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An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming, 2nd Edition

by Kelly Bulkeley, PhD

 

After 100 years of scientific study, researchers have established that all humans dream—everyone has the innate ability to generate vivid imaginal experiences in sleep.

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June 2017

Praeger

Pages 160
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
  Science/General
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Introducing students at all levels to the key concepts of modern dream psychology, this concise book provides an overview of major theories regarding the formation, function, and interpretation of dreams.

Why do people dream, and what do dreams mean? What do the most recent neuroscientific research and studies of patterns in dream content reveal about the functionality of dreams? How do the ideas of earlier generations of dream psychologists continue to influence the research of psychologists today? An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming covers all major theories in dream psychology from 1900 to the present day. It provides readers with a unique resource that focuses specifically on this lineage of research in dream psychology and is concise and accessibly written.

Each chapter of the book analyzes a particular theory of dream psychology in terms of three basic questions: How are dreams formed? What functions do dreams serve? How can dreams be interpreted? By examining each theorist's answers to these questions, readers can clearly see how dream psychology theorists have both incorporated concepts from previous researchers and developed new ideas of their own. A breadth of psychological approaches is considered, from Freud and Jung to contemporary brain studies, giving readers an appreciation of the wide range of theories regarding this fascinating area of study.

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  • Explains the historical development of dream psychology across a century of thought and research, from Freudian psychoanalysis to modern neuroscience
  • Provides a clear template for analyzing each theory of dream psychology in terms of how it answers the three basic questions of formation, function, and interpretation
  • Encourages readers to look carefully at their own dreams as a legitimate source of insight into the dreaming process
  • Represents an ideal resource for undergraduate students in introductory psychology classes who need a solid understanding of the psychology of dreaming
Author Info

Kelly Bulkeley, PhD, is director of the Sleep and Dream Database. A senior editor of the journal Dreaming and a former president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, he is author and editor of several books, including Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion; Praeger's Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (coedited with Ryan Hurd); and Dreaming in the World's Religions: A Comparative History.

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