People's Psychological Well-Being and Their Everyday Dreams: Critical Analysis of a Study

871 WordsJan 16, 20184 Pages
The study's author states on page 113 that the overall objective of the study was to "test the continuity hypothesis by investigating the relationship between people's PWB (psychological well-being) and their everyday dreams". It seems as if the researcher wished to determine whether individuals who suffered from bad dreams and nightmares also suffered from low self-esteem and self-worth during their waking hours; or in other words their psychological state was one continuous state during both their waking hours, and during the time they were asleep. The study also attempted to test two hypothesis; the first was that the "proportion of negative to positive dream elements (e.g. aggressive versus friendly interactions, negative versus positive affect) reported by participants in their dream log at a given time would be related to their scores on measures of PWB". The second hypothesis tested by the researcher was that "changes in the content of participant's dream reports collected at two periods of their lives would be related to corresponding changes in PWB scores (eg participants who show decreases in PWB over time report increased negative dream content)". Additionally, the study set two goals; 1) was to determine whether significant relationships could be found between PWB and objective dream content variables in a nonclinical population at fixed points in time, and 2) was to investigate the continuity between dream content and PWB over time. The study was conducted
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