AIM COronaVIrus 2019 (COVID-19) spread throughout the world, prompting dramatic changes in all facets of everyday life and representing a collective traumatic experience that negatively impacted physical and psychological health. The effect of this trauma manifested itself in a variety of ways, including dreams. The aim of this research was analysing the Referential Process (RP, Bucci, 2021) of dreams that were recorded during quarantine. Dream samples were collected through a social blog called Dreams Drawer. Linguistic analysis and clinical evaluation were conducted to explore the group’s collective elaboration of such an unexpected event. METHOD 68 people (22 males; mean age 26,16 ds. 7,68) contributed to a social blog, writing their dreams. 91 dreams were collected and systematized for Discourse Attributes Analysis Program (DAAP). Linguistic measures of RP were applied and a statistical cluster analysis was performed. In addition, each dream was evaluated by trained judges on three specific qualities of the RP (Arousal, Symbolizing, and Reflection/Reorganizing). A clinical comparison among cluster was performed. RESULTS. Cluster Analysis results yielded three dream clusters. 26 dreams fell under cluster A; 16 into cluster B; and 49 dreams cluster C. Each cluster has specific characteristics of the referential process. Cluster A is characterized by the symbolization process, cluster B by arousal processes and cluster C by experience reorganization processes. The clinical and qualitative analysis of dreams highlights a prevalence of sensory and perceptual aspects in arousal dreams. While the dreams of symbolization express a variety of contents linked to subjective experience. Finally, dreams of reorganization show a connection with the difficult situation of external reality and the new conditions of life. The dreams collected through Dreams Drawer showed different emotional qualities, useful for specific function of emotional elaboration.
The emotional and symbolic quality of dreams during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown / Mariani, Rachele; Monaco, Silvia; Christopher, Christian. - 9:2(2021), pp. 28-29. ((Intervento presentato al convegno XXII NATIONAL CONGRESS ITALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CLINICAL AND DYNAMIC SECTION tenutosi a Lecce.