Origin of the term lucid dream

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The term lucid dreaming was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article “A Study of Dreams”. His paper was not viewed as particularly well founded in scientific method. Nonetheless the term stuck and came into regular use after some time even though other perhaps more accurate terms have been used to name this dreaming phenomenon. Clear dreaming and vivid dreaming are two alternate labels that have been used. The term conscious dreaming has also been applied. But as van Eeden applied lucid dreaming to mean the dreamer experienced some insight during the lucid interval it took a broader meaning that could perhaps imply therapeutic results for people suffering some types of psychoses.




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