A cognitive model explaining the psychophysiological system responsible for the effectiveness of The Storytelling Method of Dream Interpretation

  • Umberto Barcaro (Author)
  • Teresa L DeCicco (Author)
    Trent University
    Dr. DeCicco, PhD., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Trent University, Canada.  Her area of research includes health, illness, relationships and dreams.  She also has a clinical practice which includes dream interpretation for cancer patients, pain patients, depression and anxiety.  She is the author of The Giant Compass: Navigating The Life of Your Dreams in both English and Italian.  She is now working on her next dream book.
  • Ovidio Salvetti (Author)

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Abstract

The Storytelling Method of dream interpretation has been found to be valid and reliable while yielding a meaningful interpretation for dreamers more than 80% of the time.  A cognitive model explaining the psychophysiological system responsible for the effectiveness of the method is proposed.  The model describes a dream in terms of an input–output relationship where the dream-builder system is viewed as a system whose input is given by the dream sources and whose output is given by the dream experience.  The model proposes a cascade of two sub-systems that can account for basic properties of dreams such as the continuity hypothesis, the role of dreams in turning-points of a dreamer’s life, the problem-solving capacity of dreams, while accounting for the effectiveness of The Storytelling Method.  An application of the model with the method is also demonstrated with an example.

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Published
2012-11-02
Language
en
Keywords
psychophysiological model; TSM; dreaming
How to Cite
Barcaro, U., DeCicco, T. L., & Salvetti, O. (2012). A cognitive model explaining the psychophysiological system responsible for the effectiveness of The Storytelling Method of Dream Interpretation. International Journal of Dream Research, 5(2), 114-118. https://doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2012.2.9245