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Dream Emotions, Waking Emotions, Personality Characteristics and Well-Being - A Positive Psychology Approach


Gilchrist, SA and Davidson, J and Shakespeare-Finch, J, Dream Emotions, Waking Emotions, Personality Characteristics and Well-Being - A Positive Psychology Approach, Dreaming, 17, (3) pp. 172-185. ISSN 1053-0797 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1037/1053-0797.17.3.172


The study aimed to discover whether personality characteristics and waking emotions relate to dreaming emotions. There were 123 participants, ranging in age from 17 to 82 years. It was hypothesized that participants with significant positive emotional trait and state ratings in waking life would experience more positive dreams. Data collection utilized diaries and questionnaires, including Hartmann's Boundary Questionnaire, IPIP Emotional Stability Scale, Staats' Hope Scale, Adult Dispositional Hope Scale, and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule to assess personality and attitudinal characteristics. Participants recorded and rated their waking and dream emotions over a 3-week period. Median correlations between corresponding waking and dream emotions were .58 for positive emotions and .47 for negative emotions. There were also low, but significant correlations between some personality characteristics and participants' tendency to experience positive or negative emotions in dreams. © 2007 American Psychological Association.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
UTAS Author:Gilchrist, SA (Ms Susan Gilchrist)
UTAS Author:Davidson, J (Dr John Davidson)
ID Code:50483
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2008-03-21

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