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Universal Dreams and What They Might Mean

abracad, · Categories: dreams

Long considered by many to be a window on the soul, the dream world weaves an infinitely varied tapestry from the mundane to the bizarre, the unspeakably beautiful to the downright terrifying. And yet within the vast diversity of the dream space, there are a number of themes which seem to occur repeatedly across individuals and cultures.

In The Universal Dreams Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., former President of the Association for the Study of Dreams identifies 12 universal dream themes including "chase or attack", "poor test performance", and "being lost or trapped". Might the frequency of these universal themes point to a common origin, even purpose, shared by all humanity?


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