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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming

Ernest Hartmann


This book presents a theory of dreaming based on many years of psychological and biological research. Critical to this theory is the concept of a Central Image; this book describes his repeated finding that dreams of being swept away by a tidal wave are common among people who have recently experienced a trauma of some kind—a fire, an attack, or a rape. Dreams with these Central Images are not dreams of the traumatic experience itself, but rather the Central Image reveals the emotional response to the experience. Dreams with a potent Central Image, like the tidal wave, vary in intensity along ... More

Keywords: dreaming, dreams, Central Image, traumatic experience, trauma, September 11, mental functioning, daydreaming, fantasy, emotional concerns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernest Hartmann, author
Tufts University School of Medicine