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* A guide to how dreams can influence and inspire your creative life, from a leading psychologist in the field of dream analysis. * The revision includes new material on sexual dreams and helpful and threatening dream characters, as well as popular dream analysis exercises. * Analyzes the dreams of extraordinarily creative, successful people, such as Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Maurice Sendak, and Anne Rice.

About the Author

VERONICA TONAY received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and has been researching and writing about dreams, creativity, and personality for more than 20 years. She is a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Revised edition (February 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612688
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
I'm a fan of dream books and have read most of the ones out there. I loved this book. It shows how to interpret themes that run through your dreams based on research about how your dreams really do relate to your personality. Many dream books are irritating because they are just giving someone's opinion about what dream symbols mean. This book has a lot of exercises in it, and they worked well for me! I bought it for my best friend as a gift, too. He's a writer and found it really useful at helping him find out how and why he's blocked and to get beyond it. Also, she writes with such an evocative and gentle style. Really great book!
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I admit it, I'm addicted to creativity books; I also have a strong interest in psychology. However, under most circumstances I favor a somewhat biologically-based approach to psychology, and even when I go for more traditional approaches I usually avoid the heavily symbolic, Freudian/Jungian methods. Let's take dreams, for instance. I roll my eyes at books that tell you "snakes symbolize X; if you dream of Y it means Z" and so on; I think most of them are pretty silly, and are simply taking advantage of our desire to find meaning in everything around us. I much prefer Hobson's work on the madness of dreaming, with its strongly neurological approach.

That said, however, I enjoyed Veronica Tonay's "The Creative Dreamer: Using Your Dreams to Unlock Your Creativity," and found a great deal of value in it. This alone should be a good indicator of how balanced and reasonable her approach to the subject is.

Tonay is a Ph.D. and therapist who has done a great deal of research into dreaming. She bases those equivalencies she does suggest on studies that have found certain common themes across all cultures--not simply on her own or one psychologist's interpretations. Even better, she points out that there are many ways to interpret dreams and that you have to find the one that works best for you.

Tonay uses sample dreams and series of dreams, exercises, and instructions on keeping a dream journal to teach us to mine our own dreams for insight into our emotions, our state of mind, and what might be inhibiting our creative process. She believes that much of our creative mind is reflected in our dreams, and that we can use the insight we gain from those dreams to free ourselves of unwanted baggage and to unblock ourselves when we get stuck.
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