Does Dreaming About Someone In Particular Have A Special Meaning?

There's nothing like getting woken up in the middle of the night by someone unexpectedly popping up in your dream. Now, you're totally awake, staring at the ceiling because you have so many questions as to why they were there. Perhaps this is the first time they've made an appearance, or maybe it's a recurring dream you can't seem to shake. If you're dreaming about your ex, is it a sign you two should get back together? Maybe it's someone you haven't even seen or spoken to in years.


It's bizarre, to say the least, and you can't help but wonder if your subconscious is trying to tell you something. In a sense, it is, but maybe not what you thought. When you dream about someone in particular, your subconscious is telling your hippocampus (the part of the brain that controls our dreams, per National Library of Medicine) you're thinking about that person, and your hippocampus creates that image while you sleep.

Why it happens

If you have unresolved issues with a person (like your ex, for example), it's common for them to appear in your dreams, typically on more than one occasion. When something is bothering us, our mind will try to bring it to our attention by playing the same dream over and over. This is why you might be having recurring dreams that the two of you are back together. Now, this doesn't mean you should get back with them; it's just your brain's way of saying you aren't over it quite yet, whether you're aware of it or not.


That makes sense, but why are you dreaming about someone you haven't thought of in ages? Believe it or not, there could be a special meaning behind their appearance. That person may have fulfilled a desire you needed at the time, so when you have those same desires again, you're likely to dream about them, no matter how long it's been since you've spoken, says Nomadrs. For example, they were an amazing support system when you lost your job, and you need that support again.

What to do about it

So, now that we've covered why you're dreaming of someone in particular, let's talk about when it's important and when to brush it off. If you're having recurring dreams about someone, that's your brain's way of saying you have unresolved issues with them, according to Ideapod. For example, say you have an ongoing conflict with someone, and because of this, they continuously pop up in your dream. So, you understand the reasoning behind their frequent appearance, but now the question is, do you want to reconcile your differences?


We can't say one way or another if you should sit down with that person and work through your issues. Whether or not you choose to do so is up to you; however, coming to a resolution may offer your subconscious some clarity, which should put an end to the dreams. If that isn't in your best interest, don't be surprised if they show up in your dreams every now and then.