Accepted Paper:

Dreams and culture: the contents of dreams-sharing communication in modern Slovenia  


Senka Vrbica (Pravno-Informacijski Center Nevladnih Organizacij, Ljubljana)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines to what extent the dream-sharing communication is present in modern Slovenian society and what are the reasons for rather "silent" position of dreams in social interaciton.

Paper long abstract:

Proposed paper is based on ethnographic research on dream-sharing communication in modern Slovenia. The research was based on the thesis that dreams are rarely subject of communication; the purpose of research has been to find out to what extent the dream- sharing communication is present in our society and what are the reasons for a presupposed "silent" position of dreams in social interaction. Following the communicative theory of dreaming the research tried to reveal patterns, contents and contexts of dream-sharing in Slovene society.

The study suggests that dream sharing is sometimes part of social interaction ( more frequent between female), but it is mostly within the limits of intimate relations and it usually regards to some "interesting" dreams. On the other hand dream-sharing is more present on internet, or related workshops, which is perceived as esoteric. In the other part of social sphere, where is no communication about dreams, the attitude" I don't dream" prevails.

This attitude seems encouraged by the popular folk saying which describes dreams as something really empty and unreal.

Panel W074
Imprints of dreaming