On Dreams and Dreaming

On Dreams and Dreaming

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Author: Sudhir Kakar
Eminent Contributors/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Sudhir Kakar
Publisher: Penguin/Viking
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 222
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780670084661


Mapping the uncharted territory at the edges of psychological knowledge, these fascinating essays explore compelling aspects of dreams and dreaming. They discuss topics as diverse as memorable dreams, lucid dreaming, the role of dreams in the evolution of human consciousness and the relationship between dreams and the waking state.

In ‘The Dream and Its Embedding’, psychoanalyst Patrick Mahoney demonstrates, with absorbing case studies, how dreams can become effective therapeutic tools while dream scholar Kelly Bulkely concludes in ‘Big Dreams’ that ultimately, the function of dreams is to make the brain grow.

Luigi Zoja, dream analyst, explores the profusion of nightmares among soldiers, prisoners and other victims of war in ‘Nightmares’. And Madhu Tandan, who lived for seven years at an ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, explains how dreams can access a level of consciousness beyond the psychological.

This volume is the first in the ‘Boundaries of Consciousness’ series, which, under the leadership of Sudhir Kakar, seeks to bring together psychoanalysts, philosophers, religious studies scholars and neuroscientists in order to expand the frontiers of current psychological understanding. Subsequent volumes will spring from symposia held at Wasan Island, Canada, on the supernatural, on death and dying and creativity and imagination.

Edited and introduced by Sudhir Kakar, On Dreams and Dreaming will be of interest to scholars and to all who dream and seek to understand why.


Foreword to the Series ‘Boundaries of Consciousness’ by Helga Breuninger
Introduction by Sudhir Kakar

1. Big Dreams – The Science of Highly Memorable Dreaming – Kelly Bulkeley
2. Dream and Trauma – The Secondary State of the Freudian Primary Process by Christoph Tuercke
3. The Dream and Its Embedding – The Dormancy Triangle in Psychoanalytic Treatment by Patrick J. Mahony
4. Nightmares: The Nightmare and the Invention of the Other by Luigi Zoja
5. Dreams at the Boundary of the Self and Others Intersubjective Fields, Emotions and Culture by Daniel Deslauriers
6. Possible Worlds, Possible Selves – Dreaming and the Liberation of Consciousness by Tracey L. Kahan
7. Contemplating Lucid Dreaming – East-West views by Fariba Bogzaran
8. The Way Leads though Yourself to beyond yourself – Dreaming in a Himalayan Monastery by Madhu Tandan
9. Summary of the Discussion by Almuth Sellschopp
10. Notes
11. Notes on the Contributors