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Every Dream Interpreted
ISBN: 1843400510
By Veronica Tonay Ph. D.
Review by: Morgaine Swann

5/15/04

This is one of those glossy, heavy weight New Age-style books that beg you to take them home with you. It's a truly beautiful book, with one of the prettiest layouts and some of the nicest artwork I've seen, It's more a reference than entertainment, and gives a pretty solid ground in Western psychological theories of dream interpretation.

Dreams are categorized by the schools of Freud, Jung, Gestalt and Phenomenology. Personally, I’d like to have seen more discussion of dreams in indigenous cultures, but I won't really call that a criticism.

There's an exhaustive exploration of those questions everyone has, but usually has no one to ask. Are my dreams normal? What does it mean if I dream I'm fighting or hurting someone? If I dream I die, does that mean I will? Do dreams of religious figures have special significance? I also have to give Dr. Tonay recognition for her sensitive and open-minded discussion of precognitive dreams. I particularly liked the story about one of her patients dreaming about the 9/11 tragedy weeks before it happened.

I'd recommend this book to every student of Psychology, and anyone who has ever struggled to understand their own dreams, or found their dreams disturbing. There's solid methodology included for recording and working with the symbols in one's dreams as well as instructions for Lucid Dream work. This will be a permanent part of my library.




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