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             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.

Notes

See their article for information concerning other findings.

References

Robbins, P. R., & Tanck, R. H. (1991).  Theories of dreams
 held by American college students.  
The Journal of Social
 Psychology
, 131, 143-145.