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What Does Being Naked in a Dream Mean?
Sooner or later, most dreamers will find themselves nude in a dream. For some, this may involve themes of running freely on a secluded island. For others, nudity will be before the prying eyes of everyone in a mall parking lot. There's also the classic dream where you're naked in front of a classroom full of your peers. You may also experience nudity in a sex dream. Naturally, the experiences will be perceived as either freeing or mortifying, depending on the individual.
Just as locales and feelings vary from dreamer to dreamer, so does the meaning of being naked in dreams. Nudity can be interpreted as an expression of:
- Innocence and Freedom
- Sexual Liberation
How Do I Figure Out What My Dream Means?
The locale is a big clue to determining the dream's meaning. The symbolism of being nude in public versus being nude in private is much different. Focus on the location, and think about who else is in the dream.
Are you surrounded by strangers? By yourself? With close friends? The people surrounding you in your naked dream can indicate what it means.
The way you feel is perhaps the most important factor in determining the symbolic meaning of your dream. Did being naked make you feel angry, embarrassed, ashamed, nervous, frightened, sexual, liberated, ambivilant—or did you perhaps experience a combination of these reactions?
While you dream, pay close attention to these three factors if you want to truly understand the symbolic meaning behind your nakedness.
1. Vulnerability and Being Exposed
Human beings are at the height of vulnerability when they are naked, thus nudity in a dream could represent feelings of helplessness in one's waking life.
Think of an emotionally distant person suddenly entering into a new relationship. This scenario may envoke nervous feelings about opening up to the new partner or anxiety about revealing aspects of oneself that are typically covered up.
New relationships are not the only activities that elicit nudity in dreams. Starting a new career, beginning an artistic endeavor, or taking any kind of risk can trigger dreams of being naked (especially naked in public).
2. Nudity Triggered by a Fear of Exposure
Public dream nudity can occur when someone is engaged in an illicit activity such as accruing gambling debts, using illegal substances, or being involved in an extramarital affair. The fear that one will be found out may manifest as nightly visions of being publicly naked.
The exposure the dreamer fears is often more concentrated on a psychological level. Usually, the fear of being publicly exposed as a fraud, addict, or cheater bears a great weight on their conscience.
Many completely capable people engage in hyper-critical, self-judgmental thinking. Sadly, they fear that others see them in the same harsh light as they see themselves. You don't have to be harboring some huge secret to be afraid of feeling exposed, and thus experience nudity in a dream.
Ironically, when an individual decides to pursue a secret goal, particularly goals of an artistic nature, dreams of public nudity can manifest as a symbol of a fear that one will be exposed as a talentless hack.
3. Rejection and Suppression of the True Self
Nothing is hidden when we are naked. Whereas in waking life clothing can serve a utilitarian function, it takes on a symbolic meaning in dreams of being that which covers something up. Normally, what we cover up is that which we are ashamed of, or fear others will find unacceptable.
Therefore, dreams of nudity can symbolize that the dreamer is hiding certain aspects of the self that they fear may lead to rejection if revealed. All too often, the authentic self is what ends up being hidden out of fear of rejection; lives are lived in pieces congruous to the places one inhabits rather than in total authenticity at all times in all circumstances.
The proclivity toward masking the authentic self for fear of rejection is commonly found in relationships, especially new ones. Instead of revealing who one truly is, the person in question attempts to hide that self in favor of creating what they believe their partner wants.
When an individual hides a part of themself in order to be the proper image, not only is a part of the self sacrificed, but they also create a relationship where the basis is an imaginary one founded solely on image conformity. Authentic relationships can occur only where there is complete acceptance of the whole person—where no part is hidden from view.
4. Public Nudity and Feelings of Humiliation
Many people have dreamt that they were naked in a public setting. The person who experiences the dream often feels mortified.
As previously discussed, dreams of nakedness are usually manifestations of feelings of vulnerability, exposure, or other fear-based emotions. Dreams of public nudity accompanied by feelings of shame, fear, guilt, or some other unpleasant emotion can symbolize fear of rejection, fear of exposure, fear of disapproval, etc.
The difference is that in dreams of public nudity, the fear is on a much greater scale. It isn't just that your friends and family or those close to you will find out something you'd rather keep hidden—it's that the "whole world" is going to find out.
When having these dreams, it is important to remember that most of the time, these are just feelings—that's it. They aren't portents of some future calamity or prophecies of your world coming apart.
However, it would be advantageous to look at your life and discover what is causing you to feel so distressed. Usually, these dreams pop up in the minds of those who are being terribly harsh on themselves.
5. Nakedness Stemming From Self-Acceptance, Innocence, and Freedom
While most of the preceding interpretations of dream nudity seem less than positive, there are times when the experience can have uplifting associations. Sometimes, instead of embarrassment, fear, or panic, dreams of nudity are accompanied by feelings of elation, joy, or liberation.
Positive emotions can indicate that the dreamer is experiencing a time of total self-acceptance and is presenting the self, as is, to the world without shame or apology.
If the dreamer has recently undergone a period of persecution, this can mean that not only has the dreamer overcome the ordeal, but that his or her innocence has finally been restored.
The dreamer may feel, deservedly so, that the whole self has been bared before the world and not only has it remained intact, but it is now free to live a fearless life.
6. Nudity in the Context of Sexual Liberation
Naturally, one might imagine that there could be sexual connotations in a dream about nudity. Sometimes, you are with a sexual partner (it could be someone you've been with, someone you want to be with, or someone you've never thought about being with) in a dream and you find yourself naked.
Positive feelings during a dream with someone you've never thought of in a sexual manner before can indicate that you're interested in exploring your sexuality. Perhaps you feel sexually excited, curious, or simply happy—this represents sexual liberation.
If you experience negative emotions during sexual dreams while you're nude, this can represent traumatic sexual encounters you may have experienced in the past. It can also be indicative of sexual repression or frustration.
“Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will. They are pure nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth."
— Carl Jung
What if I dream about being topless or pantsless?
If you're only partially nude, it could represent a secret or burden you're carrying around. You could be worried your cover will be blown or your secret will be uncovered, thus you may be "pantsed" or suddenly lose your shirt in your dream.
What if everyone else is naked in my dream?
If everyone's naked but you're clothed, it could mean that you feel like you can't connect with others. Maybe you're hiding a secret and feel like it's holding you back from being open with others.
What if I'm naked and alone, or no one can see me?
This can mean that you don't really care what others think about you. It could also mean that you want to be yourself but are afraid that you will hold back, preventing others from being able to get to know the real you.
Dreams and the Individual Psyche
While most of the interpretations of dream nudity seem less than pleasant, it is important to keep in mind that most dreams are not prophetic omens. Dreams are indications of how the psyche is interpreting events in waking life. They reveal how one feels about one's life, and these perceptions are not always accurate.
According to sleep scientists, the continuity hypothesis of dreams suggests that dreams are an extension of our waking lives. Concerns and ideas you think about on a daily basis will often manifest themselves in your dreams. While the descriptions above may give you some idea of what being nude in a dream means, the best way to truly form an understanding of your dreamscape is to search within for the emotional and psychological context of your dreams.
- Jung and Dreams | Society of Analytical Psychology
Jung saw dreams as the psyche’s attempt to communicate important things to the individual. This article is an excellent starting point to learn about Carl Jung's work.
- What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science | Time
Why do you dream about flying or losing all your teeth? Science has new theories on the meaning of your dreams.
- Common Dream Archetypes - Appliedjung
Article discussing the most common dream archetypes and their interpretations based on a Jungian point of view.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: I dreamed I was going to meet my pastor and his wife, but I was naked. In this part of the dream, I was trying to hide my nakedness. Later, however, I dreamed I climbed a staircase, still naked, but this time I allowed a man on the staircase to see me naked. The man ran away because he didn't want to see me naked. I then asked my twin sister for clothes, and just as I was about to put them on, I woke. That is all I can remember from my dream. What does it mean?
Answer: There is a lot going on in this dream. In the first part you are attempting to hide from your pastor and his wife, but later on, you allow someone else to see you naked. The person to whom you expose yourself then runs away, and you ask your sister to "cover" you. This dream sounds like you may be afraid to be vulnerable or open up to people your fear will abandon you if they see the "real you." That fear may be rooted in the memory of an incident wherein opening up to someone lead to abandonment. Does that sound accurate?
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Betty on September 16, 2020:
My friend said she had a dream about me coming to her place naked, opening my legs and i ran away when her mom come out...What does this dream mean?
Gina on August 17, 2020:
I had a dream. I am talking with my mom . Both of us are naked. I dont feel any embarassment as i see myself naked and my mom as well. It feels natural to me. I just got shock when may Aunt approach us covered with cloth. But she didnt told us to get dressed , she just simply asked us something. We are in our house just the two of us (mom and i) and suddenly my Aunt came.
What does that mean ?
I hope i can get the real meaning of that dream. Its my first ever dream that I got naked.
Joseph on July 11, 2020:
I was with my relatives.. i went somewhere for getting something i was partially naked with panty at that time. From that time i was trying to hide my self from everyone my goodness anyone haven't noticed me.later i went into my home then my sister gave me clothes
Bill on May 29, 2020:
I have had recurring dreams of being naked, or partially naked in public bathrooms with other people around. Typically strangers who are clothed. It's always a positive experience. Like I enjoy the feeling of being naked in front of others and having them look. It's usually arousing and exciting.
For the most part I haven't been sexually open. I'm a decently attractive person but at the same time have always been on the shy side when it comes to my body. Being timid and even embarrassed about my sexual self. Always afraid of being shamed for having these kinds of feelings. A lot of the time feeling uncomfortable in my own skin and even thinking I'm ugly and no one would want me.
I believe that's where these dreams stem from. I'm just not sure exactly what they mean or are trying to tell me.
Babey on May 04, 2020:
I dreamed about an old friends brother linking all my naked pics on my phone to every single contact in my phone. The response was very embarrassing because I was judge with regards to my appearance. I’ve been scoured and very negatively appointed by the people. I then confront someone in my family about doing something against me and it turns out that my own mother was my biggest enemy. I then fought each and everyone of them.its really scary
Grace on April 30, 2020:
I dreamt I was sleeping naked on a fancy bed in a mansion and a burglar (who looked familiar) intruded into the house and started screaming my name which woke me up. Unaware of my nakedness, I ran into each rooms turning off the lights and locking up the doors till I got to the last room and saw my reflection in the mirror which made me put on a pink fur-like robe.
I hid till he left, then after he left, I became curious about the burglar ( why would he come in and scream my name and why would he leave without stealing anything?). I ran out bare-footed assuming he could be a message but I couldn't find him. Instead I saw my siblings and friends who gave me some work related information.
Nothera Alyssin on March 31, 2020:
I dreamt of me being next to the one i love, and we were lying hugging each other in my bathroom floor with door close and i was calm.
Cc on March 25, 2020:
What does it mean if someone dreamt that they saw you naked dancing?
Traicey on March 20, 2020:
I had dreamed about my ex-boyfriend and i naked in a bathroom and we were taking shower together but we're not doing anything other than showering ourselves and suddenly he kissed me but i didn't refuse when he kissed me. What is that really mean? I really don't understand because we've been broke up long time ago. I really confused right now because i never thought that i will dreamed of him like that and i also never think of him after we broke up. Why suddenly i dreamed of him and it's already twice i have dreamed about him but in different situation. Being naked in the bathroom with him is the second time i've dreamed about him and i woke up because i really surprise and shock with that dream. While the first situation i dreamed about him is he was calling me and i don't even remember what conversation we had said in that dreamed then i woke up because i'm really surprise.
nine on March 14, 2020:
I had a dream on being topless in school. Everyone noticed that I was nude but they didn't mind much. It was embarrassing on my part and I kept covering my breasts while walking. I lost my shirt but I don't seem to be so ashamed and I didn't look for clothes to cover me up. I went through a group presentation, debate, group study in the library and a crowd while being topless. At the end, my classmate found something for me to wear and the embarrassed feeling washed away, so I finally felt free.
ric on March 13, 2020:
I have this dream where I am over my sisters house with a bunch of her friends and some of my relatives. We are taking about my scars from recent surgery when my mother tells me to show everyone. I am all of a sudden naked in front of all these people and have a feeling of total contentment. In the dream I remain as the only one naked for the whole night, talking and interacting with everyone as if nothing is different when someone suggest they all should take turns spanking me. It's then I wake up.
Pelo on March 13, 2020:
I dreamed walking behind a naked man walking in the graveyard .
Stephanie marshall on February 29, 2020:
I had a dream about keeping fish alive transporting into different tanks and oblects to hold cool water....... Lost the fish and found them again last were bigger fish
Occur pal on February 24, 2020:
I dream that a female friend on mine (who i want to have relationship with) was topless .she, her brother and me was seating in her room , i was feeling that she have now trust on me that she expose her breast to me . and we was just talking normal . (i dont remember what we was talking about)
That all i remember . what its means ? Thanks you
Emma on February 24, 2020:
I saw my ex (who broke me )and I put my middle finger up him and went and saw my crush but in a field with loads of my class mates , when I went to hug my crush I realised I was completely naked , but not in a sexual way and I felt good because I wasn’t embarrassed as that was one of my biggest fears ( public nudity) what does my dream mean please help ?
Andrea on January 16, 2020:
I was in a mall. And there was this car wash, and at the time it was more of a car wash for strippers inside. So I got naked, since others were naked too, and decided to wash my body in public. My friend was next to me though, clothe. Then I saw my crush and I wanted him to see me so I closed my eyes but looked a little to see if he looked at me. He did and then he was going to go through the car wash so he left to go through the other side but he never came out.
Juliet on January 02, 2020:
In my dream I went into a room, closed the door and took of my shirt and suddenly just as I was about to change the door opened and I saw my crush standing and he saw me topless I immediately closed the door but he opened it again this process reappeared twice until he said that I didn't need to cover up because I was already fine, then in the dream we became close and then I woke up...:((
Queen Spell on December 16, 2019:
My fiance had two dreams of me lying naked on the bed in a hotel next to raw eggs. What does that mean?
Shan on December 10, 2019:
Hello, I dreamed that a guy I was dating who has been distant lately, was curled up naked on the floor of the shower and later walked up to me and my ex and said he is leaving and he was confused and naked. My ex looked at me and said so you just let anyone walk around here naked? And that was it. What does that mean?
Humphrey on December 05, 2019:
I dreamed about accidentally entering into a room with boys of same tribe being naked. As I was still shocked, they seemed welcoming and I greeted with respect and they responded with the same welcoming gesture.
Rosabelle on December 01, 2019:
Hi, i had a dream i was in a room ( probably a bathroom ) and i was alone, i was also topless. I was trying to cover myself up then a boy from my school came in the room i told him to leave but he stayed and took of his shirt. Can someone help me figure our what this means? Please + thank you!
catriona Stewart on November 17, 2019:
Hi. Had a dream about being at work (work in a school as a cleaner) i noticed being naked bottom down. I was walking outside trying to reach part of school without getting noticed but few students noticed and brought loads of unwanted attention. A crowd followed but i ran away to part of school where i clean and hid in cleaning cupboard. I saw plastic bag on floor and tried to use that to cover myself. Then i remembered talking to member of staff about it saying never felt so humiliated etc. I was also crying. Horrible dream
Anonymous on October 16, 2019:
So I had a dream of this kid who didn’t like me and I didn’t like me and we were chilling with another person I don’t remember and I was the only on naked and I didn’t care and when I realised I was naked I got up slowly still not caring and I looked back at him and he was getting sneaks in and then I woke up like wth helpppppp
Anonymous on September 21, 2019:
I dreamed about being in her shower with like 5 naked girls on me and I tried giving all attention and then my dad showed them all out except one and I really like the one but she was the only one not nude and all were classmates
Shane on September 14, 2019:
Ii was taking a bath at my school when some of my schoolmates barged in and was just there staring at me. I repeatedly asked for them to get out but they were just there. What does this dream mean??
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on September 05, 2019:
Thank you so much for this article. For years I have continually asked questions about such things in my dreams and I was terrified of what they might mean. But your article is encouraging and may help me to at least not be bothered if I so dream again. I do appreciate this. God bless, Bob.
Jess on August 30, 2019:
In this dream I was walking around the estate naked and the people were not staring at me. I wasn't feeling embarrassed nor nervous but walking freely. On my way I met a man with a red car and tried to forcefully put me in his car so we fought and I won then I continued with where I was walking.. What could this mean.
Leila on August 26, 2019:
My friend told me he had a weird dream about me. This of course got me curious so I pestered him until he told me. He said that he dreamt that I was naked in front of him at a sleepover and that it was quite the vivid dream. He said he was confused because he has no attraction to me. What could this mean?
Rachel on August 19, 2019:
The last few seconds of my dream was me getting out of bed completely naked and stumbling around as if I didn’t have a sense of balance. I can’t really describe the emotion I felt if there were any. It was like I was outside of my body and watching myself.
Julie on August 12, 2019:
I had a dream of a man and a what looked to be a woman in a shower naked. The female turned her head to look at me and smiled. I realized it was my fiance and his 14-year-old daughter.
Janerieh on August 05, 2019:
I had a dream I was naked in front of my family and they were looking at me and I was embarrassed and blushing and trying to cover myself up and I asked my cousin for underwear and she gave it to me and I put it on. And I continued to do normal things. What does it mean ?
Mayra on July 17, 2019:
I dreamt I has a stalker who hid in my room and took pictures of me while I was naked then posted them on a website that had my address as the account name
Ada on July 02, 2019:
I dreamt my ex was getting married...... sharing invitation cards. He saw me smiled and was like what am I seeing cuz I was partially naked. The girl he is getting married to wasn't sharing with him but when she saw me,she personally gave me one. The pack looks like a big ring pack. I smiled and congratulated her after I opened it and saw it was an invitation. I wanted to hug her just to show her that there is no need for that. I don't need her man. She withdraw back while obviously snubbing and eyeing me. I returned the invitation card to my ex. He said are u not going to come. I said no I won't,his girl is rude. He kept quiet and didn't say a word again. I dreamt I went to a guy's house to get something that belonged to me there. He said I should come back later,this guy is wooing me. I saw a girl inside serving either breakfast,lunch or dinner on the table. She smiled at me. The guys were now telling them u have found yourself a wife. I left. I started going home. In the dream I have this bf,we have issues. I went to apologise to him at night and he wasn't even around. I tied my wrapper and stayed there that he must meet me there. The place looks like where many other boys stay. Everyone with their own property.
erin on May 28, 2019:
in my dream, i was naked in a classroom with all my old friends from highschool. i was the only one naked and tried to cover myself. I had bed emotions with the dream and i keep having dreams of me being naked and afraid and ashamed. why is that?
CJ on May 10, 2019:
In my dream, I ran into a friend I have a really big crush on and am physically attracted to. We were both naked but also covered in towels because we’d both just gotten out of the shower. We looked at each other, kind of just stared, it was intense, and then we went our separate ways. I am a conservative Christian, so sex before marriage is not an option for me. I went to my bedroom where everything is mostly white.
Kevin on May 06, 2019:
In My dream, I saw my girlfriend posted naked photos in Social media and I think she didn’t know about it because she might getting drugs or her account wasn’t posted by someone else! I don’t know why although I seems to aware that it’s a dream, I still feeling anxiety and Nervousness. Plus I’m also had heartache too because it’s like a lot of people could see her naked. What does that mean?
Lawrence on April 21, 2019:
I had a dream i was naked and playing around happily and confidence in myself. And Suddenly one of my eldest cousin and his friends saw me, and eldest cousin said i should put on my cloth. I said no, that am happy being like this. And i woke up.
Demi2000 on April 07, 2019:
I am so sorry @Aisling Ireland, yes, I’m still taking classes.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on April 05, 2019:
@Sinead The selective mutism actually gives me a clue about your dream. Are you able to identify, in waking life, what your triggers are for the people or situations who make you involuntarily unable to communicate to them/in them?
Annoamious on April 01, 2019:
I dremt that i was walking in to a restarant and normally my parents tell me to keep inside voice but then idnc so in the dream i was asking why and can we talk loud so then me and a bff when in the bathroom then she was gone a girls stared picking on me being naked in a stoll. So what the heck and thats what i recall for thw moment.
Ane on March 29, 2019:
I had a crazy dream last night where everyone i knew got text messages of naked photos of me and everyone was talking about it. As well as the guy ive been dating the past 2 months. I slept with another man that night and in the dream he ended up fighting the guy ive been dating. What do you think this could mean
Charles on March 27, 2019:
last night I had a weird dream after a tiring day. I was on stage. I don't know why but the curtains closed, the lights are still on and I had to change my clothes behind the curtain. I was naked (bottom-side) and I hear a voice saying "lets pull the curtains". so there I was, exposed, trying to cover myself so people won't see me. the dream went on as people started laughing when they remembered that I was naked on stage. It felt really bad. People just couldn't understand how that made me feel in the dream.
Sinead-G on March 23, 2019:
Yea I like her as a person and no we aren't enemies, I guess we are people who drifted apart. I mean, I can see why we drifted apart. You see, I have this thing called selective mutism, which sucks (I've been improving). And yea I am kinda perplexed about her being in my dream.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 23, 2019:
Hi Airimas, thanks for writing. Can you give me any more details about your dream?
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 23, 2019:
Hi Sinead, thanks for writing. Is the primary part of the dream that you're perplexed about the part that involves the person who isn't your friend? Tell me, are you two enemies or are you just people who drifted apart? Do you like her as a person--I mean, to you find her an OK person or is she someone whom you'd rather avoid?
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 23, 2019:
Hi Ayesha, which part of the dream perplexes you more--the nudity or the baby or the sex part? I'm sorry to ask questions, but it helps me focus more on the part of the dream that is actually more important.
Airimas on March 22, 2019:
I gotta ask since I haven't found my answer what if its just two people in a dream and im clothed but the other one is naked?
Sinead-G on March 21, 2019:
A few months ago I had a dream where me and this girl in my class (who isn't my friend) were in a changing room. Both of us were nearly naked but had our bras and underwear on, and we were both laughing and doing some poses in front of the mirror(from what I remember). Then I woke up and was like "what???". I don't know why we were doing that since we aren't close but we did talk to eachother when we first met (which was 2-3 years ago) and we both got along fine. But then we both stopped communicating with eachother. Don't know why I would show my body in front of her, but I was somehow comfortable with it.
Ayesha on March 18, 2019:
Yes the whole dream is perplexing. Could you please give me interpretation of it?
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 16, 2019:
Hi Ayesha, thanks for writing. Is there something about your dream that you find perplexing?
Ayesha on March 16, 2019:
Hi I have just saw a dream that Im in my school and it sounds like It's recess time because everyone is in the playground and while I'm seeing everyone playing I saw that a naked nascent baby has fallen on the floor and then a girl picks this baby up but baby is crying and this girl says i though he must have dead because he fall from a height. I take the baby from this girl and then there is an other little boy he tells me that he knows who this baby is. Upon asking this little boy tells me that his mother lives nearby in a housing scheme. So i say okay and start walking towards the main gate of school and there I call up a friend (who ive never met in real life) I tell her that I have this naked baby and she says she is leaning may be i can ask help from someone else and then I realize Im naked too. But at that time it does not like much concern me im concerned about baby more. But i rush in a nursey class room where my teacher is sitting I ask her to look after baby and I tell her that Im naked and im ashamed so i'll just put on clothes and get back to you. She agrees. But just as I exit from this room I see that I have a black te shirt on but im not wearing anything down. Si i just run and while im running on staircase I keep putting the shirt down so that my bum does not get visible from behid but as i reach upstair in a room i see that im wearing a paint but it sort of stuck in the middle neither its up neither its down on the legs so I slide this up and down and then I realize im wearing the opposite side of it. I then immediately pull it off and wear again. Because its in culture it says that wearing the clothes in opposite means you just have sex. And then i rush to my teacher's room she is righ there and the baby is now in the hands of little boy who i met in the start of dream so i sit with mam touches her hand and I tell her you have this warmth and positive energy and I can feel it now. She laughs and continue laughing until she starts coughing i offer her a glass of water and she drinks and says out while coughing you may hold my hands if you feel they are warm and will melt away negative things. So i hold them and then she says may be we should go for a tea and I say okay and then i woke up.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 2019:
Hi Demi, thanks for writing. Are you currently taking classes?
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 2019:
Hi Marilize, thanks for writing. I'm sorry about your experience and your divorce. I always answer questions with questions, so please bear with me. How long have you been in your current relationship? How long has it been since you were divorced? Is this the first person you've seen since your divorce? What was it about this particular dream that prompted you to write, outside the obvious content? Was it an odd feeling or was it strictly limited to the content of the dream?
Demi2000 on March 12, 2019:
I dreamt that I was in school and I was sitting without a shirt or bra on. Nobody cared but my anxiety built up. I felt scared so I asked my friend for a sweater and got one.
Marilize on March 12, 2019:
Hi Aisling, last night I had a strange dream, it started as a memory of an intimate moment I had with my boyfriend over the weekend, but turned to horror when I found out afterwards that he recorded us and posted this on pornographic websites, my Logic says that it's because of the vulnerability he makes me feel as this is a new relationship and the first one after my divorce, and I am scared as my ex-husband was a Narcissist that he might be one as well? does this sound correct to you, or does it mean something different?
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 01, 2019:
Hi Marry, thanks for writing! Your dream sounds quite positive to me--and very similar to Layla's except that in your dream only those closest to you see you naked. Unless they reacted badly in the dream, and it doesn't sound like they did, your dream seems to symbolize having some very good friends who you can trust. Does this sound right?
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on March 01, 2019:
Hi Layla, thanks for writing. Oddly enough, your dream sounds quite positive. You're topless, but people are calm, no one is upset but you (understandably). You run into your church group, but it still sounds like no one was upset about seeing you topless. Since nakedness in dreams often symbolizes exposure, in your dream, you are exposed, even exposed around people who we typically want to look our best for (your church group) but no one is upset. This seems to indicate that your might fear exposure of some sort, but in reality, you've nothing to fear! I've had dreams of turning up naked in bizarre places and for me, the feeling that is most disconcerting is, "How did this happen?" Does that sound right to you?
Marry on February 28, 2019:
In my dream i was naked after i went into the water on beach..then i see myself at my boyfriends house he sees me as well...then i enter his bathroom to take a shower...while being naked i had went out as well..not many people saw me except my close people
Layla on February 21, 2019:
I had a dream that I was topless running in the streets downtown looking for a shirt walking up to random people asking them for a T-shirt and no one had one. I was freaking out on the other hand everyone seemed calm as if I wasn’t topless. I was covering my breast and was panicking then I ran into my church group I grabbed on of my leaders hand and asked him if he had a shirt this went on for a while. I don’t understand what this means and it’s been driving me crazy for a minute please help!.
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on February 17, 2019:
Hi Kat, thanks for writing. That dream sounds wonderful. It sounds like you have the ability to transform what appear to be errors into positive life experiences that you are able to fully integrate into your life. It also sounds like in the dream any fear of "exposure" you might have had dissipated as you were given, and also offered in return, respect while in the most vulnerable of positions. Nice!
Kat on February 17, 2019:
I had a dream about mistakenly shaving part of my hair (top front), and realizing I now had to shave the rest of my head. I then had a glimpse of myself sitting in meditation wearing white with a fully shaved head. Before or after the glimpse I found myself naked with partially shaved head, running into a bathroom, probably to hide. However a naked man was also running into the bathroom. We must have known each other. While both in the bathroom we noticed we were both naked (and not "looking" out of respect) and just burst into laughter at our predicament, making it a very pleasant fun experience.
Datrebor on February 04, 2019:
I had two dreams about being naked recently. One I was walking with friends from some place, can't remember, and walking through town. One mentioned that I was naked in town, about being seen. I said "They are used to it" It didn't bother me.
The other one I left work and took a shuttle to the employee parking lot. Got on my motorcycle into town. I rode into a store and into to an elevator where there was a person in a electric scooter. I complained about it being cold outside. Then I realized I was naked. I got a jacket only because it was cold. I then told a friend "Guess what, you can ride the shuttle naked".
Aisling Ireland (author) from Savannah, Georgia on January 24, 2019:
Thanks, Glenn! I LOVE writing about dreams, so I enjoy the research. And nakedness in dreams is so common I thought it deserved a lot of thought.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on January 24, 2019:
Aisling, you sure put a lot of research into this article. I think you covered every aspect of if. I found it interesting that I fit right in with the number 5 description—how I feel about myself with total self-acceptance, as you explained. Your article was very insightful.
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on November 29, 2014:
Such an interesting article. I too have a great deal of such dreams. Your article has given me a few ideas about why I am in such a vulnerable state in my dreams. It is not all the time, but very frequently. I never remember much about my dreams but maybe just the way I feel or something I was attempting to do.
I've been tempted to cheat in my dreams and almost every time I am strong say noble things to the one laying the temptation at my feet. However, I think only once or twice in the last 30 years, I did give in, in my dream. I awoke both times with me wailing and crying in guilt. How could I have done such a thing? Isn't it in my nature, if I dreamed the scenario and then did it? I was bothered both times for days and days that I would do such a thing.
The other kind of vulnerable dream is the ones I have very frequently. The ones where I have to get something done or go someplace but I can't seem to find my pants. No one seems to notice but I am going behind things and around things to try to see where they went. Like I said, I never remember too much of any dream I have.
I relate to some of the reasons you have written. I constantly put a Christian face on my Facebook/public personality. I am not a squeaky clean man. I sin and my mind goes where it should not and I have to reel it in many times in a day. I never post things that are rude or crude, not because I don't think they are funny, but because I don't wish to make a new Christian stumble or get offended to say, "And he calls himself a Christian... if that is a Christian, I want nothing to do with it!" Maybe that cover up, that singleness of purpose in my public face is enough to make me feel vulnerable. (not sure)
Another reason is that I am trying to learn to play music. There is so much about music I don't understand. I see these kids making music videos and doing things with technical gadgets that I can't understand. I try and I try to understand but I can't. I know I am not a musician but no one knows how very much I stumble when I play and how much I don't know when it comes to mechanics of blending with others to make a good sound. I think that maybe this too comes through as vulnerability.
I certainly have known rejection so I can see many things that my dreams are telling me. Not sure how to make anything better but it is comforting on some level to see some areas to continue work and reasons for some fears to go away.
This was a great article that I enjoyed very much. I voted up and interesting. Useful too. Bob.
Matt M. from Philly, PA on September 15, 2012:
Finally had my first "Naked Dream" the other night. My dream self was not too happy about it!! Good job.
mike king from california on April 23, 2012:
Good. Intelligent and perceptive way to "see" into dreams. Certainly refreshing after reading
supersticious and unintelligent feelings about dreams expressed in another blog I won't recommend or go back to. Thank you.
Carl on December 02, 2011:
I remember learning about this in a college course. Good hub, keep up the great work, voted Up, Useful, and Interesting :)
Linda Rogers from Minnesota on August 25, 2011:
I've had my share of both types of naked dreams. Some are mortifying and others a freeing feeling. Love dream hubs as I find them so captivating :-)
Kathy from California on August 25, 2011:
I love interpreting dreams, I do believe that it can be helpful in understanding our lives and how we feel about things - I totally agree that the dream is simply a reflection of how we feel about certain events and not confirmation that something is going to happen - good or bad...Interesting!
TheDailyMessenger from Las Vegas, NV on August 24, 2011:
Again, incredible blog, and I have learned quite a bit. I have to ask though, when I was really young, I had a reoccurring dream. I would be in a gated backyard, and then the gate would open and a lion cub would walk in. It would then step in front of me and just look at me. I played with the cub for awhile, then a great lion would walk in the backyard and the cub would run to it. the lion would just stare at me for just a second, then he and the cub would leave the backyard and the gate remained open.
Do you have any idea what the dream would mean?
Binaya.Ghimire on August 23, 2011:
Wow! I did not know that.
Stigma31 from Kingston, ON on August 22, 2011:
Excellent Article, voting up!