When you have dreams about people, especially ones you recognize, it raises a number of questions. Is it because they’re on your mind? Is it something meaningful, or a passing fancy?
Dreams that involve close companions is in fact one of the most common types, and while they may reveal certain feelings you were unaware regarding the subjects, it could also say more about your own personal concerns.
So, can they be prophetic, like a message or a warning? What does it mean when you dream about someone who’s passed away? What about your ex?
Here we’ve rounded up some of the more common dreams and their interpretations.
Dreaming About Your Partner
Dreaming about your current partner is very common while in a relationship. The scenarios that occur will vary depending on how strong your bond is with your significant other.
If you feel loved and emotionally satisfied, you might have romantic dreams that involve being in love together. Equally, if you feel unsatisfied with your current situation, you might have a dream about cheating on your spouse, or them cheating on you.
That said, dreams that involve infidelity don’t necessarily mean you are unsatisfied; they are often results from internal fears that haven’t been expressed.
To interpret dreams about your partner, you need to understand the context of the dream and how it made you feel. For example, they made you feel like the bad guy, you could fear being too overbearing – even if you’re not.
If it involves your partner being violent, it could be fear of making them unhappy – even if they’re not violent.
It is worth trying to understand the meaning, as this could possibly help strengthen your relationship.
Dreaming About a Family Member
If you’re particularly close to your family, dreams involving them will be more frequent, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while.
Since dreams are often a reflection of your reality, if your family is part of your everyday life, you can expect them to be the main cast in people-oriented dreams.
If you came from a broken home, or suffered abuse from your family, it is common for your dreams to reflect pain.
Often dreams can be your unconscious mind’s way of healing wounds of the past; for example, if you were neglected as a child, you may dream of a happy family and an alternate reality which gives you your desired outcome.
Or, if you had a good childhood, your family members will often represent positive signs in your dream.
Dreaming About Your Ex
There is no denying that when a relationship breaks down, the thought of your ex will always remain with you, regardless of circumstances leading to the split.
Emotional attachments naturally create strong memories, whether or not you want them to.
Unresolved issues can often get manifested in our dreams, as a way for our unconscious mind to heal and deal with pain.
For example, you may relive bad moments in the relationship, which indicate you’re not yet over these events and need to deal with them while awake.
On the other hand, you may relive good moments, and rather than this indicating your wish to return to the relationship, it could mean your mind recognizes a lack of happy moments in your current life – indicating you should create new experiences.
The emotional attachment you have to your ex will often determine how likely you are to dream of them.
What Does Dreaming About Someone Who Has Passed Away
When love ones pass away, it will leave you with an emptiness that can be very difficult to overcome.
It is extremely common to dream about lost loved ones, especially if you were unable to say goodbye to them properly. This could simply be your mind working through the grief.
However, sometimes people from your past may appear in a dream as a symbol of something they represented.
If someone used to give you advice, your dream could indicate your desire to seek advice on a particular issue. If they were a source of fun adventures, it could indicate your desire to make new experiences and fill gaps in your day-to-day.
It is important to look at the situation involving your dream and determine how it applies to you. Sometimes people of your past can be reflections of your memories, and these dreams can be a way of reminding you of those who’ve had an impact.
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone?
Lastly, all Interpretations should be made on how you feel about the dream.
If you think your dream means something, you should prompt your mind with questions. Ask yourself what aspects of your life were reflected in the dream.
Some dreams are the result of hopes, while others are ways of processing pain. The dreamer is the only person who can understand their dream.