Sigmund Freud has dominated dream research and the everyday understanding of dreams. People want to know “what does my dream mean?” Richard Corriere and his co-researchers presented in the Journal of Clinical Psychology a second study which offers dream researchers and everyday people a new way of understanding dreams.
In their innovative research they asked “HOW does the dreamer act in the dream” vs. “WHAT do the symbols in the dream mean. The team developed, tested and presented findings that show a new way to score dreams which is closer to understanding how an athlete performs in terms of speed, agility, and overall performance.
Their study spanning over five years found that a dreamer could learn to perform at a higher level in his or her dreams by learning new skills in waking.
Corriere’s research began from his anthropological studies of the study of the Senoi Tribe of Malaysia Source . The Senoi taught their children f to be strong in their dreams and to confront bad or evil characters. One of the Senoi’s key teachings was that the dream had to bring gifts to the dreamer. For example, how to make a better boat, a dance or song that helped the tribe, or a beneficial discovery. The Senoi teach their children to re-dream dreams until they were strong, in control, and calling on friends to help them overcome difficulties. The Senoi then went further to apply these same teachings to waking life skills.
Corriere formulated that Social Sciences could learn from the Senoi by focusing on teaching the skills people needed to learn to be productive members of society.
Corriere’s ideas are defined in his three books on dreams: The Dream Makers The Dream Makers, Dreaming and Waking Dreaming and Waking, and the Functional Analysis of Dreams The Functional Analysis of Dreams.