Dream Reader: Contemporary Approaches to the Understanding of Dreams

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SUNY Press, 1995 - Psychology - 677 pages
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Dream Reader is a uniquely comprehensive survey of contemporary approaches to understanding and working with dreams. The general reader interested in exploring the world of dreams could not obtain a better introduction and grounding than from this book. Academic psychologists, therapists, and professional dreamworkers alike will find it to be an incomparable survey and sampling of the growing literature on dreaming.
In Part I, Shafton summarizes sleep laboratory discoveries, then considers theories about dream generation and meaning that have arisen from these discoveries. Part II discusses major Euro-American schools of dream interpretation in the twentieth century: Freud, Jung, Existential, Cultural, and Gestalt. Also included are chapters dealing with various topics of interest: the dream styles of people of both genders, and of people with certain psychiatric diagnoses; non-interpretive approaches to dreamwork; dream incubation; lucid dreaming; dream re-entry; dreams of the blind; post-traumatic nightmares; and many more. Dream Reader provides an integrated review of the whole literature of dream psychology--the clinical, academic, and also the serious popular literature. It also presents sizeable extracts from the original sources for the reader's own critical evaluation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
REM etc
11
Freud
51
Jung
75
Existentialism
131
Culturalism
159
Gestalt
213
CatagogicAnagogic
235
The Noninterpretation of Dreams
377
Incubation
393
Lucidity
431
Reentry
487
The Bo Tree Principle
499
List of Dreams
527
Notes
543
References
579

Dream and Symptom
253
Dream Styles
291
Dream Residues
335
Initial and Termination Dreams
363
Index of Authors and Names
629
General Index
645
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ANTHONY SHAFTON is a writer and independent scholar who has been researching and writing on the subject of dreams since the early 1980s. He has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Harvard and a master's in creative writing from Stanford. Shafton began researching African American dreams in 1990 and has published on the subject in Dream Time, the magazine of the Association for the Study of Dreams. He lives in Indiana.

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