Creative Ability and Dreams
Are one's dreams related to one's personality? Do people
who are high in creative ability have different dreams from
people who are low in creative ability? Sylvia, Clark, and
Monroe (1978) investigated the relationship between
creative ability and certain characteristics of dream
reports. They found that people who were high in creative
ability had dreams that were rated, on the average, as more
unique than the dreams of people who were low in
creative ability. Also, the dreams of people high in
creative ability were found to have more elements, on the
average, of external objects and internal activity than the
dreams of people low in creative ability. External objects
was a category in which there was physical objects
reported. Internal activity was a category involving
statements concerning emotional awareness or cognition.
These findings suggest that creative ability is related to the
characteristics and content of dreams. It is possible that
one's personality has an influence on what one dreams.
1. See their article for information on other findings.
Sylvia, W. H., Clark, P. H., & Monroe, L. J. (1978)
Dream reports of subjects high and low in creative
ability. The Journal of General Psychology, 99, 205-