From Publishers Weekly
Richmond's weekly dream-analysis column in the Los Angeles Times contains the disclaimer that it "should be read for entertainment purposes only." And so it is with her first book, a collection of sample dreams followed by possible meanings and questions to help dreamers analyze their own reveries. Richmond claims that dreams relieve stress; impart self-knowledge, inspiration and warnings; and solve problems. She even touches upon "astral projecting," in which the soul leaves the body during sleep to communicate with or visit "that which exists in spirit." But readers seeking an exhaustive examination of the age-old, worldwide tradition of dream analysis may be disappointed. Richmond invokes Freud, Jung and Joseph Campbell only once, and makes such questionable assertions as "studies show that as many as 12 to 15 percent of dreams may predict the future" without citing her sources. Instead, she offers prosaic advice for remembering dreams (e.g., write them down) and mostly superficial explanations for such common dream elements as water, vehicles and sex. Nonetheless, readers who enjoy checking their daily newspaper horoscopes may find this dream-analysis-lite equally entertaining. (Jan.)
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From Library Journal
Richmond, a behavioral therapist who writes a column for the Los Angeles Times and hosts a TV talk show, gathers a wealth of information on dreams and dreaming. First and foremost is the statement that everyone dreams every night. Richmond goes beyond dream interpretation to encourage using dreams as therapy to better one's life. He covers techniques for remembering dreams and prompts the reader in how to realize productive dreams during conscious hours; helps readers work out everyday problems through dream analysis; and, finally, interprets more than 200 different types of dreams. Richmond mentions some archetypal dreams that cross cultures and throws in a few celebrity dreams for good measure. Small yet dense with information, this volume is highly recommended for public libraries.-Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY
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