Dreaming about people from the past is very common. These people might be those who were liked, disliked or passed away. These types of dreams have a symbolic meaning. Some of the people in these dreams can symbolize characteristics and personality traits similar to your own or represent aspects about yourself that you like or dislike. For example, if you dream about someone you have known who was very aggressive, that person may represent your own aggressiveness or represent someone who is being aggressive toward you now. What is this type of dream trying to tell you about yourself or others in your life?
If you dream about childhood friends, this may mean that you are longing for a time from your past when you had less pressures and responsibilities. It may also symbolize the stress or pressure you had in your own life while growing up. Some of these old friends may represent those stressors. In fact, you may be experiencing those same stressors in your adult waking life (either in a relationship or in your employment) as you did when you were a child. These old friends from your past may also remind you of some people you are dealing with in your daily life, either their looks, behaviors or actions — good or bad.
Sometimes dreams of childhood friends who you had some unfinished business with may represent something you wish you would have done differently with them or told them. Also, there may be someone in your waking life now who arouses those same feelings within you. If you dream about people who have hurt you, they may appear when you are experiencing undo pressure in your waking life. Perhaps you might just be missing the person on your dream or that type of valued friendship.
If you are having feelings of failure in your current life and you have old friends who you know have become more successful than you, your subconscious may bring them up in your dream because of your fears, inadequacies and jealousies. Sometimes old friends you have had a falling out with appear in your dreams. In the dream you try to approach them in a friendly way, but you are rejected. This can represent feelings of guilt, sadness and loss or that you have never reconciled the end of the friendship. At times, these dreams can be recurring, which can be anxiety provoking and annoying.
Always look at the situations taking place with the people in your dreams. In so doing, this will help you understand the messages the dream might be sending about yourself or your relationship with others.
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