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February 1964

Dream-Recall and Themes of Hospitalized Schizophrenics

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(2):119-122. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720200015003

Dream phenomenon has stimulated the imagination of human beings since the beginning of history. The signficance attributed to dreams, however, has changed with the shift in the prevalent spirit and philosophy of the times. Until not long ago it was believed that dreams were of a prophetic nature. In contrast to this, currently it is considered that dreams reveal the unconscious and therefore the past history of the dreamer.1

A dream in its psychological significance is a valuable product of human sleep, not only for its clinical use, but also for its apparent restorative function.2-3 However, a significant portion of the normal as well as the pathological subjects claim they do not dream. Nevertheless recent reports4-8 indicate that dreaming is a biological function and is universal in human beings. The nondreaming, therefore, appears to be rather nonrecalling.9 On the other hand, a large

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