Understanding Dreams: Being Naked

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19th April 2018 / 15 comments

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Welcome back to our ‘Understanding Dreams’ series, where we examine some of our most common dream themes and delve into what they mean for us in both our subconscious minds and our daily, waking lives. This month’s dream theme is being naked. Most of us have had the experience of going about our daily business like normal in a dream, and then suddenly looking down to find ourselves completely naked. Maybe you’re at work, in a very important meeting; or you’re at the front of an assembly at school; or perhaps you’re doing your shopping at the supermarket. One minute everything is fine, then the next you’re mortified and trying to cover yourself up while everyone around you laughs.

This is a very common dream that usually causes massive relief when the dreamer wakes up. However, it can also cause much embarrassment and maybe even some stress. This is natural of course because nobody wants to find themselves naked in public. But what do these dreams mean? Here we examine the reasons behind these dreams and what they mean for your life.

How does being naked make you feel?

The first question you need to ask yourself is how you feel when you’re naked. Do you feel exposed and vulnerable? Or do you feel free and unburdened? How you feel about the situation has a big effect on what the dream could mean for your life.

Are you feeling vulnerable?

Many people use clothes to make a statement and express their personality, whereas others see them as a way to cover up and hide who they are. If you feel vulnerable when naked in your dream, it’s a sign that you’re feeling the same way in real life.

People often feel vulnerable when they’ve put themselves out there for the world to see them, exactly as they are. Maybe you’ve brought down your metaphorical walls in a relationship and let your partner see exactly who you are and how you feel. It’s a very raw and sometimes scary feeling, leaving you feeling exposed and at risk. However, being vulnerable in a relationship is usually a good thing as it allows you to create a deeper connection with your partner.

If in your dream you’re feeling terrified and are trying to cover yourself up, it could mean that you are scared of revealing too much of yourself in real life and being ridiculed or rejected. If you’re feeling like this, try to examine why you’re feeling so scared. Is somebody else making you feel unworthy? Or are you simply used to building walls to keep people at arm’s length? If this is the case, you may benefit from wearing your heart on your sleeve for a change.

If you’re feeling exposed and embarrassed

Another possible reason that you feel exposed and embarrassed by being naked is that you are hiding a secret and are scared of it being revealed. There’s a reason we say ‘the naked truth’, and that’s because nakedness is honest and leaves us with nowhere to hide.

If you’re hiding a secret, it is probably playing on your mind a lot during the day, and dreaming about being naked and exposed is simply your fears of the secret being revealed spilling over into your subconscious thoughts. Think about why you’re keeping this secret? Is it yours, or that of somebody else’s? Is keeping the secret causing you stress and anxiety? Would it be better for you if you revealed the secret? Perhaps you could confide in somebody you trust, who wouldn’t tell anybody else? Just by telling one trustworthy person could help you feel as though you have got it off your chest, and help you stop worrying about it so much.

Do you feel happy and free?

Dreams in which you’re naked and happy or proud, or both, are much rarer than those in which you’re embarrassed. However, they are definitely a good omen. For some people, being naked isn’t embarrassing or vulnerable at all. These people may feel liberated by the lack of clothes, and free to be their true selves. If in your dream, you’re happily naked, it could symbolise that you are very comfortable with yourself and who you are in real life.

Being comfortable in your own skin and being unfazed by seeing you is a sign that you are very confident and capable. Perhaps you’re succeeding at work and feeling very strong and powerful. Or perhaps you’ve allowed yourself to take down your guard and show your true feelings for your partner, and it has lead to a happy, healthy and loving relationship. Whatever it is, take this dream as a great sign that things are going well for you.

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15 comments on "Understanding Dreams: Being Naked"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Interesting but never had such a dream!

  2. sabrena3488 says:

    Lol when I’m not dreaming prefer to have clothes! Weird article

  3. sonya9768 says:

    This article was explained very well. It makes a lot of sense, indeed...

  4. Anonymous says:

    Interesting read. I will watch out for this dream.

  5. tia4334 says:

    Nice read!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have had this dream a few times in my life time so this article really resonated with me. Thank you 😇

  7. Anonymous says:

    Very good read

  8. susanah6407 says:

    I dream every single night..and it seems like every time I turn in bed new dreams open up..they hardly can be put together to make any sense and often amaze me with what I have dreamt.

  9. amarah2064 says:

    Interesting article, considering that in every dream that I have I'm excessively clothed.

  10. sabrena3488 says:


  11. Melissa Soares says:

    Im very cautious of being naked no matter what

  12. melissa3714 says:

    Thanks for explaining

  13. Anaja Rose says:

    It’s happened a Few Times

  14. helen1884 says:

    An interesting article, I will know the background if I dream about this. Thanks.

  15. rajasree2227 says:

    The heading seemed a bit strange but it got me interested to read it all and I thought it made sense actually. Never had a dream like this but do understand.