Social network in the 2015 dreams of a male dreamer

  • Michael Schredl (Journal editor)
    Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim/Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Richard Schweickert (Author)

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Social interactions play an important role in dreams and, thus, the question arises whether the characteristics of the dream social network based on co-occurrence of persons within dreams is comparable with the characteristics of waking-life social networks. The present analysis included 696 dreams reported by a male dreamer in the course of one year. Overall, the findings support the notion that a dream social network shows the characteristics of a small world network (small average distances, high clustering), and the power low distribution of co-occurrences – similar to waking-life social networks. The clustering was most obvious for the core family members of the dreamer; they are more likely to co-occur than occur with persons of other social areas. More studies are needed to link inter-individual differences within the properties of the dream social network to differences in the current and former waking-life social networks of the dreamer.


Dream content, social network, continuity hypothesis
How to Cite
Schredl, M., & Schweickert, R. (2022). Social network in the 2015 dreams of a male dreamer. International Journal of Dream Research, 15(1), 118–125.