Lucid dreaming and resilience in the face of exposure to terrorism

J Trauma Stress. 2011 Feb;24(1):125-8. doi: 10.1002/jts.20601. Epub 2011 Jan 14.


The relationship between resilience and lucid dreams, which involves awareness of the experience of dreaming, was examined in 79 Israeli young adults. Psychological distress and lucid dreams 3 years prior to exposure to terrorism, and exposure levels and psychological distress 1 week following exposure, were assessed. Both indirect exposure through media and perceived stress predicted an increase in distress during the 3-year interval under low, but not high, levels of lucid dreams. Possible mechanisms are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Dreams*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Regression Analysis
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Terrorism / psychology*
  • Young Adult