Clothes represent the aspect of ourselves that we want to show the world. They are an aspect of what psychologists call the persona: the aspect of your character that is presented to others. The types of clothes you wear or that feature in the dream symbolise the qualities of the personality that are being projected.
Psychological Dream Meaning: If we call someone an ‘armoured individual’ then they are likely to protect themselves from spontaneous emotional interaction with people. Similarly, we say someone is ‘shielded’. In dreams, these are protective symbols against those things that fill us with anxiety. Ask yourself what it is that you want to protect yourself from. Is it an inner fear or is there something in your environment that you need to defend yourself against? Examine the causes of this feeling and you may discover that you need not be so guarded. With more self-confidence, openness and social ease, you would not have to take such extreme measures to protect yourself from the outside world. The dream may also show that you are preparing to do battle. The armour may represent the fact that you are confident and well prepared.
Mystical Interpretation: If you dream of wearing armour including breastplate, chain mail or thick leather jerkin then tradition says that you are taking life too seriously. ‘Lighten up’ and enjoy life. Reincarnationalists may interpret this dream as a reference to a past life: if historical facts are revealed within the dream, check them out to see if they are true. You may be recalling mysterious memories of lives from long ago? Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of wearing a cloak can represent self-protection or protective warmth and love. Freud considered it a symbol for enveloping female sexuality. A cloak can also designate illicit concealment and secrecy. Are you hiding something from yourself or from the world at large? What is it that you ‘cloak in secrecy?’
Mystical Interpretation: To dream of wearing a cloak forecasts a period of uncertainty ahead. If it has a hood, be warned, for someone you trust is deceiving you. Top
(see also Underclothes, Nudity, Theatre)
Psychological Dream Meaning: Clothes can express our personality or be used to hide away our imperfections. The colours of your dream clothes can symbolise your moods. For example, brightly coloured clothes may show happiness and optimism whereas dark clothes may indicate depression and secrets. If the clothes you wear are tattered, then you may need to discard your worn-out attitudes and habits. You may want to redesign yourself and establish a new self-image. You can become a new person. To dream of changing your clothes, may indicate a change of lifestyle. If your clothes are over-tight, this can indicate that you feel restricted in some way. You may feel constrained in a relationship, held back at work or restricted in your professional role.
Mystical Interpretation: Early dream dictionaries say that to dream of seeing a naked woman is lucky. It foretells that some unexpected honours await you. It was also deemed unlucky to dream of having too many clothes for this meant that you lacked the necessities of life. To dream of new clothes means that you will have a domestic tiff. Top
(see also Persona)
Psychological Dream Meaning: It is likely that you are hiding from something in your waking life. You want to ‘dress up’ an issue and turn it into something its not. It’s time to face reality and stop hiding behind that mask. Be yourself.
Mystical Interpretation: Many myths and children’s stories tell stories of people who wear masks but then to their horror realise that they can’t remove it. This is a symbol that shows how we can sometimes become the person we pretend to be but forget who we really are. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: Freud believed that hats (and gloves) represent the female genitalia because they enclose a part of the body. A hat may also represent the role you play in life. Changing hats may denote a change of attitude or direction. You may be thinking about taking on new work responsibilities or even changing your job. The type of hat is also significant: A top hat may indicate your desire for wealth; a baseball hat may represent your desire to be more athletic or younger; and a straw hat may show that you desire to adopt a more natural, care-free attitude.
Mystical Interpretation: Predecessors of Freud believed that if a woman dreamed of wearing a man’s hat, she secretly desired to have sex with the owner. If you dream of loosing your hat you will soon be married. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: A mask represents the way that we present ourselves to the world. We talk of ‘putting on a brave face’ or ‘masking our feelings’. Psychologists call this psychological mask the Persona. The danger comes when we forget our true identity and believe that we really are the person we have been pretending to be. If we identify with it too closely, mistaking it for the real self, it will appear in our dreams as an artificial being such as a scarecrow or robot. Ask yourself why you are wearing a mask. And what does the face say about the way you present yourself to the world? The nature of the mask may reveal to you that you are pretending an emotion you do not feel, or hiding your real feelings. Have the courage to be the person you really are.
Mystical Interpretation: Mahomet, the founder of Islam, used dreams as a way of explaining the faith. He relates in the Koran a dream in which the angel Gabriel takes him up to heaven riding a silvery grey mare where God gives him instructions. Arabic works are full of amazing dream insights. This one may help you understand you dream about masks: ‘He whose soul is pure is never deceived by his dreams, whereas he whose soul is blemished is continually deluded.’ Top
Naked (see also Nudity)
Psychological Dream Meaning: To dream of being naked may indicate that you feel vulnerable and exposed. You may feel that you are unable to maintain your defences against the outside world.
Mystical Interpretation: This dream can mean innocence or if you are a traditional Christian, it can refer to the Final Judgement. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: The purse is a common symbol for female sexuality. It can stand for both the female genitalia and the womb. According to Freud as the purse can be both opened and closed, it sometimes represents the female power to give or withhold favours. As the purse is also a place you keep money, then it may also symbolise treasure, which can be a symbol for the real self. If you dream of losing your purse, then this may be an allegory for losing touch with your real identity. To dream of an empty purse may indicate a loss of security.
Mystical Interpretation: If you dream you open your purse and find money in it you will be happy, particularly if you find gold. Similarly, it is good if you find a purse. But beware if you dream that someone tells you they have found a purse as this means that you will hear bad news soon. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: If you dream of wearing rags, you may be concerned about your self-image. You may feel unable to deal with responsibilities and lack self-confidence. You may feel that your ‘life is in tatters’. Perhaps a little retail therapy will brighten you up? Buy something new and give yourself a boost.
Mystical Interpretation: Some oracles predict that you will suffer great losses if you dream of wearing rags. Other authorities claim that it is a sign that you will make a wise decision. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may represent your self-image and the way you present yourself to the world. A starched shirt may symbolise formal conservatism whereas a bright or unbuttoned shirt may show your unconventional free spirit. The dream could also be a play on words: are you being ‘shirty’ with someone?
Mystical Meaning: The gypsies believe that the more colourful the shirt you dream of, the luckier you will be. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: Freud proposed that items of clothing that can be entered by parts of the body are sexual symbols. Fairy stories often use the same language of symbols as found in dreams: When Cinderella put her foot into the shoe, it is a symbol of her desire for sexual relations with the prince.
Mystical Meaning: Superstition says that to dream of loosing a shoe predicts an illness. This may originate from an old rural superstition from the UK that advises to burn a smelly old shoe in the home to avoid infection in the house. Dusty shoes indicate an unexpected journey and shinny shoes mean happiness in love. Top
(see also Clothes)
Psychological Dream Meaning: A suit may represent your desire to impress someone. It may represent the confident side of your personality or the aspect of your self that you display at work. Perhaps the suit is a pun for “following suit” or being “well suited” to someone.
Mystical Meaning: The raggle-taggle gypsies say that to dream of wearing a suit foretells success. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: An umbrella may be a symbol of protection. As rain can represent the release of emotional tension, an umbrella may illustrate that you are prepared for this outpouring of emotion. It could also represent financial protection and security. In the UK we say about bank loans: “the manager will only lend you an umbrella when the sun shines.” Perhaps your dream contains similar puns.
Mystical Interpretation: To dream that you have lost an umbrella is fortunate. It predicts a valuable present from a relation. However, if you dream of finding one you will experience a severe loss in business. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: Underclothes may represent your hidden attitudes and prejudices. If you dream of feeling ashamed at being seen in your underwear, this may indicate an unwillingness to reveal your feelings or have your attitudes made public. What colour is your dream underwear? Red may reveal hidden passions, black dark thoughts and yellow a secret cowardice. If your underwear is dirty or torn it may show that you are not at ease with yourself or feel uncomfortable about your sexuality.
Mystical Interpretation: Some wise dream oracles tell us that to dream of being in your underclothes is an omen of stolen pleasures that will rebound with grief. Top
UNDRESSED IN PUBLIC
I dreamed of forgetting to wear my clothes to work. It was highly embarrassing- everybody laughed at me! T H- Glasgow Scotland.
This is a well-known anxiety dream. Dreams like this are sometimes interpreted as a fear of sexual relationships. Alternatively, it can signify the "naked truth" about yourself. Perhaps, you fear failure or that you will make mistakes and be ridiculed? In your waking life, you need to overcome your feelings of vulnerability and learn self-confidence. Being partly dressed may symbolise that you are not prepared for what lies ahead. Thoroughly examine your plans and perfect them.
Freud believed that to dream of being naked is an unconscious wish for the free unclothed periods of early life. Most psychologists consider that dreams of nudity highlight feelings of vulnerability. The dreamer may be conscious of their faults and failings
1. How do I feel about my nudity? An anxious feeling may symbolise the vulnerability mentioned above but equally a feeling of approval may symbolise your pleasure at being free of inhibitions. You may be expressing your openness and honesty.
2. How do people in my dream react to my nudity? If they mock you then you may be harbouring feelings of guilt and a fear of revealing your feelings. You could have a fear of sexual relationships. Indifference may suggest that something you are concerned about revealing is not really very important. Approval suggests a shedding of inhibitions.
Mystical Interpretation: Dream oracles tell us that to dream of undressing means you will make a grave mistake in your business affairs unless you listen to advice. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: Your dream may be commenting on your conservatism. Are you living your life to an overtly regimented routine? Perhaps you are conforming too much. Alternatively, you may feel a need to fit in and be less individualistic.
Mystical Interpretation: Superstition tells us that this dream indicates that you will make a journey full of adventure and of special interest to you regarding matrimonial matters. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: A veil conceals. Are you trying to hide something? Perhaps you are afraid to express part of your personality? Try to decide what is being hidden. A Freudian psychologist interprets a veil as a symbol for a woman’s hymen. The dream may show a fear of sexual intercourse.
Mystical Interpretation: Nuns sometimes wear veils. As a spiritual symbol, this dream could represent a rejection of worldly things. Dream superstition says that to dream of a black veil is a sign of parting from one you love. A white veil indicates a wedding. Top
Psychological Dream Meaning: This dream may be a sexual innuendo. A broken zipper may symbolise your frustration at not being able to resolve a problem.
Mystical Interpretation: Yes, there is a mystical meaning for zippers. If you dream of a broken zipper, it means others will dominate you.Top
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