When You Dream About Someone Are They Thinking Of You Or Not?

Steffo Shambo

Published on Feb 12, 2024
when you dream about someone are they thinking of you

Have you ever stumbled out of bed, rubbing your eyes, bugged by a dream that you had?

A dream where, let’s say, your high school math teacher was on a wild adventure involving flying calculators.

Or perhaps it was a dream about someone you know, where you both fell in love.

And pause.

You’re now thinking that when you dream about someone, are they thinking of you?

Or have you just lost it?

Almost everyone has thought the same thing, so don’t worry. You’re not the outlier you might make yourself out to be.

I’ll walk you through everything you need to know in this guide. We’ll decode the meaning of dreams and what they could mean.

The Science Behind Dreams And Thoughts

Dreams, as science tells us, are a reflection of our subconscious mind. They mirror our deepest emotions and inner thoughts.

Let me put it another way.

Our dreams are like a nightly performance. They take place in our inner theater. Our subconscious thoughts take the spotlight, and dreams literally become the visual representation of those thoughts.

But what about the audience? Are they our brain’s guests or mere trespassers?

We must explore how our inner mind and brain work during sleep to understand our dreams.

The role of the subconscious mind

Let’s go back to our inner theater analogy.  

Think of the subconscious part of your mind as the backstage crew. They’re working hard to sort through the day’s emotional memories and experiences.

During sleep, you can bet it gets busy.  

Why? Because your brain is processing the experiences and emotions you’ve felt.

And as they process this, it manifests them as symbolic images in our dreams.

These images often voice the experiences that were initially too complex or overwhelming to comprehend.

Our dreams essentially act out these emotional memories.

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Brain activity during sleep

Almost everyone loves a good nap. Better yet, a good night’s sleep.

After a long and hard day, rest is what we need.

As you drift into sleep, your brain doesn’t simply turn off like a switch. Sure, your conscience hits the snooze button. But it’s not the same for the subconscious part of your brain.

Instead, your brain cycles through different stages. Each has a unique pattern of brain activity.

Now, your dreams are most vivid during REM sleep. This is where your brain gets engaged and active, putting those dreams to work.

In short, this intricate brain activity during sleep demonstrates that dreams are not merely random thoughts. If only it were that simple—understanding how our brains work is one of the most complex things to try to understand.

The reality is that your dreams are more complicated than just random thoughts. It takes into account your subconscious mind, emotions, and experiences.

your brain is highly active when you are asleep

What It Means To Have A Dream About Someone

Dreams about someone can reflect your feelings or thoughts about that person. Or, they could mean something else entirely and have nothing to do with that person.

Whatever your dreams symbolize can vary. It depends on many things, like the specific details and emotions of the dream.

Does it reflect their thoughts about you?

Or is it all about you and your thoughts?

The answer is more about the latter.

When you dream about someone, your inner mind crafts an image with the hues of your emotions and the brushstrokes of your desires.

And you know what those images mirror?

Your inner subconscious feelings and personal development.

In another article, Doctor Greg Mahr, who is a psychiatrist, stated the following:

“Your dreams are in a symbolic language, and the reason they’re in a symbolic language is because they’re deeper and richer than ordinary words.”

Your dreams are typically more of a reflection of yourself than those of the person you’re dreaming about.

For instance, if you dream of a heartfelt conversation with someone, it may reflect your recent thoughts about them rather than indicating their thoughts about you.

I’ll give you another example.

Let’s say you had a dream where you had a heated argument with a person you don’t like. Well, this could signal your subconscious desire to resolve underlying issues.

At its core, dreams about someone hint at the following:

  • Unresolved emotions
  • Concealed desires
  • Personal growth

When You Dream About Someone, Are They Thinking Of You?

Now, let’s address the burning question – when you dream about someone, are they thinking about you?

The short and simple answer is that no scientific evidence supports this claim.

I know that’s probably not the answer you wanted to hear.

However, dreams are subjective experiences. It’s different for every individual.

Your dreams are shaped by your thoughts, subconscious feelings, and memories. It’s not shaped by someone else’s thoughts.

If you’re concerned about a dream you had about someone, remember this: it’s usually more about you and your feelings about that particular person. 

And whether that same person is thinking about you at the same time you have that dream about them is something that science has yet to prove.

Do the dreams you have about someone else mean anything?

Some of you might wonder, are your dreams about someone else meaningless?

Not at all.

Dreams about someone reveal your inner thoughts and feelings about that person. It suggests your desires due to your thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

Let’s look at another example.

Imagine you had a dream about your boss.

Simply dreaming about your boss could symbolize something to do with authority.

In contrast, a dream about a mother may reflect issues of self-nurturance. Or, it may suggest that you have what’s known as the “mother wound.”

All that being said, the answer is yes—your dreams can mean something.

It shows that while your dreams might not indicate the other person’s thoughts, they indeed hold a mirror to your subconscious.

Another common characteristic that a dream could reveal from your reality is your neediness. If you want to know the signs that you’re a needy nice guy, I suggest watching my short YouTube clip below:

Common Dream Scenarios Involving Other People

I’ll go through a couple of the most common dream scenarios that involve other people:

  • Family members and close friends
  • Romantic scenarios
  • Past relationships
  • Cheating and infidelity
  • Reuniting with lost loved ones
  • Arguments and conflict
  • Being chased

Each of these often carries a symbolic and hidden meaning about yourself.

Curious about what those symbolic meanings are? Look no further—we will dive into these real-life scenarios playing in your head below.

Some dreams may also imply an insecure attachment style, like an anxious or avoidant attachment.

your dreams can reflect your current reality

Family members and close friends

Family and close friends are the people who usually make the most guest appearances in our dreams.

These dreams can bring underlying issues within friendship or family dynamics to the forefront.

Or, they could suggest that you need some emotional support.

For example, dreaming about one’s children can indicate the dreamer’s aspirations or concerns.

These dreams could also involve friends or even a twin flame, who might symbolize the dreamer’s potential or admired qualities as dream characters.

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Romantic scenarios

Romantic dreams can put you on a rollercoaster—you experience a tide of emotions, ups and downs.

Maybe you had a dream about your twin flame. Or it could even be with someone you know.

Anyway, your dream here may suggest underlying desires and fantasies.

These representations can be significant in understanding your inner feelings.

Let’s say you had a dream about a romantic dinner with someone. Sure, it could mean sexual desire. That’s possible. But this isn’t always the case.

It could also symbolize personal growth or a need for deeper connection in certain areas of life.

Past relationships

This type of dream keeps many of us on our toes.

​​Dreams about past relationships typically shed light on unresolved feelings or emotions.

However, this may suggest you have lingering emotions or a subconscious desire for reconciliation.

In the case of recurring dreams, these unresolved feelings may be particularly persistent or significant.

For instance, a dream about an ex-partner might indicate unresolved feelings or emotions related to the past relationship or signify the need for closure.

Cheating and infidelity

Here’s another type of dream that can keep us awake at night.

Cheating is the thing that no one likes. It’s awful on both sides.

Dreams involving cheating and infidelity can be unsettling.

However, they often symbolize our subconscious doubts or feelings of disloyalty.

For example, if you dream about cheating on your partner, it might be reflective of your fears or worries about the relationship. If it’s the opposite, it could suggest that you must build a stronger relationship with your partner.

Whatever it is, a dream of cheating could suggest a troubled relationship or that there are things you both must work on as a couple.

Reuniting with lost loved ones

Dreams about a lost loved one can stir up a mix of emotions.

More importantly, it may suggest profound feelings of longing and nostalgia.

They may signify a spiritual connection.

You, the dreamer, may perceive it as a form of communication from the deceased. These dreams often carry messages of love and longing, underscoring the emotional bond between the dreamer and those who have passed.

Arguments and conflict

Perhaps you just had a significant argument not too long ago. Now, your dreams are also leading you to another conflict.

Anyway, dreams about relationship conflicts or quarrels can suggest unresolved issues.

They might symbolize your inner struggles or the inability to make crucial decisions in life.

If you dreamt about an argument with a significant other, it could mean you have unresolved issues.

Being chased

The experience of being chased in a dream can be pretty terrifying.

It’s like a realistic suspense movie—or even a horror movie, depending on where the dream occurs.

But these dreams often suggest that you’re trying to avoid something in your waking life.

The pursuer’s identity can add further context to the dream, like an animal representing hidden anger or a mysterious figure indicating past sexual trauma.

Can Emotional Connections Affect The Type Of Dreams You Have?

your past and current relationships affect your dreams

Yes, our emotions can affect our dreams.

In fact, how your dream goes can be significantly based on your relationship with others.

To put it another way, dreaming about someone typically suggests the emotional bond you have with them.

And it doesn’t just affect our dreams. No—more than that. Such connections can influence our desires and needs.

Here’s an example.

Dreams about deep conversations or romantic encounters can imply a more profound desire. It could mean you want a stronger emotional connection and a more meaningful relationship. This may even point out a potential soul connection. 

Factors That May Increase The Likelihood Of Dreaming About Someone

Certain factors may heighten the probability of dreaming about a certain person.

However, here are the top things that can increase your chances of dreaming about someone:

  • Recent interactions
  • Unresolved issues

These two things can trigger memories and emotions, leading to dreams about that certain someone.

Recent interactions

Previous interactions can heavily influence your dreams.

It may trigger memories if you bump into a person out of the blue. After these memories are activated, they may translate into dreams when you drop dead to sleep.

Unresolved issues

Unresolved issues or lingering emotional connections with someone can also manifest as dreams about them.

These dreams are your subconscious mind’s way of dealing with unfinished business and unresolved feelings.

Dream Telepathy: Real-life Fact Or Just Fiction?

The possibility of communicating with someone else through dreams is undoubtedly intriguing.

However, it’s also controversial.

There are plenty of anecdotal accounts. People may have had personal experiences with dream telepathy.

Regardless, researchers haven’t found 100% concrete evidence.

While some believe that dream telepathy is absolute in its existence, it remains largely unproven. This is something science has yet to prove.

Conclusion: Dreams May Suggest An Emotional Connection With That Same Person

We all love a good sleep. Who doesn’t?

A good dream makes our sleep even better. But what many of us might not realize is that our dreams are hidden with symbolism and meaning about ourselves.

Let’s quickly summarize.

Your dreams are mostly echoes of your unspoken feelings. These show what you’re holding in beyond the surface.

So, when you dream about someone, are they thinking of you?

Well, one thing we can say for sure is this: dreaming about someone is more like holding up a mirror to our soul.

In other words, dreams are more about yourself than peeping through someone else’s window.

You can use your dream interpretation to discover what is missing in your everyday life. And how the person appeared in your dream could suggest what you must do.

Now, time to flip the script here. Let me ask you a question.

Have you dreamed about a potential love life? And if you have, were you ashamed of yourself for not taking action?

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FAQs

Is it true when you dream of someone, they are thinking of you?

There’s no scientific evidence to prove that the person you’re dreaming of is thinking of you. However, it’s more likely to hint at your inner thoughts and feelings. It’s less of a sign of their thoughts about you and more of a sign of your thoughts about them.

Is it true that if you dream about someone, they miss you?

Dreaming about someone does not necessarily mean they miss you. Take it as a sign of how you might feel toward them. After all, your dreams suggest the way you think and feel about someone.

What does it mean when you constantly dream about someone?

There’s a strong chance you feel or think a particular way about them. Perhaps you have unspoken feelings or needs that you want to address. Like focusing on the present in your waking life, use your dreams to better understand your emotions and relationships.

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Steffo Shambo

Men's Tantric Relationship Coach

Steffo Shambo is the founder of The Tantric Man Experience. The #1 masculine mentorship program in the world, where he’s helping men master confidence, sexuality, & purpose to reignite the passion in their relationship or attract a meaningful relationship. He’s on a mission to spread a conscious sexual revolution for men worldwide so that they can show up as integrated partners, fathers, and leaders.

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