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A Love Dream Dictionary: Symbols, Interpretations, and Meanings of Dreams About Love
Have you ever had a dream about love—whether it's being in love, falling in love with a stranger, kissing or making love to someone, or dreaming about your romantic partner—and not really understood what it meant? You're not alone.
Dreams are mysterious, and we may never fully understand them. However, there is usually some logic in the bizarre, imaginative fantasy world of dreams; often, there is some reflection of your feelings and emotions in waking life that can be discovered if you look hard enough.
Here, you'll find the most common dreams about love and what they might mean for you. Keep in mind that a dream's true meaning depends largely on your individual circumstances and emotions—this guide offers common interpretations that may or may not apply to your specific situation. You'll need to consider your emotions and any other symbols you may find in the dream to uncover the most accurate interpretation.
Some questions that will be answered here include:
- What does it mean when you dream about someone you love?
- What does it mean when you dream about being in love?
- What does it mean when you fall in love with a stranger in a dream?
- What does it mean if you dream about someone falling in love with you?
- Why did I say "I love you" in a dream?
- Is it true that if you dream of someone, they dream of you?
- What does it mean if you dream about kissing or making love to someone?
You'll also find out what it means when you dream about:
- Your partner
- Unreciprocated love
- Your ex
- The same sex
Read on to interpret the symbols and uncover the true meanings of your love dreams!
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone You Love?
If you have a dream about someone you love, whether it's a crush, your current partner or spouse, or a family member or friend you love and admire, it usually means this person is on your mind. Perhaps they need some attention from you or need your help with something.
At the same time, dreams represent our subconscious selves and give us room to explore and stretch our imaginations. It's possible that you are craving something from them that you're not getting, so you dream about creating that connection with them that you're currently missing out on.
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Being in Love?
If you dream about being in love with someone, it often signifies that you care about them and they are in your thoughts, but it doesn't always actually mean that you are in love with them. You should take a closer look at that person and your relationship with them—what is it that you need from them or they need from you?
It may also signify admiration; perhaps this person has done something wonderful for you, and you are feeling appreciative. These sorts of emotions can manifest as love when you are dreaming.
What Does It Mean When You Fall in Love With a Stranger in a Dream?
Dreaming about being in love with a stranger or a shadowy figure may mean that you are feeling unfulfilled in your life and that something is holding you back from finding happiness or satisfaction. You may need to consider stepping outside of your comfort zone and embracing uncertainty. Taking risks in love can sometimes be a good thing.
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On the other hand, dreaming about loving a stranger may also mean you are being insincere in some way. You may be afraid that those around you will discover who you truly are—you can't reveal your true self to those around you, so you seek someone with whom you can share yourself completely.
What Does It Mean If You Dream About Someone Falling in Love With You?
If someone else is in love with you in your dream, pay attention to how it makes you feel—do you feel warm and fuzzy; are you satisfied and happy with their affection? Or does their attention make you feel uncomfortable and frightened? Your own emotions in response to the dream will determine how you should interpret it.
If you feel warm and happy in response to the person in love with you, then maybe your soul is yearning for a deeper connection that you are for some reason unable to make. Perhaps it's time to look inside and consider why the feeling isn't reciprocated.
If you feel scared and anxious, or the person who loves you in your dream is irritating you or even stalking you, then you might have some pent-up anxiety and complex feelings about love.
Why Did I Say "I Love You" in a Dream?
Did you say "I love you" in a dream, but it didn't really feel right? This can mean that you are moving too fast, and perhaps your emotions or relationship are out of control. If you said it and it felt good, it means you might be ready to say it in real life or take the next step in your relationship. If you said "I love you" to a friend or acquaintance, maybe you have some feelings for them that you aren't ready to acknowledge in your waking life.
Is It True That if You Dream of Someone, They Dream of You?
No, just because you dream of someone, it doesn't necessarily mean they're dreaming of you too—but it's certainly possible. If you have been spending a lot of time with someone and having romantic feelings, if they reciprocate those feelings, you're likely in their dreams too!
What Does It Mean if You Dream About Kissing or Making Love to Someone?
Dreaming about being physically romantic about someone indicates a strong attraction to them, whether your conscious self is ready to admit it or not. If you are kissing or making love to your partner, then you are feeling a strengthening of your bond, and you may feel that your physical connection is stronger than ever.
If you are kissing or making love to an acquaintance or stranger, you are likely craving physical contact or validation. Your soul is seeking a connection that you are not currently making.
Dreams about making love may mean that you are feeling pent-up in your waking life, and you have a desire to let loose or let go of some uncomfortable emotions. These dreams may also indicate sexual repression or desire for a specific kind of sex or sexual scenario.
Dreaming About Your Partner
If you dream about your partner, it usually means you have a strong connection; your thoughts and feelings of love for them in real life are connected to your emotions in your dream. Dreams reflect our waking reality, so if you love them in a dream, it usually means you love them in real life too, and they have been on your mind.
Dreaming About Unreciprocated Love
Unreciprocated love is tough and can be very painful. When we dream about unreciprocated love, it's usually because we are struggling with feeling unfulfilled in our waking lives.
If you dream about your partner and in your dream the love is unreciprocated, it usually means you feel unsupported by them and unloved. If you dream about unreciprocated love toward a friend, acquaintance, stranger, or celebrity, it usually means there is some trait you see in them that you admire in yourself, but you may be having a difficult time recognizing that admirable trait in yourself.
Dreaming About Infidelity
Infidelity is a challenge many couples face, but dreaming about it (unless you are aware of it happening in your waking life) doesn't usually mean cheating is imminent. It sometimes means you feel neglected by your partner (if they are the one cheating in the dream). If you are the unfaithful one, it may mean that you are feeling a desire to stray.
Dreaming About Your Ex
If you have a romantic dream about your ex or a former lover, it doesn't necessarily mean you're hung up on them or having regrets. You may be feeling nostalgic or missing some aspect of your relationship or their companionship that you're not currently receiving. You may be looking for closure because of the way the relationship ended, or you're still trying to figure out why things couldn't work out.
Dreaming About the Same Sex
If you're straight but have a love dream about someone of the same sex, it doesn't necessarily mean you have repressed sexual desires for the same sex. It often symbolizes your goals for your future self, or perhaps you are being embraced romantically by someone you admire or who has traits you want to emulate.
Good Luck on Your Love Dream Journey!
Many cultures see dreams as an extension of reality meant to guide and heal us spiritually. Dreams about love can be intense, but they usually have a deeper meaning that only you can interpret.
Always consider the context of your dreams (are you in a relationship and dreaming about a stranger or single and dreaming about being in love with your neighbor?). Evaluating the context and your emotions are crucial in determining what your love dreams truly mean. Good luck!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.