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If You Had a Dream of Someone, Is It Because They Think of You?

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You keep dreaming about the same person every night. Even though you deliberately try to think of anything else before bed, they continue to show up in your dreams. If you had a dream of someone, is it because they think of you? Are your minds subconsciously linked in some way?

If You Had a Dream of Someone, Is It Because They Think of You?

Currently, science generally believes that dreams are caused by random electrical firings in your mind. These images, memories and thoughts are completely random, but your mind attempts to assemble them into some type of plot line when you wake up. Because of this, your dreams most likely just represent the people, images and things that you interact with or think about in real life.

Some people also believe that dreams can represent your psychological state. For example, if you think about a yellow room before bed every night, you are more likely to dream about it. If you have been stressed out from school, you may dream that you are at school or that you are in some type of stressful situation.

Often, you can figure out what is going on in your subconscious by analyzing your dreams. Your dreams can show the topics, feelings and people that keep coming up in your mind over and over again. Sometimes, these figures represent a feeling or another idea. Other times, they appear because you interact or think about that person a lot in real life. This is one of the reasons why your dreams tend to include people, thoughts and locations that you are at a lot in your real life.

There is an old superstition that people dream about someone because that someone is thinking about them. For example, you dream about your crush. According to the superstition, your crush must be thinking about you. Unfortunately, this is just not true.

The reason this superstition most likely developed is because of the odds. You are more likely to dream about someone you interact with a lot or think about a lot. That person also interacts with you a lot, so they are more likely to dream about you. Because of this, it is entirely possible that you would have a dream when that person is thinking about you. This is only because the situation makes your dreams and thoughts more likely to be about the other person; it is not because that person is thinking of you. Basically, we are looking at an example of correlation and not causation. These two experiences (the thinking and the dreaming) might occur at the same time, but they are not actually correlated to each other.

You could easily test this theory on anyone who has had a crush on a celebrity. Because of this crush, you are more likely to dream about the celebrity. Since that rock star or actor does not actually know you, it is next to impossible for them to actually be thinking about you.

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If You Had a Dream of Someone

Dreams Reflect Your Own Thoughts

What your dreams really show is that you are thinking about this person a lot. You might have a crush on them, or they might annoy you significantly. Whatever the reason, it seems like they are on your mind a lot.

Now, your goal is to figure out why they are on your mind. There may be an obvious reason like how you feel about them. If not, you have to look at the role they play in your life. Do they represent a certain feeling? If you feel protected around them, their appearance in your dream might show that you want someone to love, nurture and protect you. If you feel afraid or intimidated by them, then it might mean that you feel that way in real life, so they appeared in your dream.

In some cases, people appear in your dreams completely randomly. You have memories of people from your entire life. Even though you may not think about these people anymore, they can still be pulled into your dream from time to time. Something you saw may have reminded you of them, or their appearance in your dream could have been completely random.

Ultimately, you are the best person for deciding what your dream truly means. If the person likes you back or is close to you in real life, then it is always possible that they were thinking about you at the same time as your dream. With that said, it is just as likely that they thought about you on any other day, whether you dreamed about them or not. To really figure out the exact meaning behind your dream, you have to look at exactly what happened in the dream, how you felt, where you were and how you acted.

122 COMMENTS

  1. I had a dream about this boy I kinda hate in real life. The thing is, I was dancing with him, and I wished that it would never stop. My reaction when I w9ke up, was: EW! When I went back to sleep, I had another dream about him, and we were having dinner with our families. I had the same reaction! Also, in the first dream, I was jealous about him dancing with a good friend of mine in the real world. What does this dream even mean?! I’m so confused…

    • This dream is a reflection of your various social and emotional influences and desires. Allow any negative aspects of this dream to fade. Allow this dream to influence you to treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. If you want to develop a relationship with someone, then speak directly and honestly with that person about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, M!

  2. I had a dream about this guy I used to like but I haven’t thought about him for a while or had dreams at all for a while and he happened to appear in my dream. But all I remember was that we were sitting in class together (he already graduated in real life) and he kept looking at me and making sexual faces and I felt a connection when we made eye contact it was weird and I don’t remember what happened after or before that. What could this be trying to tell me?

    • This dream may be a reflection of your emotional and social relationship with this person. The faces that are made in this dream may be a manifestation of your thoughts and feelings. If you do not want to develop a relationship with him, then allow this dream to fade. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then reach out to him. Have a great day, A!

  3. Justin Bieber keeps showing up in my dreams every now and again and has done for a few years now. He isn’t a celebrity crush, nor have I thought of the singer at any point until after my dream as to why I dreamt of him. Odd.

    • It is possible that you appreciated his artwork during a formative time in your life. You may find yourself attracted to him. He may be famous and influential in your social circles. You will find benefit in focusing your thoughts on productive ventures. Have a great day, Lauren!

  4. I like this person. There are times that he’s confusing me by giving some weird and confusing signs. He’s getting shy whenever they start teasing me to him. But lately I didn’t think of him at night. But sometimes he randomly appears on my mind. I dreamed about him last night. It’s like he’s trying to talk to me. We were having a lunch together with friends and he’s there too. We were facing each other. I forgot the whole dream. But what i know is my dream focuses on him.

    • This dream is a reflection of your social and emotional connection with your crush. The fact that this dream was focused on your crush means that you should determine what you want for your future. If you want to develop a relationship with this person, then reach out to him. If you are uncertain or confused, then ensure that you share your positive energy with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Riri!

  5. I keep having a dream about my crush. We both like each other but I guess we both don’t know what to do next. Anyway, in my dream I usually had forgot something or went somewhere. He would always be in the distance talking with his friends. He would look over that look away. What does this mean??

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. You feel a strong emotional and social connection with him. Your dream may be a reflection of your feelings regarding his social relationships. Since you want to develop a relationship with him, attempt to spend time with him. Share your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Nev!

  6. I had this crush with someone on the airplane for the first time and somehow I dream about him a few times. We were like a couple in those dreams and we meet again in reality, since then I kept dreaming about him up until that we kissed for the first time. Then after two days, I never dreamt about him again but still there’s just not a day he never cross my mind. I wonder what it could mean and if he thinks about me too.

    • These dreams are reflections of your desire to establish a social or emotional relationship. The person in your dream may have been a manifestation of various people in your life. It is certainly possible that he has thought about you as well. You may cross paths with him in the future. Share your kindness and compassion with the world. Have a great day, Aira!

  7. I keep having dreams about my boyfriend since he had declared to me last Friday that “Sorry, we will not be talking for one week.”. I understood it coz he has exam this week. And since that Friday night, I keep dreaming about him being sweet to me and surprising me with deeds that he will never do in our real life. I’m not used to him not talking to me anymore…because we always have “good morning” and “goodnight” greetings that we say to each other so that the communication still remains, since we are having a long distance relationship. Two weeks ago, I had a dream about him breaking up with me. Then these days, until now…I always see him in my dreams having happy moments together as a couple. We are notyet having the time to talk to each other fully since he has classes up until this week. We still have issues to solve, but I’m still waiting for his free time for him to talk about it with me. One of those issues was with me having a jealousy against his girl space friend (that he claims that he isn’t close with, but I’m not that quite sure with his statements)…but that girl doesn’t appear in my dreams…just my boyfriend. Is there anything I can do to stop these dreams, because I knew he doesn’t miss me, especially he isn’t so attached to me? In truth, I’m the one who is attached to him. I even am willing to wait for him to talk to me on Friday afternoon, after his exams… if he won’t talk to me after his exams, it means maybe he forgot about me, and had a great time with his girl space friend (because he is always asking help for her in school works)…but I knew these are all just my thoughts… but for the meantime, is there anything I can do for me to stop these dreams? Yes I long for his company, yes I long for his love, because I am like a girl having a happy love story in my dream with him…but I knew he would not be able to give them at this point of time, because he isnt even saying goodnight and goodmorning since that Friday…even if he keeps going online…he is having a great life, while I’m in pain, waiting for his free time to have talks with him. Is there anything I can do to stop thinking of him? I cant help but to crave for the things i see in my dreams so bad…sorry for the long comment, but I really need help.

    • He has chosen to not speak with you for a week. There may be a reason for his actions. It is possible that he is speaking with other people at this time. You are more attached to him. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Decide what is viable for you. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. If he ignores you or does not respect your concerns, then focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Have a great day, Shermaine!

  8. When I first seen this guy it was like love at first site we clicked and everything. I see him everyday but I don’t speak .. he tries too but I look the other way .. in a way I like made myself loose feelings for him but idk since the dream last night .. now all I can think about is him 🤦🏾‍♀️ Why is that ?.

    • You are interested in developing a relationship with him. He attempts to maintain eye contact with you and you look away. This may cause him to feel confused or uncertain. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Wayneisha!

  9. I keep on dreaming of this man whom I had crush when we were in high school. I liked him so much but due to different beliefs, made things impossible to be together. When we graduated high school, we do not have any communication, texts nor chats. He was never my boyfriend but was the man I had an ultimate crush.
    Currently I have a boyfriend but I don’t dream of him during the night instead I dream of my crush. What does it mean? Does he think of me some time?

    • This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection with your prior crush. You have previously determined that this relationship is not viable. You are currently in a relationship. You no longer communicate with this person from your previous life. Spend additional time with your current partner, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Cherry!

  10. I keep on dreaming of this man whom I had crush when we were in high school. I liked him so much but due to different beliefs, made things impossible to be together. When we graduated high school, we do not have any communication, texts nor chats. He was never my boyfriend but was the man I had an ultimate crush.
    Currently I have a boyfriend in a long distance relationship but I don’t dream of him during the night instead I dream of my crush. What does it mean? Does he think of me some time?

    • This dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection with your prior crush. You have previously determined that this relationship is not viable. You are currently in a relationship. You no longer communicate with this person from your previous life. Spend additional time with your current partner, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Cherry!

  11. i dream about my ex almost every single day although we broke up 3 years ago. some of these dreams vivid other not. sometimes when i dream about this relates with some true issue happens to him for example today i dreamed that he and his cousin came to my home when i woke up i found out that mom already talked with him today before the dream and his cousin came my home after the dream. most of the dreams i see him regrets because he left me

    • Your dreams are reflections of your previous emotional connection with your ex. The two of you decided to end this relationship three years ago. This person is no longer interested in nourishing a relationship with you. Determine what you want for your future without this person. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Have a great day, Ruby!

  12. Im dreaming about this someone i have feelings to. I confessed to him but u nfortunately, he only treat me as a friend. I moved on from him and not thinking that much about him. But he’s the one im always dreaming about. Different scenarios that involves the two of us and has a happy ending. Now im confused again on what i feel. Am i falling again or what? Please help.

    • Your dreams are reflections of your previous emotional connections with him. You shared your thoughts and feelings with him. He explained that he is not interested in maintaining a relationship with you. It is possible that his feelings have changed over time. Determine what you want for your future. You may find benefit in allowing thoughts of him to fade. If he is in your life and has expressed interest in spending time with you, then reach out to him. Have a great day, Anna!

  13. Im dreaming to a person everynight but I am not thinking of Him. We have a relationship before but it’s already 6 years ago. And we ended up very peaceful. So how is that? Im so confused because We have our own families now. And he keeps popping on my dreams everynight. Please help!

    • These dreams are reflections of your previous emotional connection with him. Something in your life may have reminded you of him. It is possible that your thoughts have settled on him at this time. You have a family, so focus your emotional energy on your family at this time. You will find benefit in spending additional time with your family, as this will strengthen your connection. Have a great day, Amalia!

  14. I dreamt that I had sex with my boyfriend’s best friend… he was protecting me from something (I don’t remember what) and he took me home to his place where I would be safe. Then we were laying on his bed and somehow we got closer to each other and started kissing and undressing each other. Then we started having sex and it was very intense and intimate. What does this mean? I’m not even that close with my boyfriend’s best friend and I have never even thought of him in that way.

    • This dream is a reflection of your social relationship. Your emotional connection with your partner may have influenced this dream. Do no concern yourself with your behaviors in your dreams. Allow thoughts of your boyfriend’s best friend to fade. Spend additional time with your partner at this time, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Anna!

  15. I had a dream this morning about my site coordinator from school. We are close, but I haven’t seen her in like a week. And i wont see her until again until sometime in August.We did see each other a lot and we mostly talked about our problems and issues that stress us out. But what I dont understand is why now, why did I dream of her now and especially in a very unfamiliar place. It was a school but everything looked completely different. Can you help me understand?

    • The two of you share a strong work relationship. It is likely that you developed a social or emotional relationship as well. Something in your life may have caused you to think about her. You may feel as though you experienced her stress. The setting of your dream may be a manifestation of the distance between you. Have a great day, Felicity!

  16. I had an intense dream about a guy who I have a crush on but we stopped talking. I think about him at times mostly wishing he’d reach back out to me. In the dream I was running and fainted. When someone ran to help me they noticed my name on my necklace and asked if anyone knew me. He ran over and said he did and took care of me. When I came to I was on his bed with him by my side. He wanted to grab me water and his dog ran towards me. I started to panic as I’m afraid of dogs and he came back to hold me as I was shaking. I awoke from the dream scared as if I was there. I don’t know what the dream means but it makes me want to reach out to him.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional connection with this person. You are interested in developing a relationship with someone that makes you feel secure and happy. Allow this dream to guide you to share your thoughts and feelings with this person in your life. Give him a chance to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Mink!

    • This dream may be a reflection of your desire to establish a romantic relationship. It is possible that your classmate is someone that you feel a strong social connection with. Determine what you want for your future. If you want to develop a relationship with your classmate, then speak with your classmate about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Sis!

  17. I fell in love with my best friend since the day we met, we got close and attached one school year and that summer he left me because of his girlfriend. He came back into my life in September and promised he wouldn’t leave or hurt me anymore so i let him back in… the second year we got even closer and attached and did things that we both have wanted to do for a long time!! It was AMAZING and i thought it meant more for our relationship but idk honestly about how he feels maybe it did maybe it didn’t, we stopped talking for a while and found ourselves into this big argument we can’t seem to get over or past. I lost him again this summer and in September it would of made 3 amazing years i have known him, we don’t see eachother anymore, lost all contact, don’t even go to the same school anymore but yet I find myself thinking about him all day and dreaming about him all night. Some of the good memories and some of the bad idk what’s going on but i wish I knew!?!?!?!

    • Your dreams are reflections of your strong emotional connection that you had with him. The two of you shared strong experienced together. However, the two of you have lost all contact. This means that this relationship is no longer viable. Allow thoughts of him to fade, and ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Oscar!

  18. I had a dream about this girl I liked in the past, but I haven’t seen her in over a year. But all of a sudden for the past 2 weeks I’ve been dreaming about her even though I wake myself up and intentionally try to think about something else before I go to sleep. But it never works.

    • Your dreams are reflections of your social and emotional relationship with this person from your past. Something in your life may have caused these dreams to manifest. It is possible that this person has thought about you recently. Determine if you believe it is appropriate for you to reach out to this person. Have a great day, Chris!

  19. I stop texting this guy I really love because his lack of texting back ,but he appears in my dreams a lot..I see he doesn’t care at all…but does it mean is fina happened?

    • Your dream is a reflection of your thoughts and feelings. You may feel that he does not care for you because he does not respond to you. It is possible that he doesn’t often communicate over text message. He may want to spend additional time with you in person. He may be confused or uncertain about his thoughts and feelings. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Ashley!

  20. I used to be best friends with these 2 girls who are twins when we were all in high school. There was another person who we were all friends with too but there was a lot of drama from him and he’s a very manipulative person so we don’t talk to him anymore. He told me a bunch of nasty things about how the twins really feel about me and how they never wanted to be friends with me in the first place. It was very convincing so I made a point to stop reaching out to them because if they hated me so much I didn’t want to bother them anymore. I eventually told them what this other friend said and the twins said that it wasn’t true but they still don’t put any effort into the friendship, ever since high school. Now we’re not really friends anymore. I never reach out to them because I’ll probably just be ghosted or given the same excuse that they’re just really busy. They don’t just treat me like this, they treat another good friend of mine the same way and she’s also doing the same thing as me, just leaving them be and giving them lots of space. This friend says the twins do it to everyone in their life and its just how they are.  Last night though, I had a dream about the twins and they wanted to have a talk with me about some things and there were other people there that I didn’t know. We started talking like small-talk stuff but then I woke up before they got to really say what they wanted to say. I’m a bit confused by this dream because I’m wondering if I am being too hard on them and should reach out to them or if I should just continue to leave them be. Thanks!

    • Your friend has shared their insights and experiences with you. The twins, in your friend’s experience, treat everyone this way. You are aware of this, so allow this knowledge to influence your future actions. Determine what you want for your future. Perhaps speak with your friends about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Harley!

  21. One night I couldn’t sleep. So I was thinking about a person I like, how I hold her in my arms, how I kiss her and tell her how much I love her. The next day she called me to tell that she dreamed the things above, and how amazing she felt

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. Dreams and thoughts are have a strong connection. Her dreams are also reflections of her thoughts and feelings. It is possible that the two of you may be interested in nourishing an emotional relationship with each other. Perhaps spend additional time with her in person, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Gabriel!

  22. I talked to this boy we’ve like each other since the 6th grade. We stopped talking because I got back together with my child’s father. I ALWAYS have dreams with him every dream I’ve had for the past 2 months it’s been with him even if I don’t think about him during the day. His in my dreams, it’s always a dream that we love each other in every dream we are in love with each other. I’m dying to know what it means please help 😭😭

    • Your dreams are reflections of your previous social and emotional connection with this person. You are currently in a relationship, so focus your emotional energy on your current partner. If this relationship ends, then determine what you want for your future at this time. Ensure that the memories that you have fill your actions with kindness and compassion. This will draw positive people into your life. Have a great day, Aalani!

  23. I talked to this guy we both confessed we really liked each other since the 6th grade we were in the same classes together till the 8th grade we were always together flirting and everything. We talked for a month we chilled together and everything and we had to stop talking because I had to get back together with my child’s father. I’ve been having dreams with him for the past 2 months every single dream I have he’s in. In this dreams we are deeply in love I feel a connection I feel comfortable in these dreams. I want to know what this means.

    • Your dreams are reflections of your previous social and emotional connection with this person. You are currently in a relationship, so focus your emotional energy on your current partner. If this relationship ends, then determine what you want for your future at this time. Ensure that the memories that you have fill your actions with kindness and compassion. This will draw positive people into your life. Have a great day, Aalani!

  24. I keep having this dream with someone I loved back when I was in High School. In my dream, everytime I’d walk by his house he’d always be there, by the door and my heart will begin racing, beating heavily just as it did years ago. I’d go by his front door and he’d walk towards me, he’d ask me how I’m doing and I’d ask him the same thing, then he would just pause there, looking at me with a rather loving look, a look that even in my dreams would make me melt. He’d brush a strand of hair off my face and he says “I’ll always be here” and the dream would end with me crying. This dream confuses me so much because it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve seen him. I confessed to him my feelings, and he was lovely about it so I never really had a relationship with him.(romantic I mean)

    • Your dream is a reflection of your previous social and emotional connection with your friend. You may be interested in nourishing an old relationship. Something in your life may have caused you to think about this person. Allow this dream and his memory remind you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will honor the relationship that the two of you shared. Have a great day, Noni!

  25. I had a dream about a guy of my past that I had a big crush on and want to have sex with him but he played with my feeling so much and he made me feel that he wasn’t interested in me to the point that I got up set and cut him out my life and started to date another guy then I actually moved on with my life. But in this dream he was in my bedroom sitting on my bed talking to me like we were together. Now I’m thinking of him because we are now friends but I don’t want to be with him now.

    • It is normal to have dreams about a crush months or years after you liked them. Your subconscious mind still has memories of that person, so these memories may replay from time to time. Often, it happens when you are looking for love in your life or need to spice up your current romance. In most cases, it means nothing more than you want to find a deeper romance and still have memories of that person. Unless you are already talking to the guy in real life, it is unlikely that he was thinking of you when the dream happened.

  26. I had a dream with someone in my class, we’re not close. He kept appearing for 3 days now, and in my dreams, we’re only classmate and then suddenly he will become my boyfriend. That also happened in my dream yesterday, but the ending was I think he rejected or broke up? Then I ended up crying. Is there a meaning of this?

    • Your dream may be a reflection of your influences and desires. You may want to develop a new emotional relationship. The person in your dream may have been a reflection of someone else in your life. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Athena!

  27. So the past 3 nights, I’ve dreamed of this boy I had a crush on in year 8 and I’m now in year 12. In one of the dreams, was about when we were back at intermediate together I forgot what happened in that dream and the other two, but he just kept showing up. I could kind of see his face in one dream and when I wake up, I remember the dream being about him and I instantly think of him after the dreams? I want to know why I keep dreaming of him? Before my dreams of him appeared, I had started to think about him (not in a crush way, in a way like wondering how they’ve been) and look back at those memories? Could that be the reason that triggered my dreams of him?

    • Your dreams are reflections of your previous emotional and social connection with him. Something in your life may have caused this dream to manifest. It is possible that this person has recently thought of you. Determine what you want for your future. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then reach out to him. Have a great day, Gemima!

  28. Last night a I dreamt about my old crush from 6th to 7th grade, we confessed we liked Each other but then after we slowly stopped talking. We have just started talking recently but only a little bit and he usually started the conversations most of the time. In my dream he was trying to get my attention most of the time, and also gave me a couple notes but I forgot what they said….I have forgotten the dream and I haven’t thought of him much except for hoping we could be friends again but when he started to talk to me again I felt really happy, but I thought I didn’t like him like him like that anymore, so why am I having these dreams?

    • These dreams are reflections of your previous social and emotional relationship with him. The two of you are talking, so these dreams may be manifesting for that reason. It is likely that he has thoughts and feelings regarding you as well. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him. If you decide that you want to nourish a strong emotional relationship with him, then spend additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Victoria!

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