Dr. Anne Hill, the author of this very well written and useful book, does an excellent job of surveying what has been discovered about these bad dreams. Metaphorically speaking, she describes what can be done to smooth out the ruffled sheets they leave behind on the bed, and how we can learn to work with these valuable and important messages so they can serve as springboards to improved self understanding. Again speaking metaphorically, if we start getting into credit card debt, we set into motion increasingly higher monetary payments and other undesirable consequences until we settle our Master Card account. The accountant of our dreaming mind keeps sending us these "bad" dream reminders to alert us that we have not been balancing our emotional lives, and will be subject to such future penalties as anxiety, depression, negative self-image etc., If we don't settle up our personal accounts. This very readable, and easy to understand, book provides a nice survey of what has been discovered about bad dreams, and the author discusses some examples from her own life of how she has successfully dealt with such dreams. The reader is left with a sense of optimism that they too will be able to diminish the number of nocturnal "dunning" reminders that they will receive in the future indicating that their balancing sheets have become unbalanced, and need to be dealt with in more effective ways. Dr. Hill devotes several chapters to describing techniques that have worked well for her personally, as well as clients who have sought her out, and she includes some useful reference sources, as well as websites that the interested reader can consult. For about the cost of two fancy cappuccinos at Starbucks, the reader could buy this handy size volume to keep in their purse or briefcase to share the information with their friends at the breakfast table. If they were alone at the table, they could read through it for suggestions about how to better understand their mood they were in that morning . --Dr. Robert Van de Castle
From the Author
At the time I was at work on a much larger book about dreams, and this dream convinced me to change course and publish a much shorter work that was tightly focused on gleaning powerful and creative insights from our most disturbing dreams. Once I made that decision, the material for this book came pouring out.
I hope you find this a useful guidebook for navigating the stormy waters of our nighttime fears. I have included a resource section with many excellent, in-depth works on the transformative nature of nightmares, but What to Do When Dreams Go Bad is one that you will want to keep right by your bed, just in case!