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A Model for Lucidity Training as a Means of Self-Healing and Psychological Growth

  • Paul Tholey

Abstract

The theoretical principles for the psychotherapeutic use of lucid dreaming are outlined in view of my own first lucid dream studies and experiences. These are based on the field theoretical assumptions of Gestalt psychology that the personality is capable of self-healing and growth. In this way, lucid dreams have proven to be helpful. I will point out that one can discern unconscious conflicts and contribute to solving them during these dreams through appropriate behavior of the dream ego. Conciliatory interaction with threatening dream figures seems to be important in diagnosis and therapy. For instance, the way in which the dream ego should react in order to deprive a threatening figure of its dangerous character will be examined. I will argue, in accordance with the theoretical assumptions that conciliatory interchange is the most effective principle.

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Phenomenological Experiment Dream Content Conciliatory Behavior Gestalt Theory Dream Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Tholey
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  1. 1.Psychological InstituteJohann Wolfgang Goethe UniversityFrankfurtWest Germany

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