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ERIC Number: EJ844411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
Once a Nightmare, Always a Nightmare?
Picchioni, Dante; DeBrule, Daniel S.
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v1 n4 p382-387 2005
While counterintuitive, there is evidence that some nightmares may serve a beneficial function. The theory behind this idea is presented within the context of a continuity hypothesis of dreaming where the negative emotions presented in a nightmare can lead to psychosocial development, just as some negative experiences do so during wake. The theoretical presentation is accompanied by a selected review of the most relevant studies and how the theory might be incorporated into psychotherapy when nightmares are not the presenting complaint.
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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