If you dream about cheating, first off: Relax. Having a cheating dream doesn’t necessarily mean your relationship is on the fritz. It’s something you should be curious about because every single thing in our dreams means something. Likely, your subconscious is telling you — or trying to work through — something. Because dream about cheating is one of the most common dreams people have, we here, to bring you this cheating dream crib sheet.
It usually relates back to one of these underlying issues. Dissatisfaction emotionally: It’s less about the physical union and more about the psychological or emotional union, that the sex represents, the emotion you’re experiencing in the dream is very real and coming from a very real place. Your plan of action is to discern what that emotion is exactly. Common culprits? Feeling guilty, insecure, jealous, bored, anxious, angry, or overwhelmed. Dissatisfaction sexually: While most cheating dreams aren’t about the actual sex, some are. Dreams about infidelity can take place when there’s some unease about your sexual relationship.
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What does it mean when you dream about cheating?
There’s no one-size-fits all meaning to your cheating dream, but there are some common themes that emerge. Continue reading for more information.
When you dream about your partner cheated on you…
Dreaming that your lover is cheating on you is considerably more common than dreaming that your partner is cheating on you. Let’s begin there. Here are some common scenarios of your partner cheating in your dream state, as well as what they could indicate.
1. If your partner cheats with a stranger.
You’re probably angry because you’ve been scammed out of valuable time and attention: Have they put in more hours than usual? Is it possible that they’ve been spending too much time on the internet or playing World of Warcraft? Is it true that they’ve recently joined a band?
2. If your partner cheats with an ex.
You can have this dream even if you are 100 percent certain that your lover loves you and will not abandon you: It’s generally a sign that you’re envious of your ex’s possessions. Perhaps it’s their sense of style or self-assurance. Maybe your ex knew about your love in college but you didn’t.
3. If your partner cheats with someone you’re close to.
Is there a good relationship between your partner and this person? If not, the dream could be a sign that you value them getting along. Otherwise, consider what this individual possesses that mirrors what you desire. What is the state of your finances? Do you have a good sense of humor? Is it a baby?
4. If your partner cheats with someone else you know.
This is most likely unrelated to your partner. It has everything to do with “the other,” instead. What does this guy have that you don’t have?
So, and what if you’re the cheater…
There’s no reason to panic! Dreams in which you are the cheater frequently indicate that you are feeling guilty, that you have betrayed yourself, or that you have compromised your ideals or beliefs in some manner. Are you interested in learning more?
1. If you’re cheating with a stranger.
You’re probably the one who’s dividing your focus in too many directions in this case. What is it that is causing you to have less energy for your partner? You’re probably feeling bad about it.
2. If you’re cheating with an ex.
This, understandably, makes you feel particularly guilty. Good news: Just because you don’t want to/should go back with your ex in your conscious state doesn’t mean you actually want to/should.
Instead, consider what you’re still mending from a previous relationship and how you might be bringing that into this one. It could be an actual act of infidelity, or another form of betrayal, or an emotionally harmful comment or dynamic.
3. If you’re cheating with someone your partner is close to.
Examine how their relationship with your partner makes you feel. Likely, your dream suggests a desire to get close with someone your partner is close to.
4. If you get caught in the act.
What is it you’re feeling guilty about? This dream says it’s time to clear your conscious or own up to something you’ve been hiding.
5. If you’re cheating with someone who’s also in a relationship.
No, you probably don’t actually want to be the other person. They probably have some qualities you’re looking for in a long-time boo.
6. If you’re about to get or are newly married.
Any time you have a cheating dream before a life or relationship milestone — like getting married, moving, or getting engaged — think about the feeling in the dream, not the actual cheating. Is it excitement? Nervousness? Dread?
For a long time, the purpose of dreams has been a contentious issue. There are numerous views as to why we have dreams and what they imply. Excess tension, thoughts, or emotional energy can be released through dreams. Others claim that dreams might reveal information about your thoughts and buried emotions.
If you’re in a romantic relationship, waking up and finding you’ve had a dream involving infidelity or being cheated on might be uncomfortable and cause you to feel insecure about your connection. If you’re single and have nightmares about cheating (on a prior ex or a complete stranger), it might be as perplexing to figure out what’s going on in your mind.