Joe Griffin Responds To My Questions on the Expectation Fulfilment Theory of Dreaming

24 Jul

Joe GriffinEarlier this month I wrote about the Expectation Fulfilment Theory of Dreaming by Joe Griffin. In my post I posed some hypothetical interview questions that I’d like to ask Joe Griffin. Much to my delight, he’s responded to them!

And so I present to you a very short but interesting interview with Joe Griffin. ๐Ÿ™‚
Is there a relationship between the mechanism behind dreams and the mechanism behind individual psychedelic experiences? Could the content of the โ€œtripโ€ be determined in the same way our dreams are i.e. from the days un-fulfilled emotional arousals to the nervous system?

There is an undoubted influence arising from specific expectations of the psychedelic experience. As to whether current unfullfilled expectations have a huge influence on the content, I very much doubt. It is not an area, though, that I have personally researched.

Is there a connection between having many dreams each night and then waking up with headaches? Could I actually be causing my headaches by intensifying or prolonging the REM state with my intention to have, remember, and control my dreams?

The intention of controlling dreams is unlikely to cause a major increase in the number of dreams and length of time spent dreaming. If headaches were to be caused by such research it would be more likely be due to sleep disruption interfering with the stress reduction benefits of dreaming.

(Note: I thought of this question after watching this video on dreams and depression.)

Can you explain what you mean when you equate the effects of lucid dreaming and hypnosis? Are you saying that the experience achieved through lucid dreaming can be achieved through hypnosis?

It has been suggested that lucid dreaming might provide the ideal setting to reprogramme neurotic reactions. My suggestion is that thesame benefit can be obtined more easily from hypnosis. In principle I think that anything that can be experienced in lucid dreaming is potentially also experiencable in hypnosis.


I think many lucid dreamers visiting this blog might argue this last point.

What do you think?

Can your experiences in the dream world be replicated through hypnosis?


One Response to “Joe Griffin Responds To My Questions on the Expectation Fulfilment Theory of Dreaming”

  1. The Mad Hatter July 26, 2007 at 6:36 am #

    I’ve been under hypnosis, and unless you’ve been guided into a hypnagogic state, then my experiences can not be replicated. Unless there is some form of super hypnosis, I’ll never be able to do everything I can in dreams. This is based on my experience.

    I would agree that hypnosis and things done in dreams (suggestions and programming of the mind) have around the same effects, but I would argue that dreaming has an even more powerful effect then hypnosis. I would say that dreaming is a more powerful altered state of consciousness then may be achieved through hypnosis. Then again, there may be levels of hypnosis I’ve never been under, so I’m not barring that hypnosis may be more powerful, just that from my observations dreaming is more powerful.


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