Free Content Impact of attachment styles on dream recall and dream content: a test of the attachment hypothesis of REM sleep

You have access to the full text article on a website external to ingentaconnect.

Please click here to view this article on Wiley Online Library.

You may be required to register and activate access on Wiley Online Library before you can obtain the full text. If you have any queries please visit Wiley Online Library

Download Article:

Abstract:

We tested the hypothesis ( McNamara 1996; Zborowski and McNamara 1998) that dream recall and dream content would pattern with interpersonal attachment styles. In study I, college student volunteers were assessed on measures of attachment, dream recall, dream content and other psychologic measures. Results showed that participants who were classified as ‘high’ on an ‘insecure attachment’ scale were significantly more likely to (a) report a dream, (b) dream ‘frequently’, and (c) evidence more intense images that contextualize strong emotions in their dreams as compared with participants who scored low on the insecure attachment scale. In study II, 76 community dwelling elderly volunteers completed measures of attachment, and dream recall. Participants whose attachment style was classified as ‘preoccupied’ were significantly more likely to report a dream and to report dreams with higher mean number of words per dream as compared with participants classified as ‘securely’ attached or as ‘avoidant’ or as ‘dismissing.’ Dream recall was lowest for the avoidant subjects and highest for the preoccupied subjects. These data support the view that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and/or dreaming function, in part, to promote attachment.

Keywords: attachment status; dream content; dream recall

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2869.2001.00244.x

Affiliations: 1: Division of Psychiatry and Department of Neurology (127), Boston University School of Medicine and VA New England Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA; 2: Graduate Program in Science, Philosophy and Religion, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA, USA; 3: MGH NMR Center; Boston University School of Medicine; VA New England Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA; 4: Department of Psychology, Sate University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA; 5: Boston University School of Graduate Studies, Boston, MA, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2001

Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more