In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist’s desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. From January 2006 until today, at least 2000 people have claimed they have seen this man in their dreams, in many cities all over the world.
That’s the story behind thisman.org which aims to help those who have seen this man in their dreams and to foster communication among them. The theories embraced by the dreamers include Jungian archetype, Creator image, astrally-projecting interloper, self-propagating dream image, or oneirical gestalt. The Guestbook ranges from the true believers to the at times amusing doubters. They have flyers you can download and post in twelve different languages. The In The World section shows photos of the flyers around the world.
Me, I think he looks like the guy on those old red and white striped movie theater popcorn boxes. So generic that you can’t tell his race, age, or gender. Or maybe it’s a meme in the making, a Kilroy Was Here wannabe, like Andre the Giant Has a Posse. Or maybe it’s real.