The Characters In Our Dreams

Every person who appears in our dreams brings an important message from our subconscious.

It is believed that our subconscious cannot create faces, and that every face we see in our dreams is one we have seen before in real life, even if only in passing for a few seconds.Our dreams are a way for our subconscious to organise our thoughts and feelings about what is happening to us in our lives; some dreams can be pretty straight forward and obvious, but others are often more subtle and confusing. Just like the subject of your dreams, the characters that appear in them can tell you a lot about you, and what is going on in your waking life at the present moment. We often dream about people we haven’t seen for years, and when we wake, we wonder what this could mean.

The characters that appear in your dream could represent a number of different things; they could reflect aspects of your own personality, or the various parts of the personalities surrounding you in your family and friends, qualities that you may either possess yourself, or wish you possessed. The characters in your dreams act as messengers, and each of them is important, no matter how big a part the play in the dream.

The Characters in our Dreams

Family Members

Typically, our family members are our closest relationships, and the people we spend the majority of our time with as we grow up. They play a big part in who we become as we get older, and they influence us and our decisions throughout our entire lives. It is understandable that our family members will appear in many of our dreams, as this is our subconscious managing the interactions, good and bad, that we have with our family members, and what they mean for our lives.

Dreaming about a particular family member regularly could represent a certain issue that you are having with that person in your waking life, or that you are currently very dependant on them. Take time to think about your relationship with that family member, and what influence they have on your life. For example, if you are dreaming about your mother regularly, it could mean that you are in need of matriarchal guidance and comfort, and are dealing with something in your waking life that you feel you need motherly advice about.


The company we keep and the people we spend time with through choice say a lot about us. To see your friends in your dreams signifies different aspects of your personality, which you associate with those people, are becoming more significant in your life. You may have rejected these parts of you in the past, but dreaming about them suggests you are ready and willing to acknowledge and embrace them. Our friends help us grow and become a better person, and dreaming about your friends means that you are on the right path.

Dreaming about a friend from your past signifies that you feel like you have lost touch with a part of yourself that you wish to reconnect with. Maybe you met this friend doing a hobby, and dreaming of them is a sign that you should take the old hobby back up, or rejoin an old group. It could also simply be a sign that it’s time for you to reconnect with your old friend, and see how they are.

Love Interest

To dream about your current partner symbolises that you feel loved and accepted. Our romantic partners complement us, and reflect our masculine (if you’re female) and feminine (if you’re male) sides. Dreaming of a lover suggests that you are balancing your emotional and creative intelligence, and are feeling complete. Partners also appear in our dreams as a sign that we need to pay them some more attention in our waking lives.

Dreaming of an ex partner suggests that something is happening in your current life that is causing you to reflect on your relationship; perhaps you feel there is unfinished business between the two of you, or maybe you are simply experiencing something in your current relationship that is reminding you of your previous one.


Dreaming about somebody you don’t get along with suggests that you are struggling with overcoming opposing ideas and that you are potentially dealing with conflict in your waking life. This conflict could be with the person you are dreaming about, or the dream could represent inner conflict you are having with yourself over a particular issue.

Dreaming about conflict and coming out on top suggests that you are on your way to a resolution to a particular problem in your waking life, and that you will soon be able to move on from it.

Minor Characters

No matter how big a part they play, every character who appears in your dream is there for a reason, and bring some sort of message from your subconscious. Their clothing, what they’re doing, who they’re with; all of it is included for a purpose.

The minor characters in our dreams represent physical representations of psychological traits and characteristics, usually our own. Take a look at how a character looks, and how they act. Are they wearing a uniform? Are they being kind, or acting rudely? All of these things are important, and should be taken into account when interpreting your dreams and what the characters within them mean.


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