Our Dreaming Mind

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MONTAGUE ULLMAN, M.D.

Author of WORKING WITH DREAMS

In this brilliantly researched study, Robert L. Van de Castle, Ph.D., an internationally recognized dream authority, examines the vital role that dreams have played throughout history. OUR DREAMING MIND delves into the most provocative experiments that scientists are conducting on the ...

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Overview

"When a book appears that is timely, scholarly, comprehensive, and well-written, it stands as a landmark."

MONTAGUE ULLMAN, M.D.

Author of WORKING WITH DREAMS

In this brilliantly researched study, Robert L. Van de Castle, Ph.D., an internationally recognized dream authority, examines the vital role that dreams have played throughout history. OUR DREAMING MIND delves into the most provocative experiments that scientists are conducting on the dreaming mind in this century. Vast in scope and startling in its revelations, here is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of dreams, written with clarity and grace. Dr. Van de Castle shares with all readers the amazing riches he has discovered throughout a lifetime of research and reflection on dreams.

Brilliantly researched, this epic study by a recognized dream authority examines all aspects of dreams, from the role that dreams have played in history to studies of dreams and contemporary psychology. Van de Castle uncovers the connection between dreams and creativity, reveals the impact of pregnancy on dreams, and investigates the possibility of paranormal dreams.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Inspirational imagery revealed in dreams to Muhammad, Gandhi, Descartes, Wagner, Handel, Coleridge, Yeats, Orson Welles, Elias Howe and many others has wrought significant changes in politics, science, art, music, film, literature and religion. Yet dreams have been devalued in Western culture, and one reason for this, suggests Van de Castle, is that Freud's forging of strong links among dreams, neuroses and sex has thwarted a wider exploration of the full meaning of dreams. Former director of the University of Virginia Medical School's Sleep and Dream Laboratory, the author explores the dream theories of Freud, Jung, Montague Ullman, Fritz Perls and others. He surveys the importance of dream imagery in ancient and non-Western cultures and crams in a wealth of information on children's dreams, recurrent dreams, nightmares, gender differences in dreaming and much else. This immensely readable resource is a monumental history of dreams and a practical stimulus for those who want to remember and work with their dreams. Illustrated. (Aug.)
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Van de Castle, former director of the Sleep and Dream Laboratory at the University of Virginia, presents the scientific facts surrounding dreams as well as some of the more prophetic, paranormal associations. He begins his well-organized text with a history of dreams, using such anecdotes as the revelation in a dream of the location of Kuwait's great oil reserves to a British political official. Van de Castle proceeds to describe modern dream theories of the 20th century with a particular emphasis on Freud and Jung. He continues with the current state of dream research and ends with the paranormal qualities of dreams. While books concerning dreams abound, this broad and intelligent work is highly recommended. [QPB main selection; BOMC alternate.]-Jennifer Amador, Central State Hosp. Medical Lib., Petersburg, Va.
Gilbert Taylor
Contrary to popular belief, the dream factory is not located in Hollywood's film studios but right in our own noggins. The brain's fantastic store of products parades by one's eyelids, and here a dream researcher dips into the trove of reports that people have made. Portentous or picayune, all dreams are valid to Van de Castle, who after lollygagging through a hundred pages on famous dreamers (Plato to Patton), finally gets down to the meat of the matter: interpretation. It was popularized by Freud, who invented such stalwarts in the analytical vocabulary as "wish fullfillment." Van de Castle, even more analytical, dons the white coat to summarize what lab studies, including his own, have revealed about the physiology of dreaming, the themes in dreams and their whole symbology, and gender-specific patterns. More speculatively, he ponders the premonitory and telepathic powers of dreams. The author's solid knowledge, encompassing such diverse subjects as ancient omens and modern statistics, and enthusiastic lucidity beckon a huge readership.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345364357
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/31/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576

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