This unique book is the first of two volumes that describe a new, transpersonal model for therapeutic work on dreams. Dream Sociometry, a form of Integral Deep Listening (IDL) life drama and dream character interviewing, contributes to the fields of application of the sociometric methods of J.L. Moreno and the use of sociometry in therapy, to support and direct personal development. The book describes an experiential, multi-perspectival integral life practice through accessing "emerging potentials," or perspectives that integrate, transcend, and include one's current context and predicament.
Dream Sociometry provides a thoroughly phenomenological approach, suspending interpretation as well as assumptions about the reality and usefulness of synchronicities, mystical experiences, waking accidents, dreams, and nightmares, in favour of listening to dream characters and personifications of important life issues in a respectful and integral way. It thereby provides an important doorway to both causal and non-dual awareness by accessing perspectives that personify both, and will open doors for those interested not only in dream research, but in reducing anxiety disorders, such as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorders, and seeing through the often literal and concrete interpretations that we often give both physical and mental illness as well as mystical experiences.
Offering a fresh and unique approach to both dreamwork and self-development through sociometric methodologies, this book will be of interest to researchers in the fields of psychodrama, sociometry, group psychotherapy, transpersonal, experiential and action therapies, as well as postgraduate students studying psychology and sociology.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction 1: What is Dream Sociometry? 2: Benefits of Dream Sociometry 3: The Origins of Dream Sociometry 4: Interviewed Dream Characters and Your Waking Roles 5: Enhancing Dream Recall 6: Recording Your Dreams 7: Purpose of the Dream Sociomatrix 8: The Dream Elements 9: Element Categorization 10: Making Predictions 11: Structure of the Dream Sociomatrix 12: Obtaining Interviewed Dream Character Preferences 13: Agreement in the Dream Sociomatrix 14: Ambivalence in the Dream Sociomatrix 15: Interviewed Character Categories and Attributes 16: Structure of the Dream Sociomatrix Commentary 17: Functions of the Dream Sociomatrix Commentary 18: Overview of Commentary Construction and Creation of the Action Plan 19: The Dream Summary Commentary 20: Constructing the Dreamage 21: Creating the Waking Commentary 22: The Identification Commentary 23: Designing Your Action Plan 24: The Dream Sociogram Commentary 25: The Dream Group Dynamics Commentary 26: What I Am Saying to Myself Is.. 27: The Dream Group Feedback Commentary 28: Evaluating Your Predictions 29: Using Dream Sociometry with Waking Events Appendix I: Ken Wilber Dies Commentaries Appendix II: IDL Dream Interviewing Protocol Appendix III: IDL Life Issue Interviewing Protocol Index
Joseph Dillard is a psychotherapist and author of over 20 books on transpersonal development. He is the creator of Integral Deep Listening, a multi-perspectival integral life practice.
"With 25 years of experience in practicing and teaching psychodrama and sociometry in both the USA and Europe, I found Dr. Dillard’s book fascinating, innovative and easily applicable. Dr. Dillard integrates sociometry and dreamwork, and takes them to a new level of research and practice, offering unique approaches to healing. The book offers a fortune of didactic along with clearly detailed exercises. Dream Sociometry is introduced as "the measurement of groups found in dreams". This modality connects dreams with current concerns in the dreamer’s life. Exploring the relationship between the dream characters is offered as a path toward eliminating nightmares; recognizing role conflicts and increasing self-acceptance."
Dr. Daniela Simmons, PhD, TEP, American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).