role will be played by you. Even others might do a roleplay.

It is usually carried by a person from your past or someone you don’t know. They either represent some aspect of your life or act as an external force on you.


  • Dreaming about a celebrity representing the fame-seeking aspect of you.
  • Dreaming of a female friend representing your amicable side.
  • Dreaming about a deceased person representing your fear of death.

Now that you know how you can find out the reason why someone is appearing in your dreams, let’s move onto some common dream interpretations for various situations.

But first, let’s begin with –

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone – 34 Types of Dreams Explained!
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone – 34 Types of Dreams Explained!

34 Types of Dreams about Someone

Depending on the situation in which you are in the dream, dreams about someone can have different types of meanings. For instance, the meaning of a dream in which you are caught kissing someone would be different from a dream in which you see someone dead. 

Following are some of the most common types of dreams about someone. Read on to find out what different types of dreams about someone mean. 

1. What does it mean when you dream about someone?

Apart from the reasons above, the significance of ‘dreaming about someone’ depends on a lot of things like your relationship with the person, what is the person doing in your dream, what are you doing in your dream and a lot of other things.

While we have discussed different scenarios below, there’s one thing you must remember about dreams – everything you dream has to say something about you, ONLY YOU.

So, now that you are all set to embark on this dreamy journey… Let’s go!

2. What does it mean when you keep dreaming about someone?

Many time we try to find the answer to question ‘What does it mean when you dream about someone constantly’ … Don’t worry you are not alone – About two-thirds of people experience recurring dreams. However, the dream isn’t the same every time. Psychologists say that it suggests that something in your head is unresolved.

Even though more than six in ten people experience these kinds of dreams, it’s still unusual to dream about the same person night after night.

So, if you are also asking, what does it mean if you dream about someone repeatedly – firstly don’t freak out, there is a high chance they are trying to say something about the person. It can even be your own repressed emotions about this person that you are avoiding and are afraid to address while awake.

3. What does it mean when you dream about someone you like?

If you like someone, your mind is filled with their thoughts all day. Even before you go to sleep, the last person that comes in your mind is them. Thus, dreaming about someone you like is very common and usually a representation of your own thoughts.

It can also be indicative of your likeness or attraction towards them. These meanings can also differ based on what happens in your dream. For instance, if in your dream the person you like, likes you back – it can be a sign of your self-confidence and acceptance.

However, on the contrary, if a person rejects you, the dream signifies your low confidence, inferiority complex, or feeling of insecurity. Subconsciously, you don’t feel confident or worthy of the person and so keep yourself prepared for the rejection – the dream is just a manifestation of these feelings.

4. What does it mean when you dream about someone dying?

If you are experiencing dreams about the death of a loved person does not suggest the upcoming death or illness of the person.  So, don’t panic, you might just be stepping into a life-changing phase of your life. These events can be really uncertain and anxiety-driven because you don’t know what is about to unfold.

Death dreams are also interpreted as a desire to put an end to something, NOT someone. It can be anything – from a toxic romantic relationship to an unsatisfying job. But you must pay attention to who is dying in your dream, that will help you understand the real purpose of your dream.

Is it someone with whom you have unresolved issues or someone from your office or one of your close friends? Do you need to respond or address these problems in real life? Do you need to terminate your job or a long-lasting friendship?

5. What does it mean when you dream about killing someone?

Many people ‘dream about killing someone‘, another person, family member, or even animals. While these are not literal, it usually symbolizes that you are seeking power or that you are trying to kill some part of your own self which is toxic.

However, each of these killing dreams has different meanings so in order to interpret it correctly, it’s best if you remember maximum details. So, if you dream of killing someone who was stalking you, it signifies your discomfort because of the attention. But if you dream of trying to escape after killing someone, it means that problems await you in the near future.

Again, if you dream of killing a family member, it is a manifestation of the negative emotions brimming inside you. So, you see, the symbolism really depends on the details that you remember from your dream.

6. What does it mean when you dream about someone dead?

Dreaming about a deceased person is usually considered an indication of a bad influence in your life. If the person in your dream was very close, you will find great solace in these dreams as this is the only way you see them after death.

These dreams are also interpreted as unresolved issues with the dead person and also portray a kind of connection with them. Apart from that, death dreams open your mind to a new perspective that allows you to see things clearly and with more courage.

From a spiritual standpoint, dreaming about the dead is a message from the deceased souls. It is believed that they appear to tell you the real reason for their death or even to guide you through your tough times. These are all theories and opinions as there are no testaments to prove its validity.

7. What does it mean when you dream about kissing someone?

Dreams about kissing someone have a positive meaning and have varied interpretations depending on the types of kisses. So, suppose in your dream, you kiss someone you don’t know, that depicts a feeling of guilt. But if you kiss a celebrity or someone you fancy, that is a sign of pleasant times in the near future.

If you kiss someone passionately in your dream, it is indicative of an unhappy life and a need to review it. But a French kiss in dreams is symbolic of power and control. However, if you kiss a stranger, it means that you are looking for a change in life.

Again, if you enjoy kissing someone on the lips in a dream, it means that you will experience better communication in life. But if you kiss your mother, it indicates that you desire to care and attention. Kissing a friend signifies that you really value friendship whereas a dream of kissing an enemy is a sign of betrayal.

8. What does it mean when you dream about someone sexually?

Sex dreams are very common especially in teenagers as they go through puberty. If you dream about sexual activity with someone, there’s a high chance that it is a representation of your sexual desires.

Just like kissing dreams, sex dream interpretations also vary depending on who you are getting on with. It is very common to be sexually attracted to a celebrity and imagine them in a sexual connotation. This might be simply because your sex life is on a dry spell and you are not getting your needs met.

Sex therapists from different parts of the globe have said that common sex dreams might not have anything to do about the person. It could be just a manifestation of your real-life thoughts and needs.

9. What does it mean when you dream about dating someone?

Dating dreams show up due to various reasons depending on who you are dating. So, if your dream started with dating someone you don’t know, it means that you are exploring the long-last talents within you.

But if you are dating someone you know, it does not mean that you have developed romantic feelings for them, it instead means that you are seeking acceptance from them. But if you find yourself dating an ex, is a sign of your desire for passion.

However, if you dream about dating your coworker, it means that you are seeking a healthy work-life balance. Bad date dreams are just your mind’s way to convince you that you don’t need a romantic partner in life.

10. What does it mean when you dream about fighting someone?

Even though in waking life, you are a peace-loving person and would never want to fight someone, your mind is capable of defying that in your sleep. Fighting dreams are usually a symbolization of a conflict or confrontation with another person or even your own self.

It may also represent fighting back against your problems. Say, for instance, a dream where you are fighting to stay alive is a representation of your desperation to stay relevant. However, a dream where you fight with your mother might be a manifestation of a grave argument with your mother in real life.

Again, if you see other people fighting in your dream, it means that some of your aspects are in conflict. On the flip side, if you dream about fighting with demons, it might be because you are resisting bad habits in an attempt to advance your spiritual self.

11. What does it mean if you dream about someone drowning?

Drowning dreams are extremely scary but they are still very common. If you are personally drowning, it means that you feel extremely overwhelmed but if you visualize someone else drowning in the ocean it means, especially your closed ones, it symbolizes your fear of losing them. It might also depict your own personal fear of drowning.

If you dream of drowning in a bath or drowning in a swimming pool, it signifies that the dreamer’s life is not sustainable. But if you dream about drowning in a car accident indicates that your life might not go as you planned.

Again, when you dream about saving someone from drowning or rescuing someone from drowning, it means that you are finally acknowledging your emotions. And if you see rescuing a child from drowning, it symbolizes that you are allowing yourself to accept help from others.

12. What does it mean when you dream about someone famous?

We spend hours and hours fantasizing about our favorite celebrity. Thus, dreams about meeting a celebrity shouldn’t come as a shock to you at least now after the rise of social media when famous people seem accessible.

Certified Dream Analyst, Lauri Lowenberg in an interview with Reader’s Digest discussed the interpretation of dreams about someone famous. She said that the purpose will be found in the lyrics or title of the song or even in the character of the star – anything that your subconscious mind relates to and applies to your life right now.

So, a dream about your favorite sportsperson may mean your hidden desire to play sports or about a famous person can signify your desire to gain recognition.

13. What does it mean when you dream about a family member?

If you are a family person who is very attached to your closed ones, you will often find yourself dreaming about your family members, especially when you haven’t seen them in a long time.

It is believed that dreams about family members represent your own characteristics. So if you dream about a cousin who is in your dream but is not actively participating, it might mean that you don’t allow your positive characteristics to surface.

But if you dream about your mother or your father, you dream of all that you typically associate with them. So, for a father, it would signify finances, inner knowledge, or even power. Apart from that a mother also dreams of her child when they have some concerns or issues in waking life.

14. What does it mean when you dream about your ex?

When you get into a relationship with someone, you are emotionally invested in them and so when you decide to call it off for whatever reason, some impact of it still stays. The reason why you often find yourself dreaming about your ex.

If the breakup was ugly and you never got an opportunity to vent, your thoughts are manifested into your dreams in an attempt of your brain to heal some of the hurt. In this way, your subconscious mind conveys that you need to address these deep-seated issues.

Your ex may also appear in your dream to remind you about the passion, love, and romance whenever your life becomes routine. Remember, the more you were emotionally attached to your ex, the likelier you are to dream of them.  

15. What does it mean when you dream about marrying someone?

A lot of people dream about their marriage but its correct interpretation lies in who you are marrying. It scares a lot of people as they are not yet ready for the commitment. Calm down, marriage in dreams does not mean that you will marry in real life. In fact, it is quite the contrary.

Marriage usually symbolizes commitment so if you dream of your marriage, it means that some part of your life needs commitment – it can be a relationship, job, or even a new career. But if you dream about someone else’s marriage, it means that there’s an issue in your mind that doesn’t actively involve you but still concerns you.

Even married people dream of marriage which is strangely not about their real-life partner. This doesn’t straight off signify problems in your existing marriage. It might just be about the qualities you desire in a man.

16. What does it mean when you dream about someone pregnant?

Dreams are all about creativity and significance. So just like death dreams indicate an end of something, dreams about pregnancy symbolize the start of something. While both the sexes have dreamt about pregnancy, more women have reported dreaming about it than men.

However, the purpose of the dream changes if you dream about someone else’s pregnancy but yours.

So, if you visualize your own pregnancy, it signifies that you are craving some creative-time for your own self. But if you dream of someone else being pregnant, it means that something inside you is left undone or unexpressed.

17. What does it mean when you dream about someone from your past?

Dreaming about someone you used to know like an old crush or your old neighbor is odd but a lot of people experience this. To interpret this dream correctly, it is very important to understand the context of the dream. These people usually show up to either trigger old memories or advise you on various phases of your life.

18. What does it mean when you dream about the one you are dating/married?

Dreaming about your partner you recently started dating is very common since you spend the major part of your day around them. Its interpretation will depend on your current thoughts and status of your relationship. So, for instance, if you feel emotionally satisfied, loved and happy you might experience romantic dreams.

19. What does it mean when you dream about someone you don’t like?

Dreams about someone you hate is only possible when this person has a very deep negative impact in your life. For instance, a person who bullied you in school or the current partner of your ex. It might be there to either haunt you or remind you about unresolved issues.

20. What does it mean when you dream about your mother?

Dreaming about mothers is very common. Infact, stats suggest that we dream about our mother at least once a week. But since every character in your dream represents your own characteristics, your mother might show up to represent the motherly side of you.

21. What does it mean when you dream about your co-worker?

Dreaming about someone you work with has a lot to say about you. Say suppose if you dream about your boss, it means you are trying to connect to your powered version. This is mostly because your subconscious mind wants more of the characteristics that the person at your work represents.

22. What does it mean when you dream about your partner cheating?

Dreams about your significant other cheating on you represent distrust. But if in real life you have no reason to be suspicious of them, it can also symbolize a third wheel in your relationship like workload or a baby, that is causing the distance.

23. What does it mean when you dream about a person you don’t know?

Dreaming about a stranger might feel extremely creepy but you will be shocked to know that about 50 percent of people dream about someone they don’t know and mostly these strangers are male. For the interpretation, male strangers symbolize physical aggression or aggressive impulses in your memory.

24. What does it mean when you dream about losing someone?

Dreaming about losing someone is a representation of losing a part of yourself. The literal symbolization greatly depends on who you lose in your dreams. So, say suppose if you dream about losing your child, it means that you are ignoring the childlike qualities in you.  

25. What does it mean when you dream about someone chasing you?

Dreaming about someone chasing you can be extremely scary and anxiety-driven. They usually represent the traits or elements of yourself that you are running from and don’t want to acknowledge.

26. What does it mean if you dream about someone criticizing you?

Dreaming about someone criticizing you is a symbolization of you being critical of yourself. It can also be a reminder to you for being less judgmental about others or even yourself. These dreams advise you to criticize more consciously.

27. What does it mean if you dream about someone strangling you?

Dreaming about someone strangling you is oddly common but thankfully, not literal. Experts say that suffocating dreams is instead an indication that you limit yourself in a way that it kills you. You need to be mindful of the things that are preventing your development and eliminate them from your life.

28. What does it mean when you dream about someone cutting your hair?

Dreaming of someone cutting your hair has nothing to do with changing your look. It instead means losing control over something followed by stressful situations in both personal and professional life.

29. What does it mean when you dream about harming someone?

Dreaming about harming someone signifies that you are trying to put an end to an old toxic habit or a cliched way of thinking. It can be a manifestation of suppressed anger or other aggressive emotions.

30. What does it mean when you dream about someone who is angry at you?

Dreaming about someone who is getting angry at you, it’s actually a manifestation of what you are angry at yourself. You must pay attention to what the person is saying to you because that will give you an insight about what is upsetting your subconscious mind.

31. What does it mean when you dream about cheating someone?

Dreams about cheating someone does not mean that you have a desire to have an affair aside from your current relationship. It instead signifies self-guilt and dissatisfaction from the relationship.

32. What does it mean when you are riding a car with someone?

Dreaming about riding has a lot to do with where you are going in your life but a deep interpretation depends on who’s the driver. If you are a passenger, it means that you are not in control of your life goals and depend on another person to drive you to your destination.

33. What does it mean if you dream about someone breaking into your house?

Dreaming about someone breaking in your house is usually a representation of an aspect or part of yourself that you have purposefully kept away from your awareness which is now breaking in your consciousness. This weird dream though extremely scary is, unfortunately, very common.

34. What does it mean when you dream about an acquaintance?

Dreaming about acquaintances represent hidden tales or undiscovered traits in your own self. You might fight with the person in your dream or even behave friendly which means you are either fighting to get rid of these attributes or welcoming them with open arms.

Hey, dreamer… Dream away!

Dreams are beautiful and scary and weird and everything else. But they are the only thing that is not happening in real life and yet exists.

In one way if you see it, dreams are like magic but on the other, it’s also science.

Since according to scientists, dreams are the representation of your own thoughts and feelings in your waking life.

So, don’t be afraid of dreams because they are just that… dreams!

But don’t hold yourself from revelling in it either because they are just that… dreams!