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What Does it Actually Mean When You Dream About Your Ex?

What Does it Mean When You Dream About Your Ex?
What does it mean when you dream about your ex? Does it only mean that you are missing them or is there something more to it? Read on to find the answers...
PsycholoGenie Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Our dreams hold the key to our subconscious mind. In our real life, we might not "allow" our mind to think about things that are against the societal norms and rules or seem ridiculous, pathetic or unwanted to us. These thoughts might however, linger on in our mind for a long time and one fine day, we start dreaming of them!
Once you have broken up with someone, you concentrate on other things in life, get busy, make new friends, in short, do whatever it takes to take your mind off your ex. However, this in no way means that you are completely over them. There might still be a part of you who wants them and hence, you see your ex in your dreams often. But is that the only reason why you dream of your ex? Let's find out...
Interpretation # 1
You are dreaming of your ex, cause you miss them. This is the simplest of explanations behind such a dream. This can be especially the case, if you have broken up recently and still are in the process of moving on in life.
Interpretation # 2
When you dream about your ex, it does not always mean that you long for them or you want them in your life again. It could simply mean that in your dream, you drifted back to the time period when both of you were together. Like in our awake state, sometimes we think about our past and recount the incidents that took place then. In the same way, when we are sleeping, we can go back to earlier times in our life.
Interpretation # 3
If you are facing some kind of stress in your life, it could be related to your work or any other thing, there is a slight chance that since your ex used to be a comfort factor in your life previously, you are actually looking for the same peace and comfort now. It has nothing to do with your ex. It's just that you want some peace right now in your life, which you cannot find and hence, you look for it in your dreams.
Interpretation # 4
Another possible explanation may be that you and your ex have not had a closure. There could be a lot of unsaid things in between you two, at least from your side. Since you were not able to say some things to them when it mattered, now they are coming back to haunt you, by way of dreams.
Interpretation # 5
Dreaming about your ex could mean that you have found someone else in your life, who invokes the same feelings of love in you. Maybe it's a signal that you should not repeat the same mistakes that led to your break-up. So, in a way, your subconscious mind is warning you to not repeat the same disastrous relationship pattern with your current flame!
These were some of the possible reasons behind your dreaming about your ex. So, you have to sit with yourself and analyze which of these fits into your situation. In case, you cannot relate to any of these and the dream is bothering you a way too much, you can get in touch with a dream interpreter or a therapist, who then would help in sorting out all the issues within your dreams that you have!