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I've often heard people mention dreams about being in a public place naked or inadequately clothed. I don't recall any dreams where I'm totally in the open in a public place while being naked, but there have been dreams where I might be naked or partially dressed in a place where I can be seen and this makes me uncomfortable.
Usually in these dreams I am in a bathroom or some sort of dressing area where one or more walls are missing. I can see people, but usually they don't seem to notice that I am there. Still I am afraid that I will be seen unclothed. In other dreams I may be in some state of undress and people are in my presence as we discuss something. Again the other people never say anything about my appearance, but I feel awkward about it.
The symbolism of the dreams where I am not dressed like I should be probably has to do with unpreparedness for something or a fear of being exposed to others. I don't think my fears or apprehensions have anything at all to do with clothes or the appearance of the way I am dressed, but more to do with my public image before others either at some time prior to the dream or for some meeting I will be having at some future time. These dreams could also reflect a concern about the way others might perceive me in waking life.
Have you dreamed of being naked or in a partially dressed state in a public place? What kind of a place do you typically find yourself? What is your feeling in the dream?