Dream of Partner Cheating: What Does This Mean?
Dream Interpretation​
January 22, 2023
June 2, 2023

Dream of Partner Cheating: What Does This Mean?

Cheating in a relationship is a very common dream, but what does it mean? Some may see it a sign to watch out for, others may see it as a subconscious fear.

What does it mean when you dream about your partner cheating? Why you might have this dream. What to do if it's recurring. This article will help you answer those questions and show you how to not these these dreams affect how you interact with your partner.

Dream meanings are not universal

It's important to remember that there is no universal meaning to dreams. Rather, each dream should be interpreted with the dreamer's context, and only the dreamer can give the final interpretation. Remember, dreams are a reflection of your inner world and point of view, this does not mean that your partner is actually cheating on you, as dreams are not always literal. A dream can be different for each person. Sometimes it may be regarding a subconscious anxiety or insecurity, the partner deceit may be a symbolic place holder for something in the dreamer’s life, or something else. Sometimes our dreams use strong emotions to get us to pay attention or focus on something.

Dreaming about your partner cheating on you may have different meanings based on your sentiments for your partner right now, and any outstanding troubles in the union. The dream theme of infidelity can mean something different depending on who you ask and what context it is asked in.

Possible explanation

It may come from your expectations

Maybe you believe your partner is cheating on you in your waking life. Because your brain believes that, it creates a world in which that is the truth. If you think of something a lot, it will seep into your dream content because you continue to think about it, and you dream gathers information from what we think about often. 

It may come from your fear

Perhaps you are afraid that your partner could cheat on you. Fears are often represented in dreams so this is a very likely reason. A theory about the purpose of dreams is that they exist to train our brains to react to hard situations (Revonsuo’s Threat Simulation Theory). Dreams could prepare us for things in life that will elicit strong emotions. 

It may come from your memory

Perhaps this happened to you in the past, with a previous partner. During sleep, the brain is trying to treat emotional memories; those dreams could be a consequence of your brain trying to process this previous experience. Even if your dream involves your current partner, it could still represent a previous relationship.

It can be pointing at feelings regarding your life in general

It is essential to self-examine and determine if there’s an area of your life in which you feel betrayed or resentful. While these dreams may play out in strange ways, they may be suggestive of much bigger situations than just the dream you have had. 

What to do if it is recurring

The dream will likely be recurring if you have a strong fear of that happening, or if your previous experience was traumatizing. If a situation regularly occurs in your dreams, it means it's important for your subconscious. Perhaps you have a deeply anchored mixture of expectations, fear, and emotional memories, regarding the situation of a partner cheating. When you’ve had these dreams over time, and they’ve refused to go away, you may want to take a step back and make sure you communicate with your partner and analyze what it could be. 

What should I do about it?

First, remember that your dreams are only a reflection of your concerns, your experiences, and your thoughts. Do not take this dream as a prophetic message that this situation is really happening, although it is a possibility do not let fear dictate your interpretation. Dreams are natural, so ask yourself "why is my brain telling me that?". Take this as an opportunity to move forward. Analyzing your dreams will help you identify your concerns and your emotions regarding your relationship and your partner. If the dream is recurring, don't let it weigh you down! It will probably stop once you addressed the source of the problem.


Talk about it with your partner, as communication is key. Try to identify what could create this fear deep down of your partner cheating on you. It could be your mind’s way of telling you that you feel cheated in the relationship. Maybe you wish to spend more time with them or are not getting your needs met. 

Seek more help

Talk about it with a specialist: if you don't find the answers alone or with your partner, or even if you do, talking with a therapist or a trusted friend often helps. This is especially true if this dream reflects an emotional memory that your brain has trouble processing. Psychologists can really help with past events that keep weighing you down years later.

Although it may be a bit difficult to accept, having dreams about cheating on your spouse doesn’t make you or your partner a bad person. You may be surprised to find out that it is pretty common, as a study carried out in 2018 revealed that almost 60% of people had some sort of dream about cheating. Most times, the messages in your dreams come as metaphors.

This means that although it may not be wise to take these messages the way they come, completely disregarding them may not be a brilliant decision as well. A dream where you’re cheating on a partner could mean that there’s something that you’re trying to keep away from them in real life. It doesn’t even have to be about your romantic life or relationship; it could be about something completely unrelated.

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