The Science of Dream Interpretation

The Science of Dream Interpretation

1st Edition - September 30, 2022

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  • Author: Frederick Coolidge
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323884945
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323906623

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The Science of Dream Interpretation presents a scientific, historic and psychological account of dream interpretation by introducing the biological and evolutionary foundations of sleep, dreams and dream interpretation. Chapters cover the theory of dream interpretation, the physiological and evolutionary reasons for sleep and dreaming, an overview of the role dreams and dream interpretation throughout history, including the cultural and religious significance of dreams, and how dreams interrupt sleep, including issues of insomnia, sleep walking, and more. The next few sections present influential dream theorists of the 20th century, including a review of their theories (Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Fritz Perls). The final section explains how dreams may be used to extract personal meanings and be utilized in psychotherapy, including case examples from actual psychotherapy sessions of the techniques used to interpret dreams.

Key Features

  • Presents the evolutionary history of sleep and dreams
  • Discusses the psychotherapeutic techniques of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Fritz Perls in relation to dream psychology
  • Reviews the historical and cultural significance of sleep and dreams
  • Examines common and uncommon sleep and dream problems such as insomnia, sleep walking and REM sleep disorder
  • Includes actual case examples from psychotherapy sessions


Psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, psychology students

Table of Contents

  • 1. An Introduction to Dream Interpretation
    2. The Biological Foundations of Sleep and Dreams
    3. The Evolution of Sleep and Dreams
    4. The Cultural and Historical Foundations of Dream Interpretation
    5. Troubled Sleep and Prophetic Dreams
    6. An Introduction to Freudian Dream Interpretation
    7. An Introduction to Jungian Dream Interpretation
    8. An Introduction to Fritz Perls’ Dream Interpretation Techniques
    9. An Overview of the Meaning of the Recurring Dreams
    10. A Synthesis of Dream Interpretation Techniques
    11. Pandemic Sleep and Dreams

Product details

  • No. of pages: 204
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: September 30, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323884945
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323906623

About the Author

Frederick Coolidge

Dr. Frederick L. Coolidge is a Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of Undergraduate Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Coolidge specializes in cognitive archaeology, behavior genetics, cognitive evolution, paleopyschology, and evolutionary neuropsychology. He is the author of 12 published books on cognitive archaeology and evolutionary topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

CU Presidential Teaching Scholar and Co-Direct of Psychology Undergraduate Education, Psychology Department, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

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