A Survey of Dreams in the Aged: Part II: Noninstitutionalized Subjects

K. Z. ALTSHULER, M. BARAD, A. I. GOLFARB

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Abstract

The dreams of 25 aged noninstitutionalized individuals were compared with dreams of residents in a home for the aged. Nearly half of the extramural group had dreams whose manifest themes and structural aspects re sembled those of the institutionalized sub jects. Comparison of these persons with individuals who offered other types of dreams indicated that concepts of loss, repetitive forms, and evidence of crumbling and dis organization of defenses are intimately bound to the evolution of chronic brain syndrome. These findings suggest the usefulness of dreams for diagnosis and for understanding the progression of cerebral organic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of General Psychiatry
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1963

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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