Learn how to interpret your dreams and use your unconscious mind as a tool for self-help with this in-depth guide to dream analysis.
Have you ever dreamt you were being chased? How about a dream that your teeth were falling out? With an open mind and some guidance you will be able to shed light on how the images and emotions we experience in our sleep can be deeply connected to waking life.
Explore the psychological function and meaning of dreams, and learn to unlock their power for self-improvement. With interpretations of dream images and themes, Dreams will show you how to interpret and control your dreams to address issues and imbalances in your life, as well as improve your psychological wellbeing.
Find out how, when, and why we dream. Discover how to keep a dream diary, the significance of nightmares and recurring dreams, and the secrets of lucid dreams. Dream interpretation has been practiced around the world for years, and now you can learn how to decode your own dreams to find the personal messages, using your own dream journal.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks insides, awakes” – Carl Jung, page 19 Dreams.
Dreams are one of those amazing topics that we love to talk about, that keep us up wondering and can also cause worry. I still remember when I woke up after a nightmare of my teeth falling out – I woke up in a sweat, feeling inside my mouth to ensure I still had all of my teeth. It left me with the most awful feeling for two days straight (and a constant fear that they were going to just start dropping out of my mouth!). I had no idea what brought on this irrational fear and why my mind for several days afterwards could not turn it off.
This book starts off by talking about the theory of dreams, healthy sleep, sleep hygiene, dream pioneers and dream skills. I liked learning about the history of dreams but I found the dream skills section very helpful. So many times, I wake up feeling anxious from a dream but I can’t recall my dreams or why I was left feeling this way. Or I will have a feeling of deja vu during the course of my day that has left me wondering, has this happened before in my dreams? I liked how it spoke about a journal and documenting important things in the dream like where are you, who is there, how do you feel and what events led up to the dream? All important factors when you are trying to recall your dreams. She also includes a few case studies to give you a better understanding of how to break down your dreams.
The dream directory is extensive but please be cautious. The author even gives a simple caution that sometimes, one size does not fit all. Dreams are not simple and need to be weighed based on your own history. The dream directory covers a range of topics including: people, childhood, sex, house, travel, places, pressure, loss, animals, nature and water. Each topic explained the dream and then had an action item below explaining what you may have been feeling and how to potentially interpret that dream.
This is a great starting point for those who love to try to decipher their own dreams (or want to start) or those who want to gain a better understanding of their emotions, their thoughts and how this impacts their sleep and their dreams.
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions” – Edgar Cayce, page 189 Dreams.
About the Author
Rosie March-Smith is a registered psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy and a Member Emeritus of the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners. She has been in private practice for more than 20 years and works with dreams, Gestalt methods, psychodrama, and the transpersonal. A former journalist, she wrote internationally as a freelance contributor to newspapers and magazines, traveling widely to research articles on education and mental health issues. She is the author of two Open University publications on counseling skills and relationships.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.