The Dream Encyclopedia (Paperback)

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Explore the fascinating world of dreams, with this comprehensive reference that examines 276 dream-related topics, from art to history to science, plus insights into the great thinkers, dreamers, and researchers--and interprets more than 1,000 symbols and explanations. This is the ultimate dreamer's companion

Dreams have fascinated the human mind throughout recorded history. Some believe that dreams have healing powers, spark creative inspiration, or warn us of things to come. The Dream Encyclopedia ponders these ideas and much more. Learn how how factors such as self-healing, ESP, literature, religion, sex, cognition and memory, and medical conditions can all have an effect on dreams. Dream symbolism and interpretation is examined in detail, while a special section--with over 1,000 symbols and explanations--interprets dream symbols and helps readers understanding the phenomena of dreaming. Among the dream symbols unraveled are:

Airplane dreams may mean you have the power to "rise above" a situation or have the desire to break free of restrictions. Falling dreams often reflect a sense that one has failed or "fallen down" in life. Horse riding dreams most probably mean that the dreamer feels in control of his or her life. Teeth in a dream may indicate control issues. Zoo dreams may mean that a dreamer needs to tidy up some situation.

James R. Lewis is a professor of philosophy, and a recognized authority on nontraditional religious movements, and has written the ultimate dreamer's companion. This resource is unique in its in-depth exploration of dreams, the latest scientific research on dreaming and dream-related topics. Whether one is a serious student of dreams, or wishes merely to peruse the subject for pleasure, The Dream Encyclopedia explores the historical, cultural, and psychological significance of dreams. With more than 120 photos and illustrations, this tome is richly illustrated, and its helpful bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness.

About the Author

James R. Lewis, Ph.D., is the author of Visible Ink Press' Angels A to Z, The Astrology Book, and The Dream Encyclopedia. Other titles include Doomsday Prophecies: A Complete Guide to the End of the World, Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, and The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Lewis' work has received recognition in the form of Choice's Outstanding Academic Title award and Best Reference Book awards from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library Association.

Praise For…

"Encompassing all facets of popular interest in dreams, this general interest resource provides a broad overview of contemporary studies of dreaming, and sheds light on notions of dreams from around the world."  Reference and Research Book News

"A comprehensive reference, The Dream Encyclopedia provides a thorough treatment and a unique analysis of dream-related topics. Of particular interest is the discussion of the importance of dreams in various religious and ethnic groups around the world."

"Tackling nearly three hundred topics that commonly occur in dreams and offering interpretations for each of them, The Dream Encyclopedia breaks down each symbol and explains why one's mileage may vary on certain symbols. Offering much food for thought, [this book] is very much recommended to the curious or professional reader."  The Midwest Book Review

"Whether one is a serious student of dreams, or wishes merely to peruse the volume for pleasure, one cannot help but learn something about the fascinating world of dreams from Lewis's helpful contribution to the literature on the subject."  Foreword Magazine

"Written to be an accessible reference book . . . [t]he material is presented via brief answers to a series of questions."  Choice

"An aid to both dream interpretation and beginning dream research." 

American Reference Books Annual

Product Details
ISBN: 9781578592166
ISBN-10: 157859216X
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2009
Pages: 432
Language: English