This book presents a simple, effective and illuminating way of understanding and working with dreams in clinical practice. It describes the mechanisms through which the mind/brain processes our experience and forms symbols, which embody a rich network of associations. It demonstrates how the dream and this network of associations can apply on a number of levels and thus shows how the full richness and vital importance of dreams, their meanings and purposes, can be explored. The book also explores the history, theory and science of dreams and dreaming. It reviews the debates between, and contributions from, Freud, Jung and other psychoanalysts, as well as the developments and discoveries from neuroscientists and dream laboratories, bringing the subject right up to date. Whilst the book primarily uses Jungian terminology, and highly values Jung's insights and approach to dreams, it gives a critical, contemporary account of the whole field of dream work and will be useful to practitioners of all theoretical persuasions. The book is a valuable resource for the trainee counsellor or therapist who is just beginning to work with dreams, as well as the experienced practitioner who wants to re-evaluate and re-invigorate their practise. It explores the practical and theoretical difficulties and dilemmas, satisfactions and wonders of working dreams.
Marcus West is a Jungian Psychoanalyst living and working in Sussex, England. He is a Professional Member of the Society of Analytical Psychology and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He is author of 'Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self', which was based on a paper that was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize.
His new book, 'Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice', presents a simple, effective and illuminating way of understanding and working with dreams, which allows their full usefulness and vital importance to be explored. The book also reviews the history, theory and science of dreams and dreaming, exploring the contributions from, and debates between, Freud, Jung and other psychoanalysts, as well as the developments and discoveries from neuroscience and dream laboratories, bringing the subject right up to date.