Why do we dream? What is the connection between our dreams and our mental health? Can we teach ourselves to have lucid dreams?

The Psychology of Dreaming delves into the last 100 years of dream research to provide a thought-provoking introduction to what happens in our minds when we sleep. It looks at the role that dreaming plays in memory, problem-solving, and processing emotions, examines how trauma affects dreaming, and explores how we can use our dreams to understand ourselves better. Exploring extraordinary experiences like lucid dreaming, precognitive dreams, and sleep paralysis nightmares, alongside cutting-edge questions like whether it will ever be possible for androids to dream, The Psychology of Dreaming reveals some of the most fascinating aspects of our dreaming world.

chapter |4 pages


Dream life

chapter 1|12 pages

What are dreams, and how do we study them?

chapter 2|19 pages

A brief history of dreams

From ancient philosophers to neuroscientists

chapter 3|33 pages

Why do we dream?

Memory, emotion, creativity, and simulation theories of dreaming

chapter 4|16 pages

Dreaming and mental health

Depression, trauma, and psychosis

chapter 5|12 pages


Dreamwork in dream groups and psychotherapy

chapter 6|22 pages

Extraordinary dreams

Lucid dreams, precognitive dreams, and sleep paralysis nightmares

chapter 7|13 pages

Sci-fi dreaming

Dream-hacking and android dreams