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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.

Descriptors: Females, Psychotherapy, Sleep, Coping, Questionnaires, Stress Variables, Individual Development

Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site: http://www.baojournal.com/

Autor: Picchioni, Dante; DeBrule, Daniel S.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2270&id=EJ844411

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