Metaphoric threat is more real than real threat

J. B. Peterson, Colin G. DeYoung

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Dreams represent threat, but appear to do so metaphorically more often than realistically. The metaphoric representation of threat allows it to be conceptualized in a manner that is constant across situations (as what is common to all threat begins to be understood and portrayed). This also means that response to threat can come to be represented in some way that works across situations. Conscious access to dream imagery, and subsequent social communication of that imagery, can facilitate this generalized adaptive process, by allowing the communicative dreamer access to the problem solving resources of the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-993
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Externally publishedYes


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