Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming / Edition 1

Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming / Edition 1

by Anthony Stevens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674216393

ISBN-13: 9780674216396

Pub. Date: 04/25/1997

Publisher: Harvard

Every night we enter a mythic realm, a dark, primordial world of fear and desire. What this world offers, Anthony Stevens suggests, may well be the key to understanding our waking mysteries--ourselves, our society, and our history. A prominent psychiatrist and practicing Jungian analyst, Stevens views dreaming from both psychological and neurological perspectives

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Every night we enter a mythic realm, a dark, primordial world of fear and desire. What this world offers, Anthony Stevens suggests, may well be the key to understanding our waking mysteries--ourselves, our society, and our history. A prominent psychiatrist and practicing Jungian analyst, Stevens views dreaming from both psychological and neurological perspectives to show how dreams owe their origins as much to our evolutionary history as a species as to our personal history as individuals.

A work rich in symbolic and scientific insight, Private Myths traverses the course of dream interpretation from distant hunter-gatherer times to the present. This analysis is as authoritative as it is wide-ranging, including discussions of the biology of dreaming and the discovery of REM sleep, elaboration of the latest neuroscientific techniques in sleep research, and an assessment of the century-long legacy of analytic practice to dream interpretation. In a close look at the actual processes of dream formation, Stevens relates "dream work" to other creative capacities such as language, poetry, storytelling, memory, play, symptom-formation, magic, and ritual. He draws on his many years of experience to analyze key historical dreams, such as Freud's dream of Irma's injection and Hitler's dream of being buried alive, and enriches this discussion with analyses of his own and his patients' dreams.

Remarkable in its breadth, Private Myths makes the principles of dream interpretation accessible to scientists, the findings of dream science accessible to analysts, and the discoveries of both available to anyone intrigued by the mysteries of dreams and dreaming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674216396
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/25/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
385
Sales rank:
1,050,203
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

The Poetry Machine

From Gilgamesh to Freud

Freud, Jung and After

Dream Science

Conscious and Unconscious, Collective and Personal

The Dream Work

Symbolism

Dreams in Therapy

Practical Dreamwork

Common Dreams

Dreams and Creativity

Some Famous Dreams

Dreaming and the Art of Consciousness

Science and the Soul

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

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