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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1988 Feb;176(2):112-5.

Subpersonalities with dreaming functions in a patient with multiple personalities.

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Psychology Service, McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 23249.


A case report of the hypnotherapy and unusual dream work of a patient with multiple personality disorder is described. Two of his 13 personalities claimed a dream production function. These personalities claimed the ability to organize and create dreams in order to communicate with the host personality. In the course of therapy, clinical data are described that tend to support this claim. The data of this case are then briefly applied to some current models of dream function. Some dream theories with an information-processing and reprogramming emphasis are particularly supported by this case material.

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