A secure base for mindful dreaming: dispositional and contextually variable attachment security and the experiential quality of dreams

  • Mario Mikulincer, Tali Agam, Phillip R. Shaver
  • Attachment & Human Development, September 2019, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2019.1666288

Attachment security is associated with mindful dreaming

Why is it important?

Other studies have shown that people who score high on measures of attachment security are less defensive, more mindful, more open to other people and to new experiences. This study extends this line of work into the realm of dreaming. Secure people are more open and mindful even while dreaming, which might be another realm of experiences to explore mindfully.


Professor Phillip R. Shaver
University of California Davis

I have always been interested in dreams and in the use of dreams in psychotherapy. This is our second study of attachment security (and insecurity) and dreams, and they show that both dream content and dream processing are related to attachment styles.

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