Chapter

The Tidal Wave Dream

Ernest Hartmann

in The Nature and Functions of Dreaming

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751778
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.003.0002
The Tidal Wave Dream

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This chapter discusses the tidal wave dream, which is frequently reported after many kinds of trauma, including accidents, natural disasters such as forest fires or earthquakes, and man-made disasters including rapes, attacks, and the death of a friend on the battlefield. It argues that in general dreams make connections broadly among material in the memory systems, guided by the emotion of the dreamer. Only in the case where there is a single strong emotion that eclipses everything else does something like the tidal wave dream emerge.

Keywords: tidal waves; emotion; Central Image

Chapter.  989 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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