The Science of Dream Interpretation

The Science of Dream Interpretation

1st Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Author: Frederick Coolidge
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323884945

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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: 275
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323884945

About the Author

Frederick Coolidge

Frederick L. Coolidge (Ph.D.) received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Florida. He completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. He has been awarded three Fulbright Fellowships to India (1987, 1992, and 2005). He has also won three teaching awards at the University of Colorado (1984, 1987, and 1992), including the lifetime title of University of Colorado Presidential Teaching Scholar. In 2005, he received the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences’ Outstanding Research and Creative Works award. Dr. Coolidge conducts research in behavioral genetics and has established the strong heritability of gender identity and gender identity disorder. He also conducts research in lifespan personality assessment and has established the reliability of posthumous personality evaluations, and also applies cognitive models of thinking and language to explain evolutionary changes in the archaeological record.

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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