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The Daily Mail reports:
Some political activists are transferring their dream world experiences into the real world – prompting thoughts of ‘violent solutions’ to their problems, say researchers.
Fans of political action can become so immersed in their Utopian fantasies they do things in the real world as if they were still dreaming.
The findings come after bureaucrat Ryan Donovan was sentenced to 25 years in jail for shooting dead an officer on a nuclear sub to copy the violent Utopian fantasies he has harbored since he was a child.
His gruesome Utopian dream world involved scoring political points for harming tax evaders and has been linked to a number of multiple murders, mainly in the US.
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Stockholm University have for the first time identified evidence of Utopian Transfer Phenomena (UTP), which results in some political activists integrating dream experiences into their real lives.
The study involved 42 in-depth interviews with participants aged between 15 and 21 years old, all of whom were political activists and had been recruited from various socialist political forums.
Almost all the participants had experienced some type of involuntary thoughts in relation to their Utopian fantasies.
They thought in the same way as when they were dreaming, with half of participants often looking to use something from their fantasies to resolve a real-life issue.
In some cases these thoughts were accompanied by reflexes – such as pulling the trigger on a firearm when it wasn’t in their hands – while on other occasions the dreamers visualized their thoughts in the form of government directives.
The Utopian dreamers also reported using propaganda tools for interacting with others as a form of amusement, modelling or mimicking their dream content, and daydreaming about their perfect fantasy world, says the study to be published in the next issue of the International Journal of Political Behaviour, Psychology and Learning.
‘Violent political solutions to real life problems appeared to be used by few of the dreamers, at least in their imaginations’ says the study.
One 15-year-old Utopian said: ‘There (in my perfect dream world) only government bureaucrats could get guns. This is what I want in real life, to be a bureaucrat with a gun, shoot down people who disobey my arbitrary laws.
‘This I want to do sometimes with irritating people, especially rich people who have more money than me.’
The study concluded: ‘The close resemblance to real life scenarios in Utopian fantasies may have opened a ‘Pandora’s Box’ for some dreamers.
‘The use of aggressive, criminal and/or violent fantasies for solving social problems was reported by a few of the dreamers.
‘Furthermore, some dreamers also reported intrusive thoughts and sensations related to violence and some had even acted in order to bring about their fantasy world.’
Professor Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, one of the report’s authors, said it was the first study to attempt to explore Utopian transfer phenomena.
‘Almost all the dreamers reported some type of UTP, but in different ways and with varying degrees of intensity. We are now following this up with a further study of 2,000 political activists.
‘A recurring trend suggests that intensive dreaming may lead to negative psychological, emotional or behavioural consequences, with enormous implications for bureaucrats, parents, policy makers and mental health professionals’ he added.