Have you ever dreamed that you slept with your father? Or rode a mechanical bull while a coworker watched? We have and were disturbed for months. Fortunately, dreams don’t always mean what you think they do, and having sex with your father is nothing to worry about, so long as it only happens in your subconscious. Here, we ask psychologist Veronica Tonay, Ph.D. to decode your crazy dreams each and every week, so that you can sleep at night, and dream some more.
THE DREAM IN QUESTION: I was a guest co-host on The View. I had to go on in 30 seconds, but I was naked and wasn’t wearing any makeup. And Rosie (yes, I realize she’s no longer on the show) was like, “GET ON SET OR ELSE!” I was terrified. —In The Nude On National TV, New York, NYANSWER: Dreams about being naked are very common when you’re making a transition (new job, new relationship) and are feeling “exposed” and vulnerable, not yet having adopted a new persona for the new situation. You can feel “naked” even though no one else really seems to notice you have no clothes on!
Veronica Tonay, Ph.D., earned her doctoral degree in psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and has conducted and supervised research on the meaning of dreams for 25 years. She is the author of The Creative Dreamer: Using Your Dreams to Unlock Your Creativity and Every Dream Interpreted.