Dreams, A Portal to the Source: A Guide to Dream Interpretation Paperback – 2 May 1991
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"With the publication of "Dreams, A Portal to the Source we have at last a manual of Jungian dream analysis that is presented with depth and clarity and that remains true to Jung and to the psyche. This book is balanced, judicious, comprehensive, and yet concise. It transcends all factions with a largeness of view that contains them all. All the well-known approaches to dream analysis are given their due. . .."
-"Psychological Perspectives, 1991
""Dreams, A Portal to the Source represents a thoughtful, critical examination of dream interpretation from multiple perspectives without premature closure or adherence to dogma. It is a treasure trove of thoughtful ideas in which exposition, exploration, and critical thinking are harmoniously interwoven with the wisdom accumulated in years of clinical practice . . . the volume [is] successful, rewarding, and important."
"The book . . . is a clinical guide for therapists of all persuasions and an accessible resource for all of us who delight in the richness of our dreams."
-"New Mexican, 1990
"It's a wonderful work. At last we have a really adequate manual on Jungian dream interpretation. What pleases me most is the reverent attitude to the dream that [the authors] convey."
-Edward F. Edinger
"It soon becomes clear that the authors are drawing from the rich storehouse of their years of thoughtful clinical work with dreams. Their labor and generosity in sharing the fruits of this experience with the reader are to be applauded and enjoyed. . . . this book's clear explication of both the basics and the subtleties of the clinical approach to the dream make it accessible to clinicians at alllevels."
-"Psychoanalytic Books, 1992
About the Author
Born in Vienna, Edward C. Whitmont received an M.D. degree from the University of Vienna in 1936. He has lived in the United States since 1938, maintaining a private practice in New York City in analytical psychology. He is a founding member and former chairman of the C.G. Jung Training Center in New York. He has lectured and published widely on psychosomatics, homeopathy, alchemy, and psychology.
Perera earned her M.A. in psychology from C.G. Jung Institute in New York.
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Those very familiar with Jungian dream theory will find the first couple of chapters slow and basic. Others will welcome the exposition of why dreams do what they do.
Dreams, not just as imaginal compensations for the narrowness of conscious daily life, but as completions, as fillings-in to be lived as night-time dramas; dreams as metaphoric missing pieces of what we neglect in our journeys toward wholeness; as messages, or letters, in the Talmudic sense, we must open to understand: all this is here, and warmly recommended.
I can't write a book review without at least a brief comment on style. In this case, nothing close to the poetry of a Hillman or a Romanyshyn. Adequately expository, though. They do a good job of seeing to it that the reader gets the ideas.
The authors claim to have written for clinicians, but the educated non-therapist unacquainted with the tools of dreamlife can find real gold in this book.
If you're curious beyond the simple "did I dream that because I ate a bad hamburger" or "I can't understand my dreams, so they don't make any sense," then begin here.
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