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Daydreaming : Unlock the Creative Power of Your Mind Hardcover – August 1, 1997

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067086403X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670864034
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,169,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Daydreaming is a very fascinating phenomenon. For as long as I can remember, I have been a daydreamer. According to experts, daydreams are "coded communications" which can yield abundant clues, when examined, about ourselves & our hidden needs, desires & potential.

Ever since I have read about Albert Einstein's daydreaming ventures which eventually inspired him to fine-tune his famous Theory of Relativity, I have been hooked by this subject.

This book is one of my first books on the subject. I acquired it because, firstly, it was written by a highly-respected psychoanalyst & psychotherapist, which gives the book some credibility. Secondly, I was trying to tie up some "loose ends" in my understanding - & further application - of strategic thinking & scenario planning.

In the three leading books, among many others, on strategic thinking & scenario planning, namely, `The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World', by Peter Schwartz, 'Scenarios: the Art of Strategic Conversations', by Kees van der Heijden, & `The Living Company: Habits for Survival in a Turbulent Business Environment', by Arie de Geus, there was specific mention about the work of Dr. David Ingvar, a neuro-scientist in Sweden, concerning `memories of the future.' In short, he talked about the brain's innate ability to anticipate the future through imagined stories (or scenarios).

Parallel in my relentless pursuit, I have read & digested a few brain books by another neuro-scientist, Dr. William Calvin. He talked about `ballistic prowess": in short, the brain's natural propensity for strategic visioning (thinking about the future).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A smooth and compelling narrative yielding clear and intuitive insights. Contains provocative examples and exercises culminating in enhanced self-awareness. Extremely helpful for anyone interested in expanding their choices in their day to day lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Barth has written not only an enlightening book but one that both motivates and enables a general reader to begin to understand and touch his or her heretofore, unexamined, but very common human behavior.

Daydreaming is an area all of us experience almost daily. Yet it is appalling how such little attention has heretofore been brought to the subject, by professionals who are sufficiently knowledgeable about personal behavior, to attempt to make the subject so effortlessly available to oneself.

Ms. Barth's book is intellectually stimulating while thankfully straightforward. This capacity to write so lucidly about a relitively unexplored subject, while clearly demonstrating her competence in psychotherapy, makes the reader wish that she would write her next book very, very, soon.

Simon K. Mencher
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bronx book nerd VINE VOICE on April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We all daydream all the time. I don't think many of us think of daydreams are anything more than a short-term escape from reality. Psychotherapist F. Diane Barth thinks otherwise: she believes and makes a convincing case that many, though not all, daydreams can be studied for deeper meaning, much the way regular dreams are studied and analyzed. Barth uses a number of case studies from her client work to demonstrate how daydreams can be plumbed for meaning and possibly resolution of issues. One of the techniques she asks clients to use is to take notes on when daydreams occur and then to associate from the daydream. In addition, if the client feels powerful emotions, she asks them to note when the emotions triggered the daydream. Often the daydream is triggered by a passing comment or seemingly unrelated incident that spurs the daydream. These insights can be very revealing in pinpointing the core problem. Barth also provides useful exercises at the end of each chapter that are helpful in understanding and learning the technique.

I have some reservations about Barth's very broad definition of what a daydream is. She includes random thoughts like "remember the milk". In her example, this does become something meaningful, but one has to wonder how often that can really work. Also, she presents one example of what may have begun as a daydream but in subsequent iterations is more like a visualization exercise. A daydream to me lacks some structure. The one she presented was a very elaborate story, far from a daydream.

Nevertheless, I do believe her main claim that daydreams can be used to identify and address psychological issues. I know I had a recurring daydream that I no longer entertain, simply because I have resolved the issue that generated it. Perhaps this is doing the daydreaming work backwards; had I analyzed the daydream first, I may have realized why I was having it and resolved the issues far earlier.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has helped me widen my horizons. I am now able to stay awake during the day instead of dreaming all the time. It's great. Read, you may be able stay awake too!
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