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.

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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.