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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0199751778 ISBN-10: 0199751773 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (November 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199751773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199751778
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ernest Hartmann has produced one of the most authoritative and well researched works on the function of dreaming ever written, yet presents it in a manner that is as engaging as a novel, unraveling the mystery of dreams with new insight at the turn of every page. Treating us to a wealth of new insights about dreaming, Hartmann shows how dreaming is not simply a bizarre and unique sleep state, but rather a form of mental functioning that is part of a consciousness continuum which extends into the waking state. This work reveals how dreams not only help establish our emotional being and our basic sense of self, but by making new connections expressed in picture-metaphor, they reveal new perspectives that can that help us make important decisions and discoveries."


--Robert J Hoss, Director of the DreamScience Foundation


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Ernest Hartmann is Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and was the first Editor-in-Chief of ASD's journal, Dreaming. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and he maintains a private practice. He is author of nine books, and approximately 325 journal articles.

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Ernest Hartmann fled Austria with his family after the German annexation in 1938. He was four years old. Steeped in psychology from an early age and fascinated by dreams, Hartmann inherited the intellectual legacy of his father, Heinz Hartmann, and his metaphorical grandfather, Sigmund Freud.

Ernest Hartmann is Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD), and was the first Editor-in-Chief of ASD's journal, Dreaming. Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and former Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, he also maintains a private practice. Hartmann is a renowned expert who has written eleven books and more than 300 journal articles on sleep, dreams, personality and boundaries.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Campagnoli on November 2, 2011
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Hartmann's book is something any reader interested in an up-to-date vision of dream physiology, psychology and interpretation cannot miss: synthetically worded, short and yet exhaustive, it provides a basic bibliography and reviews all the contributions to the field, giving a clear and cogent outlook on the subject.

If any neurophysiology course has a monographic section on dream psychology, this is probably a good idea for a textbook. From neural networks to content analysis, from questionaries to psychological dimensions involved in dream recall, nothing is left out: Mark Solms, Steven Foulkes, Freud, Jung, Robert Van De Castle and William Domhoff, all the names that matter in the field are present and their contributions are weaved together in a series of reasonable observations, conclusions and hypotheses, which really amount to a new, believable theory of the dreaming function.

Personally, I shared most of the points of view Hartmann expresses even before reading his work in question, and it is most decidedly a pleasant surprise to find them all explicited so clearly and elegantly in a book, which is also well written and easy to read.

Most assuredly impeccable and certainly uncommon for its simple brilliance, I can only recommend it.
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