Visions of the Night: Dreams, Religion, and Psychology

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SUNY Press, Sep 16, 1999 - Psychology - 217 pages
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This wide-ranging exploration of the spiritual and scientific dimensions of dreaming offers new connections between the ancient wisdom of the world's religious traditions, which have always taught that dreams reveal divine truths, and the recent findings of modern psychological research. Drawing upon philosophy, anthropology, sociology, neurology, literature, and film criticism, the book offers a better understanding of the mysterious complexity and startling creative powers of human dreaming experience. For those interested in gaining new perspectives on dreaming, the powers of the imagination, and the newest frontiers in the dialogue between religion and science, Visions of the Night promises to be a welcome resource.
  

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Contents

The Varieties of Religious Dream Experience
1
Root Metaphor Dreams
7
Dreaming and Conversion
15
Where Do Dreams Come From?
23
Sharing Dreams in Community Settings
31
Dreams and Environmental Ethics
39
Dreaming in a Totalitarian Society A Winnicottian Reading of Charlotte Beradts The Third Reich of Dreams
47
Dreaming Is Play A Response to Freud
59
Alternative Clinical Theories about Dreams
137
Sleep Laboratory Research on REM Sleep and Dreaming
139
Dreaming and Cognition
141
Content Analysis
144
Nightmares
146
Childrens Dreams
148
Gender and Sexuality
151
Popular Psychology
154

Gods REMS and What Neurology Has to Say about the Religious Meanings of Dreams
67
The Evil Dreams of Gilgamesh Interpreting Dreams in Mythological Texts
77
Wisdoms Refuge in the Night Dreams in The Mahabharata The Ramayana and Richard III
93
Dreamily Deconstructing the Dream Factory The Wizard of Oz and A Nightmare on Elm Street
103
Dreams within Films Films within Dreams
111
Dreaming in Russia August 1991
119
Postscript on Dreams Religion and Psychological Studies
129
Bibliographical Essays
131
Jung and Analytic Psychology
134
Lucid Dreaming
157
Paranormal Dreams
160
CrossCultural Studies of Dreaming
162
Dreams Psychology and the Humanities
167
Dreams Psychology and Religion
170
Key Resources in the Study of Dreams
173
Bibliography
177
Index
213
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About the author (1999)

Kelly Bulkeley is Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University. A former president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, he has published extensively, and is the editor of Among All These Dreamers: Essays on Dreams and Modern Society and the author of The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture, also published by SUNY Press.

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