Dreaming - at this short list of common themes (adapted...

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Dreaming Despite an incredible amount of interest, empirical study of dreams is relatively new and unsophisticated. Generally, research consists of waking people up during REM and asking them about content of their dreams, OR the subjects are asked to keep a log of dreams over a period of time. Do you see any problems with this?? Validity is very questionable - anytime you are asked to "remember" something, there are gaps in your memory which you attempt to fill in. Therefore, memory is subjective and often flawed when asked to remember things that occurred while you were awake. Imagine how much greater the problems are when you are asked to remember something that occurred when you were asleep. A. Dream Content: most dreams are mundane - consist of familiar settings, with known characteristics like friends and family. Take a look
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Unformatted text preview: at this short list of common themes (adapted from Wieten, 1992) type of dream frequency reported (%) falling 83 being attacked or pursued 77 trying repeatedly to do something 71 school, studying, teachers 71 sexual experiences 66 Not as exciting as you may have thought! Dreams seem to be influenced by our waking lives (stress, happiness, trauma, etc influence dream content). This makes a lot of sense. When we sleep, we are the same people we were while awake, with the same problems, concerns, things that make us happy, excited, etc. Why should our thought process be so drastically different when we sleep? Should we become different people when we sleep?...
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