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The Secret Language of Dreams: A Visual Key to Dreams and Their Meanings Paperback – November 27, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0811807289 ISBN-10: 0811807282

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 27, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811807282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811807289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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-- NAPRA Trade Journal, Holiday 1994
If you're not already aware of your Dreamtime world, this tactilely and visually stimulating gem will likely get you going, helping you to understand what your subconscious might be trying to communicate. Instead of reading like a dictionary, though, The Secret Language of Dreams is organized by themes, states of being, types of interactions, and, of course, symbols. This broader perspective opens doors for self-interpretation that otherwise might be lost with symbolic interpretations only. There is a new genre of books being created that epitomize "walking the Beauty way" down to the smallest detail. This is one of them.

--Linda Castrone, Rocky Mountain News, September 1995
Everyone can benefit from studying their dreams, says David Fontana, a Welsh psychologist and dream scholar, because "they are like a conversation between our conscious and unconscious minds."

And since we are the authors of and actors in our own dreams, we also are the best judges of their meanings, he believes. Rather than tell us what they mean, he prefers to teach us how to do it ourselves. In The Secret Language of Dreams, he includes a directory of common dream themes:

A house. This usually symbolizes the self. Study the details. Are there rooms you can't go into? They may represent aspects of your personality you aren't comfortable with.

Cars. "Traveling seems to symbolize our journey through life," Fontana says. "Dreams about it may provide us with clues about how to get around obstacles."

-- New Woman, December 1994
Anyone who has ever kept a dream journal knows that dreams can be rich and uncanny sources of insight. They can put you in touch with your deepest wisdom. And they can sometimes be very funny. But they can also be hard to remember and their messages downright elusive. Along comes David Fontana's beautifully illustrated The Secret Language of Dreams to the rescue, with its companion , a blank diary for recording dreams.

About the Author

David Fontana David Fontana holds a Ph.D.in psychology and is a fellow of the British Psychological Society. The author of The Secret Language of Symbols (Chronicle Books, Spring 1994) and many successful books on educational psychology, psychotherapy, and meditation, he lives in Cardiff, Wales.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is quite a find when it comes to all of the mediocre lierature on dream interpretation. It's wonderfully thorough in that it touches upon the history of dreaming, the science of dreaming, case files, major approaches to dreams (Freud, Jung, Perls, Boss), a "dream directory" for searching for the meanings of particular symbols, and a section on working with and remembering your own dreams. This book doesn't try to use dreams to "predict the future," but simply to help its readers understand them and begin to access their unconscious. On top of all this, it is breathtakingly beautiful!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
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A wonderfully illustrated book! An imaginative approach to dream interpretation. Includes a 100 page dream directory. Also offers construcive advice. Well written and insightful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on February 22, 2001
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...lacking something. The pictures are all vivid and colorful but seem to attempt to distract the reader from the lack of substance. Do not get me wrong, Fontana appears to know what he is talking about, but upon skimming the book and then giving it a thorough read-through, I am no closer to interpreting my dreams.
I suppose this is because as hard as we may look in the literature to determine what our dreams are attempting to tell us, it's all really way too individual, and no book will be able to completly answer it for us.
Regardless, Fontana does give some useful basic summaries of what certain objects, numbers, etc. are SUPPOSED to mean, although I've learned to take his comments in stride. His comments however have somewhat helped me to attempt to shape my own opinion of what my dreams may be saying.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By carfree on August 15, 2003
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this book works with the more mystical aspects of dreams by using great visual imagery. great book to learn more about the spiritual world, Freud and Jung.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marion VINE VOICE on March 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Exploring dreams is fascinating---like charting mysterious, unknown waters or discovering a new unexplored continent---the unconscious mind. This book is the most insightful, informative and visually beautiful book I've ever read on dream interpretation. The author gives wonderful case file studies of actual dreams and the interpretation which I found extremely helpful. And the illustrations and artwork: Mon Dieu! They're delightfully funny, exotic and perfect! I love the picture on page 101 of a woman wearing a cat suit and a man wearing a bird suit who are sitting at at table over a drink. The man/bird is tied up and the cat/woman is casually smoking a cigarette and appears to be interrogating the poor fellow. Through a window we see the shadows of a party going on right outside the door. I don't know about you, but I do tend to have some weird dreams, and this book helps me to better understand their meaning.
I love what Emily Bronte had to say about dreams in "Wuthering Heights": "I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind."
I also recommend "The Dream Pack" by David Fontana which contains a dream book, a dream journal, an eye pillow and a package of 20 dream cards to help you understand and interpret dreams. This guy really knows his stuff!
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