Dream Sets for Content Analysis
by Nori Muster
My overall dream journal contains 250 notebooks, beginning in 1979, and continuing today. However, for the purposes of research, the parameters are 1979 to 2016. In February 2016 I began to search for dream researchers who might be interested in my dream collection. In April 2016, I met Prof. G. William Domhoff, and other leading figures in the Dream Content Analysis field. By the end of the year they accepted my dreams into research and encouraged me to present at the 2017 conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). Because researchers are more confident in dreams recorded prior to entering a dream study, the dreams between 1979 and 2016 are the most important dreams for research.
My goal is to transcribe all the dreams word-for-word, and as much of the daytime notations as possible. Because there are 250 notebooks, and most of them are a hundred to two hundred pages, there's not enough time for me to transcribe every word of the daytime notations. I'm working with my academic advisors and colleagues to develop a system for transcribing the daytime notations so they will be useful for gathering statistics to compare the dream content to daytime content.
First Dream Set Collection:
My Decade Years
Once getting my dreams into a content analysis study, I transcribed approximately one thousand dreams from my decade years:
250 dreams from 1986 - the year I turned thirty
250 dreams from 1996 - the year I turned forty
250 dreams from 2006 - the year I turned fifty
250 dreams from 2016 - the year I turned sixty
I presented this dream series at the 2017 conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASAD), in Anaheim.* A senior research in the field headed the panel discussion and presented statistics from my dreams.
Second Dream Set Collection:
Dreams of a Ten Year Cultic Experience
In 2017 I won a grant from the Dream Studies Foundation* for seed money to travel to where my journals are held in a Special Research Collection. I am currently transcribing approximately a thousand dreams along with daytime notations. The dreams are from the first ten years of journals, 1979-1989, and cover the my ten years in the Hare Krishna temple. I plan to present the dream series at the IASD annual conference in Scottsdale, June 2018.
Cottage on the beach, 2006.