Most things we come into regular contact with in our waking lives tends to eventually turn up in our dreams, so it makes sense that most of us have dreams about friends (as opposed to dreams about celebrity cats, Jaden Smith or a tuna salad sandwich who is also your partner on Dancing With The Stars). But while your friends might be in your dreams because you see them every day, their guest appearances — like everything else in dreams — may also carry some special meaning. So what does a dream about your buddies mean?
Of course, different dream meanings apply depending on the friend. But often, seeing a friend in a dream symbolizes some aspect of their personality that you may have avoided or rejected until now, but are ready to think about incorporating into your life — for example, a dream about your most organized friend might be a sign that you're ready to try to get a handle on the more out-of-control aspects of your work life.
Of course, there's a little bit more to it than that. So please, join us, as we — with an assist from "definitive dream interpretation site" Dream Moods — decode the true meaning of your dreams about your friends.
In general, sighting a friend in a dream may point to an aspect of their personality that you haven't been interested in in the past, "but are ready to incorporate and acknowledge" now. So odds are high that your friend is in your dream as something of a metaphor, rather than as a reminder that you still owe them $10 from your trip to the Steak 'N'Shake last week (though that could be it, too).
Your Best Friend
Dreams about your best friend are generally considered a kind of turbo-charged version of your usual friend dreams — typically, they indicate a "need to foster or acknowledge some special quality that your best friend has."
Were you worried that you could only suss out the meaning of close friends in your dreams? Well, fear not — we can also help you decode the meaning of that dream you keep having about Dawn from Accounts Receivable (her name is Dawn, right?). Dreams about acquaintances can point to the fact that there are still parts of yourself you have yet to get to know — you know, like Dawn. No, wait, her name is Emily! Oh god, did I ever call her Dawn to her face?
A Childhood Friend
Dreaming about the kids you used to play "Bombardment" with? Dreams about childhood friends can signify that you're eager to reconnect with the carefree aspects of your own childhood and "escape the pressures and stresses of adulthood." They can also signify feelings that you have recently been acting in an immature manner, but it's probably the first one, right? Also, guys, did you know that there's a variation of dodgeball called "Dr. Dodgeball"? I just learned that right now, while I was checking to see if I was correctly remembering the name of "Bombardment." Maybe you could play that to help blow off some of the pressures and stresses of adulthood.
A Long-Lost Friend
A dream of a friend you have fallen out of touch with might be literal — you may just miss them, and on some level wish to be back in touch with them — but their appearance can also be a metaphor for some forgotten aspect of yourself that you'd like to reconnect with. A hobby you put aside? A course of study you gave up on? Those Skype tap-dancing classes that you just stopped showing up for? It could be anything, really.
A Former Friend
And what about dreams about people who are no longer in your life for a reason? Friends whom you've purposely fallen out of touch with? Dreams about ex-friends may represent "a lesson you learned from the falling out. You need to apply that lesson to a current issue, problem or relationship." They can also mean simply that you've recently encountered something in your waking life that reminded you of them — maybe something pleasant, like a band you both liked, or maybe something more negative, like the issue that ended your friendship.
A Dying Friend
When we dream about a friend dying, it can be startling and painful — but luckily, it doesn't mean that you have some secret inside information about your friend's health. Typically, your friend is in the dream signifying a certain aspect of yourself, and their death in the dream may signify your fears or belief that this aspect is dying within you.
Sex With A Friend
There are few dreams more unnerving than the "sex with a friend whom I only have platonic feelings for" dream (well, the "all my teeth have turned to marshmallows" one is pretty unnerving, too). Dreams about sex with a friend that you really and truly only like as a friend typically just symbolize that they have some personal quality that you'd like to make part of your own life. It might even just symbolize how close you feel to your friend — after all, when are you more vulnerable than when you are making the proverbial beast with two butts? So just try your best to take it all in stride, and not act super weird when you see them at pub trivia on Wednesday night.
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