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Night Life (A Spectrum Book S-430) Paperback – December, 1977

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After receiving a Ph.D.Rosalind Cartwright joined Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago to test the effectiveness of his Client-Centered Psychotherapy. Their studies were published in a landmark book in 1954 "Psychotherapy and Personality Change". Following that she moved to the University of Illinois College Of Medicine where she took over part of a men's bathroom to set up a sleep laboratory to study the function of dreaming. She continued this work for the next forty years. In 1977, after 12 rejections, she published "Night Life" which summed up her early studies. One that tested the effect on dreams of viewing an erotic movie before sleep brought lots of media attention. She then became Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Rush University Medical Center, where she was able to open a five bed Sleep Disorder Service for diagnosing and treating patients with sleep problems, one of the first in the country. For the next 25 years she worked on the sleep and dreams of couples going through divorce to understand the role of dreams in overcoming the trauma of loss of love. These she published, along with Lynne Lamberg, in "Crisis Dreaming". In 2004 she was given the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Sleep Research Society. Dr. Cartwright became noted for her expertise on sleepwalking violence and has testified in several high profile cases. This work forms the basis for her newest book "The Twenty-four Hour Mind".

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