The Dream Encyclopedia

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Exploring the fascinating world of dreams, this comprehensive reference examines more than 250 dreamrelated topics, from art to history to science, including how factors such as selfhealing, ESP, literature, religion, sex, cognition and memory, and medical conditions can all have an effect on dreams. Dream symbolism and interpretation is examined in historical, cultural, and psychological detail, while a dictionary?updated with 1,000 symbols and explanations?offers further insights. Dreaming about teeth, for ...

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Overview

Exploring the fascinating world of dreams, this comprehensive reference examines more than 250 dreamrelated topics, from art to history to science, including how factors such as selfhealing, ESP, literature, religion, sex, cognition and memory, and medical conditions can all have an effect on dreams. Dream symbolism and interpretation is examined in historical, cultural, and psychological detail, while a dictionary—updated with 1,000 symbols and explanations—offers further insights. Dreaming about teeth, for instance, can indicate control issues, and dreaming of a zoo can indicate that the dreamer needs to tidy up some situation. Examining these concepts and more, this is the ultimate dreamer's companion.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
An aid to both dream interpretation and beginning dream research.
Choice
Written to be an accessible reference book, ... [t]he material is presented via brief answers to a series of questions.
From the Publisher
"An aid to both dream interpretation and beginning dream research." —"American Reference Books Annual"
From the Publisher

"Encompassing all facets of popular interest in dreams, this general interest resource provides a broad overview of contemporary studies of dreaming, and sheds light on notions of dreams from around the world."  —Reference and Research Book News

"A comprehensive reference, The Dream Encyclopedia provides a thorough treatment and a unique analysis of dream-related topics. Of particular interest is the discussion of the importance of dreams in various religious and ethnic groups around the world."  —SirReadaLot.org

"Tackling nearly three hundred topics that commonly occur in dreams and offering interpretations for each of them, The Dream Encyclopedia breaks down each symbol and explains why one's mileage may vary on certain symbols. Offering much food for thought, [this book] is very much recommended to the curious or professional reader."  —The Midwest Book Review

"Whether one is a serious student of dreams, or wishes merely to peruse the volume for pleasure, one cannot help but learn something about the fascinating world of dreams from Lewis's helpful contribution to the literature on the subject."  —Foreword Magazine

"Written to be an accessible reference book . . . [t]he material is presented via brief answers to a series of questions."  —Choice

"An aid to both dream interpretation and beginning dream research."  —

American Reference Books Annual

Foreword Magazine
Whether one is a serious student of dreams, or wishes merely to peruse the volume for pleasure, one cannot help but learn something about the fascinating world of dreams from Lewis's helpful contribution to the literature on the subject.
The Midwest Book Review
Tackling nearly three hundred topics that commonly occur in dreams and offering interpretations for each of them, The Dream Encyclopediabreaks down each symbol and explains why one's mileage may vary on certain symbols. Offering much food for thought, [the book]is very much recommended to the curious or professional reader.
SirReadaLot.org
A comprehensive reference, The Dream Encyclopedia provides a thorough treatment and a unique analysis of dream-related topics. Of particular interest is the discussion of the importance of dreams in various religious and ethnic groups around the world.
Reference and Research Book News
Encompassing all facets of popular interest in dreams, this general interest resource provides a broad overview of contemporary studies of dreaming, and sheds light on notions of dreams from around the world.
Library Journal
This A-to-Z resource covers everything one needs to know about dreams from the early fascination of the fourth century B.C.E., when Chuang-tzu dreamed that he was a butterfly, to dreams and the New Age and the questions of "What will the future bring?" The book contains 276 dream-related topics from art history to science, along with information on dreams from ancient times to the present. More than 1000 dream symbols and explanations are included, from airplane dreams, which may mean that a dreamer has the power to "rise above" a situation, to zoo dreams, which may indicate that the dreamer needs to "tidy up" a situation. In addition, the book presents numerous entries for the people involved in dreams—from healers and therapists such as Aristotle and Freud to movements and dream topics such as Buddhism and dreams in movies. Both authors have impressive backgrounds: Lewis has taught at the University of Wisconsin since 1999 and previously authored The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements and The Astrology Book; Oliver has worked as a crisis intervention therapist for 30 years and previously wrote Angels A to Z and Afterlife Journeys. BOTTOM LINE This attractive and comprehensive book is accessible to both curious observers and serious students of dreams. It provides a nice balance of scholarly and nonscholarly information as well as numerous illustrations and research sources. A great buy for both public and academic libraries.—Kathleen A. Welton, Chicago
Booknews
Interpretations of dream symbols from abandonment to zoo, along with alphabetically arranged entries relating to the history of dreams, cultural views of dreaming, sleep research, and popular aspects of dreams. Coverage includes dream control, healing and dreams, ESP and dreams, creative visualization, problem solving in dreams, the collective unconscious, day residues in dream content, memory and sleep, and nondreamers. Includes a list of sleep research centers and dream organizations around the country. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578592166
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 787,011
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


James R. Lewis is a professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and the author of Angels A to Z, The Astrology Book, Doomsday Prophecies: A Complete Guide to the End of the World, Legitimating New Religions, and Modern Witchcraft and Odd Gods: New Religions and the Cult Controversy. He lives in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
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