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Running head The Effects of Lucid Dreaming on the Frequency of Nightmares The Effects of Lucid Dreaming on the Frequency of Nightmares Abstract Six patients were offered treatment with the major focus on alleviating nightmares Three patients were treated through lucid dream training paired with psychotherapy and three were treated through psychotherapy only Of sixty-eightnon-psychotic patients seen in a psychiatry emergency room these six individuals volunteered to participate in our study The benefits of the skills developed through lucid dream training extended from the alleviation of nightmares into other dynamics of the individuals life The lucid dreaming technique we chose to use beared successful results in reduction of the severity frequency intensity and degree of disturbance of the nightmares We suggest that further research be done to use lucid dreaming as an adjunctive treatment for patients with nightmares and may also be a useful technique in psychotherapy as well The Effects of Lucid Dreaming on the Frequency of Nightmares The purpose of this study will be to explore the potential effectiveness of applying lucid dreaming techniques as the treatment for recurring nightmares We have gathered much research suggesting that lucid dreaming should be significantly beneficial to those persons suffering from recurrent nightmares Lucid dreaming may be able to give clients a new insight into overcoming their own fears with this self-healing technique This rather new technique will not only help alleviate the nightmares a client experiences but it will also enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence Lucid dreaming has proven to be a very rewarding technique used to treat several problems associated with the psychological aspects of ones world A growing body of research has indicated the technique known as lucid dreaming can be used to reduce the frequency and severity of nightmares in an individual We will define lucid dreaming as follows lucid dreaming is an altered state of consciousness in which one is aware that one is dreaming
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