Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice Robb
Published: November 20, 2018
Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: non fiction, psychology, medical, self help
Rating: 4 stars
Recommend to fans of: dream analysis, psychology of sleep
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A fresh, revelatory foray into the new science of dreams—how they work, what they’re for, and how we can reap the benefits of our own nocturnal life
While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they’re dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune moment: just as researchers began to understand why dreams exist. They aren’t just random events; they have clear purposes. They help us learn and even overcome psychic trauma.
Robb draws on fresh and forgotten research, as well as her experience and that of other dream experts, to show why dreams are vital to our emotional and physical health. She explains how we can remember our dreams better—and why we should. She traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and even offers advice on how we can relish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming for ourselves.
Why We Dream is a clear-eyed, cutting-edge examination of the meaning and purpose of our nightly visions and a guide to changing our dream lives—and making our waking lives richer, healthier, and happier.
Thank you to NetGalley, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Alice Robb for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.
Why We Dream is a highly interesting and informative read. I learned a lot about the history of dream research and sleep, lucid dreaming, the psychology of sleep, dream interpretation, the influence of culture on dreams, and much more. There’s a whole culture of people who focus on dream interpretation that I didn’t know about. It’s fascinating. I found myself relating the information I learned, to people in my life.
However, some aspects of dream culture are a little too out there for me, and probably most of mainstream culture.
Overall, a great read that blends the psychology of sleep with dream analysis.
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