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Is Telepathic Dreaming Possible?

Updated on December 4, 2015
  • Since an eternity ago, psychic phenomena has been looked at with mystery, awe, as well as skepticism. A lot of people have experienced it supposedly, but no one really knows exactly how it works; therefore some people regard it as magic.

  • I think everyone has questioned psychic phenomena before; each person has their own opinion on it. Back in the day, 1970's and 1980's, these two dudes conducted experiments to test dream telepathy – or the ability for two humans to send and receive images, psychically from a distance.

  • The two scientists were Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. and professor of psychology at Saybrook University in California, and Montague Ullman, M.D. psychoanalyst, and the experiments were conducted at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. The results turned up an accuracy of less than chance for telepathy.

  • Years down the road, it's 2013 and Carlyle Smith, Lifetime Professor Emeritus at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, conducts her own telepathy experiment;finding statistically unlikely levels of targeted dream content in two related studies of college students.

  • The experiments showed students a picture of a person and asked them to attempt to uncover the problems of that person in their dreams. There were a group of senders and receivers; the identity of the senders were unknown to the students.

  • The first experiments honed in on the health issues of the mystery, unnamed individual. Two dreams the students had were recorded. Then students were told about the criteria of the study; a picture of the individual was shown to the students, and two more dreams were recorded afterwards.

  • The next experiment focused on the life problems of the individual in the picture shown to the students. The same procedure as experiment one was performed. This experiment had a placebo, control: half the students (56 people) looked at a picture of a fictitious person created by a computer.

The results are shown in this graph

  • Both studies had similar results: the groups informed about the study and shown the real target person's picture, had more signs in their dreams correlating to the actual real-life problems of the target person.

  • Experiment 2 showed that the control group did not change from before and after viewing the fictitious person's picture; meanwhile the experimental group had a big change. The experimental group clearly being more accurate in their ability to target the person's problems through dreaming.

  • Carlyle Smith says this about the findings:

  • “The data from these experiments suggests that normal undergraduates were able to have dreams with content that reflected the real-life problems and concerns of an unknown target individual. The content reported by each experimental individual varied somewhat and the focus varied from dreamer to dreamer, but overall, the scores on specified categories were quite significantly different for the target in experiment 2. Equally important was the lack of change in content for the Controls where the target was fictitious.”
  • According to the results one thing is clear: students were able to dream about the target's real-life problems with accuracy. With an accuracy of greater than chance, maybe this topic will be looked at with more validity by a broader audience.


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      Jewels 2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the clarity Daniel. I see there is a wanting to find out how it happens or how it is possible. I prefer doing it in real time outside the dream state. The astral realm is extraordinary; layer upon layer of states. Enjoy your delving.

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      Dan Klein 2 years ago from Rockaway, New Jersey

      Oh, I see what you're saying. What I mean is, telepathy that's done in dreams as opposed to in waking life. These days I think it is automatically inferred that telepathy is a mental ability, or rather mental-like ability, since it's still not 100% known exactly how telepathy works.

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      Jewels 2 years ago from Australia

      I've not heard of the term telepathic dreaming. Mental telepathy is the term I'd associate with this ability so I was confused with your title. It is the term used in the 'old days' so I had to understand what you meant by what you meant!