Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 20, 2018 - Science - 272 pages
A fresh, revelatory foray into the new science of dreams—how they work, what they’re for, and how we can reap the benefits of our own nocturnal life

While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they’re dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune moment: just as researchers began to understand why dreams exist. They aren’t just random events; they have clear purposes. They help us learn and even overcome psychic trauma.

Robb draws on fresh and forgotten research, as well as her experience and that of other dream experts, to show why dreams are vital to our emotional and physical health. She explains how we can remember our dreams better—and why we should. She traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and even offers advice on how we can relish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming for ourselves.

Why We Dream is a clear-eyed, cutting-edge examination of the meaning and purpose of our nightly visions and a guide to changing our dream lives—and making our waking lives richer, healthier, and happier.
 

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In this intriguing and accessible pop science investigation, New York magazine science columnist Robb explores the significance of dreams for one’s health and well-being, the history and current state ... Read full review

Contents

How We Forgot About Dreams
11
The Vanguard
41
Dreams Enter the Lab
60
The Renaissance of Sleep Research
71
ProblemSolving
81
Preparation for Life
102
Nightmares
129
Diagnosis
146
Dream Groups
166
Control
186
My Night Life
211
Back Matter
216
Back Flap
267
Back Cover
268
Spine
269
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ALICE ROBB is a columnist for New York’s Science of Us. Formerly a staff writer at the New Republic, she has also written for the New Statesman, Foreign Policy, Elle, Vice, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post, among others. She lives in Brooklyn.

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