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The Dream Workbook: Discover the Knowledge and Power Hidden in Your Dreams    by Jill Morris order for
Dream Workbook
by Jill Morris
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2002 (1985)
Hardcover, Paperback
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

The theme of this intriguing book is that rather than dismissing those fascinating, funny, weird and sometimes nightmarish dreams each of us experiences during sleep, we should be using them as a path toward self exploration. Jill Morris postulates that by incorporating 'dreamwork' into our daily lives we can reach a clearer understanding of who we are and how to confront whatever might be holding us back, and then move forward toward self-improvement.

To some of you this theory might sound like just that much more new age psycho-babble. But when it comes to the subject of dreams and dreaming, plenty of scientific heavy hitters have theorised about not only why we sleep and dream, but also what those dreams symbolise. Sigmund Freud was one of the first to suggest that dreams, often viewed by laypersons as nothing more than a jumble of unrelated 'weirdness', are actually hidden glimpses into ourselves, our lives, our successes and our failures.

Ms. Morris has taken this basic theory and in The Dream Workbook, given readers an easy-to-understand manual that catches one's interest from the first page. She offers a short overview of dreams and dreaming, ranging from theories of the ancients and the superstitious to perspectives from renowned psychologists like Carl Jung. She then launches into an explanation of how keeping a 'dream journal' is an important and invaluable tool in accessing dreams, since most people usually can't remember them upon awakening.

Morris goes on to explain ways to train yourself to remember dreams and then decipher those images and symbols via a set of 'questions' that you either ask yourself, or that a close confidante asks. A series of case studies illustrates her point. Following that are various exercises for readers to do. By using her guidelines, Jill Morris promises, we'll begin to have a clearer understanding of ourselves and about what may be wrong, or right, in our lives.

Whether this is your first foray into the world of dreams and dreaming, or whether you've gobbled up everything there is on the subject, The Dream Workbook provides an interesting and fun approach to unlocking the mysteries of what goes on while we sleep.

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