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Dreaming about People from Your Past – 11 Types & Their Meanings

Dreaming about People from Your Past – 11 Types & Their Meanings

Updated on Jan 23, 2023 | Published on Jan 23, 2023

Reviewed by Katina Tarver, MA (Mental Health and Wellness Counseling) , Life Coach

Dreaming about People from Your Past - 11 Types & Their Meanings

Dreaming about people from your past is very common. While some people bring joy, a few others leave us anxious. But the primary question is why do they appear in our dreams?

Let’s dig into this think piece and find out…

Dreaming about People from Your Past – General Interpretations

SUMMARY
Dreaming about people from your past depicts some unresolved disputes. Alternatively, it reflects that this person is your soulmate.

Most often, dreams about people from your past have a negative meaning. But at times, they also carry positive meanings. It all depends on which situations you saw this dream.

So, let’s check out all the general interpretations of this dream and see what fits you.

1. It represents unresolved issues

This dream says you have some unresolved issues with this person. You may be going through rough times, or the person may have given you harsh memories.

However, you never made an effort to resolve these issues. This dream asks you to heal yourself from the hurt. 

2. It symbolizes lessons learnt from the past

Dreaming about people from your past indicates lessons learned from the past that you need to use in the present. These lessons will help you identify who you are and what you want to achieve.

3. Pay attention

This dream says you need to pay attention to things you have ignored for a while. It can be some emotions or situations you are trying to escape. But it’s time you face them instead of running away.

4. They are your soulmates

Dreaming about people from your past reflects that you are soulmates. Hence, they keep appearing in your dreams.

5. You want to be like this person

This dream says you desire to achieve the qualities the person had in this dream. You are working hard to become like them.


Dreams of People from Your Past – 11 Types & Their Meanings

It may feel strange to see people in your dreams… from the past of your real life. But if they appear in your dreams, that’s a message from your subconscious… the context of which depends on who you saw in the dream.

Here are a few types of this dream theme for you to explore…

1. Dream of a kid you studied with

Dream of a kid you studied with indicates the qualities of that person you wish to have.

2. Dream of being handcuffed to a person from past

Dream of being handcuffed to a person from the past and not being able to free yourself depicts that you feel trapped in your real life. You aren’t able to find an escape route to your problems.

3. Dream of an old friend from past

Dream of an old friend from the past reflects that this person has guided you or helped you in some part of your life. 

Alternatively, it signals a lack of confidence. This dream also hints that you wish to possess this person’s qualities.

4. Dream of someone you are no longer friends with

Dream of someone you are no longer friends with says some unresolved disputes between you two keep you anxious.

5. Dream of a dead person

Dream of a dead person says you are trying to process difficult emotions. 

Alternatively, it also means the dead person told you something or did something to you that keeps bothering you.

6. Dream of someone you don’t talk to anymore

Dreaming of someone you don’t talk to anymore asks you to make an important decision. Your decision can either cause benefit or do more harm. So, you need to analyze the situation well before making a decision.

7. Dream of your ex

Dream of your ex indicates you haven’t completely healed from your breakup trauma. Since you didn’t resolve all the issues, they keep appearing in your dreams.

However, please don’t misunderstand this dream. It’s not a hint to get back with your ex. 

8. Dream of your old crush

Dreaming of your old crush highlights that you want to experience the same excitement you get while seeing your crush. 

Although something is missing, you know your present partner is best for you.

9. Dream of childhood friends

Dreaming of childhood friends helps you recall when you enjoyed your life because you had no pressure. You had the freedom, and you are longing for this life now.

Alternatively, it can also reflect a stressful childhood. Your old childhood friends only caused you stress.

Further, you may have met someone in your real life which is similar to your childhood friend in looks or behavior.

10. Dream of a family member you haven’t seen in years

Dream of a family member you haven’t seen in years hints that your subconscious is helping you with some issues.

11. Dream of a colleague you haven’t seen in years

Dream of a colleague you haven’t seen in years says your subconscious helps you deal with your life transformations and how they affect you at your job. 

Alternatively, if you haven’t seen them because they moved away, this dream asks you to contact them right away.


Questions to ask yourself to interpret your people from past dreams correctly

We meet so many people throughout our lives. All these people have a different impact on our lives. So your dream meaning will vary depending upon who appears in your dreams. Check out this person and the bond you shared with them.

Further, ask yourself these questions before interpreting your dreams to avoid any mistakes.

1. Who is this person from the past you are dreaming about?

2. Is the person you are dreaming about dead or alive?

3. What connection did you share with this person?

4. Did the person help you or harm you in the past?

5. How did you feel in the dream?


A word from ThePleasantDream

We love having pleasant dreams. But dreams about people from your past do not always have a pleasant meaning. Thus, it may not be easy to process them.

But if you clearly remember your dreams, you will be able to interpret them correctly and apply the lessons in your waking life.