I was recently invited to provide some information as a postscript to an article, written by Dan Roberts and Gillian Orr, on ‘Can We Control Our Dreams?‘ in The Independent newspaper. As usual with newspaper articles, I was happy to do this for no fee, and pleased to see my supplied information in print.

However, I was much less pleased to see that one of the ‘dream experts’ quoted in the article had supplied information from this website without my permission and without any attribution. The quote in the newspaper, published on June 21, 2011, reads…
The more you ignore those dreams, the more your unconscious turns up the volume – so a nightmare is that message on full volume,’‘ Ellis says. ‘Dreams are an incredibly valuable resource, which most of us simply ignore.’

A very popular page, Nightmares, on this website, published on December 9 2007, reads…
The more you try to ignore your nightmares, the more your unconscious turns up the volume, and so a nightmare is really just a normal dream on full volume. Your dreams are an incredibly valuable resource, which most of us simply ignore.

So The Independent, despite its title, doesn’t really seem to promote independent or particularly rigorous journalism. Perhaps it should change its name to The Dependent on Wikipedia and The First Page of Google.

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