Dreaming, Lucid Dreaming and Personality

Evelyn Doll, Georg Gittler, Brigitte Holzinger


The term "lucid dream" describes a dream during which the dreamer is aware of being in a dream while the dream is ongoing. Our investigation focused on the frequency of the lucid dream experience and its relationship to mental health, behavioural control (TPF; Becker, 1989), decision behaviour (EQS; Wolfram, 1982), and spatial abilities (3DW; Gittler, 1990). Data analysis of 89 subjects suggested that frequent lucid dreamers (n=27) differ from rare (n=33) and non-lucid dreamers (n=29) by higher scores in the scales of mental health, freedom from complaints, expansivity, autonomy and self-esteem. With regard to behavioural control, decision behaviour and spatial abilities, there were no significant differences between the three lucidity groups.


dreaming; lucid dreaming; mental health; spatial abilities

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2009.2.142

URN (PDF): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-ijodr-1423