Behavior: Recurring Nightmares

It was examination time, and the student realized that he had totally neglected one course. Worse yet, he did not even know where the exam was to be held. Panic engulfed him—and then he awoke. It was all a dream, but it was a dream that he had sweated out repeatedly after his graduation in 1940, E.C.K. Read wrote in the letters column of Harvard Magazine last August.

Read was not alone in having that recurrent nightmare. In subsequent months, more than 60 graduates, ranging in age from 22 to 65, have written to the magazine to describe similar experiences. "It...

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