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Dream experiences as a method of influencing behavioural change

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dc.contributor.advisor Mojapelo-Batka, Emily Mapula Melchione, Cheri 2016-07-05T09:48:42Z 2016-07-05T09:48:42Z 2015-12
dc.identifier.citation Melchione, Cheri (2015) Dream experiences as a method of influencing behavioural change, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract A dream can impact a person so profoundly that it may permanently alter his or her life, beliefs, or behaviour. Most of the time, these gifts of insight happen to only a rare few and usually occur without intention. These life-altering dreams are spontaneous and unpredictable. While most studies focus on the content or meaning of dreams after they occur, this study explores the possibility of using dreams to influence behavioural changes in the waking world. This study examined three of the dream elements associated with profound dreams that could potentially be used to develop a systematic method of using dreams to create behavioural changes. The three elements are (a) Emotion: the ability to generate high-emotion states within a dream; (b) Narrative: the formation of narratives within a dream; and (c) Reality: the ability of the dreamer to perceive and accept the dream as reality. This study was conducted using a qualitative research design with a narrative analysis approach in order to explore and understand the subjective experiences of two participants. Data were collected through the participants‘ interviews and dream journals to help determine themes emerging from each of the participants‘ individual experiences. The themes were then analysed for any information regarding the three elements of dreaming as well as the dreams‘ personal significance to the dreamer. Further analysis explored whether lucid or non-lucid dreaming was able to intentionally produce an experientially-based shift in a specific target behaviour. The results of this research study suggest that there is potential for using dreams to induce behavioural change. The research provided a preliminary inquiry into this new field of dream therapy. This exploration of key elements to a potential dream method may prove essential to defining a basic framework and the tools that may be required to implement a new dream method. Future studies are necessary to uncover the correct combination of elements that will produce profound dream experiences at will. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 294 pages)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Dream interpretation en
dc.subject Lucid dreaming en
dc.subject Narrative therapy en
dc.subject Profound impactful dreams en
dc.subject Behavioural change en
dc.subject.ddc 154.63
dc.subject.lcsh Dream interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Dreams -- Therapeutic use
dc.subject.lcsh Dreams
dc.subject.lcsh Lucid dreams
dc.subject.lcsh Behavior modification
dc.subject.lcsh Narrative therapy
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy of mind
dc.title Dream experiences as a method of influencing behavioural change en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Psychology Ph. D. (Psychology)

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