Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey

Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey

by Alice Robb


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544931213
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 562,479
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alice Robb is a writer in Brooklyn. She writes a column for New York’s “Science of Us,” and has contributed to Elle, The New Statesman, Foreign Policy and The New Republic, where she was a staff writer. Before that, she studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 How We Forgot About Dreams 11

Chapter 2 The Vanguard 41

Chapter 3 Dreams Enter the Lab 60

Chapter 4 The Renaissance of Sleep Research 71

Chapter 5 Problem-Solving 81

Chapter 6 Preparation for Life 102

Chapter 7 Nightmares 129

Chapter 8 Diagnosis 146

Chapter 9 Dream Groups 166

Chapter 10 Control 186

Epilogue: My Night Life 211

Acknowledgments 216

Notes 218

Index 256

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