If you recently dreamt about someone you never met, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, what does it mean when you dream about someone you have never met? Likely reasons why you will dream about someone you have never met are to play out the scenario of meeting someone new or it might not have a meaning and is simply what your subconscious thought about while you were in deep sleep.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why you might dream about someone you have never met but there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause.

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What does it mean when you dream about someone you have never met?

Below are likely causes and what would make them more likely.

Purpose of dreams

It is thought that dreams are usually based on recent conversations, activities or other issues in your life. Dreams can function to help us get through trauma, to prepare ourselves to deal with threats, and to ensure that we do not forget important memories. (source)

To play out scenarios

One possible reason why we dream is to play out different scenarios in a safe manner. It could be the case that you dreamt about meeting someone you have never met because it is your brain’s way of preparing you to meet someone new. This would be more likely if there was nothing familiar to you in the dream and everything was new.

To deal with trauma

Another possible reason for dreams is to help deal with trauma. It might be the case that you dreamt about meeting someone new to help deal with trauma. This would be more likely if you recently broke up with a friend or had something happen in your life that might make you feel lonely. In this case, it could be your brain’s way of helping you to feel connected.

To remember things

It could also be the case that the purpose was to help remember things. If a part of the dream was something that did happen in real life, it could be the case that the purpose of the dream was to remember that thing that happened.

Nothing

It could also be the case that the dream had no inherent meaning and it is simply what your subconscious thought about while you were asleep. This would be especially likely if you were struggling to fall asleep or have been stressed lately.

Consider what else happens in the dream

It would help to consider what else happened in the dream. If things happened that actually happened in real life, the cause could be to remember events from your past or to deal with trauma. Whereas, if it does not involve events from your past, it would be more likely to have no meaning or to play out a scenario.

Consider what has happened in your life recently

It would also help to consider things that have happened in your life recently since the dream could be a response to things that have happened to you recently. For example, if you moved to a new town recently, it might be your brain’s way of helping you meet new people.

Consider recent lifestyle changes

Dreams occur most when we are in REM sleep which is the deep sleep stage where our brain is supposed to be the least active. If you have been able to recall your dreams easily, it might be a sign that you have been having problems in your life lately. Causes could include not sleeping enough, getting stressed or anxious or getting less exercise.

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