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The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use Their Dreams for Creative Problem Solving-And How You Can Too Paperback – 16 Jul 2010


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oneiroi Press (16 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982869509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982869505
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RuthL on 8 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a really engaging and fascinating account of the ability of dreams to help us think outside the box, to see problems clearly and to access a knowledge we didn't know we had.
There are many amazing examples in many areas - particularly interesting to me were the sections on art and film and the one on health. But everybody would find something in this book to change the way they use their dreamlife.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Behrooz Moosavi on 5 Jan. 2013
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The title of the book and the sentence on the cover seem to be misleading as this book is not a guide book. I found this book disappointing as it is only a collection of cases when a dream leads to a new idea or an inspiration for painting etc. It is fair to say this book is a history book and not a scientific book about using dreams for creative problem solving etc. I won't recommend this book to anyone unless he/she is interested in the history of dreams in art and science.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Heavy Writing Style but Fascinating Information 20 Sept. 2010
By bronx book nerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dreams can be valuable sources of ideas, creativity and solutions, as clearly demonstrated by Deirdre Barrett's book. Barrett covers how dreams have assisted writers, painters, architects, biologists and chemists, for example, in finding solutions to problems or by presenting new creative ideas. All the accounts and evidence presented in this book should convince any skeptic that dreams can be a rich vein to mine. I myself often come up with creative ideas when I am in the so-called hypnagogic state, that state on the border of sleeping and waking, when I awaken in the morning. My problem is that I am usually not prepared to capture my thoughts on pen and paper, and I later find myself remembering that I had a good idea but not remembering what it was. Barrett also explores the impact that dreamers' professions and cultures have in the types of dreams they have. For example, in cultures where dreams are accepted as sources of ideas or inspiration, they are more readily shared and acted on.

On the down side, although I can't quite put my finger on it, there is something about Barrett's writing style that made it somewhat difficult to get through the text, and I found that I was forcing myself to push through the text, feeling at times that I was more reading a menu of dream selections and their details rather than a story about the dreams and their dreamers.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Creativity and dreams! 1 July 2010
By Richard Aru - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book brings together all the best accounts of dreams which have solved important waking life problems or inspired great art. It summarizes research on how often and what kinds of problems dreams are most helpful with. There are directions for incubating creative problem solving dreams which give the reader all clear information to get started making practical use of their own dreams. Well-written and entertaining reading. Recommended to anyone who's interested in dreams or in the creative process.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT FOR WORKING WITH YOUR DREAMS 22 Aug. 2010
By Curt Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book isn't a self-help book per se. It devotes most of the space to describing problem solving and creative dreams of historic and modern writers and scientist. But it has enough pages which outline how to incubate proberm-solving dreams yourself to make this easy and the famous examples are more inspiring than a whole book of the 'how-to' would be. Best book if you want to start getting practical help from your dream life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating 28 Oct. 2012
By New Mexico reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Committee of Sleep is a fascinating book combining excellent examples of dreams with lots of examples of how they can be used to enrich your life. It is well researched and very helpful.
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Very good for research 30 Oct. 2014
By mary b belmont - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was looking for a book that would be more helpful with my own vivid dreams. This is more of a research book rather than a self help book
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