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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming$
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Ernest Hartmann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.001.0001

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Emotion Guides the Dream. The Central Image of the Dream Pictures and Measures the Emotion

Emotion Guides the Dream. The Central Image of the Dream Pictures and Measures the Emotion

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(p.11) 3 Emotion Guides the Dream. The Central Image of the Dream Pictures and Measures the Emotion
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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming
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Ernest Hartmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.003.0003

Starting with the tidal wave dream in Chapter 2, this chapter discusses various studies of dreams recorded in traumatic and other situations. This takes us directly into point 3 at the center of the Contemporary Theory. It then returns to discuss the focused-waking-to-dreaming continuum (point 1 of the theory) and the remaining points. The studies demonstrate that the dream is guided by the emotions of the dreamer. The dream, and especially the Central Image of the dream, pictures (“contextualizes”) the dreamer's emotions or emotional concerns. The more powerful the underlying emotion, the more powerful (intense) is the Central Image of the dream.

Keywords:   Central Image, tidal wave dream, emotion

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