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Families and the Interpretation of Dreams
Awakening the Intimate Web
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by Edward Bruce Bynum

Paraview Special Editions, 2003
ISBN: 1931044651
Psychology, 260
Trade Paperback, $19.95

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Dreams reveal and illuminate not only our personal unconscious, but also our shared experiences -- especially our family life. In this original and  breakthrough book, Edward Bruce Bynum explores the often hidden messages of our dreams as they relate to that intimate web connecting our parents and children, spouses and lovers, friends and the wider culture. Drawing on material from the ongoing Family Dreams Research Project, Bynum explains how to identify dreams in which family themes play a role; their impact on one’s emotions, decisions, and physical health; and also the cultural images embedded within all these. Bynum uses case studies to shed light on:

  • family patterns in dreams, nightmares and those dreams that repeat themselves
  • family dreams during pregnancy and physical illness
  • dreams relating to adult children of alcoholics
  • the use of dreams in individual, couples, and family therapy
  • precognitive, telepathic and other unusual dreams and the family
  • the history of dream interpretation in Asia, Africa, Europe, and ancient America
Families and the Interpretation of Dreams is written for those individuals interested in seeing how their own lives are reflected in their own dreams, and how their own lives are intimately reflected in the dream-life of others.

“Examines the very neglected but extremely important topic of dreams which occur among family members. . . . A theoretical paradigm for better understanding interactions among members of our global family.” -- Robert L. Van de Castle, Ph.D., former president of the Association for the Study of Dreams and author 
of Psychic Dreaming

“Guides us to true connectedness in the family. A must read for the serious family worker or member.” -- Jayne Gackenbach, Ph.D., author of Control Your Dreams

“One begins to glimpse an expanded field of dream experience . . . to integrate dreams, culture, science, family dynamics, mythology, and psychoanalysis is really mind boggling. I loved having my mind boggled. I think you will too.”--Carl Whitaker, M.D., author, The Family Crucible, and Midnight Musings of a Family Therapist

Edward Bruce Bynum

is the Director of Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of several books, including The Family Unconscious, The African Unconscious, and Transcending Psychoneurotic Disturbances.

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