Every night throughout the world hundreds of people dream about this face
A new website asking for information about a mysterious man that thousands of people all over the world claimed to have seen in a dream has become an Internet sensation.
According to the website http://thisman.org the story started in January 2006 in New York when the patient of a well-known psychiatrist drew the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams.
The woman patient claimed that the man she had never met before in real life had often given her advice on her private life.
The portrait which was put to one side was later seen by another patient who also claimed the man had visited him in his dreams, prompting the psychiatrist to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams.
According to the website - other patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as "this man".
Organisers of the website which heard about the story posted it online and it has now become one of the most visited sites just two weeks later.
German newspaper Bild which wrote about the story said critics claimed it was all an elaborate hoax - although thousands of people have reportedly claiming to have seen the man in their dreams. Bild research reveals the site seems to be linked back to an Italian marketing expert with a specialised interest in the paranormal.
The website offers several theories to explain the mysteriously recurring presence of this man in the dreams of different people who are not related in any way.
According to Jung's psychoanalytic theory, this man is an archetypal image belonging to the collective unconscious that can surface in times of hardship (emotional development, dramatic changes in our lives, stressful circumstances etc.) in particularly sensitive subjects.
According to this theory this man is the image of the Creator, that is to say one of the forms in which God manifests himself today. This is the reason why his indications and the words he utters during the dreams should be decidedly followed by the dreamers.
DREAM SURFER THEORY
It is the most interesting theory and the one that has the greatest implications, but it has also the lowest scientific credibility. According to this theory this man is a real person, who can enter people's dreams by means of specific psychological skills. Some believe that in real life this man looks like the man in the dreams. Others think that the man in the dreams looks completely different from his real life counterpart. Some people seem to believe that behind this man there is a mental conditioning plan developed by a major corporation.
DREAM IMITATION THEORY
This is a scientific psycho-sociological theory which claims that this phenomenon has arisen casually and has progressively developed by imitation. Basically when people are exposed to this phenomenon they become so deeply impressed that they start seeing this man in their dreams.
DAYTIME RECOGNITION THEORY
This theory states that the apparitions of this man are purely casual. Normally we do not remember precisely the faces we see in our dreams. The image of this man would thus be an instrument which, in the subject's waking life, facilitates recognition of an undefined oneirical image.
The website urges people to contact them if they believe they have seen the image and let them know what the message was from this man.