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Frequency of dream sharing: the effects of gender and personality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20377129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although dreaming is a private experience, dream sharing is a common experience for most people. Dreams are disclosed to romantic partners, friends, and relatives, and the sharing is often associated with enhancement of relational intimacy and stress relief (e.g., in the case of nightmares). Research has focused on factors that might affect dream sharing such as dream recall frequency, gender, and emotional intensity of the dream. The present findings indicate that about 14.5% of the dreams were shared and that dream recall frequency, nightmare frequency, attitude toward dreams, gender, extroversion, and thin boundaries are associated independently with the frequency of dream sharing. Longitudinal studies are needed to differentiate between state factors and trait factors and to validate the self-reported positive effects of dream sharing on intimacy in romantic relationships and friendships.
Michael Schredl; Joelle Alexandra Schawinski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of psychology     Volume:  123     ISSN:  0002-9556     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Psychol     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-09     Completed Date:  2010-05-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370513     Medline TA:  Am J Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  93-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Extraversion (Psychology)
Mental Recall
Self Disclosure*
Sex Factors
Young Adult

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