Dreams, Waking, and Therapy – the common thread between them

Richard Corriere and his co-researchers in the article Applications of the Process Scoring System to Waking, Dream and Therapy Reports presented in the Association for the Psychophysiological Study of Sleep showed the common thread between a person’s behavior in waking, while dreaming and in therapy. between reported waking experiences and reported dreams.

Corriere and his collegues found that how a person perceived him or herself in waking situations, in dreams and in therapy were remarkably similar.

THE COMMON THREAD:  At first glance it appears that waking experiences, dreams, and therapy experiences would be quite different.  What Corriere and his collegues found that HOW a person was in each situation was remarkably similar.  For example, if a person is generally PASSIVE in everyday situations the researcher found that person would be generally PASSIVE in his or her dreams and in therapy.

SKILLS:  In a radical departure from traditional thinking Corriere and his collegues found that very often people who were seen as disturbed were in fact deficient in specific life skills.  They did not in any way say that were are certain groups of people who either through trauma, abuse, or genetic anomalies experienced PTSD, breaks with reality, and exhibited destructive behavior that require the intervention of skilled professionals.  However, for many people lacking skills, they found that given support from peers they could learn the skills they need and find marked improvement in their functioning.

The researchers found that as subjects learned to be more active and expressive in life these skills were reflected in both their reported dreams, waking, and therapy experiences.  Corriere and his co-researchers developed a new scoring system Application of the Process Scoring System to waking, dream and therapy reports to bring a more scientific and measureable process to their previously very subjective experiences.

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