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Dreams Speak
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Most people know that dreams occur predominantly during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, but less well known is the fact that REM sleep is important for psychological health as well as memory consolidation. Research now shows that it also contributes to what is called `brain plasticity', which is the ability of the brain to change itself. There are many levels of consciousness, including the five levels of consciousness that occur when we are asleep, as well as other states of awareness such as the transitional states that occur between sleeping or waking, drug induced states of awareness, etc. Dreams can emerge, not only from different levels of the personal `unconscious' mind, but also from what is known as the `collective' or `universal unconscious mind'. In this enlightening book, Therese Duckett shows how our dreams are important in helping us understand our lives and improve our health and wellbeing. Using a host of examples from her own casework, she outlines the most common dream symbols (food, animals, death, clothing, vehicles, etc) and explains their significance. She also guides us through the fascinating dimension of the `collective unconscious' mind and explains its importance to us all as human beings. Simply written and with a direct application to all our lives, Dreams Speak is a wonderful tool for anyone either curious or concerned about their dreams.
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Table of Contents

Introduction -- Part One: Dream Theories -- 1 Our Multiple Minds -- 2 Why We Dream -- 3 Healing and Dreams -- 4 Soul-making in Dreams -- 5 Dream Language and Levels -- 6 Working with Dreams -- 7 Dream Symbols and Images -- Part Two: The Personal Unconscious Mind -- 8 The Four Elements -- 9 People in Dreams -- 10 Animals in Dreams -- 11 Birds in Dreams -- 12 Food In Dreams -- 13 Buildings in Dreams -- 14 Clothing in Dreams -- 15 Vehicles and Journeys -- 16 Dreams of Death -- 17 Trauma and Dreams -- Part Three: The Collective Unconscious Mind -- 18 Archetypal Images -- 19 The Hero/Heroine -- 20 Archetypal Landscapes -- 21 Archetypal Creatures -- 22 The Tree as an Archetype -- Epilogue -- Glossary -- Bibliography.

About the Author

Therese E. Duckett is a psychologist working in Victoria, Australia. Her Masters thesis reflected her interest in dreams and was entitled 'The children of Holocaust survivors and the transmission of trauma through dreams and nightmares'. Before becoming a psychologist, Therese was a teacher and later a counsellor for Palliative Care and the Alzheimer's Association. She has also facilitated dream workshops and taught people how to record and understand their dreams: she herself has kept a dream journal for almost thirty years. Therese has three children and three grandchildren.

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