Ever wondered why you have a recurring dream? Why do you repeatedly dream that your teeth are falling out? What made you dream you got married with your dress tucked in your knickers? In this book David Fontana's aim is to help you to understand and learn from your dreams by tracing their hidden significance. Do this and Fontana promises "you will open yourself up to self-discovery". The book begins with a detailed history of dreaming and the research that has been carried out so far. Fontana includes informative chapters on Freud and Jung, lucid dreaming, REM sleep, dream logic and dream scenery. He draws on his own extensive experience as a psychologist and weaves in case notes from his own dream workshops as practical examples of the often complex ideas he is discussing. These case studies help him demonstrate fairly effectively how and why dream symbols interact with each other in mysterious but often meaningful sequences.
Everyone dreams in pictures so the second part and heart of the book is a detailed 100-page illustrated "dream directory". This vast compendium of common dream symbols and their meanings is intended to help you to interpret more completely the "language of your dreams". Comprehensive, it covers everything from shopping and money to nudity and clothing to ghosts and demons, and contains lots of beautiful, unusual illustrations. Simple to use and ideal for dipping in and out of, it is easily the most enjoyable part of the book. Buy the book just for this excellent directory. --Meg Slyfield [via]