–PSY101 – Instructor: Paula Frioli – Peter, PH.D

Assignment: Abstract 1

Yin, F., Shen, H., He, Y., Wei, y., & Cao, W. (2013). Typical dreams of “being chased”.


The majority of people experience couple of dreams in their life time. Falling, being

chased or threatened are typical dreams that people experience. “These dreams can be traced

back to recollections of experiences and desired experienced during early childhood” (Freud).

Researchers have shown that being chased has the highest occurrence rate.


University students from Tibet and south china were selected for participates. “The research uses

a stratified sampling principle for data collection” (Ying Wei ). There were 600 questionnaires

that were distributed. A total of 569 valid questionnaires were returned: 278 Tibetan (66 male

and 22 female) and 291 Han chine’s (196 male and 95 female). The participants ages ranges

The Han Chinese (102) and the Tibetans (106) a total of 208 were interviewed to collect basic

information on “being chased” dream. The interviewers focused on the key elements that were

emotions, the chasing agents, and the reaction when the dreamer was being chased.


Tibetan participants have a lower percentage (89.2%) than Han Chinese (97.31%) for those

being chased in their dreams. Han Chinese and Tibetan both experience negative emotion (fear)

when they’re being chased in their dreams; 79.8% in Tibetan undergraduates and 79.2% in Han

Chinese. When the dreamer was being chased during their dream their reaction was to runaway.

72.4% of Han undergraduates would runaway, whereas Tibetans was 59.7%.


Running away is the most basic pattern behavior, it’s the most natural and main reaction to

escape danger. It’s best to confront the situation then to run away from it.