1st Edition

The Psychology of Dreaming

By Josie Malinowski Copyright 2021
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    Why do we dream? What is the connection between our dreams and our mental health? Can we teach ourselves to have lucid dreams?

    The Psychology of Dreaming delves into the last 100 years of dream research to provide a thought-provoking introduction to what happens in our minds when we sleep. It looks at the role that dreaming plays in memory, problem-solving, and processing emotions, examines how trauma affects dreaming, and explores how we can use our dreams to understand ourselves better. Exploring extraordinary experiences like lucid dreaming, precognitive dreams, and sleep paralysis nightmares, alongside cutting-edge questions like whether it will ever be possible for androids to dream, The Psychology of Dreaming reveals some of the most fascinating aspects of our dreaming world.

    Introduction: Dream Life

    1. What are dreams, and how do we study them?

    2. A Brief History of Dream Research

    3. Why do we dream?

    4. Dreaming and Mental Health

    5. Dream-Sharing: Dreamwork and Dreams in Therapy

    6. Extraordinary Dreams

    7. Sci-fi Dreaming


    Josie Malinowski is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London, UK, who specialises in dream research. Her research on dreaming has been featured in TIME magazine, The Guardian, and The Independent.