Are you someone who is very often transported to the dreamscape? Whether it’s being chased by an unknown entity down an empty hallway or more sublime ones where you meet the people you wanted to meet in person but couldn’t, dreams come in different forms. Some let us wake up with a smile while others are terrifying.
However, one thing that you will have questioned at least once in your life is the meaning of these dreams. With no known scientific process to deduce our dreams, we are simply left to speculation and often forget our dreams. However, if you want to dig deeper into the same, here are five books you can read to better understand your dreams.
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud: Freud’s most important work attempts to give readers insight into the unconscious through dream interpretations. It captivates readers with symbolisms that explain how ordinary events present themselves in dreams.
‘Psychology of the Unconscious’ by Carl Jung: Carl Jung made a significant break from the psychoanalytic tradition established by his mentor, Sigmund Freud, in his most famous and influential work. Rather than focusing on psychopathology and its symptoms, the Swiss psychiatrist delved into dreams, mythology, and literature to uncover universal psychic patterns. It illustrates a theoretical split between Jung and Freud on the nature of the libido. The friendship between the two men ended with the release of this book, with both saying the other could not accept that he was wrong.
“Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying” by the 14th Dalai Lama: A chronicle of the Dalai Lama’s conversations with renowned Western scientists, Dr. Joyce MacDougal, Dr. Jerome Engel and others, this book covers topics ranging from sleep neurology to dream yoga. It is sure to leave the reader in awe.
“Where Dreams Come to Life” by Lynne Radomsky: The book is about the practice of “shadow work,” which allows users to delve into the more repressed aspects of their subconscious brain. It was written especially for black women.
Lucid Dreaming by Robert Waggober: Dreaming with awareness is known as lucid dreaming. The book breaks down the five phases of lucid dreaming and teaches how to master them all in an autobiographical style. It also includes advice for people who have never been in a lucid dream state, as well as suggestions on how experienced lucid dreamers can take it to the next level.
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