Dreaming of someone you don’t know? 9 possible reasons why

Have you ever woken up from a dream featuring someone you’ve never met before?

I’m sure it was a puzzling experience for you, making you wonder why you would dream of someone you don’t know. 

But did you know that our dreams can reveal a lot about our inner selves and the world around us?

In this article, I’d like to share my insights and knowledge of psychoanalysis and spirituality to help you understand the deeper meaning behind your dream. Let’s explore these 9 possible spiritual reasons why you might dream of someone you don’t know.

1) Someone is thinking about you

Ever had the feeling that someone is thinking about you, even when you don’t know that person at all?

It turns out that this feeling can sometimes manifest in our dreams, as well. 

Dreaming of someone you don’t know could be a sign that they are thinking about you right at the exact moment you’re dreaming about them.

Otherwise, it would be strange to have dreams about someone you have never met, right?

But why would a stranger pop up in your dreams and make you feel like they are thinking about you? Or how can you tell if someone is really thinking about you? 

My advice would be to look out for signs like suddenly hearing from them, or seeing their name or face pop up unexpectedly. 

You might also have a gut feeling that they’re thinking about you, even if you can’t explain why.

The thing is that your subconscious mind is picking up on subtle cues and signals that your conscious mind is not aware of. 

For example, you may have seen the stranger’s face in passing or heard their name mentioned in a conversation, without consciously registering it. 

The result?

Your subconscious mind then takes these fragments of information and weaves them into a dream scenario.

That’s how dreams work.

But the reason why your mind chose that particular person and not the other is that someone is thinking about you, and there’s a spiritual connection between you two.

So, the next time you dream of someone you don’t know, don’t dismiss it as just a random occurrence. 

Pay attention to your feelings and any symbols or imagery in the dream, and see if you can uncover any hidden messages or insights.

2) You’re receiving a message from the universe

Speaking of spiritual connections, the reason you’re dreaming of that particular person might be related to the fact that the universe is trying to reach out to you.

Yes, believe it or not, this might be a specific message you’re receiving from the universe.

Sometimes, our dreams can be a way for the universe, or the higher power that governs our lives, to communicate with us. 

So guess what?

Dreaming of someone you don’t know could be a sign that the universe is trying to send you a message, or bring your attention to something important.

The stranger in your dream may represent a symbol or archetype that has significance for you, even if you’re not aware of it consciously. 

For example, they may embody the qualities of a mentor or guide that you need in your life, or they may represent a certain path or direction that you need to take.

One thing that makes this situation complicated, though, is that you don’t know exactly how you can decode this dream and grab the message from the universe.

What if your interpretation isn’t what the universe actually wants to tell you? What if you got the wrong message?

Well, this is where your intuition and inner wisdom come into play. 

Trust yourself to make sense of the symbols and imagery that appear in your dream. Why? Because if not you, then who else would be able to understand what is happening inside your mind?

One thing I’m proud to have understood while reading tons of books about psychoanalysis is that no one can understand your dreams better than you for one simple reason — only you have the power to explore your mind and reflect on your thoughts.

That’s why you should start decoding your dream by paying attention to how it made you feel. 

Did you feel scared, excited, or confused? What emotions stood out to you the most? 

These feelings can offer clues about the underlying message or theme of your dream.

But here’s one thing you should know:

The meaning of your dream may not become clear right away, and that’s okay. 

Sometimes it takes time and reflection to fully understand the messages that the universe is sending us. So be patient, stay curious, and trust that the answers will reveal themselves to you in due time.

3) You’re encountering a spirit guide or angel

Okay, dreaming of someone you don’t know might be a message from the universe. But the universe isn’t the only power that might be trying to communicate with you.

Instead, chances are that you’re encountering a spirit guide or angel in your dreams who will try to protect you, offer you guidance or encouragement, or simply let you know that you’re not alone.

I know that this might sound a bit scary at first glance. But actually, spirit guides and angels are believed to be spiritual beings who watch over us and offer guidance and support. 

They may appear to us in dreams, visions, or even in waking life, and they can take many different forms. And you know what?

The stranger in your dream may be a representation of your guide or angel, trying to get your attention and offer you guidance or insights.

Perhaps the stranger in your dream is a symbol of a specific message or direction that the universe is trying to send you, and your guide is helping to facilitate this connection.

Or maybe the stranger represents a pattern that is relevant to your spiritual journey, and your guide is using this symbol to help you understand yourself better and grow in new ways.

Whatever the case may be, encountering a spirit guide or angel in your dream can be a profound and transformative experience. 

So if you’re dreaming of someone you don’t know, pay attention to how you feel and what messages or insights might be waiting for you.

But how can you tell if the stranger in your dream is a spirit guide or angel? 

One clue might be how you feel during the dream. 

Do you feel a sense of comfort or protection? Do you feel like the stranger is trying to help you in some way?

If so, chances are that you’ll feel a strong connection to the stranger in your dream.

Trust me, this directly means that it’s worth exploring this possibility further. So trust in their presence and guidance, and allow yourself to be open to the messages and insights they may be offering you through your dreams.

4) This person represents your desires

Do you know that Sigmund Freud, the famous psychoanalyst, believed that our dreams are a window into our unconscious mind?

If you’re into psychoanalysis like me, chances are that you do know.

According to Freud, our dreams can reveal hidden desires, fears, and memories that we might not be aware of in our waking lives.

In fact, Freud believed that our dreams are a way for our unconscious mind to communicate with our conscious mind and that the symbols and images in our dreams represent hidden thoughts and emotions.

So guess what?

The reason why I share his theory with you is that it might be related to your dream.

When it comes to dreaming of someone you don’t know, this person may represent a desire or longing that you have deep within you.

This stranger may symbolize something that you desire, whether it be a certain quality, experience, or relationship.

Perhaps the stranger in your dream possesses traits or characteristics that you find attractive or admirable and represents a part of yourself that you wish to develop or embody.

Sounds familiar?

Just think about it. What are some of the qualities or traits that the stranger in your dream possesses? Are they confident, adventurous, kind, or creative?

These traits might be an indication of something that you desire or admire, and the stranger in your dream could be a symbol of that desire.

But you know what else?

That stranger in your dream might also represent a desire that you are unaware of or have been suppressing.

In either case, if you trust psychoanalysis (which is hard, I’m not denying this), or if you’re inspired by it at least, you should try to explore those symbols from your dreams.

That way, you’ll be able to better understand yourself and your motivations.

The best part is that this self-reflection will help you gain deeper insights into yourself and your journey.

5) You’re manifesting your desires

As I mentioned, one reason for dreaming of someone you don’t know is that they represent your desires. But what’s more, you might be manifesting that particular desire and using that person in your dreams. 

Let me explain how this works.

If you’ve heard about the technique called “manifestation,”  I bet that you’ve already explained your dream in terms of this concept.

Manifestation is the idea that our thoughts and beliefs can shape our reality and that, by focusing on what we want and believing that we can have it, we can bring it into our lives.

And you know what? Manifestation has become a popular technique for achieving goals and creating positive change in one’s life.

To be honest, I looked at this technique with a bit of skepticism. But that was until I read Tiffany McGee’s book on Manifesting Love. And the reason why I believe dreaming of someone you don’t know might be related to manifestation is the insights she shared in the book.

So, how does manifestation relate to dreaming of someone you don’t know?

Well, when we focus our thoughts and beliefs on something we desire, this desire might manifest in our dreams. It’s especially true if it’s something that we’re particularly focused on.

Perhaps you have been focusing on attracting a certain type of person or relationship, and the stranger in your dream is a symbol of this desire coming to fruition.

In any case, dreaming of someone you don’t know could be a sign that you are on the right track toward manifesting your desires.

But you know what else?

We could explain your dream the other way around, meaning that you’re not manifesting your desire, someone else is manifesting you as their desire.

Sounds strange? Let me explain what I mean, then.

6) Someone is manifesting you

Just as you might be focused on manifesting a desire, someone else may be focusing their thoughts and energy on manifesting you as their desire.

And that’s why you’re dreaming about someone you don’t even know.

The weirdest part of this is that, in dreams, you might feel like you’re familiar with that person. But the truth is that you either haven’t met them or don’t know anything about them.

Sounds frightening, right?

Well, it’s possible that this person is someone who is focusing on manifesting a connection with you.

It could be someone you’ve met briefly or even just passed by on the street, but they may have left a lasting impression on you unconsciously.

And you know what else?

This person can also be someone you will meet in the future. In this case, your dream is a sort of premonition or intuition about the connection you will have with them.

Even if you like the idea of having dreams about your future, you might naturally wonder why you’re dreaming of them instead of them dreaming of you.

Well, you should know that the person manifesting you might not even have a clear idea of what you look like or who you are.

What they do know is that they have a strong desire for a connection or relationship with someone who embodies certain qualities or characteristics.

And somehow, with the help of the universe and their guardian angels, they chose you.

Still, don’t forget that just because someone is manifesting you as their desire, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should pursue a relationship with them.

Instead, trust your instincts and make sure that any connections or relationships you have are based on mutual respect, trust, and genuine compatibility.

7) You’re projecting a desired trait or characteristic onto a stranger

I’ve already introduced Freud’s ideas about dreams. Now, let me share another psychoanalytic perspective with you using insights from Carl Jung. But before, I’d like to ask you one question:

Have you ever heard of the psychological phenomenon called “projection”?

It’s one of the ego defense mechanisms we often use to protect ourselves from uncomfortable or unacceptable thoughts, feelings, or impulses.

Projection is when we unconsciously attribute our own thoughts, feelings, and desires to another person or object.

Why do I think that you’re projecting a desired trait or characteristic onto the stranger in your dream?

Well, according to psychologist Carl Jung, the people and characters we encounter in our dreams often represent aspects of ourselves.

And as I’ve mentioned, this person probably possesses qualities or characteristics that you wish you had. It could be something like confidence, creativity, or intelligence.

Jung called this process “shadow projection” and believed that it was a way for us to integrate the positive aspects of ourselves that we might not be fully aware of.

But here’s the catch:

The stranger in your dream might not actually possess the trait or characteristic that you are projecting onto them. Instead, that’s the way you perceive this particular person or associate your desired characteristics with them.

So, when we dream of someone we don’t know, it could be a projection of a desired trait or characteristic that we want to possess or develop within ourselves.

For example, if you dream of a confident and charismatic stranger, it could be a projection of your own desire to be more outgoing and self-assured.

That’s why I think that dreaming of someone you don’t know could be a way for your unconscious mind to communicate a desire for personal growth and development.

8) You’re processing information from your waking life

Sometimes we feel like our dreams are based on something that happened to us in real life. If you’ve ever had that feeling, you need to know that it’s common and natural.

The reason is that dreams can often be a way for our brains to process and make sense of the information from our waking lives.

Think of it like a mental filing system:

Our brains take in a lot of information throughout the day. During sleep, we sort and categorize that information without even realizing it. That’s how we make it easier to access and use that information in the future.

What does it mean?

It means that seeing someone you don’t know in your dreams doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It might be just that your brain is trying to make sense of a person or a situation that you encountered in your waking life; a situation that you didn’t fully process at the time.

For example, you might have seen a stranger on the street who caught your eye. Or maybe you overheard a conversation about someone who piqued your interest. 

In either case, your brain uses these fragments of information to create a dream scenario that features this unknown person.

So, here’s the thing:

Dreams don’t always have a clear or direct meaning. Sometimes, our dreams are just a combination of random images and memories that our brains are trying to organize.

Still, if you’re curious about the meaning behind your dream, I would suggest you try keeping a dream journal. That way, you can track any recurring symbols or themes that appear in your dreams and gain insight into your subconscious mind.

9) You’re tapping into your intuition or higher self

The final reason that explains dreaming of a stranger is probably the most interesting one. Sometimes, when we dream of a stranger, it could be a sign that we’re tapping into our intuition or higher self.

What exactly do I mean by intuition?

It’s what we usually call our “gut feeling” or “inner voice.” Our intuition is a feeling that can guide us toward what’s right for us. 

It’s that inexplicable feeling that we get when something just feels off or when we know that we should trust someone.

What about the higher self?

Similarly, our higher self is that part of us that is connected to a greater sense of purpose and meaning. It’s the part of us that knows what we truly want and need in life, beyond our ego or surface-level desires.

The truth is that when we dream of someone we don’t know, either our intuition or higher self is using this person as a symbol to convey a message or insight to us.

For example, the person in your dream may represent a path or opportunity that you should take in your waking life. 

Whether you believe in those intuitive feelings or not, there’s no denying that dreams provide us with valuable insights and guidance that we may not have been able to access in our waking life.

And the best part?

Our dreams can lead us to reflect on our desires, fears, and hopes, and perhaps even offer us some guidance on our life journey.

So, the next time you have a dream about someone you don’t know, take a moment to explore what it might mean for you. Who knows what insights and revelations you might discover?

Final thoughts

As you can see, your dreams about someone you don’t know are a powerful tool for personal growth and spiritual exploration. 

By paying attention to them and exploring their deeper meaning, you can gain insights into your subconscious mind, your desires, and your spiritual path.

And remember: your dreams are unique to you, and only you can truly decipher their spiritual significance. So embrace them, explore them, and let them guide you on your journey of personal and spiritual growth.

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Nato Lagidze

Nato Lagidze

Nato is a writer and a researcher with an academic background in psychology. She investigates self-compassion, emotional intelligence, psychological well-being, and the ways people make decisions. Writing about recent trends in the movie industry is her other hobby, alongside music, art, culture, and social influences. She dreams to create an uplifting documentary one day, inspired by her experiences with strangers.

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