A lecturer in psychology, Jennifer Parker has found that women experience more nightmares than men . In analysing dreams and via her membership of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the University of the West of England research group she has identified three of the most commons dreams that women experience.
Traditional nightmares, concerning a threat to survival, nightmares of loss involving the loss of a family member or loved one and a third anxiety type dream labelled as ‘bizarre one-off nightmares’. (That’d be my most common one then).
Ms Parkers says,”Women tend to have more frequent nightmares…they are more emotionally intense and women are more affected when they wake up… I have concluded that dreams mirror real life anxieties and appear to play a role in preparing young adults at critical points in their lives ‘.
Her research and thesis is due for future release.