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‘This Man’ Dream Face

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Editor's note: Ugh. Looks like we were fooled on this one. This whole website and story is a hoax.

I can't remember the first time I saw the composite image of the face of the man thousands of people have claimed to see in their dreams, but by now it seems like decades ago. It's not even exactly a timeless face, one you could imagine appearing commonly among strangers; more so, he looks like someone who might turn up in the newspaper, wanted for killing dozens of people.
According to the website devoted to him, "This Man," as he is regularly referred to, first appeared in New York in 2006, when a psychiatrist sketched the face of a man who had begun showing up in her dreams repeatedly, bearing intimate knowledge of her life, and found that several of her patients claimed to have been also visited by the same person.
Since then, as the image spread, people all across the world began to come forward claiming to have also seen him, to have had various sorts of relationships with him, to have been given strange advice. His presence seems both menacing and foreboding at the same time, unclear in purpose, but haunting to those in whom he does appear.
Whether its some kind of urban legend, or an idea spread by suggestion, or whatever other explanation, there's something penetrating about the idea of a person being able to lace his way through countless dream worlds. Whatever the reasoning, there is something penetrating about the image, the way it seems to watch you, to know more about why you are looking at the image than even you do.
Recently, I got in touch with Andrea Natella, the person who runs the This Man website and database, to try to uncover more information about the phenomenon.
VICE: What was your first experience with "This Man"?
Andrea Natella: It was during the winter of 2008 when This Man popped up in a dream. He invited me to create a website to find an answer to his own appearance. I used facial composite software and I took the first one I could find and designed his face: round shape, bushy eyebrows, thin lips, and a receding hairline. I circulated this draft among the colleagues of mine at my advertising office and among some international artists I know who all liked the project concept. I collected feedback and hints and so I built thisman.org, following This Man's instructions from that dream.
Do you remember what his voice sounded like, or how he communicated, any specific mannerisms, and/or where you were physically as a location in the dream?
I'm afraid we don't have acknowledgment of his voice. Usually in our dreams we tend to remember more the visual part and rarely the audio one. It's very rare to find someone remembering a voice; at best they can remember a song. Usually This Man never speaks; sometimes he just stands by a door, and if he does speak, he uses a native language of dreamers.
The sketch on your website kind of looks like what I stereotypically imagine when I think of a pedophile. But he also kind of looks like a dentist I used to have. Have you ever seen someone in real life that you thought could be This Man, or heard significant stories of people who have?
We receive thousands of [letters in the mail] each month. One third of them are about who This Man resembles. The most common associations are The Man from Another Place from Twin Peaks, the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, or The Twilight Zone Dummy. A lot of people are confident they are themselves This Man like the Indian guru Arud Kannan Ayya who uses him as proof of his powers.
In many of the accounts of his interactions with people, This Man seems passive, like his presence alone is stronger than anything he could say or do. And yet that inactivity, the repeating appearance, seems somehow active in itself, violent even. Throughout the reports you've received, have you heard of any examples of concrete actions taken by This Man?
Actually we have two big categories of dreams. The first one concerns typical nightmares where This Man scares, chases, kidnaps, and sometimes kills the dreamer. The second category is totally different. Here, This Man is friendly, he just stares at the dreamer sometimes helping him in such a way. It seems like a gnostic struggle between evil and good but it could also be a complementarity, as Yin and Yang.
Outside of this classification we have a mysterious phenomenon. Several dreamers report an "order" given by This Man. He says to "Go North." This imperative appears in very different kind of dreams, but there is no coherence between these dreams. We look forward to finding an explanation.
Here are some dreams about this phenomena from our database. [Editor's Note: The written accounts have been edited for clarity]
Date: January 5, 2014
City: Atlanta
State: Georgia
I was in my room and I heard muffled screams coming from my parents room. I heard things being dragged in the hallway outside my room and my door slowly started to open. There was "This Man" walking into my room while dragging both my parents behind him. He slowly propped them on the wall, both staring at me. He wrote something in blood on my wall and stared back at me. It was too dark for me to see it, so I slowed my breathing and tried to pretend to sleep. After a while, my eyes slowly adjusted to the darkness, and I could see the writing on the wall: "I know you're awake."
Date: September 2, 2013
City: Palm Beach
State: Australia
Starting when I was seven, I had the exact same dream on Tuesdays and Friday for ten years. I'm 17 now, and I have became very familiar with this man, although I do not have very nice dreams about him. I dream that I'm laying in my bed and he is wearing a cowboy hat, leaning over me and making a strange noise—almost as if he was growling at me. And on his shirt is a gold round pendant that has moulded into the gold, " GO
NORTH." Other nights, he would be standing across my bedroom, staring at me. Every morning when I wake up, I burst into tears for absolutely no reason, it's like "This Man" is giving me hormonal problems. When I saw the pictures on this website I started crying out of fear. He never spoke to me. He only made weird noises.
Date: March 7, 2013
State: Utah
I dreamt of this man... He was following me through a park in the dead of night. I couldn't understand why he was following me, so I started running. He easily kept the same pace as me. He gave a small groan and sped up until he was in front of me. He put his hand out, stopping me from running. He pulled me close to him, but he only spoke 21 words. I still think about them every night: "On April 9, 2021 go North. It's the only way to survive." After saying this, the man ran away. I tried to catch up to him to ask more, but I couldn't keep up. As I watched him fade away in the distance, I got a strange feeling. I woke up immediately after he left my line of sight.
Date: January 9, 2011
City: Fort Lauderdale
State: Florida
I dreamt of this man... A couple years ago I had to see a couples therapist because I was having reoccurring dreams about this middle-aged man who kept attacking me. He never said anything. I woke up soaking wet in sweat every night. This was the same time I met a guy in college who was very creepy and stalked me. He always found a way into my dorm and would sit there all night. I was put on Trazadone to help me get through the nights. I also have a dream where someone is always telling me to go north. Just like someone else wrote under the dream link. I got it tattooed on my ankle because I swore it meant something. I'm almost positive "This Man" is the one who comes to see me in my dreams.
VICE: What do you think This Man wants?
Andrea Natella: We constantly try to understand this point, but we have no clue about what This Man wants, or if he wants something at all. One thing seems clear: This Man is a kind of wormhole. Some people are confident he is just my invention, but I am only a point in a time loop. This Man was dreamed even before I could draw his face. Even before the first patient identified him in New York.
We have evidence of people dreaming about him 30 years ago. Every day we receive news about kids who have begun dreaming about him somewhere new in the world. I believe it's not This Man who does time traveling, but it's us who moves through a fourth dimension. It's a loop with no chicken, nor the egg.
I think the key factor of This Man's success on the web is his ability to represent an extra dimension. As we travel in the global space with a click, we can also "time travel" with a dream. He is a kind of star in the nights of Captain Ahab who help us to catch our inner whale.
Is there anyone people who have not dreamed of This Man could train themselves to find him in sleep, or even in person, or online?
Of course we could induce ourselves to dream about This Man. Dreams are made of thoughts and daytime facts. Everyone who saw the design sketch could dream about him. Once, someone even attempted to increase the number of dreams by putting a picture of him on the bedside table and this appeared to work well. Perhaps they don't really dream This Man, they only dream a simulacrum of him.
So we should prefer people that have recognized him only after having really dreamed him. We actually don't really know if This Man is a set of dreamlike facts, or if he is a man at all, or a simulacrum of himself. But if This Man really is a wormhole among dimensions, maybe this distinction is futile. - Blake Butler

Ugh, We Just Got Hoaxed: The Real Story About the ‘This Man’ Dream Face

January 15, 2015
By VICE Staff 

Earlier today, VICE ran a story titled ' Have You Ever Dreamed of 'This Man'?'. It's still there, actually, you can still read it. It's about a photofit of some Andrew Lloyd Webber-looking motherfucker who is widely dreamt about by various unconnected people across the world, and an interview with the psychologist who first put his face to paper. It's really good! It's also entirely made up and fake.
This sort of thing is encouragingly rare: we run a story, it turns out to be something that was denounced in 2009 and could be easily verified as fake with a single google, a few people call us dickheads and the editorial team drown in their own tears. Sometimes we mess up.
The truth behind "This Man" is that the original photofit – and the online database of supposed dreams people have had about him, thisman.org – is the brainchild of sociologist and marketer Andrea Natella. Andrea runs a company called Guerriglia Marketing, which – according to this Knowyourmeme post – specialises in "subversive hoaxes" and creates, in the grand European tradition of groups like the Situationists, "weird art projects exploring pornography, politics, advertising" and creepy dream dudes who don't exist. He's also the person we interviewed for a story about his own hoax.
Essentially, yes: what has happened here is we have walked up to the hoaxer, said, "Hiya, could you very immediately hoax us," and then they rubbed their little hoax-y hands with glee and said: yes. A goof has happened. We have goofed.
Thing is, This Man properly looks like the kind of dude you might see in a dream. You know: he's got a suede jacket on that smells distantly of cigarettes. His car is old and maroon. His voice is like a violin going backwards. He pats you on the back and you feel warm and nostalgic. You wake up with an erection you can't explain. Is it possible that seeing This Man can make you dream about This Man? Is the This Man story a self-fulfilling prophecy, priming people to dream what they've never dreamed before? Kind of like Inception but with memes? These are questions we cannot answer, because we don't dare talk to anyone about it in case we get hoaxed again.
Anyway: whoops.
More ironic VICE reports on hoaxes:
We Got Internet Scammers to Unwittingly Do Our Cover Shoot For Us
Was Jesus a Roman Hoax to Trick the Jews?
How to Prevent Fake News from Spreading on Social Media
every night throughout the world hundreds of people dream about this face



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. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.

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. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life.

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. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.

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: Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Dehli, Moskow etc.

At the moment there is no ascertained relation or common trait among the people that have dreamed of seeing this man. Moreover, no living man has ever been recognized as resembling the man of the portrait by the people who have seen this man in their dreams.

The aim of this website is:
- to help those who have seen this man in their dreams and to foster communication among them;
- to understand who this man is and why he appears in an apparently pattern-less array of situations in the dreams of such diverse human subjects. 


   "I have had this recurrent dream for some years now. A tall, dark man shows me a picture and asks me if I can recognise my father in it. The man in the picture is this man I have never seen before, he looks nothing like my dad, nevertheless I inexplicably answer that I do recognize my father. At this point I usually wake up feeling very peaceful. Other times the dream continues, I am standing before my father's grave, I place some flowers on the ground and I realise the photograph on the tombstone is missing."

   "I fell in love with him from the very first time I saw him in my dream. Even though if I think about it I must admit he's really ugly. And yet each and every time, he sweeps me off my feet with his romantic gestures and sweet words. He buys me flowers, jewellery, he takes me out to dinner or to the beach to watch the sunset."

   "I have always had this dream of flying in the sky over my city and observing my friends from up there. Since I moved to another house I started meeting this man while flying. Not every single time that I have this dream about flying, but often enough. He flies too, but he never speaks."

   "The first time I had a dream about this man I was having a hard time at work. I had a dream about getting lost in a huge and deserted shopping mall. Suddenly this man appeared and I started running away from him. He chased after me for what seemed like an hour until I found myself against a wall in the kids' area in a supermarket. At this point he smiled at me and he showed me the way out towards the cash desks and I woke up. Ever since that night this man has appeared in all of my dreams and he always gives me directions to get out of the dream and wake up."

   "I have never had homosexual relationships or even fantasies. But I dream about having sexing with this man all the time. I must admit he has a lot of imagination and he pleases me. Sometimes when I wake up I discover I have had a nocturnal emission."

   "I saw this man in my dream, dressed as Santa Klaus. When he showed up I felt so happy, just like when I was a little girl. Then he smiled at me and his head became a balloon,floating in the air above me, but no matter how hard I tried to catch it, I just couldn't reach it."

   " I dreamt of this man when I was in the 10th grade. He hasn't been in any recurring dreams just one very memorable and terrifying dream. In my dream I was stuck in a room sitting on a stool. A few feet away from me there was a television set. I was 'visited' by two men I had never seen before (not 'this man') and they both attacked me. I woke up covered in sweat and tears and I was screaming. I somehow fell asleep then I found myself back in the room. I started screaming and crying. Then This Man showed up on the screen. I begged him to not harm me. He didn't change his blank expression or speak. He slit my throat and I woke up. I suppose he let me out of the nightmare but I couldn't stop thinking about him for weeks. I still have some of the sketches I drew of him. I know it's kind of weird."

   " I dreamt this man was in my mirror watching me, saying nothing, and he was wearing glasses. He never moved the entire time I saw him, he was like a statue, so still."

   " I dreamt this man... was Brazilian and very handsome. He was a schoolteacher type with 6 fingers on his right hand. He said if the US had a nuclear disaster: go North!"

   " I have seen this man in 3 completely different dreams. He was slightly different from the picture, but I recognized him immedialely. 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."


Several theories have been developed to explain the mysteriously recurring presence of this man in the dreams of different people who are not related in any way. The following theories are the ones that elicit the greatest interest among the dreamers themselves.

According to Jung's psychoanalytic theory, this man is an archetypal image belonging to the collective unconscious that can surface in times of hardship (emotional development, dramatic changes in our lives, stressful circumstances etc.) in particularly sensitive subjects.

According to this theory this man is the image of the Creator, that is to say one of the forms in which God manifests himself today. This is the reason why his indications and the words he utters during the dreams should be decidedly followed by the dreamers.

It is the most interesting theory and the one that has the greatest implications, but it has also the lowest scientific credibility. According to this theory this man is a real person, who can enter people's dreams by means of specific psychological skills. Some believe that in real life this man looks like the man in the dreams. Others think that the man in the dreams looks completely different from his real life counterpart. Some people seem to believe that behind this man there is a mental conditioning plan developed by a major corporation.

This is a scientific psycho-sociological theory which claims that this phenomenon has arisen casually and has progressively developed by imitation. Basically when people are exposed to this phenomenon they become so deeply impressed that they start seeing this man in their dreams.

This theory states that the apparitions of this man are purely casual. Normally we do not remember precisely the faces we see in our dreams. The image of this man would thus be an instrument which, in the subject's waking life, facilitates recognition of an undefined oneirical image. 


These are some of the original drawings made by the people who have seen this man in their dreams. The identikit that is currently used is based on these portraits.


Cantalupo in Sabina (Italy)

Rostov (Russia)

Senta (Serbia)

Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do (South Korea)

Vilnus (Lithuania)

somewhere (Finland)

San Ramon de Alajuela (Costarica)

New York Psychiatric Institute

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Los Angeles (California)

Berlin (Deutschland)

Sao Paulo (Brasil)

Stockholm (Sverige)

Zacatecas (Mexico)

Hluhluwe Reserve (South Africa)

Roma (Italia)

Mc Allen (Texas)

London (Uk)

San Francisco (California)

Hamilton (New Zealand)

Barcelona (Espa�a)

Memphis (Tennessee)

La Habana (Cuba)

Washington (Virginia)

Bilbao (Espa�a)

Austin (Texas)

Auckland (New Zealand)

Milano (Italia)

Puerto Piritu (Venezuela)


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Read this .pdf document with our last discovery!"

We have clear evidence about a strongly appearence of This Man beetwen January 7th and January 9th.

In the past mounths some individuals have been trying to stop this website's research, claiming that we might have a hidden marketing agenda. This is false!
Those individuals are probably just scared, of what This Man could soon be announcing in many people's dreams.

26-08-13 Malay flyer is on-line
09-20-12 Psycho Metal release a song about This Man
07-02-12 Thai flyer is on-line
02-10-12 Andy Stojek release a song about This Man
01-09-12 Amazing video from Rostov
01-18-11 Afrikaans flyer is on-line
01-13-11 Coverage on Suite 101
09-22-10 Great White Troll released a new song and music video inspired by This Man
04-26-10 Persian flyer is on-line
12-27-09 Finnish flyer is on-line
12-09-09 Japanese and Bielaruskaja flyers are on-line
11-12-09 Greek flyer is on-line
11-09-09 Arabic flyer is on-line
11-06-09 Coverage on Aerzte Zeitung (Germany)
11-04-09 Coverage on Ciudad (Argentina)
11-04-09 Slovak flyer is on-line
11-02-09 Video-coverage on Do1Tv (German)
11-02-09 Iceland flyer is on-line
11-01-09 Coverage on R7 Noticias (Brazil)
10-31-09 Coverage on MediaCat (Turkey)
10-31-09 Coverage on Edmond Journal (Canada)
10-31-09 Coverage on El Periodico (Spain)
10-31-09 Coverage on France 24 (France)
10-30-09 Turkish flyer is on-line
10-29-09 Coverage on Tarakash (India)
10-29-09 Coverage on RTL Televizija (Croatia)
10-29-09 Coverage on Yahoo (India)
10-29-09 Coverage on Milliyet (Turkey)
10-29-09 Coverage on Il Giornale (Italy)
10-29-09 Coverage on L'Unit� (Italy)
10-29-09 Coverage on News.cn (China)
10-28-09 Latvian flyer is on-line
10-28-09 Coverage on Sify News (Uk)
10-28-09 Coverage on La Stampa (Italy)
10-28-09 Coverage on Metro (Uk)
10-27-09 Coverage on Donbass (Ukraine)
10-27-09 Coverage on Krone (Austria)
10-27-09 Coverage on TgCom (Italy)
10-27-09 Coverage on The Sun (Uk)
10-27-09 Coverage on Vienna Online (Austria)
10-27-09 New dreams added
10-26-09 Coverage on Short News (Germany)
10-26-09 Coverage on Hvg (Hungary)
10-26-09 Coverage on Ziua (Romania)
10-26-09 Coverage on Heckler Spray (Uk)
10-26-09 Coverage on Bild (Germany)
10-25-09 Coverage on Politiken (Danmark)
10-24-09 Coverage on Guardian (Uk) printed: no link
10-21-09 Coverage on Joe Monster (Poland)
10-20-09 Coverage on Taratur (Macedonia)
10-20-09 Faeroes flyer is on-line
10-20-09 Danish flyer is on-line
10-20-09 Polish flyer is on-line
10-19-09 Map of dreams (beta)
10-19-09 Coverage on Taraf (Turkey)
10-18-09 Coverage on Pagina/12 (Argentina)
10-18-09 Coverage on Terra (Chile)
10-16-09 Coverage on Metro (Sweden)
10-15-09 Coverage on Ekstra Bladet (Danmark)
10-15-09 Coverage on Daniel Tosh of Commedy Central (Us)
10-15-09 Coverage on Poszkole (Poland)
10-15-09 Hebrew flyer is on-line
10-15-09 Dutch flyer is on-line
10-15-09 Coverage on dcnews (South Korea)
10-15-09 Russian flyer is on-line
10-14-09 Coverage on I Heart Chaos
10-14-09 Coverage on Dirty.ru (Russia)
10-14-09 Serbian flyer is on-line
10-14-09 On air on Coast to Coast AM (Us)
10-14-09 Coverage on dongA (South Korea)
10-14-09 Coverage on Yahoo Korea
10-13-09 Picture from Puerto P�ritu (Venezuela) is online
10-12-09 On Red Bar Radio (Chicago) download mp3
00-00-00 a Facebook group


15-01-11 A wonderful piece of art by nfmitchell on deviantART
19-11-10 A draw on Facebook
19-11-10 An exhibition in Providence RI (Us)
12-28-09 This Mario found at Goldsmiths University, London
10-21-09 Ever Dream This Woman? www.thiswoman.org
10-21-09 Ever Dream This Shaq? www.thisshaq.org
10-20-09 Turkish Hypothesis :-)
10-19-09 Wooly Willy (fan art from Brazil)
10-15-09 Ever dream this robot?
10-15-09 Korean Hypothesis :-)
10-14-09 Chilen Hypothesis :-)

A painting of Marcel Antonio (from Philippines):

A dreamer old sketch 2003-2004 (from Las Vegas):

Bilbao (Spain):

Youtube clips:

This Mysterious Man

By By Chris Capps  
Does the image to the left look familiar?  According to several people around the internet, this man has been appearing in their dreams seemingly out of nowhere.  Who is this man? The phenomena has been regarded as everything from a Jungian archetype that manifests in our dreams to fulfill some psychological need to an attempt at mass mind control.  Or is there something else to this man?  Some have even suggested that he is a spiritual entity, or “dream surfer” that moves from conscious mind to conscious mind with purposes unknown.  The answer to this man’s identity may surprise you.
"I have had this recurrent dream for some years now. A tall, dark man shows me a picture and asks me if I can recognize my father in it. The man in the picture is this man I have never seen before, he looks nothing like my dad, nevertheless I inexplicably answer that I do recognize my father. At this point I usually wake up feeling very peaceful. Other times the dream continues, I am standing before my father's grave, I place some flowers on the ground and I realize the photograph on the tombstone is missing."  Eerie accounts such as these have been circulated around internet forums for several days now, suggesting this sudden rash of sightings may have quite a sudden, but mysterious origin indeed.
 The entire phenomena happened so quickly, in fact, that a few are even suspecting a viral marketing campaign designed to pull the wool over the eyes of paranormal investigators and researchers into the unusual and the unexplainable.  The legend of this story is that a man, varying name depending on who tells the story, went to a psychiatrist and sketched the image of a mysterious figure who had visited him in dreams over the course of several months.  He sketched an image of the visitor, and it was shuffled in with the psychiatrist’s papers on his desk.  Another patient later noticed this and declared that he had been visited as well.  Soon more started coming forward, all describing the same man and a program was launched (as the legend goes) to attempt to track down everyone who has had dreams of this individual.  The program eventually became a website and hundreds of forum posts throughout the internet.  The website, thisman.org, is a mysterious page with an image of the man, several dreamed accounts from anonymous reports (presumably written to the site) with offered explanations and theories on who the man actually is.  There is no information, however, on where the web-site gets its funding... until you dig deeper.
 Examining the source code and server information of the website, you learn that Thisman.org is a privately owned and operated server created by a man named Andrea Natella.  A quick search for Andrea Natella reveals that he’s a viral marketing specialist working with his Italian based viral advertising agency, guerilliamarketing.it.  The "this-man" phenomena is debunked as a hoax, and fairly easily.  Unfortunately, thousands around the internet have already propogated this hoax as the genuine article.
 But what will this site eventually advertise?  Given the content of some of the dreams, it’s unlikely to be a product, but rather could be one of two things.  First, it could be an independent film company relying Natella’s agency to get some exposure for their film.  Second, it could be Natella advertising his own agency.  It’s clear Andrea Natella is not above creating hoaxes for the purpose of advertising, as he has written several papers on the subject, and even allegedly has been involved in several previous hoaxes.  So why is his name appearing now so readily?  It shouldn't have been this easy to uncover a hoax.  It is most certainly important for those in the paranormal field to keep an eye on hoaxers such as this man.


This Man (Ever Dream This Man)



This Man (a.k.a “Ever Dream This Man?”) is an Internet myth associated with an artist’s illustration of a man with beady eyes, bushy eyebrows, thin lips, and a receding hairline. Since October 2009, numerous reports of this man appearing in people’s dreams have come from around the world, typically portrayed as a benevolent character.


The copypasta story is said to have originated from thisman.org[1], a website launched in September 2009 by Italian viral marketing specialist Andrea Natella. According to the site description, the portrait (shown below) was drawn by a mental patient of a well-known psychiatrist:

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. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life. 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. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life. 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. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.
The website also insists that since January 2006, at least 2,000 people from all over the world have claimed they have seen “This Man” in their dreams, with reports coming from Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Dehli, Moscow, etc.


Throughout October 2009, the mysterious copypasta spread across various blogs like Neatorama, Now Republic and io9, discussion forums including Yahoo Q&A, Facepunch and StraightDope Forum, as well as social news communities 4chan, Reddit and Metafilter, where lengthy discussions about the rumor’s validity and debunking attempts ensued. Numerous explanations about “This Man” soon followed suit, some based on sociological and psychological concepts like Carl Jung’s Archetype Theory or Dream Imitation Theory, as well as others that are more absurd of claims like the man is a dream skipper or the God himself.

Hoax Debunked

That same month, some people began investigating the origin of Thisman.org and identified Italian sociologist and marketing strategist Andrea Natella as the creator of the website. It was also revealed that Natella runs an advertising agency called Guerilla Marketing, which designs subversive hoaxes and creates weird art projects exploring pornography, politics, and advertising. The site was briefly acquired by horror movie production company Ghost House Pictures, in promotion for an upcoming film titled This Man[2], written and directed by American filmmaker Bryan Bertino.

Notable Parodies

Due to the mystery surrounding This Man, there are numerous parody websites and images ranging from “Who is this woman?”[6] and the now defunct Shaq version to image macros comparing the character to Andre the Giant.

Search Interest

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