In general, dream contents play a considerable role. The “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology” released the findings of a study in which scientists examined the dream interpretations of laypeople. The US scientists from Pittsburgh University questioned study participants from the USA, India and Southern Korea about their dreams. Independently from their cultural group, all participants quoted that dreams involve hidden messages about oneself (study 1) and the own surrounding (study 2 and 3).
In the second study, 180 participants from Boston were questioned about their dreaming contents. It became obvious that there is a connection between the dreaming content and the mood. In the evening before an oncoming flight, the participants were asked to imagine different incidents like consciously thinking about an aviation accident or even a crash on the planned route. Such a dream triggered a similar dismay like an actual crash on that route.
By means of the third study it was examined in which circumstances people place particular emphasis to their dreams. In case a likeable friend was part of the dream the pleasant dream was considered being important. Unpleasant dreams were considered to be important when unlikable persons were part of the dream. According to Carey Morewedge, director of studies, people only give meaning to a dream when the dream corresponds with prevailing views and wishes.
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Source: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology”, Vol. 96, S. 249-264
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