Doctor degree, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Federal Republic Germany, 1973.
Tholey started the study of oneirology in an attempt to prove that dreams occur in color. He devised the reflection technique for inducing lucid dreams, consisting in continuously suspecting waking life to be a dream, in the hope that such a habit would manifest itself during dreams. Paul Tholey's research included the examination of the cognitive abilities of dreamers, as well as the cognitive abilities of dream figures.
Dream figures who agreed to perform the tasks proved more successful in verbal than in arithmetic tasks.
Member International Association Consciousness Research (board directors 1989-1991), Association Dream Research, Lucidity Association, Gestalt Theory (contributor since 1979, board directors, co-editor since 1991), European College Study Consciousness.
Married Viktoria Kobler. Children: Torsten, Ellen.