Night Pilot- Dream Interpretations
The purpose of this review is to analyze dream interpretation studies performed by
Rosalind Cartwright and see I can relate to its’ content. Also, I am to describe a dream of my
own and interpret it.
Rosalind Cartwright has studied in several institutes. She has performed studies of
dream analysis on several subjects.
Ms. Cartwright began her career as a psychologist in 1949 at Cornell as a social
psychologist. This only lasted a year before she changed jobs to Mount Holyoke.
While working at the University of Chicago, Ms. Cartwright was introduced to sleep
study in correlation with William Dement, who was dating her secretary (Pat Weber) at the
time. William Dement was co-founder of rapid eye movement, or more commonly known as
REM. With Weber’s constant talk of Dement’s work, she became fascinated with the work and
A couple years after Dement left the university; Cartwright joined a
colleague at the University of Illinois. The university was doing an experiment with a
synthesized hallucinogenic drug. Cartwright did a study to see if the effects of the drug changed
the sleep pattern in test subjects. The outcome was null. However there was an exception
to similarity between the hallucinations and the dreams they were having. In 1966 she
wrote a paper proclaiming that dreams are a meaningful reflection of emotional concerns
central to the dreamer’s life.
While working at the Kinsey Institute, Cartwright performed an experiment on test
subjects. They watched a stag movie and analyzed the dreams to see if the movie affected the
stimuli during REM sleep. The results varied with the test subjects. The subjects that had no
affiliation with the school was more prone to stimuli then those who attended.
When Cartwright worked at the Chicago medical college, she performed studies on
people attending sessions for psychotherapy who were more apt to...