The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Pandemic Dreams with Deirdre Barrett, PhD

Did Covid change the way you dream? We talk today about about the 15,000 pandemic dreams collected so far by Harvard researcher Dr. Deirdre Barrett and what they say about how we respond to crisis. We start with a conversation about how our guest decides which dreams to write down and which to forget and how she uses dreams to inspire her artistic creations. She tells us of the dreams that inspired her to start her Pandemic Dreams project. Dr. Barrett share several stories about her collection of dreams including a description of how mask dreams varied over time and in different parts of the world.

BIO: Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard where she teaches on dreams and hypnosis. She is Past President of both the International Association for the Study of Dreams and The Society for Psychological Hypnosis. She has written five books including Pandemic Dreams, The Committee of Sleep, and The Pregnant Man. She has also edited four books including Trauma and Dreams. She is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, DREAMING. Dr. Barrett has published dozens of academic articles and chapters. Her current work focuses on dreams and creative problem solving, lucid dreaming, and dreams about the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can contact our guest at her webpage

Dr. Barrett will be a keynote at the 2022 IN PERSON dream conference in Tucson July 17-21. Register and learn more at

Outro music is Everything by Mood Science. Today’s ambient music is called Preternaturalize and was created by Rick Kleffel new again week. (The audio can be found sprinkled throughout the blog at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on July 9, 2022.


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