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Overview

This text is a one-stop resource on modern dream psychology, from the pioneering theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to the revolutionary findings of the sleep laboratory.

An introduction to the 20th century's major psychological theories about dreams and dreaming, this work offers a detailed historical overview of how these theories have developed from 1900 to the present. To help readers understand the many different approaches modern psychologists have taken, the book examines each approach in terms of three basic questions: How are dreams formed? What functions do dreams serve? How can dreams be interpreted?

The book begins with a brief historical review of the most important ideas about dreams proposed in Western antiquity. It then presents comprehensive descriptions of the dream theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and other clinical psychologists. It further discusses the revolutionary discoveries of the modern sleep laboratory and the most important research findings of experimental psychologists. The book concludes with an examination of dreams in contemporary popular psychology, a multifaceted analysis of a sample dream, and an extensive bibliography on dream research.

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Bulkeley (Santa Clara U.), president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, presents 20th-century psychology's diverse theories regarding the formation, function, and interpretation of dreams: from the traditional Freudian, to the reverse-learning theory of Crick and Mitchison, which posits that dreamers should be glad they rarely remember their REM productions<-->as their function is to remove negative patterns of thought from the brain. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958893
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1997
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KELLY BULKELEY, President of the Association for the Study of Dreams, teaches at Santa Clara University and is the author of several works on the subject of dreams.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Three Basic Questions about Dreaming: Formation, Function, Interpretation 1
2 Sigmund Freud Discovers "The Secret of Dreams" 13
3 C.G. Jung Descends into the Collective Unconscious 27
4 Alternative Clinical Theories About Dreams 39
5 Sleep Laboratories, REM Sleep, and Dreaming 51
6 Experimental Psychology and Dreaming 67
7 Popular Psychology: Bringing Dreams to the Masses 85
8 Modern Psychology's Answers to the Three Basic Questions about Dreaming 101
Bibliography 113
Index 127
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