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Linking psychological need experiences to daily and recurring dreams

Weinstein, Netta ORCID:, Campbell, Rachel and Vansteenkiste, Maarten 2018. Linking psychological need experiences to daily and recurring dreams. Motivation and Emotion 42 (1) , pp. 50-63. 10.1007/s11031-017-9656-0

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The satisfaction of individuals’ psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, as conceived from a self-determination theory perspective, is said to be conducive to personal growth and well-being. What has been unexamined is whether psychological need-based experiences, either their satisfaction or frustration, manifests in people’s self-reported dream themes as well as their emotional interpretation of their dreams. A cross-sectional study (N = 200; M age = 21.09) focusing on individuals’ recurrent dreams and a three-day diary study (N = 110; M age = 25.09) focusing on daily dreams indicated that individuals experiencing psychological need frustration, either more enduringly or on a day-to-day basis, reported more negative dream themes and interpreted their dreams more negatively. The contribution of psychological need satisfaction was more modest, although it related to more positive interpretation of dreams. The discussion focuses on the role of dreams in the processing and integration of psychological need-frustrating experiences.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0146-7239
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 December 2017
Date of Acceptance: 25 October 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 13:47

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