…new research, which was just published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests that if we have certain dreams about our partner — about them cheating on us, or causing negative emotions like jealousy — we may unknowingly carry the resulting emotional baggage into the relationship itself. As a result, dreams of our significant others can influence and even predict our behavior in the relationship…
The theory behind why this happens is hardly rocket science. It’s just classic priming — a psychological effect where exposure to a certain stimulus influences our responses to a later stimulus. But what makes this form of priming particularly unique is that the associations are instigated during the dream state from stimulus that’s not real! And the priming itself operates on a largely unconscious level.
The study also shows show that dreams may be an under-appreciated aspect of our social lives. They may be doing more to influence our behaviors — and the quality of our relationships — than we realize. –George Dvorsky

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem about a character who is affected by a dream.

Journaling Prompt: Do dreams affect how you feel in real life?

Art Prompt: Dream Baggage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an informative piece about how dreams affect our daily lives.

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