This very common dream is based on the archetypal symbolism of clothing as a metaphor for the public self (the archetypal form Carl Jung termed the "persona"). When the dreamer is naked, it usually means that he or she has slipped in waking life and allowed more of their authentic self to show in public than is ordinarily acceptable. If the other people in the dream don't seem to notice the dreamer's nakedness, or if they do notice and don't seem particularly upset by it, then the slip probably didn't upset anyone other than the dreamer. On the other hand, if the dream people show concern or outrage over the dreamer's nakedness, then the dreamer's exposure of usually censored thoughts and feelings probably did upset people. This dream suggests that a little damage control is needed.
© Jeremy Taylor, 1996