Experiencing “continuity”: A qualitative investigation of waking life in dreams.

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Malinowski, J., Fylan, Fiona and Horton, Caroline L. 2014. Experiencing “continuity”: A qualitative investigation of waking life in dreams. Dreaming. 24 (3), pp. 161-175.
AuthorsMalinowski, J., Fylan, Fiona and Horton, Caroline L.
Abstract

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.

JournalDreaming
Journal citation24 (3), pp. 161-175
ISSN1053-0797
Year2014
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association for International Association for the Study of Dreams
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1037/a0037305
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1037/a0037305
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Print01 Sep 2014
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Deposited09 Aug 2017
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