If you’ve been dreaming of hugging someone, you might be thinking that this nighttime vision is nothing to worry about.
You might even be convinced that it’s not worth remembering.
After all, what is more commonplace and mundane than the positive image of someone showing their concern by hugging somebody else?
But you would be mistaken if you overlook this type of dream.
When you’ve been dreaming of hugging someone, your nighttime vision is trying to communicate to you important truths about your daily waking life.
General Meaning of Hugging Someone in a Dream
When you see yourself hugging somebody in a dream or you see yourself in a group of people hugging each other, this indicates that you are open to the influence of other people in your life.
Now you may be thinking that this is not that big of a deal because you’re already an open-minded person.
After all, when you expose yourself to new ideas, chances are, you only let them reach you up to a certain level.
In the case of most people, they only entertain new ideas, insights, and opinions only to the extent that they already corroborate what they think they already know.
Do you see how this works?
This is the reason why certain news channels in the United States and elsewhere dominate.
People gravitate towards one news channel over another because of this dynamic.
I’m not saying that this is fundamentally wrong or that there is something wrong or twisted about people who think this way.
This is part of human nature.
We would like the world to corroborate or give evidence to the things that we think are true.
For everything else, we either filter it out, or we safely compartmentalize it.
A lot of us believe in making exceptions.
We would like to think that a lot of these exceptions are the types that prove the rule — the rule being what we choose to see as reality.
When you see yourself hugging people in a dream, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you are entering a new stage of mental and intellectual maturity.
You are now able to entertain other ideas without necessarily being easily convinced, but at the same time without necessarily shutting out these ideas.
You don’t compartmentalize.
Instead, you pay attention to their inner logic and if need be, adopt them when facts show that they offer a better explanation.
This is one of the most profound signs of maturity anybody could experience.
Our world, as tangible as it may seem at some level, is actually a world of ideas.
How you see the world and how you perceive reality all boils down to the ideas that you believe as well as the ideas that you reject.
When you see yourself hugging people in a dream or you’ve been dreaming of hugging someone, this indicates that you are now more open to ideas and have a more mature relationship with this aspect of your life.
What Does It Mean to Hug Someone You Know?
We would like to believe that the people closest to us are exactly who we give the benefit of the doubt most.
But in reality, we are often the worst judges of people close to us.
It may seem perverse, but a lot of us would rather trust a stranger than somebody that we’ve known for quite some time.
Maybe this is due to some sense of insecurity or some underlying sense of competition.
Or, it may just be an example of the old saying “familiarity breeds contempt.”
Regardless, if you know somebody and they are trying to tell you about a new opportunity or they’re sharing some new information, you usually filter that information more thoroughly than stuff that you find on social media or on the mainstream news.
This may or may not be a bad thing.
After all, you know the person.
Maybe you’ve been burned before.
Maybe you’ve been led down the wrong path.
Whatever the case may be, you understand that your subconscious is communicating to you that you’re now relaxing your filters a little bit more and are more accepting of that person.
Now, please understand that there’s a big difference between accepting their ideas or news or opinions wholesale and accepting them as a person.
When you are dreaming of hugging someone you know, your subconscious is trying to let you know that you are accepting them as a person.
A base level of respect is now well established, but this doesn’t automatically mean that your mind is wide open to whatever stuff they throw your way.
You should still apply a healthy filter to what anybody tells you regardless of how well you know them.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Hugging a Dead Person?
You probably have heard the old saying “hindsight is 20/20.”
There are many ideas from the past that you flat-out rejected or just had a very negative attitude about.
This of course can happen for many reasons.
Maybe you’re just turned off by the person sharing the information instead of anything about the information itself.
It can also be due to the fact that you’re going through some tough times during that period of your life.
Whatever the case may be, there were old ideas that you had a tough time dealing with.
When you see yourself hugging a dead person, this is your subconscious manifesting to you that times have changed.
Your experiences so far have proven that a lot of the ideas that you used to reject outright actually make sense in your life.
They are actually worth listening to.
Mark Twain, the famous American writer, once said that the older he got, the smarter his parents got.
Put simply, when he was younger, his parents were always telling him advice.
But since he was young and he thought he knew everything backward and forwards, he just completely rejected whatever his parents had to say outright.
“I know better!” he kept saying to himself.
Well, it turned out that as he got older and he had the benefit of hard-won experience, his parents were actually right all along.
They didn’t share that advice just to pester him or to pull rank or torture him.
They shared that information out of love.
When your dad tells you, “Don’t put your hand on a hot stove,” he is saying that not because he is trying to maintain his authority or trying to prevent you from doing something pleasurable.
He knows that it burns!
And believe me, you don’t want to learn firsthand certain hard truths of life.
So it’s always a good idea to pay attention to the wisdom that has been passed on from generation to generation.
This can take many different forms.
It can take the form of tradition, customs, or religion.
Again, I’m not saying that you should embrace it wholesale without thinking.
But try to compare it with the problem that it is trying to solve and analyze it side by side with your present circumstances.
9 times out of 10, these things make sense.
When you see yourself hugging somebody who has been long dead, your subconscious is telling you that you are beginning to wake up to the power of tradition.
Your attitude towards it is changing in a positive way.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Someone Giving You a Tight Hug?
When you have this dream, this is actually a projection type of night vision.
The person looking for a tight hug is you.
You are then projecting this desire to the other person giving you what you need.
This is a desire for connection, not necessarily love, but a sense of connection because we live in a world that is disjointed.
Usually, when societies go through a period of fast technological change, people become disaffected.
People feel that they are disconnected, that others don’t truly understand them.
It’s very easy for people to feel lonely in a crowd.
It is no surprise that drug addiction rates, suicide rates, divorce rates as well as teenage pregnancies, and certain types of crime go up during periods of technological and social change.
We are going through such a period right now, and it’s no surprise that you see yourself being on the receiving end of a tight hug.
In reality, you want to feel some connection so entertain this need!
Look for a positive way to fill this desire.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Hugging a Friend?
When you see yourself hugging a friend, your subconscious is indicating a certain level of trust.
You feel contented with how you relate to other people, and you feel that there’s really nothing wrong with you and you have so much love to give.
This all sounds positive, but you might want to dig a little deeper.
A lot of the time, people, who are often toxic and send mixed signals that end up tripping other people up, usually have a very positive view of themselves.
They are clueless as to their actual effect on other people.
But at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter because those people are simply just the supporting crew.
You are the star of the show, and the rest is basically the supporting cast that changes from episode to episode like one giant personal TV show.
Do you see how this works?
Understand that this is a projection dream and the key here is to realize that there’s a part of you that wants to hog the spotlight.
It wants to be the center of attention.
The thing is, for you to receive, you must first be ready to give.
That’s how the Universe works!
If not, your relationships will be one-sided and before you know it, it’s going to warp your mentality as well as your emotions.
It’s only a matter of time.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Hugging a Partner Who Is Crying or Feeling Sad?
You desire to be comforted.
But deep down inside, you feel that whatever relationships you have — maybe with your parents, with your friends, or with your romantic partner — simply aren’t up to it.
They’re not giving you the kind of emotional connection and sense of belonging that you need so you don’t really feel all that content and settled.
You have these dreams of hugging somebody who is feeling down.
In reality, it’s a projection.
You’re the one who wants to be hugged and made to feel that everything will be okay.
Unfortunately, you feel deep down inside that you’re not getting that from your relationships.
Here’s the solution to this.
It’s probably not something that you’d want to hear, but you need to hear it anyway.
Please understand that how you feel is a choice.
Because at the end of the day, it is how you read these otherwise neutral signals from the Universe.
Somebody yelling at you is still neutral!
Even people cursing at you are still neutral.
You can choose to respond, either in a productive way or in a counter-productive way.
And when you have gotten into the habit of thinking that other people simply are not giving you the right emotional feedback that you feel you deserve, this speaks more to your reading of the situation.
If you are a joyful person who can draw a deep sense of happiness and personal contentment within himself or herself, nothing people outside of you could get you down.
That’s the kind of inner bliss nobody can rob from you.
Unfortunately, we live in a world of social media where we expect our stimuli to give us what we need.
The problem with this is that you’re relying on people you can’t control.
You’re basing your emotional contentment on situations that are beyond your grasp.
Do you see how this works?
Do you see how this leads to a dead-end?
So it’s really important to understand the meaning of hugging a partner while they’re feeling sad or down.
This is your subconscious speaking to you to locate your source of support from someplace you can control.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Hugging a Stranger?
When you see yourself hugging a complete and total stranger in your dream, your subconscious is telling you that you are opening up to new ideas that may have seemed taboo or off-limits before.
Maybe you laughed them off previously.
But now your situation has changed to the point that you’re seriously entertaining these things.
Maybe you feel that you have to operate with a sense of desperate urgency.
Perhaps you think that your back is against the wall and there’s really not much that you can lose.
You might as well go for the last option.
Alternatively, maybe you have grown up quite a bit.
Maybe you have realized that there are over 8 billion ways to see the world, and it really wouldn’t hurt for you to at least entertain alternative points of view.
Whatever the specific reason may be, you are going through a period where you will be more open-minded.
You are more focused on asking the right questions instead of demanding some preset answer you are already convinced about.
Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.