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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming


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1. Introduction. Overview of the Contemporary Theory of Dreaming2. The tidal wave dream3. Emotion guides the dream. The central image of the dream pictures and measures the emotion.4. A dream is a creation, not a replay. A dream always makes new connections, guided by emotion.5. The focused-waking-thought-to-dreaming continuum. Dreaming is one end of a continuum.6. Dreaming Connects! The dreaming end of the continuum is hyper-connective.7. Connection as combination. Connection as condensation. Connection as metaphor. The dream is picture-metaphor.8. Connections in the mind and brain. The biology of dreaming. Networks in the cerebral cortex.9. Form and content: The development of dreaming and the content of dreams.10. Personality and dreaming. Thick and thin boundaries.11. The functions of dreaming.12. The functions of the continuum.13. Implications for understanding and making use of dreams - alone, in a group, or in therapy

About the Author

Ernest Hartmann is Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and was the first Editor-in-Chief of ASD's journal, Dreaming. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and he maintains a private practice. He is author of nine books and approximately 325 journal articles.

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