Dreams in Social Psychology Essay

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I chose to research a topic that can relate to anybody: dreams. It is something people are less inclined to think of as socially applicable; rather, they think dreams are personal. Perhaps through further analysis and study, more applications for dreams in social life can be found. Dreams may tell a lot more about how a person functions in society than might be originally thought. In this paper, I will review some of the ways people interact with others in and through dreams. Overall, the articles supported the idea that people use dreams, whether during or after dreaming, to relate how they feel or think about other people. How they act in real situations can be mirrored in how they act in dreams (Domino, 1976). Some societies place a…show more content…
They were chosen because they used the same 15 need scales: achievement, deference, order, exhibition, autonomy, affiliation, intraception, succorance, dominance, abasement, nurturance, change, endurance, heterosexuality, and aggression. This made it easy to compare them with each other. When both tests are used together, they can give an idea of how a person would behave in a real situation. Five psychologists with at least one year of postdoctoral experience rated the dreams. In order to keep ratings consistent, each psychologist was given twenty dreams to train with. They rated the dreams in a random order using the 15 dimensions. A six point scale (0 for no material to rate in dream and 5 for a very strong amount of material in dream) was used for each of the 15 dimensions. The psychologists were given definitions of each of the 15 dimensions to refer to when rating the dreams. The results that Domino gathered showed a strong correlation between dream rating and eleven of the combined EPPS and ACL dimensions. Having a positive correlation for so many dimensions does not support Jung’s theory that dreams reflect the opposite of our awake behaviors. Instead, the results support that our dreams reflect what we consciously think and do. Domino provided insightful information that can be used to predict what a person might behave like in a real social situation. Conversely, it may also be used to predict what a person dreams
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