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Does this man look familiar to you? Are you one of the many hundreds of people who have seen this man in their dreams? A woman from New York in January of 2006 drew a portrait of a man she claimed was a recurring figure in her dreams. She was the patient of a “well known psychiatrist” whom she was drawing the portrait for. The drawing apparently sat on the Dr.’s desk for a time before another of this psychiatrist’s patients happened to see the drawing sitting there and also recognized the face of the man in the portrait.

Both of these individuals, the woman who drew the picture and the other person who later saw it, claim that they have never seen this man before in their waking life and have no idea who he could possibly be. Yet they both remember him appearing in multiple dreams. The portrait was spread around, first among colleague’s of this psychiatrist and then beyond. From January of 2006 to now there have been approximately 2,000 claims from others around the world that this man is also featured in their own recurrent dreams.

A website was put together; ThisMan.org, where the information has been compiled together. There are different hand drawn portraits, the history of the phenomenon, and even accounts from different individuals of the dreams they have encountered this man in before. Here is one from the site:

I have seen this man in 3 completely different dreams. He was slightly different from the picture, but I recognized him immediately. He appeared suddenly and disappeared in the same manner. His message in all 3 of my dreams was:” It’s all over”. That was repeated 3 times in each dreams. The differences in the picture and the man in my dreams are: his hair was a little longer in the top; his eyebrows were not as bushy. Other than that, he is identical. I had no fear of him, but many questions.

There is a section of the website devoted to theories about This Man, some of which are strange and others are just too convenient to be accepted by most people. One of the latter is the “Daytime Recognition Theory” which speculates that we see hundreds of faces everyday in our waking lives and while we may not remember them all, sometimes they pop up in strange places in our minds, like dreams.

Another theory that is too simple for imaginative people like myself is the “Dream Imitation Theory” which hypothesizes that the phenomenon can be explained by people just being highly suggestible. They see the story online or somewhere, it impresses them so much that their subconscious latches onto the idea and you then join the masses of others who dream about this man.

There is another section dedicated to the different flyers that have appeared around the world from people seeking others who recognize this face. There is also a page dedicated to This Man on Facebook.

It is definitely a strange occurrence, and the many claims of a hoax put it firmly in the Rabbit Hole. Have you ever dreamed this man?

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