IASD MEDIA AND RESEARCH PORTAL
Most recent update to this page June 8, 2020
Currently there are many people around the globe reporting “Covid-19 dreams”, which reflect the unexpected and somewhat uncontrollable situation in which we now all find ourselves. Some dreams may seem almost silly, as they put the dreamer’s unusual responses into perspective. Covid-19 dreams can also be nightmarish reflections of psychological stress from the pandemic, not directly naming or reflecting the virus itself, but rather picturing or acting out the dreamers emotional response (e.g. metaphorically picturing the virus as a storm, wild animal, monster, or an invisible, uncontrollable entity). Dreams during Covid-19 can span across any and every kind of dream possible. And while most of us are staying at home right now, we are still discovering all that makes dreams unique. With increased REM and dream recall from more “quarantine sleep”, and subjects such as lucid dreaming informing the public, there are also beneficial opportunities for soul growth by paying attention to our dreams.
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Covid-19 Dreams in the Media
Many IASD members are in the news right now. Here is a collection of interviews and articles featuring our esteemed membership.
Deirdre Barrett, PhD (USA) has done over 40 media interviews since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. Deirdre is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard, where she teaches courses on dreams and hypnosis. She is a Past President of both the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the Society for Psychological Hypnosis. She has written four books, including The Committee of Sleep, and is the editor of four more, including Trauma and Dreams. She is Editor-in-Chief of IASD’s journal Dreaming.
(artwork by Deirdre Barrett)
The NY Times
GEN (at Medium.com)
The Independent UK
Coast to Coast AM
WGN Radio (10+ minute segment)
WUNY New York
WFSB EyeWitness News
The Greensboro News and Record
My Pig Radio
My Kool Radio
Huffington Post Canada
I Heart Intelligence
Morning Brew / Thakoni
SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE (Spanish):
BBC Interview 4-21-2020
Boston 25 News
The Today Show
National Geographic Story #2—On children’s covid-129 dreams
CNN interview with SanjayGupta
NBC article + Today video
United Press Newsfeed:
The Nation (covid-19 dream art only)
The Harvard Gazette
Voice of America (English Language version—they translated into 12 languages and broadcast this around the world)
One News Page
Live Trading News
Quad City Times
- Having vivid virus related dreams? You’re not alone
Newstalk 610 CKTB (iHeartRadio)
Psychologist Deirdre Barrett says since the pandemic began, there has been a cluster of dreams about getting the virus, exposing feelings of fear, loss …
- 10 ways to beat insomnia and make your sleep a lot better
Dream researcher and psychologist at Harvard University, Deirdre Barrett advises people against going for hot baths and showers before bedtime.
- Stress, Trauma, and Sleep Changes: Here’s What Is Causing Your Weird Dreams Right Now
Deirdre Barrett, PhD, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, started collecting data about people’s dreams in past weeks using a public survey.
- Many reporting weird dreams amid pandemic
One News Page
A RESEARCHER WITH HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL IS SURVEYINGPEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. DOCTOR DEIRDRE BARRETT SAYS.
- `Infecting our dreams’: Pandemic sabotages sleep worldwide
… to those of combat veterans and 9/11 responders, said Deirdre Barrett, a Harvard University professor who is surveying COVID dreamers worldwide.
- Boredom And Anxiety Add Up To Vivid Pandemic Dreams
DEIRDRE BARRETT: People are saying they’re remembering more dreams
They’re more vivid. They’re more bizarre. GARCIA-NAVARRO: That’s …
- Coronavirus COVID-19 triggers nightmares, similar to Ebola outbreak and 9/11 tragedy
Jordi Borràs-García (Spain) is a psychologist. Founder of mondesomnis, a platform created to divulge the benefits of attending to our dreams, he’s been contributing to various media for years with this purpose. Jordi has designed the Dream Integration Training, which is the first for the Spanish speaking community dedicated exclusively to working with dreams in psychotherapy.
The following podcasts are in Spanish and/or Catalan
Radio interview: How to relate to children’s dreams and nightmares during confinement (from minute 36 – Catalan)
Jordi has also scheduled a weekly meeting (in Spanish) on Instagram Live, on Thursdays at 6.30pm (Barcelona time), so that attendees can share concerns about the dreams that are appearing at this time, answer questions and reflect on the role of dreams during the pandemic. These broadcasts will be live on a weekly basis at https://www.instagram.com/mondesomnis/
Mark Blagrove, PhD (UK) is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sleep Laboratory at Swansea University. He is a Past President of IASD, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and is part of the Dreams ID (Dreams Illustrated and Discussed) art-science collaboration.
BBC World Service radio
BBC World News
Kelly Bulkeley and Michael Shredl in Psychology Today blog
Kelly Bulkeley, PhD (USA) is a psychologist of religion focusing on dreams. He is the Director of the Sleep and Dream Database (SDDb), Senior Editor of the journal Dreaming and former IASD President. His books include: Lucrecia the Dreamer (2018) Big Dreams (2016) and Dreaming in the World’s Religions (2008).and
Michael Schredl, PhD (Germany) since 1990 has been working in the Sleep Laboratory of the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany. His publications cover various topics such as dream recall, dream content analysis, nightmares, dreams and sleep disorders, and sleep physiology. He is editor of the online journal International Journal of Dream Research.
Psychology Today Blog
Brigitte Holzinger (Austria) was born in Vienna, studied Psychology at the University of Vienna and Stanford University. She is a Lecturer, author and coach. Her areas of expertise are research and teaching related to Sleep, Sleep Disorders, burnout, nightmares, dreams and lucid dreaming as well as psychotherapy, Gestalt theory and Gestalt therapy. She has also recently gone online with her first App: DreamSenseMemory. Both German and English versions can be found in the GooglePlayStore and for IOS.
Holzinger, Brigitte and others, “Dealing with sleep problems during home confinement due to the COVID-19 outbreak: practical recommendations from a task force of the European CBT-I Academy “ Journal of Sleep Research, April 2020
Robert J. Hoss Podcast on Dream Power Radio
Robert J. Hoss, MS (USA) is a Director and Past President of IASD, director of the DeamScience Foundation for research grants, and is faculty trainer for the Haden Institute. Author of Dream Language and Dream to Freedom, author and editor of Dreams That Change Our Lives, and Dreams: Understanding the Biology, Psychology and Culture.
Dream Power Radio podcast
(artwork by Bob Hoss)
Clare Johnson, PhD (UK and Germany) is IASD’s most recent past President, and the author of six books including Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming. Her freshly-finished book is The Art of Lucid Dreaming. Clare runs Lucid Dreaming Ocean Retreats in Portugal as well.
What’s happening in your lockdown dreams? Is there fear and invisible enemies, or are you partying hard to compensate for not seeing your friends? Are you using your dreams for spiritual growth, or exploring the immensely magical feeling of flying? Are you escaping from giant bugs, or meeting power animals?
It’s a time when strange dreams abound as people who never normally recall their dreams find themselves waking up with a head full of rich inner imagery.
Listen to this podcast interview on lockdown dreams and nightmares.
In this podcast, Theresa Cheung, author of The Premonition Code, interviews me to find out what is happening to our dreams, why we have nightmares, how we can make sense of them, and how lucid dreaming can help us to transcend fear and create lasting inner transformation. I also touch on dreams of the deceased.
Angel Morgan, PhD (USA) is founder of Dreambridge (thedreambridge.com). a Global PhD professor at Sofia University, and IASD President. She is the author of Dreamer’s Powerful Tiger: A New Lucid Dreaming classic for Children and Parents of the 21st Century and contributed to Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children with Creative Dreamplay
Interview with Kelly Sullivan Walden
Originally from Jordan, performance artist Lana Nasser currently lives and works in The Netherlands.
Arab Woman Talking: The End of the World as We Know It” Podcast.
Thanks also go to Art Funkhouser who manages iasd-dreamlinks, and sends out regular articles from around the world. To be part of iasd-dreamlinks:
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Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW (USA) is an international speaker, dreamworker, psychotherapist, author, and professor emeritus at Boston University School of Social work. Her book Modern Dreamwork: New Tools for Decoding Your Soul’s Wisdom, 2019, Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing, is available in both e-book and print. Learn more
Linda regularly teaches dreamwork skills to helping professionals, clergy and medical professionals, interested dreamers, and at agency and corporate events and retreats both on-line and in person.
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Here are several articles recent published in the on-line journal YourTango.com related to corona:
Why Dreams and Nightmares are so Vivid During the Corona Virus Pandemic How to Reframe Coronavirus Quarantine as a Time of Healing
10 Ways To Stop Anxiety From Infiltrating Your Dreams & Ruining A Good Night’s Sleep
On my blog www.awaketoyourdreams.com are additional articles including:
Dreams, Nightmares, Covid-19, and Reclaiming Life
Nightmares, Trauma, and Healing from PTSDreams, parts I and II
Katja Valli, PhD (Finland) is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland and an Associate Professor at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skovde, Sweden, and co-editor of Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture. Her research focuses on the simulation theories of the evolutionary function of dreaming.
Interview also includes Mark Blagrove
Research conducted by IASD Members
Got Covid-19 dreams? Interested in participating in Covid-19 dream research? Here’s a list of research currently conducted by IASD members:
Collecting Covid-19 Dreams
Deirdre Barrett collection: Link to survey
Jordi Borras-Garcia This is a survey in which I am collecting dreams related to the coronavirus (in Spanish): https://forms.gle/ZneDtAQhYWGKQZ146 I don’t intend to do any article or study on this topic at the moment (for this, we are already sharing Deirdre Barrett’s survey with our contacts), but I do collect them in order to comment, based on them, on aspects that may be of interest to all the people attending the Instagram Live sessions.
Statement from Kelly Bulkeley: I have a couple of projects where I’m gathering pandemic-related dreams, but not through an open portal. What I’d really like to offer is a willingness to collaborate with anyone who has a collection of dreams they would like to analyze/explore/interpret using the resources of the Sleep and Dream Database.
Dream Research Institute (UK): DRI has set up a survey to collect dreams related to the pandemic, including pre-cognitive ones, though not specifically. Here’s the link.
Pandemic dreams survey
Welcome to the ‘Pandemic dreams survey’ questionnaire about dreams relating to pandemic illness. You are invited to take part in this research project being conducted by the Dream Research Institute (DRI).
Project Manager, Dave Billington
Art Funkhouser and Maria Kotli
Dreams in the time of Corona
An interest in the collective and archetypal symbols that are activated in dreams seems to be on the increase these days. We are currently aware of three international projects on the subject.
One such project has been initiated by a Polish Developing Group who has contacted other Developing Groups in Central- and Eastern Europe with the aim of collecting dreams and subsequently applying them in a research-project.
Another project is taking place within a large ongoing google-group where the members of the group write, interpret and discuss their dreams
Should anyone be interested in finding out more about these two projects, you are welcome to write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The third project, ‘Dreaming in times of turmoil’ is an anonymous online questionnaire organized by a Jungian analyst. The questionnaire is open to everybody and may be found at the following address: Dreaming in times of turmoil
It will be very interesting to see the results of these projects.
Merel Hak (the Netherlands)
Email (email@example.com) Subject Line: Collecting Covid-19 dreams
Brigitte Holzinter (Austria)
I am involved in two surveys:
1)The Institute for Consciousness and Dream Research is pursuing a survey about sleeping and dreaming under Covid-19: find more at www.schlafcoaching.org – this survey is closing soon;
2)ICOSS International – an international survey about sleep and dreams – my colleagues could be persuaded to include a few questions about dreaming and nightmare prevalence. This survey is opening soon and will be very interesting and comprehensive! The new survey will also be at www.schlafcoaching.org