Dream content and psychological well-being: A longitudinal study of the continuity hypothesis
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2005
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 62, Issue 1, pages 111–121, January 2006
How to Cite
Pesant, N. and Zadra, A. (2006), Dream content and psychological well-being: A longitudinal study of the continuity hypothesis. J. Clin. Psychol., 62: 111–121. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20212
- Issue published online: 8 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2005
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ)
This longitudinal study tested the continuity hypothesis, which postulates that waking states and concerns are reflected in dreams. The relationship between dream content and negative waking affect was investigated both at fixed points in time and over a 6- to 10-year period. Twenty-eight participants completed measures of psychological well-being (PWB) and kept a dream log at two periods of their lives. Correlational analyses showed that the lower the participants' self-reported levels of PWB, the more their dreams tended to contain aggressive as opposed to friendly interactions, negative emotions as opposed to positive ones, and, to lesser extent, failures and misfortunes as opposed to successes and good fortunes. Similarly, PWB was significantly related to dream content over time. These findings are consistent with the continuity hypothesis. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol.