The Perceived Meaning of Dreams:
College Students' Beliefs About Dreams
Many people may interpret their dreams. There are a
number of beliefs or theories concerning the meaning of
dreams. Robbins and Tanck (1991) conducted research
concerning college students' beliefs or theories about
dreams. In their follow-up study involving 86 undergraduate
students, the students were provided with eight statements
reflecting beliefs about dreams. The view of dreams that
had the highest endorsement (91%) was the idea that dreams
are linked to one's anxieties and fears. The view of dreams
that had the second highest endorsement (88%) was the idea
that dreams are related to events of the recent past or events
of the previous day. The view of dreams with the third
highest endorsement (82%) was the theory that dreams
reflect ideas that are brought forth from the unconscious. (1)
These findings suggest that a large percentage of college
students have some similar views concerning the nature or
meaning of dreams.
See their article for information concerning other findings.
Robbins, P. R., & Tanck, R. H. (1991). Theories of dreams
held by American college students. The Journal of Social
Psychology, 131, 143-145.