When we dream of searching for something, we are looking for the answer to an unresolved question in our waking lives. That unanswered question is usually mirrored by what we are searching for in our dream. If we dream about searching for our car, then we have lost our drive and ambition in waking life and are looking for ways to recover it and continue on our journey. If we are looking for our shoes, we are considering our values and where we stand in a certain situation. If we are looking for our purse our wallet, then we are reflecting on our value to others as we may feel that we have lost some self esteem in waking life.
When we search for other people in our dreams, we are trying to reconnect with aspects of our own identities that we have lost touch with. Searching for a child suggests that we need to regain our sense of wonder and spontaneity. Looking for a lost lover often indicates loss of intimacy and connection. Our dream searches reflect the deeper questions that we ask ourselves in waking life and we can often find fulfilling answers to those questions by exploring our dreams.