The Meaning of Being Naked in a Dream

Are you happy in the skin you're in?
Are you happy in the skin you’re in?

How embarrassing!  The dream of being caught naked in public, or only partially dressed is one of our more cringe-worthy dreams.  To understand why you are dreaming this, you need to examine the feelings this brings up in you.  Dreams of being naked in public ask us to question:

  • Where in our lives do we feel exposed?
  • What is making us feel vulnerable?
  • What part of our self do we not want to reveal?

Being naked is not in itself a bad thing, and as children we have no shame associated with our bodies.  As we grow, we learn to adhere to the rules of society, and to cover ourselves appropriately.  When you dream of being naked, this can often be an expression of your “real self,” not the “you” that you show the rest of the world by covering up.  If you dream of being naked and it makes you feel uncomfortable, it could be that you feel unready to reveal that true part of your self to the world yet.  You might feel the world will judge you harshly, that you must conform by covering who you really are.  Dreams of being naked often ask us to “address” this issue, to see what we are covering from our self and others, and what we need to reveal.

Dreams of being naked can also be a way of our subconscious mind connecting with our body, remembering what is like to feel free and natural, and asking us to get back in touch with our physical body.  Try thinking about your body as you bathe, or caress your partner, stretch or do exercise.  This is not about sexuality, but about being comfortable in the skin you’re in.  Much of how we live our busy lives with work, study or caring for the family can make us spend too much time in our heads, distracted from what we feel and what is going on in our own bodies.

Dreams of nakedness invite us to not be ashamed of who we really are, and to enjoy the physical experience of living.

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