What is Lucid Dream?

Lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer should be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.

Paul Tholey, a German oneirologist and Gestalt theorist, laid the epistemological basis for the research of lucid dreams, proposing seven different conditions of clarity that a dream must fulfill in order to be defined as a lucid dream:

  1. Awareness of the dream state (orientation)
  2. Awareness of the capacity to make decisions
  3. Awareness of memory functions
  4. Awareness of self
  5. Awareness of the dream environment
  6. Awareness of the meaning of the dream
  7. Awareness of concentration and focus (the subjective clarity of that state).

Later, In 1992, a study by Deirdre Barrett examined whether lucid dreams contained four “corollaries” of lucidity:

  • The dreamer is aware that they are dreaming
  • Objects disappear after waking
  • Physical laws need not apply in the dream
  • The dreamer has a clear memory of the waking world

Barrett found less than a quarter of lucidity accounts exhibited all four.

Subsequently, Stephen LaBerge, a psychophysiologist of Stanford University, studied the prevalence of being able to control the dream scenario among lucid dreams, and found that while dream control and dream awareness are correlated, neither requires the other. LaBerge found dreams that exhibit one clearly without the capacity for the other; also, in some dreams where the dreamer is lucid and aware they could exercise control, they choose simply to observe.

I feel so interested with this topic, and choose it as my research targets. And I draw a mindmap to show the initial thinking.

Tribe: Lucid Dream 1


Here are questions I want to ask lucid dreamers:

  1. How can you have lucid dreams? What should you do to realize that?
  2. Why do you like lucid dreams?
  3. What lucid dream can bring to you?
  4. What can you do when you are doing lucid dreams?
  5. Did you share your lucid dream with others? Do you like to do so?
  6. Have you tried to invite others to try lucid dream?
  7. How you communicate with other lucid dreamers?