Presentation Title

Dream Symbols

Faculty Mentor

Michael Harnett, Patrick Rock

Start Date

18-11-2017 9:45 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 10:00 AM

Location

15-1808

Session

Social Science 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Dreams are speculated to be a product of Random Eye Movement and the workings of the unconscious mind. Psychologists in the past, like Sigmund Freud, have theorized about the role of childhood experiences and how they influence the symbols in our dreams. The purpose of this research project is to observe the correlation between childhood experiences and how dreams are perceived. Additionally, this project will observe the events experienced in one’s waking life and how it further contributes to the interpretation of dream symbols. This research will focus primarily on the individualized interpretation of dream symbols.

In mainstream media, dream symbols are interpreted universally, whereas the research proves to contradict that idea. Since not much is known about the causation of dreams, this research utilizes evidence from clinical studies to pinpoint motifs stemming from childhood as well as the individual's present circumstances.

The data collected from this study has demonstrated clear ties between the content of dreams and the effects of one's childhood. Anonymous participants volunteered to participate in clinical studies that included describing their most recent dreams, followed by an individualized questionnaire about their childhood as well as their current life situation. Through these clinical studies, this research has determined that childhood experiences such as living with siblings, sharing, and phobias, collaborate with our conscious thoughts to translate into decipherable symbols.

Summary of research results to be presented

Data was collected through several trials of clinical studies. Each participant described their dream in detail while their account was recorded in the research notes. Then, significant dream symbols were noted and highlighted to distinguish them from the rest of the dream. Then, depending on the content of the dream, individual questions were prepared about the participant's childhood and current conscious experience. After recording their answers, connections were drawn between the dream symbols and the participant's answers. As a result, it was concluded that dream symbols do directly correlate with a person's childhood and conscious experiences.

For example, one participant described a dream where he felt frustrated because his roommate had left his clothes on a coat-hanger in front of his personal bathroom. The dream symbols were then recorded from his account, such as the clothes, the coat-hanger, and the bathroom.

Then, the participant was asked questions about his childhood pertaining to the dream, such as "Did you grow up with siblings?" and "Did you like to share as a child?" Then, more questions were asks but this time, they were relative to the participant's present day life. These questions included "Do you like your roommate?" and "Do you have privacy issues with your roommate?"

The participant answered "yes" to having siblings and how that had taught him how to share. He also said that he had always liked his privacy, despite having none as a child. He also made it clear that he had no current problems with his roommate regarding privacy, but he would get frustrated if his roommate did violate his privacy or left a mess in their house.

The participant's answers were then compared to the dream symbols previously recorded. Since the participant's childhood included growing up with siblings and never having privacy, it explained why he would be frustrated if his privacy was invaded. Since the bathroom is often a place of privacy, the roommate's coat-hanger and clothes hanging on the door pointed out to the fact that the participant felt that his privacy was being violated. Furthermore, the clothes hanging around could also point to the fact that the participant didn't like it when his roommate left clothes around the house and made a mess.

Therefore, it was concluded that the participant's dream symbols had a direct correlation between his childhood and present day situation. Furthermore, all of the other dreams recorded also displayed similar results by correlating to the participants' childhoods and conscious experiences.

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Nov 18th, 9:45 AM Nov 18th, 10:00 AM

Dream Symbols

15-1808

Dreams are speculated to be a product of Random Eye Movement and the workings of the unconscious mind. Psychologists in the past, like Sigmund Freud, have theorized about the role of childhood experiences and how they influence the symbols in our dreams. The purpose of this research project is to observe the correlation between childhood experiences and how dreams are perceived. Additionally, this project will observe the events experienced in one’s waking life and how it further contributes to the interpretation of dream symbols. This research will focus primarily on the individualized interpretation of dream symbols.

In mainstream media, dream symbols are interpreted universally, whereas the research proves to contradict that idea. Since not much is known about the causation of dreams, this research utilizes evidence from clinical studies to pinpoint motifs stemming from childhood as well as the individual's present circumstances.

The data collected from this study has demonstrated clear ties between the content of dreams and the effects of one's childhood. Anonymous participants volunteered to participate in clinical studies that included describing their most recent dreams, followed by an individualized questionnaire about their childhood as well as their current life situation. Through these clinical studies, this research has determined that childhood experiences such as living with siblings, sharing, and phobias, collaborate with our conscious thoughts to translate into decipherable symbols.