Regarding affects and imagery in dreams

  • Pierre Ruyneau de Saint George (Author)

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Focussing on the affects experienced in 118 dreams, the author puts forward a general principle of orneiric replay of secondary feelings that are real and barely mentalized. This could be a feeling of anxiety experienced in a dream when the “real” anxiousness it replays, that was provoked by a primary psychological “event”, resides in the background. An example of this is the barely anxious feeling that may surface when one is on the way to being devastated by a tormenting memory. The highly mentalized cognitive-affective stimulus (the tormenting memory) is symbolized by the oneiric image (such as a vicious dog).

This exploratory study corroborates the theory put forward by Hartmann (2001) in which the image of a dream seems to picture the emotion of the dreamer.



Supplementary Content

Dream, affect, emotion
How to Cite
Ruyneau de Saint George, P. (2016). Regarding affects and imagery in dreams. International Journal of Dream Research, 9(1), 93–95.