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Lucid dreaming ability and verbal creativity

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dreams, males, females

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A lucid dream is most commonly defined as one in which the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. It has been called a "dream of knowledge* (Fox, 1962); "dreaming" (Castaneda, 1972); a "breakthru dream" (Corriere & Hart, 1977); "Onteric Image" (Meseguer, 1960); a "rational inner experience" (Whlieman, 1961); a "vivid dream" (Hart, 1959); and "cognitive awareness during sleep" (Evans, 1972). Some propose, that lucidity can help one do realize the dream-like quality of life (Faraday 1974; Rapport, 1948; Tart, 1969). This view is central to Tibetan Buddhism (Chang, 1977; Evans-Wentz, 1958) about which Evans-Wentz notes, "the primary purpose for establishing this continuity of consciousness is to allow the dreamer to begin to realize that the environment of the waking state is a self-created dream as well!" (p. 12). Western philosophers have also taken this persepctive on the lucid dream. Rapport (1948) explains, “I was often positive-yes, positive within the dream's illusion of reality, that I had found the basic secret that explains life" (p. 315).

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Gackenbach, J. I. & Hammons, S. (1984). Lucid dreaming ability and verbal creativity. Dreamworks, 3(3), 219-223.



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