Patricia Garfield

Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., is a worldwide authority on dreams.  She is one of the six co-founders of The Association for the Study of Dreams and was the 1998-99 President. Her bestseller Creative Dreaming is considered a classic, and is available in fourteen languages.

Video: Car Dreams and More

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Dear website visitors,
After many years of online publishing, Dr. Patricia Garfield has retired from active participation in this website. (Comments, Questions and Newsletter features have therefore been removed.)
In honor of her many contributions to the psychology of dreaming, the site now serves as an archive of her scholarly and creative work, maintained by Dennis Rivers, MA, her friend, fellow dreamer and volunteer librarian.


Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., dream researcher, author and IASD co-founder, discusses how dreams teach us about ourselves. Car or “vehicle trouble” dreams are a common “universal dream theme” according to her research. More information on common dream themes can be found in Garfield’s book: The Universal Dream Key: the 12 Most Common Dream Themes Around the World. (Please note: If you have difficulty viewing the video on this page, please click here to download from Adobe Corp. the latest version of the free Flash Player for your specific computer: PC, Mac or Linux.)