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October 1, 2020 62 min

Over 9,000 pandemic dreams. That’s how many Dr. Deirdre Barrett has read so far from her worldwide survey this year. These dreams are the subject of her latest book: Pandemic Dreams. We talk about the themes she’s seen - from catching the virus (bugs), to homeschooling (failing math), to possible cures (musical injections), and what the world might look like post-pandemic (robots in charge?).

She shares trends in the emotional tone of these pandemic dreams, as compared to dreams during “more normal” times (for one thing, there's been more anxiety). We talk about how the pandemic has affected people of different genders in different ways, and how this shows up in dreams. Toward the end, Dr. Barrett shares her expertise and curiosity about “problem-solving dreams.”

Want to see if you can “incubate” a dream solution, or an answer to a question related to the pandemic? Stick around for the end of the episode, when Dr. Barrett gives instructions for dream incubation. She and I sincerely want to hear what you dream afterward, so please do head over here to the show notes at and share. Enjoy!

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