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Description: How are your dreams these days? Not so good? Rather frightening? Does it make sense to say that the unsettling nature of your dreams are, in some way or ways, tied to our current Covid circumstances? If that makes sense, what is the mechanism by which our dreams are influenced by our current socially limited Covid reality? What is your theory of dreams? What would your theory suggest you to in order to improve the quality of your dreams these days, or at least to reduce the negative aspects of your dreams? Once you have put your thoughts and hypothesis in order have a read through the article linked below and pay attention to the extent to which it does or does not speak to these questions in ways that satisfy your psychological scientific curiosity.

Source: Dreams during the pandemic driven by anxiety: Psychologist, Adrian McMorris, Global News.

Date: April 11, 2021

Photo Credit:  Image by Elf-Moondance from Pixabay

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So, did the article address the points of your theory and match with your intervention hypotheses? Did it raise any additional questions? There may well be something to the idea that our emotions, particularly our emotions just prior to sleep, influence out dreams. The article is written from a clinical perspective and is offering potentially useful suggestions for people who are experiencing anxiety linked dreams. The article does not provide research linked to the dream theory and intervention suggestions offered. For that, if you are interested, you can check out some of the research articles listed below. I have also put in a couple of links to articles on lucid dreaming or the ability to become aware of the fact that you are dreaming while you are dreaming and to potentially be able to direct your actions in your dreams. Fascinating stuff especially as our opportunities to get out into the world are limited these days.!

Questions for Discussion:  

  1. How might anxiety and other emotions be linked to our dreams?
  2. What does the psychologist quoted in the linked article suggest people do to improve the emotional quality of their dreams these days??
  3. What sorts of things do you think you might try in  relation to your dreams after having read the linked article?

References (Read Further):

Baird, B., Mota-Rolim, S. A., & Dresler, M. (2019). The cognitive neuroscience of lucid dreaming. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 100, 305-323. Link

Vallat, R., & Ruby, P. M. (2019). Is it a good idea to cultivate lucid dreaming?. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 2585. Link

Gott, J., Bovy, L., Peters, E., Tzioridou, S., Meo, S., Demirel, Ç., … & Dresler, M. (2021). Virtual reality training of lucid dreaming. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376(1817), 20190697. Link

de Macêdo, T. C. F., Ferreira, G. H., de Almondes, K. M., Kirov, R., & Mota-Rolim, S. A. (2019). My dream, my rules: can lucid dreaming treat nightmares?. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 2618. Link

Mota-Rolim, S. A. (2020). On moving the eyes to flag lucid dreaming. Frontiers in neuroscience, 14. Link

Soffer-Dudek, N. (2020). Are lucid dreams good for Us? Are we asking the right question? A call for caution in lucid dream research. Frontiers in neuroscience, 13, 1423. Link

Denis, D., & Poerio, G. L. (2017). Terror and bliss? Commonalities and distinctions between sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming, and their associations with waking life experiences. Journal of sleep research, 26(1), 38-47. Link

Schredl, M., & Bulkeley, K. (2020). Dreaming and the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey in a US sample. Dreaming, 30(3), 189. Link

Sikka, P., Pesonen, H., & Revonsuo, A. (2018). Peace of mind and anxiety in the waking state are related to the affective content of dreams. Scientific reports, 8(1), 1-13. Link

Eichenlaub, J. B., van Rijn, E., Phelan, M., Ryder, L., Gaskell, M. G., Lewis, P. A., … & Blagrove, M. (2019). The nature of delayed dream incorporation (‘dream‐lag effect’): Personally significant events persist, but not major daily activities or concerns. Journal of sleep research, 28(1), e12697. Link

Samson-Daoust, E., Julien, S. H., Beaulieu-Prévost, D., & Zadra, A. (2019). Predicting the affective tone of everyday dreams: A prospective study of state and trait variables. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-10. Link

Conte, F., Cellini, N., De Rosa, O., Caputo, A., Malloggi, S., Coppola, A., … & Ficca, G. (2020). Relationships between Dream and Previous Wake Emotions Assessed through the Italian Modified Differential Emotions Scale. Brain sciences, 10(10), 690. Link