Dreaming as “A life experience”: A qualitative investigation in psychosociocultural context

dc.authorid0000-0002-1108-2529
dc.authorid0000-0002-0202-2655
dc.contributor.authorGülay, Sümeyra
dc.contributor.authorUysal, Burcu
dc.contributor.otherİnsan ve Toplum Bilimleri Fakültesi, Psikoloji Bölümü
dc.date.accessioned2024-05-24T11:34:12Z
dc.date.available2024-05-24T11:34:12Z
dc.date.issued2024
dc.departmentİHÜ, İnsan ve Toplum Bilimleri Fakültesi, Psikoloji Bölümü
dc.description.abstractDreams are one of the realms of psychology and psychotherapy. In addition, people’s dream experiences and interpretations are highly influenced by individual, social and cultural contexts. A qualitative study was designed to examine in detail how meaning is given to the dream experience in Turkish society. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 adult (9 female, 7 male) participants who were not mental health professionals. The data was analyzed using Reflexive Thematic Analysis and within a critical-realistic framework. From the common narratives of the participants, three themes were developed under the overarching theme of Dreaming as “A Life Experience,” namely (i) Changing Meaning: “[Dreaming] Is Unique to Each Person,” (ii) “The Day After the Dream” and (iii) Dreaming as a Therapeutic or Spiritual “Guide.” It was observed that the participants interpreted dreams as an experience that reflects physical or environmental conditions, the daily life and inner world of the person, the social and cultural structure, and processes of the society in which they live, and may also include a spiritual experience. In addition, the participants evaluated waking and dream life as experiences that are often directly related to and affect each other. In clinical and psychotherapy practice, dream assessment can be used as a helpful resource for examining people’s life experiences. However, it is recommended that these examinations and dream studies be conducted by taking into account their social/cultural contexts. In this context, the meanings that people give to dreams in different cultures and societies should be examined.
dc.identifier.citationGülay, S. ve Uysal, B. (2024). Dreaming as “A life experience”: A qualitative investigation in psychosociocultural context. International Journal of Dream Research, 17(1), 68-86. https://www.doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2024.1.102410
dc.identifier.doi10.11588/ijodr.2024.1.102410
dc.identifier.endpage86
dc.identifier.issn1866-7953
dc.identifier.issue1
dc.identifier.scopus2-s2.0-85191159649
dc.identifier.scopusqualityQ3
dc.identifier.startpage68
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2024.1.102410
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12154/2868
dc.identifier.volume17
dc.indekslendigikaynakScopus
dc.institutionauthorGülay, Sümeyra
dc.institutionauthorUysal, Burcu
dc.institutionauthorid0000-0002-0202-2655
dc.institutionauthorid0000-0002-1108-2529
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversitaet Heidelberg
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Dream Research
dc.relation.publicationcategoryMakale - Uluslararası Hakemli Dergi - Kurum Öğretim Elemanı
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectDream
dc.subjectDream-Waking Life Continuity
dc.subjectQualitative Research
dc.subjectReflexive Thematic Analysis
dc.subjectSocial/Cultural Context
dc.titleDreaming as “A life experience”: A qualitative investigation in psychosociocultural context
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