Mbangmou Romuald Stone1* and Nguimfack Léonard2*
1PhD Student, Department of Psychology, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon
2Associate professor, department of psychology, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon
*Corresponding Author: Mbangmou Romuald Stone, PhD Student, Department of Psychology, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon.
Received: February 26, 2020; Published: April 16, 2020
This study questions the function of the dream in general, and the relation between the manifest content of the dream and the physical symptoms that the dreamer experiences during the period of illness. Based on studies on the relationship between manifest dream content and the onset of inflammatory somatic symptoms in dreamers, initiated by Vaschide and Pieron since the 1900s, and the observation of several clinical cases received during the last five years, we set ourselves the objective in this work of quantifying the link between the intensity of the somatic symptoms felt by the patient, and the frequency of appearance of dreams whose manifest content solicits the dysfunctional physiological system. In other words, it is a question of checking statistically if there is a relationship between the dream that the patient has during his nights, and, the place of expression and the intensity of the symptoms he feels in his body. The synthesis activation theory allowed us to formulate the hypotheses and to interpret the results. It turns out in the light of the results of this study that the physical symptoms experienced by the patient can significantly modify the manifest content of their dreams.
Keywords: Somatic Symptoms; Dream Manifest Content; Correlational Analysis; Dream Function; Synthesis Activation Theory
Citation: Mbangmou Romuald Stone and Nguimfack Léonard. “Correlational Study between Dream Content and Somatic Symptoms: When the Dream Alerts on an Incubated Symptom". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.5 (2020): 29-35.
Copyright: © 2020 Mbangmou Romuald Stone and Nguimfack Léonard. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.