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The Social Dreaming Matrix: a Survey on the Social Function of Dreams
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La Social Dreaming Matrix: un’indagine conoscitiva sulla funzione sociale del sogno
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Marco Avena, Università degli Studi di Torino, 2004-05
Marco Avena
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In the present survey, the author investigates the social function of dreams moving from a historical-anthropological excursus. The author reports various examples of tribal customs and rituals of primitive cultures which focus on the social use of dreams to demonstrate the great relevance they have as a common language.
In the religious tradition, the author suggests that the dream of Nebucanesar "re-dreamed" by Daniel the prophet, could well be one of the first uses of the technique of Social Dreaming, where a dream is amplified by another.
The model of the Social Dreaming Matrix of Gordon Lawrence is explained from a holistic point of view from which the author hypothesizes an analogy between the Matrix of Social Dreaming and the chaotic systems treated by the Chaos Theory.
Among the phenomena explained starting from this perspective is the “Butterfly effect” and the importance that the initial conditions assume in complex systems. This hypothesis is based upon the observation of the importance which initial dreams have in Social Dreaming: the matrix is highly sensitive to the conditions in which the group finds itself at the beginning of the session. The observation of several “conveyants”interviewed in the research show the importance of the initial configuration of the matrix. In particular it has been seen that free associations seem to develop from the first dreams. The possible explanation of this phenomenon is that the first dream can be seen as an “attractor” of the successive images according to the model of the "strange attractors" of the Theory of Chaos.
The research has also highlighted other characteristics of the Social Dreaming Matrix model, in particular the correlation between the life context of the dreamer and the contents of the dream images, including its narrative structure. In this case the dream can be seen as an instrument to see the social and political environment from a different point of view. In particular, the Social Dreaming can be used as an Action-Research in institutional analysis, a vision that can render manifest the latent thoughts of organizations.