An original article by Dr. Hisae Konakawa has been published in Archives of Sandplay Therapy
An original article by Dr. Hisae Konakawa has been published in the first issue of volume 33 of Archives of Sandplay Therapy.
Hisae Konakawa (2020). Examination of Contemporary Old-Age People’s Sense of Self and the Structure of Dreams. Archives of Sandplay Therapy, 33 (1), 3-12.
Aiming to examine the style of self of contemporary old-age people, this study administered a questionnaire survey to participants sixty years old and over. The results of the participants were compared with those of university students, and showed that the old-age participants had a significantly higher “sense of self” and a lower “anthropophobia mentality” compared to university students.
Dr Konakawa considers that these differences are related to the life cycle stage to which the participants belong, and the degree that they are affected by social and cultural environments today. In addition, the dreams of people in their old age and those of university students differ in terms of the structure of their dreams (introduction, development, turn, and conclusion), and the relationship between dream I and others. The characteristics of dreams of contemporary old-age people suggest a high sense of self and a style of interdependent self.
Dreams are seen as reflecting an unconscious mental structure of the dreamer. Therefore, Dr. Konakawa concludes that there would be differences in the structure of the kokoro between contemporary old-age people and university students, even from an unconscious perspective.
(Reported by: Hisae Konakawa, Program-Specific Research Fellow)