Experiencing ‘continuity’: A qualitative investigation of waking life in dreams.

Malinowski, J.E., Fylan, F. and Horton, C. (2014) Experiencing ‘continuity’: A qualitative investigation of waking life in dreams. Dreaming, 24 (3). pp. 161-175. ISSN 1053-0797

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Continuity between waking life and dreaming has typically been studied via the quantitative analysis of dream reports, which has illustrated that dreaming reflects waking-life experiences, thoughts, and emotions. However, there are currently no reliable methods of analyzing dreams for the more subjective aspects of dreams, such as those dreams that are metaphorically related to the dreamer’s waking life, which require dreamer input. We conducted a qualitative study involving in-depth semistructured interviews with 4 participants. The interview schedules were based on Schredl’s (2010) dream group technique. Using thematic analysis we developed 3 themes that describe continuity between waking life and dreams: “experiential continuity” (between waking-life experiences/thoughts and dreams), “emotional continuity” (between waking-life emotions and dreams), and “representative continuity” (metaphorical and generic representations of waking life in dreams). Rather than being dichotomous, participants experienced continuity in gradations. A fourth theme (“attitudes toward continuity”) explored how attitudes toward continuity influenced continuity experiences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 American Psychological Association. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Dreaming. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Dr Caroline Horton
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 13:51
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/580

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