What does a dream about your ex mean?
Your ex is a common dream theme, especially after the breakup of your relationship or if you just got a new partner. If you or a loved one dreams of your ex at night, it may have a meaning.
A dream about an ex can mean many things, depending on when the dream occurs and what happens during the dream. For example, if you enter into a relationship with a new person, your psyche may still be trying to resolve the pluses and minuses of your old relationship. In this situation, your psyche is trying to ensure success with your new relationship.
What can you learn about yourself from dreaming about an ex?
Dreaming about an ex often means that there are unfinished things going on between you and your former lover. This does not necessarily mean that you should be with your ex, or that you should be in touch with your ex to adjust these things. Often it's better to look at whether you might be behaving like your ex now, or how the dynamics that existed between you and your ex are also shaping your life now, with or without a new partner.
Are there any tricks to preventing dreams about your ex?
Deal with each other in a safe way after the breakup of a relationship. Try, no matter what happened, to forgive. That's not the same as forgetting. The same goes for avoiding the dream. Don't try to push it away.
Who dreams about their ex?
Dreaming about exes is very common when ending a relationship or starting a new one, as these are times when we are most vulnerable. We don't know where things are going, so our unconscious often goes into overdrive to help us find firmer emotional ground. While some people feel guilty about it, it's really mostly a way to heal and move on.
Does dreaming about an ex mean I still have feelings for that person?
You can, but it really depends on the dream. Think about how you felt in the dream, what was happening around you, and how the dream ended. These details give clues as to whether you still have feelings for that person.
Usually dreams are symbolic and not literal. Your feelings in your dreams are probably meant to heal you from what happened in the past. So that you can now move forward again.
Detailed dream meaning
A dream about your ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend, ex-wife or ex-husband suggests that something or someone in your current life is bringing up similar feelings that you felt during that relationship with your ex. What you learned from that previous relationship may need to be applied to the current one so you don't make the same mistakes. This dream may also mean that you are reflecting on the positive experiences and good times you shared with your former love. Or a dream about an ex could represent aspects of yourself that you have neglected.
What does a dream about missing your ex mean?
A dream in which you miss your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend suggests that you miss some aspect of that past relationship. A situation in your current life may remind you of your relationship with your ex. Or the dream may mean that you have moved on with your life. The idea that your ex misses you could be a pun on the fact that he or she missed his chance with you.
What does a dream mean in which you kiss your ex?
This dream may be a way of alerting you to similar patterns of behavior in your current relationship.
What does a dream mean in which you and your ex get back together?
A dream in which you get your ex back is not a reflection of reality. This dream may be triggered by a major change in your current relationship and how far you have come since the relationship with your ex.
What does a dream mean in which your ex wants you back?
A dream in which your ex wants you back reflects your feelings that you want your ex back. This dream could also mean that you miss being in a relationship and feeling wanted.
What does a dream about your former marriage and your ex-husband or ex-wife mean?
A dream about your ex-husband or ex-wife indicates that you are currently in a situation that you do not want to be in. It suggests that you are experiencing a similar relationship or situation that is making you feel unhappy and uncomfortable. This dream implies that you are subconsciously repeating the same old patterns of that relationship in a current relationship. You are making the same mistakes and reacting in the same way.
What does a dream about your friend's ex mean?
A dream about the ex of your current boyfriend or girlfriend suggests that you are comparing yourself to this ex. The dream tells you not to make the same relationship mistakes that ended that relationship. Or this dream reflects your own feelings of insecurity. You wonder if you can measure up to the ex. In some way, you feel that he or she is still a permanent part of your current relationship, whether physical or psychological.
What does a dream mean in which your ex died?
A dream in which your ex has died indicates that your feelings for your ex are now completely dead. The dream is a metaphor of how you have let go of the past and are ready to move on and dedicate yourself fully to new relationships.
What does a dream about an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend from your childhood mean?
A dream about an old ex-boyfriend from your childhood suggests your desire for a freer, less stressful relationship. This dream serves to bring you back to a time when the responsibilities of adulthood (or marriage) did not interfere with the spontaneity of romance. You need to recapture the excitement, freedom, and vitality of youth that is missing from your current relationship.
What does a dream in which your ex hurts you mean?
A dream in which your ex-boyfriend hurts or ignores you means it's time to move on with your life and stop thinking about your ex.
What does a dream mean in which your ex gives you advice?
A dream in which your ex gives you advice about your current relationship suggests that your subconscious is telling you not to make the same mistakes you had made with this ex.
What does a dream mean in which your ex massages you?
A dream in which you are being massaged by your ex suggests that you need to let go of some of those defenses that you have built up as a result of a previous relationship. Perhaps you have erected a wall or armor around yourself. You need to learn to trust people again.
What does a dream mean in which your ex gives you a ring?
A dream in which your ex gives you a ring or proposes to you implies that in the relationship with him you felt whole and complete. The dream does not necessarily mean that you want to be together with him again, but that you long for a relationship that makes you feel complete. It may also be that the dream reflects a final end to something and the beginning of a new phase. You are ready to move on.
What does a dream mean in which your ex gives you a stuffed animal?
A dream in which your ex gives you a stuffed animal suggests that you are looking for reassuring and nurturing aspects of a relationship. This is not to say that you want your ex back. This dream could also mean that you were in an immature relationship with your ex.
What does a dream in which your ex is hospitalized mean?
A dream in which your ex is hospitalized means that you are still suffering from the break-up. There are still some unresolved issues. A dream in which your ex is discharged from the hospital means that you have completely let go of the relationship. You have moved on. A dream about your ex in a hospital suit suggests that you have come to terms with this ex-relationship and completed the healing process.
What does a dream mean in which you run away with your ex?
A dream in which you run off with your ex indicates that your current love interest cannot measure up to your ex.
What does a dream in which you are abducted by your ex mean?
A dream in which you are kidnapped by your ex suggests that your ex still has some sort of emotional hold over you.
What does a dream mean in which you and your ex take care of a sick child?
A dream in which you and your ex take care of a sick child together suggests that there is still something keeping the two of you in each other's lives. There may be some unfinished business that still needs to be resolved.
What does a dream in which you live with your ex mean?
A dream in which your ex moves into your house means that the two of you are able to live together and be civil to each other.
What does a dream in which your ex is pregnant mean?
A dream in which your ex-girlfriend or ex-wife is pregnant and the baby is yours implies that your subconscious wants to return to your ex-girlfriend. A dream in which the baby is not yours means that you have fully accepted that the relationship is over, but you still care for her even though the two of you are no longer together.
What does a dream about your ex's mother or father mean?
A dream about the mother or father of your ex indicates some unresolved issues with your ex. You want to reach his or her parents to get through to your ex.
What does a dream mean where you have an ex that you don't have?
A dream in which you have an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend that you don't represent an old friend or girlfriend from your past. Or this dream suggests that you are rejecting aspects of your masculine or feminine side.