An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming

An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming

An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming

An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming


This text is a one-stop resource on modern dream psychology, from the pioneering theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to the revolutionary findings of the sleep laboratory.


I went into a bookstore, like the Cottage bookstore on 4th Street in San Rafael. There were two people, I think, a man and a woman. The man, the proprietor of the place, offered me some money to kill a man out in back. I casually said sure, and wrote my name down in some sort of ledger. I went around, and shot a guy with a gun I had. I came back around, thinking about how much I should get paid. I wanted $100, but the man told me that I was going to get $25. When I signed my name, I had for some reason given the man a check for $8.00. Now I started to worry, and it seemed that the man I was dealing with was nervous too. I wanted to get away, but my name in the ledger was evidence of my being there, and I knew that the police would question me if I didn't do something. I tried to think how a purchase, plus tax, could equal exactly $8.00. I going up 4th Street on a bike, I think. It was dusk, and the street was deserted -- no people or cars. I was really worried now, thinking first about all the different scenarios in which the police would catch me, and then second about how readily and nonchalantly I had killed that guy. I hadn't even thought about it before I did it, and now I was shocked at myself.

-- Edward, 19-year old college student

Edward wakes up, and says that while he was asleep in his bed he felt like all these things were really happening to him; he felt like he was really experiencing these feelings, activities, and events. He says that certain images and emotions were extremely vivid -- The strangely deserted street, the growing fear of the police, the sudden shock of realization that he'd killed the man behind the bookstore.

Edward recognizes that many details of the experience are directly related to aspects of his ordinary waking life. The bookstore is a place he has been visiting for years to buy books. Thinking about money, writing checks, and signing his name are all common, daily activities. But other details have no apparent connection to anything in his life. Edward has never been in a real fight before, let alone . . .

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