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

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/9780199751778.003.0003
Emotion Guides the Dream. The Central Image of the Dream Pictures and Measures the Emotion

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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

Chapter.  3667 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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