What does it mean when you dream about someone

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

What does it mean when you dream about someone

What does it mean when you dream about someone?
Every now and then i get a mail from someone who tells me that he is worried because he saw a friend or a relative dying in a dream. In addition to that lots of people keep asking me to interpret their dreams for them when they dream about someone they never expected to see in the dream.

Why would a person dream about someone he rarely comes in contact with?
Why would a person dream about a friend he didn't see lately?

In this article i will answer your questions and tell you what does it mean when you dream about someone.

Symbols and dreaming about someone

For some reason almost everything we see in our dreams are coded in the form of symbols. For example if you were afraid of losing your job then most likely you won't see yourself thinking about that in the dream but you might get the famous dream of missing an important exam.

In my previous article The meaning of falling teeth in a dream i explained how falling teeth can be a reflection of the perceived loss of power someone is feeling.

If you feel so guilty because you do things that are against your values, culture or religion you might see yourself falling in a dream. So most dreams are decoded into symbols instead of being direct representation of your thoughts.

Just as everything in the dream comes in the form of symbols dreaming about someone can be a symbol for someone else too!!

When you dream about someone he might be a symbol too

Now this is the part that confuses most people.
Just like everything in the dream can be a symbol the person you saw in the dream can be a symbol too.

This means that seeing your aunt in the dream doesn't mean that you are concerned about your aunt but instead your aunt will most likely be a symbol your subconscious mind is using to represent someone else.

But what determines the choice of the symbol?
and how would you know the person your subconscious mind is concerned about if you dream about someone else?

The answer lies in 2 facts, the first is that the subconscious mind will use someone who is similar somehow to the person its concerned about. For example if your close friend was blond you might dream of another blond person.

The second fact is that usually there will be some kind of a key or a hint that your subconscious mind will give you in the dream that can help you decode all the symbols. (see The meaning of dreams).

For example if your close blond friend did something that you don't like behind your back (in real life) then you might see yourself in the dream telling the other old blond friend something like "why did you steal my wallet?"

As you can see the old friend represented your current one and was just a symbol, Stealing the wallet was a symbol for betrayal and the whole dream was a representation of the situation you were concerned about few days ago.

In the Ultimate guide to becoming self confident i explained how the subconscious mind can sometimes make a person feel insecure when it comes across one of the symbols that reminds it of an unsolved problem (seeing a tooth paste advertisement for example can unconsciously remind you of the fact that you don't like your looks. In other words, symbols are a normal way of thinking for your mind.

So when you see someone dying in a dream then don't worry because this might be a symbol for something completely different other than death, in addition the person himself will be a symbol that represents someone else just like i explained earlier.

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