Dream interpretation: Bathroom doors symbolize privacy

A dream interpretation: bathroom stalls have no doors

The theme of bathroom doors and restroom doors comes up frequently in dreams related to privacy. The phrase “having a private moment” refers to using the bathroom. In Japan, public bathrooms are equipped with noisemakers so that you can drop a load and not bother your neighbor. Privacy and bathrooms are closely associated. Here’s how the connection plays out as a recurring dream theme.

I start out in a setting I like, a bookstore, office, etc. Then I have to use the bathroom. So I go find it and there’s not a soul in there but me, there’s dozens of amazing stalls, but no doors on them! The bathrooms are so lovely and I long to use one of them but I just can’t fathom the thought of using one of them without a door, in case someone walks in! Sometimes I’ll find a stall that has a door but it’s disgusting…. I’ve had these dreams since I was young.

dream interpretation: bathroom doors

Open or closed? The dream imagery gives away the meaning

The dreamer herself indicates that she thinks the dreams relate to privacy. A recurring dream theme can indicate an ongoing situation. The part that really gives away the meaning is the difference between the bathroom stalls. When there’s no door on the stall the bathrooms are “lovely.” When the stalls have doors the bathrooms are “disgusting.”

I conversed with the dreamer about the symbolism and she caught on quickly. Here is her reply:

I think the bathroom dreams might have something to do with my home life with my parents. Maybe because I feel like life is great with them but that I have no privacy, and when I do finally get the chance to shut them out and have my own life, it will not be as luxurious.

No shabby, insect-ridden hell hole apartments for this princess, er, young lady. She prefers the luxury of living with her parents … at a price of not being able to shut them out. The door (or lack of it) on the stall symbolizes being able to shut people out of one’s private life. The same ideas applies to dreams about bathroom doors, not just stall doors. Case solved. Next dream.

Check out another example found at Reddit Dreams:

Bathroom dreams

RadOwl

I'm the author of "Dreams 1-2-3: Remember, Interpret, and Live Your Dreams," and "The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Sign and Meanings." At reddit.com I'm known as RadOwl. I began studying dreams in the early 1990s and delved into all major schools of thought, especially the writings of Carl Jung.

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3 Responses

  1. Marie says:

    I’ve had dreams of there being no stalls or walls around the toilets in a bathroom. They are always clean. They are always nice. They’ve never been dirty. But, they are also always filled with other people. I will walk into the bathroom in my dream and go to a stall with no walls. (Sometimes the bathroom has walls, but there are gaps so huge that you can see between them) and I will sit down and try to use the bathroom. I do use the bathroom usually but while I am doing so I always feel nervous and scared. I feel awakward and I feel like people are looking at me. It doesn’t stop me from using the bathroom though. My dream so far seems not to relate to anyone else’s. I’m wondering what it’s meaning is. I dream of it all the time.

    • RadOwl says:

      By viewing the dream as a story and breaking it down to its simplest idea, what I see is a scenario that shows you feeling like you don’t have privacy. In a bathroom stall you expect privacy. Relate that to the idea of “private life.” Put that idea together with the scenario of the dream and ask yourself if it means that you are uncomfortable with people seeing into your private life.

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