This study examined the self-reported experience of shared dreaming, when two people experience the same dream, within the context of intimate human relationships. Primary hypothesis of this research was that at the discovery that codreamers have had the same dream, a shared dream, the dreamers experience an amplification in emotional state which leads to altering of their common notions of reality within Western culture. Secondary hypotheses of this research were that the shared dreaming experience has the potential to bring together the participants powerfully through communication, leading to creation over time of new narrative that allows integration of the shared dreaming experience, and the combination of which demonstrates that the shared dreaming experience becomes a transpersonal nexus between the dreamers. Intimate human relationships were operationally defined as between parent and children, siblings and siblings, and adults in romantic-sexual relationships. Mixed methodology was used with a convenience sample of 18 participants who completed the Boundary Questionnaire (BQ), the Spiritual Assessment Scale (SAS), and a demographic and dreaming history questionnaire. Four reports from each were submitted regarding dreams, discoveries, personal change, and relationship change. Thematic analysis was used with all of the reports. No significant correlations were found between scores on the BQ and SAS with ranked responses in the questionnaires. Descriptive statistics were used to amplify the qualitative findings from the thematic analysis. Most participants reported changes due to their shared dreaming experience, ranging from psychological and spiritual changes perceived in themselves and others, to altering their view of reality and in some cases behavior changes in their daily lives. Research hypotheses were supported, to varying degrees, as most participants accepted the nonordinary transpersonal nature of their experience albeit this was demonstrated in many different conceptual ways.
|Advisor:||Patel, Kartikeya C.|
|Commitee:||Deslauriers, Daniel, Levenson, Michael R.|
|School:||Institute of Transpersonal Psychology|
|Department:||Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Dreaming, Intimate relationships|
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