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What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone You Used to Love?

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Whenever you love someone, that feeling can hang around for a long time. Even if you are no longer in love with them and have moved on, the memories resonate within your mind. Sometimes, there is a deeper meaning and interpretation behind dreaming about someone you used to love. In other cases, this type of dream just happens because you still have memories of the past. To find out all of the interpretations about a dream about someone you used to love, read on.

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What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone You Used to Love?

Your subconscious mind is an amazing thing. Even if you cannot remember all of the details of your childhood consciously, the memories are still tucked away within your subconscious mind. This is especially true for profound memories like falling in love with someone. Whenever you love someone deeply, you develop strong, lasting memories.

After you break up, you obviously try to move on and stop thinking about them. In your daily life, there still may be a scent or action that reminds you of them. Their personality and physique may suddenly appear in your mind’s eye.

There are two main reasons why you might have this type of dream. The first reason is that something reminded you of them. You may not have even consciously realized it. Perhaps you smelled a scent that made you recall the way that person smelled. You did not think about it at the time, but your subconscious remembered it. Because of that sudden reminder, your subconscious gave you the dream about them that night.

This type of dream has a tendency to reoccur. The feelings you once had were strong, so the dream leaves a lasting impression. Because of this, you are more likely to have a similar dream again and again.

Another reason why you will commonly dream about someone you used to love is because of your memories. Currently, scientists believe that all of your dreams are made from memories, images and feelings of the past. Since they once played a strong role in your life, it only makes sense that you would have a number of memories of them. Because there are so many memories tucked away, these images are more likely to reappear in your dreams.

You Want to Find Love Again

This is another common reason for a dream about someone you used to love. After the break up, it can take a while until you find the right person. Even if you are dating someone, it will take time to build up the same bond of affection and love. Your subconscious may be giving you these dreams because you want to find the same deep, lasting bond. You may not have found a new partner yet, or you may not have a deep relationship with them. Either way, your subconscious may be giving you these dreams because you want to find lasting love in your waking life.

Something Is Off in Your Current Relationship

Sometimes, the subconscious mind will use dreams as a way to escape. You may have found an amazing partner, but you are suddenly embroiled in arguments about money. Or, you feel like you are getting ignored because your date is focusing so much on his or her work. Either way, you feel like something is wrong and you are not getting everything you need from the relationship. Because of this, your subconscious is giving you dreams of the type of love you want.

This type of dream does not mean that you loved your ex more or that you want to get back together. It may just be a sign that you need to spice things up in your current romance or find ways to fix the underlying problems.

You Miss Them

Logically, you know that it was the best decision to move on with your life. While your conscious mind may understand and accept this, your subconscious mind may have problems with it. Even if the relationship was toxic, there were still qualities and character traits that drew you to that person. It is only natural that you might miss the good things, even though you definitely remember the bad things as well.

You Need Comfort

When you are going through a lot of stress at work or having an argument with friends, it can feel like there is no one to turn to. If you once used this ex as a source of comfort and strength, it makes sense that your subconscious mind would return them to you. You are looking for support in your waking life, so your dream world is trying to give you the help that you deserve.

Having a dream about someone you used to love does not mean that you want to get back together with him or her. Often, it is just an echo of the past. It may represent a feeling or desire in your current life. If you have moved on from your ex for a reason, then it is important that you do not go back to them. In some cases, a dream really is just a dream.

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  1. Hi Courtney
    I’ve been having a hard time for years trying to figure out why I keep dreaming about this particular person from childhood. He is in my dreams regularly even though I don’t think about him during the day at all. I had a childhood crush on him and he basically rejected me one day when he found out I liked him. Throughout my adult life, he has continued to basically haunt me in my dreams. Nothing ever happens, he’s just there, a presence really. Now his wife is in my dreams too (I also knew her from youth). Any thoughts?

    • Your dreams are reflections of your previous social relationships. It is possible that the experience during your childhood was formative. Since both of them are married to each other, you should allow these thoughts to fade. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address them within the dream about the purpose of their presence. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere, and nourish your current social and emotional relationships. Have a great day, Mariah!

  2. I keep having a dream where my early childhood crush comes back into my life and we end up together. The dreams are always similar, usually there is an obstacle to get past.

    Tonight I dreamed in parts every time I woke up the dream shifted but the theme was the same.

    Parts rotated between (1) My kids dad came back and I had to tell him if he’s clean from drugs then we can go to mediation for visitation and (2) reconnecting with the boy I had a major crush on in elementary school. In the first parts we reconnected, but at the parts with my kids’ dad got more emotional,5$3 parts with my crush increased as well. He became a comfort to me about the kids and then we went out.

    These dreams are more vivid than most of my others and continue even after I wake up and fall back asleep. This makes it hard to want to go back to sleep. It’s been occuring for 5-6 hours tonight but I don’t need to be awake for another 3 hours and would really like some solid rest.

    I fell asleep listening to country music, but this shouldn’t be relative to either person, neither of them ever listened to this music.

    I understand why my kids’ dad pops up in my dream, usyu happens after someone asks me about him and Aries up emotions. But why does my crush keep reappearing, we haven’t seen each other or spoken in any real way for 20 years. The only way were still connected is social media.

    • Your dream is a manifestation of your emotional connection with your previous crush. There may be something in your life that reminded you of him. Since you brought up country music, it is possible that the genre of music is related to your emotional thoughts and feelings. Make a decision about what you want for your future. If there is someone in your life that you want to maintain a relationship with, then speak with that person about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Crush!

  3. Hello i just want to consult my dream. I always dream of my someone I used to loved before. I love him so much. But we didnt end uo with each other, even though he didnt confess to me directly that he loved me also, some of our friends are aware, and his movement towards he are showing that he likes me also. Now thay I already have a family, I always dream about him. In my dreams, he was confessing to me. Diffrsnt scenarios, locations byt the scene is always the same. He wa saying that he loves me and want to be with me. The thing there is that I also want to be with him too, but I dont know since I already have a huaband. What is the meaning of my dreams? Thank you

    • Your dream is a reflection of this person who you once shared a strong emotional and social relationship with. The two of you decided not to maintain a romantic relationship together. You are now married. Allow thoughts of this other person to fade, and nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Joy!

  4. Hey I keep having dreams about my first love from time to time, but they’re always different. Like in some dreams he’s protecting me from something or someone, but in others we’re in an intimate setting. I also have dreams where we’re together and have a family, but then I have dreams where we’re trying to figure out where we went wrong and why. But then, the one I had last night, I ran into him while I was out and we just smiled at each other and walked out the establishment together and it’s like he was in a rush to get somewhere because he sped off in his car but ended up stopping in the middle of the street to help someone that got put out of a car. I know what the other dreams mean, but I have no idea about this one.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional connection with your first love. If you are still in contact with this person and feel that it would be appropriate to reach out to him, then do so. Regardless of your decision, you will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Yasheta!

  5. Hey I keep having dreams about my first love from time to time but they’re always different. Like some we’re together and have a family, and then there’s some where we’re in an intimate setting just having casual conversations, like a date. But then I have some where he’s protecting me from something or someone, then there’s the ones where we’re trying to figure out where we went wrong and why. They are all over the place. Like the one I had last night, I bumped into him while out with some friends at a restaurant and we just smiled at each other and walked outside together talking. Then it was like he was in a rush to get somewhere or something because he got in his car and sped off after I gave him my number and told him to call me but he didn’t get far because he ended up stopping to help someone that got put out of a car. He told me he still missed me and that he would call me and that’s when I woke up. Weird, right?

    • Your dream is a reflection of your social and emotional connection with your first love. If you are still in contact with this person and feel that it would be appropriate to reach out to him, then do so. Regardless of your decision, you will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Yasheta!

  6. I’ve recently had a dream about an old crush from 2 years ago I barely dated. We’ve only talked for about 6 months and I was falling in love with her and she later told me she lost feelings for me. The hurt I felt was horrible because I’ve never told her I loved her but I’m pretty sure she knew how I felt about her. Shortly afterwards she got into a relationship with this guy and now have A kid together.

    My Dream that I had she was in we reconnected, talked laugh hung out. I asked her was she was single and she was scared to tell me. I asked her cousin and she said yes she’s single, and my crush told me she tried to tell me but didn’t want it to make it obvious. I woke up feeling happy, pissed, sad, and confused because I wasn’t thinking about her. I still have feelings for her because she’s the last person I ever caught feelings for , so almost everyday I do think about her even though it’s been 2 years since she ended things between us. Just when I feel I’m like 80%-90% over her something triggers a old memory and I think about her a lot. I’ve tried the law of attraction to manifest a text message from her but no luck. We haven’t spoken in a year , I just really want to know what this dream means because I wanna believe she thinks about me, but I’m reality I knows she doesn’t she has no reason to, she has a boyfriend and a child with him and I haven’t seen her face to face in a year. Can you please tell me what does my me dreaming about her mean ?

    • Your dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection for your crush. You are aware that she has a partner and they have a child together. Make a decision about what you want for your future without her. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Larry!

  7. Ok please help me so about a year ago I met this girl who was older than me and we worked at the same place we got together and because close I did not mention this girl is married ! And once we talked for a while something sparked between us ! And she and I had relationships secretly she fell For me and so did i it was perfect she was perfect truly love her and she said she could no longer hurt me because she was taken already and I recently had a dream of her I know it can be about me thinking of her and missing her but ughhh I don’t get it

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with this person from your past. However, you are aware that she is married. Do not attempt to maintain a romantic relationship with her. If her relationship ends and she reaches out to you, then speak with her about your thoughts and feelings at this time. For now, simply share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Spade!

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