Thursday, February 9, 2012

Recent Study by Dale & DeCicco, 2012

In a recent study by Dale & DeCicco (2012) the authors examined the dreams of Canadian Male University Students. This was the first study of its kind to examine only males in order to gain insight into their unique dream imagery patterns. One finding from the study with regression analyses is that strangers appearing in the dreams predict discovery about anger. What are the implications of this finding for research and clinical practice? Also, how does this fit with the continuity hypothesis of dreaming?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dreams as Wish Fulfillment.....

Several authors have written extensively about the notion that dreams are a reflection of the wish fulfillment of the dreamer. Freud for example, stated that some dream imagery is a direct link to wish fulfillment such as dreaming about food when one is hungry (Halliday, 2010). Victor Frankl (1963) wrote that the most common dreams of people in concentration camps during World War II were of "bread, cake, cigarettes, and a nice warm bath (p. 44)." If you were a clinician working with individuals in jail for long term incarceration, what would you expect their wish fulfillment to look like in terms of dream imagery, and why?