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Have You Dreamt of This Man?

Posted in Internet Legends, Urban Legends with tags , , , on October 15, 2009 by smilingjacks

This image has been appearing all over the Internet for a short while now:

Rumor has it, this man has the ability to visit you in your dreams. Ever seen him before?

Rumor has it, this man has the ability to visit you in your dreams. Ever seen him before?

According to information collected at thisman.org, at least 2000 people claim to have seen this man’s face in their dreams. The first known account came in 2006 from a psychiatric patient who is said to have drawn the picture you see above. The patient swore she had never seen him in her waking life–just in her dreams.

The psychiatrist put little stock in her claims. That is, until another patient–without having heard the claims of the previous patient–also recognized the man, also as a memory from a dream. The psychiatrist was intrigued, and decided to send the image to some colleagues. In the following months, four other patients recognized the image. They each referred to the pictured individual only as “This Man.”

In the past three years since the first account, at least 2000 people from all areas of the world are said to have dreamed of this man. A number of theories exist to explain the “This Man” phenomenon. Some say he’s a Jungian archetype–an image summoned from a collective unconsciousness. Some say this man is God himself, though skeptics argue that the people coming forward just think they’ve seen this man after hearing about the phenomenon or they just don’t remember actually seeing this face in real life.

Could this all just be some viral marketing campaign? That’s possible. The story would make a great movie, wouldn’t it?

Still, what if there really exists a man who has the ability to invade people’s dreams? Why does he single certain people out, and does he even realize what he’s doing?

What happens if you do see this man? Maybe you could find out for me. After all, it’s just as easy as falling asleep, and you could be the next person to dream this man.

For more information or to communicate with other “This Man” dreamers, visit http://www.thisman.org/.