To dream of any person that you know or recognize represents a quality in yourself or an aspect of personality based on your most honest feelings, or memories of that person. People in dreams are personal symbols that are unique to all people as not everyone is going to have the same opinion about a person.
People in dreams often represent feelings about issues, problems, or people in your life that noticeably respect themselves in some manner. Interaction with issues that can react or have a “mind of their own.” Respecting feelings being important in some manner. Potential volitility with interacting with someone or something in waking life. Concerns with people or issues in your life “talking back to you.”
An aspect of yourself that respects itself in a specific way based on the feelings about their appearance. Ask yourself how does the appearance of the person you are dreaming about feel to you specifically (face, body, race, attractiveness, personality, gender, sexual orientation, breeding) and how do you respect it respecting itself? Do you fear a reaction from it or respect its appearance?
In order to know for sure what a person means to you, you need to spend time thinking about what memories or feelings stand out the most about them.
Friends in dreams may also represent your current projection of that person based on a current situation in your life.
To dream of people that you never seen before represents thoughts, feelings, or situations that you’ve never experienced before. They may also reflect hidden or repressed aspects of yourself. Ask yourself what their facial features or clothing makes you feel.
Example: A man dreamed of seeing an old childhood friend who always made him care too much about getting approval. In waking life he was having issues where he felt he was caring too much about what other people thought.
Example 2: A woman dreamed of seeing a girl named Ruth who toke over her job when she went on maternity leave at her first job. In waking life he was pregnant a second time and was having anxiety about having to go on maternity leave.
Example 3: A man dreamed of seeing a very beautiful female doctor whose face and gestures towards him made him fear making her getting her angry. In waking life the man was concerned with not pissing off someone who was paying his health bills.