Naked Dreams

Naked Dreams

You and a friend are drinking lattes and gossiping when you look down and notice you’re not wearing any clothes.  Realization shakes you: you are completely naked!  Oddly, no one else seems to notice.  Before you can think about what to do, the scene begins to fade…

… and you wake up.

Naked dreams can leave you feeling vulnerable and exposed.  These dreams are often about:

  • Vulnerability
  • Intimacy
  • Dropping Barriers
  • Releasing Resistance
  • Freedom

This article will look at the common elements of naked dreams and then break down some possible interpretations.

Common Elements of Naked Dreams

Naked in Public

Many naked dreams involve being naked in public – at the grocery store, school, work, church. Usually you find yourself naked in a place you would normally wear clothes.  We don’t walk around naked in public in our waking lives.  So dreaming about it can be surprising.

Feeling embarrassed

You may feel shame, or embarrassed about being naked.  These feelings can point to your own fears about being vulnerable in your daily life.

Others Don’t Notice

It’s interesting that in many naked dreams, the other people don’t seem to notice that you’re not wearing clothes. And if they do notice they don’t care and don’t react.

One explanation for this oddity is that your fears may be exaggerated or unfounded. Dreams focus on you and show you how you view yourself – which is not necessarily how others view you.

 

Vulnerability

Naked Dreams 2Naked dreams are often about vulnerability and exposing yourself in front of others.  Seeing yourself physically naked is a metaphor for feeling emotionally vulnerable.

Clothes are more than fashion.  They are a form of protection. In dreams clothes represent emotional protection.  Without your metaphoric clothes, you are left vulnerable to others.

For example, showing up to work naked suggests feeling vulnerable at work – maybe because you feel ill-prepared or are taking on a new challenge.

Intimacy

Nudists – this doesn’t apply to you.  For the rest of us, we spend the majority of our time wearing clothes.  And the vast majority of people in your life will never see you naked.  Only the people you are closest to ever get to see you in your skivvies.

Dreaming about being naked suggests a certain amount of intimacy – either sexual or platonic. Who was with you, how they reacted to you, and how you felt during the dream provide more clues about how you feel and act in intimate relationships.

Dropping Barriers

Letting your guard down and dropping barriers is another theme in naked dreams.  Clothes represent a barrier – they are literally a layer of protection between you and the world.  Without your clothes, you have no protection.

Dreaming about being naked often expresses a need to let go of barriers. They could be emotional barriers with friends or physical barriers.  Whatever your barriers are, it may be time to let them go.

Releasing Resistance

Sometimes naked dreams come to remind you that all you need to do is get out of your own way.  You don’t need to do anything – not even put on clothes.  All you need to do is release your resistance to life.

Freedom

Clothes can be restrictive and naked dreams can be about freedom.  Shedding your clothes in a dream symbolizes your own freedom.  This dream may be showing you a newfound freedom in your life. Or it could point to an area in your life where you need to be freer.

Pay attention to your feelings in the dream and how you reacted to your nakedness. These areas provide clues as to how you feel about this freedom.

 

Acting on Naked Dreams

Naked dreams shed light on your fears and insecurities.  Now, the real question is what are you going to do with this information?  Naked dreams may be asking you to drop your barriers and get vulnerable.  This might be your call to action.

Sometimes the best action is simply to stay the course. When I first started teaching English in Japan, I had a dream where I was completely naked in front of my students.  Clearly I felt insecure in my new position.  The best action here was simply to keep doing my job.  Eventually I gained confidence in my abilities.

The Lo-Down on Naked Dreams

In short, naked dreams are often about feeling vulnerable and exposed.   Clothes offer protection and without our protective coverings we are left exposed.

Intimacy is another theme in naked dreams.  Your dream may be asking you to drop your barriers and show your vulnerable side.  It can feel scary, but it’s often worth the leap of faith.  And you may just find that the dreams are pointing you towards your own freedom.

It’s your turn, Dreamer

I’d love to hear from you.  What dreams have you had about being naked and what did you learn?  Leave your comments below.

33 Comments

  1. I had this dream 2 nights ago where I was naked in public and people were looking at me and I was crying and asking my husband why he wasn’t doing anything to shield my naked body. In reality I had an affair and I told my husband about it. We have been separated for almost a year now. Deep down inside I love my husband and the other man was just not the person I thought he was. I’ve committed a terrible mistake I can’t fix and I guess that’s why I had this dream.Should I follow my true feelings and just tell my husband that I need him or do I just move one alone?

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    • Yes, it sounds like you have a clear understanding of the dream. This dream is showing you your feelings about what happened with your husband. As far as what to do about it – do what your heart tells you, but don’t have any expectations of the outcome <3

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy

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  2. What about dreaming that your work colleagues were naked but not you?

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    • In dreams, you can understand ALL people in the dream to represent YOU in some way – some aspect of you or your personality. So dreaming that your work colleagues are naked can be about your own feelings of vulnerability, putting yourself out there, or being exposed at work or with your colleagues.

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  3. I had one dream i went topless to work and one of the girls that really is controlling told me i had to put a top on..the other one i was working at a carlot selling cars parttime. With my exhusband. I lived in an apartment by myself. But my husband now wasnowhere in the dream. Sometimes i dream my new husband turns in to my ex..

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    • In my dream of yours, being topless at works expresses a desire to be from controlling people and situations.

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  4. I dreamt I was working doing something and was naked on the top. I remember my breast being exposed. There was a familiar man present in the dream with me. It seemed as though we were working together. Though I was naked I was quite comfortable.

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    • If this were my dream, I would think about my comfort levels with being vulnerable around others – particularly men.

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy

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  5. I’ve had several dreams where I’m suddenly naked in public, usually on my school’s campus. I feel embarrassed because I don’t have any clothes or anything to cover myself up with close by and I’m worried about how people will react. Nonetheless, I’m not panicked and I’m not afraid to walk by other people to find clothes. People don’t seem to really care that I’m naked either. For the most part they act like being naked in public isn’t that unusual. They do notice though, but there aren’t usually any really bad or humiliating reactions. Overall, the dreams like a minor nightmare, but not one that bothers me after I wake up. It seems kind of different from the other naked dreams people describe having.

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    • If this were my dream, I would consider if I feel vulnerable or inadequate in some way in regards to my school life.

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy

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  6. I had a dream were I thought I was dressed, and then to notice as I walk outside I’m in my underwear and undershirt. I’d go back in the house and get ready in a panic walk out and as I’m traveling to the airport realize I’m not dressed again, again in my underwear. In recent weeks have I been communicating with my ex wife, after being divorced for twelve years. She is separated and I have been telling her I am still in love with her, she’s been receptive but she’s not really responding in detail, meaning she’s okay with what I’m telling her, but she’s not telling me what she thinks or feels about how I feel towards her. I’d say after twelve years I’m still in love with her. Hours before this dream I sent her a lengthy text really opening up to her, which I don’t do with anyone. I tell people what I think, not what I feel. Any thoughts?

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    • If this were my dream, I would understand it to be a reflection of my feeling vulnerable with my ex-wife. It seems that no matter how often you get dressed in the dream, you end up in your underwear. If this vulnerability makes you feel uncomfortable in your waking life or “panic” as you say, I would look at this new communication with my ex as a way learn to be comfortable with being open and vulnerable with others.

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy

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  7. I dreamt being naked at the college I studied more than 20 years ago, but I was very confident and tall and slim in the dream; the nakedness did not bother me. What can it mean?

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    • If this were my dream, I would associate the nakedness with confidence and poise. I would learn that by baring all, exposing myself and allowing myself to be vulnerable in my life leads to greater confidence going forth.

      What can you learn from being naked in your dream?

      – Amy xo

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  8. Hi,
    Off late I’ve been having this dreams about being on half naked (in my nightwear) in front of this particular guy at work, and later I have been having other dreams about the same guy like he’s combing my hair and all that, and co-incidentally the other day, he happen to share one of his dreams he had about me and the weirdest part is that it was the first time he ever he remembered a dream in his life (he neither pays attention, nor believes in significance a dream).

    In reality, we share a very casual equation, and nor did we happen to hangout or do something different before these dreams have occurred, hence here’s no way I could brush them off thinking it could be because of any feelings for each other or something like that. Infact, I share a better rapport with other guys at work

    Any thoughts?

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    • What an interesting dream situation! If this were my experience, I would wonder if this guy and I have some gifts to share with each other. I might consider grabbing a coffee with him one afternoon. No expectations – just acting on the dream.

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy

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  9. What about dreams where your family has shown a video that you created to other family members? In this dream my brother had found a private video I made of my naked self. This tape was very personal and it exposed all my vulnerabilities. I was singing, laughing and crying on the video, but it was intended only for me. I was devastated to learn my brother had shared the tape with my sister. I confronted my mother who said she didn’t look at it only listened because I was laughing. I was so hurt. I wanted to tell th all I hated th for what they did. I hung up on my mom to callus brother and scold him for showing this tape so leisurely aty expense. Then I woke up. Thank goodness there is no actual tape, but what does this mean?
    Thanking you in advance .

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    • Hi Kay,

      If this were my dream, I would understand it to be a reflection of my fears and anxieties about allowing other people to see the TRUE me – the vulnerable, exposed me in all my glory and with all my perfections.

      We often feel we are protecting ourselves by not opening up to people and showing them who we really are, but really we are with holding our most precious gift we have to give – and that is yourself. Your whole, true and authentic self.

      If this were my dream, I would look at the dream situation and the feelings and see if they mirror my waking life. I would also play with opening up to my family and showing them *all* the parts of myself – including (and especially) the parts I am shy to expose – like singing, dancing, and crying. That is the path to wholeness.

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy

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  10. From what I can remember I was going through a regular weekend day, but my whole family and I were going about the day naked. I asked my mother why everyone was naked and she simply said “We have always been naked at home.”

    This was strange for me because I have talked to my family about me being naked at home and it was always no.

    Why would I dream about my family being naked when I am the only one that wants to be naked

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    • What a great dream! Dreaming about being naked is often about being symbolically “naked” or vulnerable, rather than physically naked.

      If this were my dream, I would look at this dream in terms of being vulnerable, and open with my family – in a way that creates closeness and intimacy. I would wonder if this is the type of relationship I *have* with my family or if not, do I want this? I would also wonder if I am the only person in my family who wants to be vulnerable (intimate, close) with each other.

      Sweet Dreams,
      Amy xo

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  11. I dreamed that I was running late to class I’m assuming. I ran with my niece && little brother inside the gym to go get change but when I walked in there was a lot of students standing && dress in caps && gowns. I asked a friend what was going on && he said we just practicing so I kept running to the restroom && when inside the wrong bathroom but didn’t care I just needed to change but when I realize I was missing my pants && I was so embarrassed I asked if someone could go get them they were probably outside of the building there was a professor that said no && made everybody stay so Idk what to do I felt like I was going to die because I didn’t have anything to wear I asked some guys that were around to let me borrow some pants if they had they all said they didn’t only some other guy that didn’t wasn’t there. I saw a guy sitting && next to him I saw he had some sweats he said he couldn’t let me borrow them we went on && on && I even remember screaming his name “Leonardo” in real like idk anyone with that name well at last minute I decided to just leave the building walking half dress. I’m so confuse because it made me feel like I was back in high school when I graduated 6 years ago && I’m even more confuse because I don’t recall what I was wearing at the beginning I couldn’t find what I had on to go back out like that && just go on with my day. But as I left the building I remember in my dream I walked out like nothing && just kept going with my niece && little brother. I woke up right there. I’m not a shy person when it comes to my body I love my body I love myself even though I’m sort of chubby but I do always have my guard up when it comes to people sometimes even with my family. But I don’t get why I would dream that. Is my first time && I hope my last time.

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    • Hi Wendy,

      If this was my dream, I would connect the *feelings* in the dream with feelings in my waking life. You are comfortable with your body in waking life, but are you comfortable with your emotions, and being vulnerable with others? I would understand being naked in this dream as being vulnerable (rather than physically naked). And I would wonder where in my life I am feeling vulnerable. I might connect this to keeping my guard up with people. I would also play around with being more vulnerable and expressing what is true for me.

      Happy Dreaming,
      Amy xo

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  12. Last night I had a dream where I was half naked, wearing a vest, a uniform shirt , underwear, stockings and shoes . There was no skirt. As I was about to enter my office , half of the senior managers were sitting outside my boss’s office but only one noticed that I am naked and was loughing about it. I requested one of my female colleagues to get a skirt for me from my office and she refused telling me that she can’t help because my boss was in the office. I thereafter woke up.

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    • Often dreaming about not having clothes on signifies feeling “exposed” in some way. If this were my dream, I would look at my work life and wonder if I am feeling vulnerable or exposed in any way. Maybe in connection to my work or if I’m feeling challenged in some way. If I’m doing something new or am in a situation. I would understand this dream as a reflection of my feelings at work.

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  13. Hi :))
    I dreamt I was walking thru the mall when I noticed I had no pants on showing all ,so I turned around and started running back to work … Soon as I intered the front door I realised I had a gown on and all I had to do was close the gown ….. Great relieve when I closed up :))
    Peter

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    • Hi Peter,

      If this were my dream, I would wonder if there are any areas in my life where I am feeling insecure or vulnerable. I might also wonder if I tend to “close” down when I feel vulnerable, insecure, or anxious in my life.

      Sweet Dreams,
      Amy xo

      P.S. Check out my new video training series on how to understand and use your dreams in your life (it’s free!). And I’ll be hosting a live webinar next week about Nightmares. Get your name on my list, if you’re not already, to learn more about that!

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  14. I oftendream that I’m bathing and obviously naked in public. My family is close by but them and the rest of the passers by are going on with their business. I can’t explain my feelings during the dream becaus I somehow it feels like it’s okay but strange too.

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    • Hi Didi,

      If this were my dream, I would understand that it’s okay to fully express myself, including the places that feel vulnerable. If you’re not used to fully expressing who you are and what is inside you, it might be a strange feeling at first. But if it feels okay to you, then the dream is showing you it’s okay to be who you are, rather than who others may want you to be.

      Dreams are personal and can have different meanings for everyone. So, my suggestions here are general. I do offer 1-on-1 sessions where we can go into greater depth and decode the personalized meaning for you. Please contact me to take advantage of my $20 introductory special.

      Sweet Dreams,
      Amy xo

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  15. I saw myself naked, people noticed, they didn’t react but I found myself loaded with worries, trying to run away quickly and get dressed, though in vain. Somehow situations conspired to not allow me to put on clothes.

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    • If this were my dream, I would connect being naked in the dream to feeling vulnerable in my life. I would look at areas of my life where I feel vulnerable in some way – feeling not good enough, put on the spot, making presentations, work or school, etc… I would bring awareness to these areas of my life and as I can, work through the feelings.

      Sweet dreams,
      Amy xo

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  16. Last night I had a dream that is was naked at work. But I am a middle school teacher. I positioned the book shelf in front of my self and told the kids that it was nothing and I just kept on teaching. I was not ashamed. The kids did not freak out. I just made it clear that we were going to continue with the day and make the best of it. It left me feeling calm. I’ve had nude dreams before but I usually feel started.

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  17. I just had a dream about going to work (teaching EFL) and deciding to get naked in class. Then, I somehow managed to persuade my students to take all of their clothes off, too. The program Director walked in on us, and she fired me with only one week to go until the end of the program. I had NO good explanation for my behavior, so I appealed to her sense of sympathy with the question, “What harm was done to anyone – even the students got naked with me?!” I’m not sure what happened after that because the dream became fuzzier and fuzzier until I finally woke up wondering what the heck that all about.

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  18. I have been quite trapped feeling at work. Policies and procedures are in place, and management expects them to be followed. Sadly, nothing fits a mold and though we are over worked, management expects us to evaluate tons of information to catch everything that could possibly be.

    Lately, I have been dreaming of going to work. The dream is in full color with sound. Through the years I have learned the more stresses I feel, the more real and intense sensations in the dream. But, I show up to work. I feel like my clothes are bothering me, and I strip naked. In the dream, I know I am not supposed to leave my desk like this as we have an open floor plan. But, I forget that I am naked and walk across the floor people all respond with looking away, some point and laugh, and some yell in anger.

    I feel like I am trapped, in a situation I can’t win, and lost on what I should do. I thought the dream may be about feeling trapped, but you made me think about more things going on in the dream.

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