This fascinating and accessible book offers a comprehensive overview of dream interpretation theory and modern dream science, presenting an argument for dreamwork as a means to better understand emotional challenges and achieve personal growth.
Bridging the gap between cognitive-behavioral therapies, psychoanalysis and depth psychology, the book explores topics like lucid dreams, end-of-life dreams, cross-cultural dream analysis and Freudian and Jungian models of dream interpretation. The authors offer a new model for better understanding dreams based on symbol formation, narrative structure and current neurophysiology, with the aim of reinvigorating the way we value dreams and their importance to individuals and society.
The Wisdom of Dreams can be of great interest to analysts and therapists, including psychiatrists, psychologists, sleep researchers, social workers and counselors, as well as anyone interested in working with their dreams for greater personal clarity and self-understanding.
"In The Wisdom of Dreams, Drs. Greg Mahr and Christopher Drake take a giant step toward integrating the neuroscience of REM sleep and the psychology of dreaming into a comprehensive and pragmatic clinical handbook. I believe this exceptionally informative and engaging work is a must read not only for psychotherapists, but for all health professionals."
Rubin Naiman, PhD, Sleep and Dream Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, The University of Arizona Health Sciences
"In this outstanding synthesis of dream science and depth psychology the author’s expertise and love of the topic shine throughout. The book reminds the reader of the importance of dreams in human history and in everyday life and is an excellent introduction to dreamwork for therapists and the general public. It is a pleasure to read and revisit."
Bud Harris PhD, Jungian analyst, author of Sacred Selfishness, Into the Heart of the Feminine, and many other books on Jungian depth psychology