Families and the Interpretation of Dreams
Awakening the Intimate Web
by Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D.
Foreward by Carl A. Whitaker, Ph.D.
"This is a beautiful and visionary book. Weaving together dreams,
transpersonal psychology and family therapy, Dr. Bynum EXPLORES THE WORLD
THAT LIES BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SPACE--THE UNCONSCIOUS OF THE FAMILY.
He shows us how various religions and cultures have understood this realm
of hidden connectedness, and how this understanding can be applied to
healing and to therapy. Using a family lens, dream work becomes normalized
and practical. This book should be fascinating reading for the professional
and lay reader as well."
--Lynn Hoffman, A.C.S.W., Faculty, Brattleboro Family Institute, Vermont;
Author, Foundations of Family Therapy
"EXAMINES THE VERY NEGLECTED BUT EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TOPIC OF DREAMS
WHICH OCCUR AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS. He explains their significance when used
in a clinical setting and explores whether they can serve as a theoretical
paradigm for better understanding interactions among members of our global
--Robert L. Van de Castle, Ph.D., Former President, Association for the
Study of Dreams; Professor, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry,
University of Virginia Health and Sciences Center; Author, Psychology of
Dreaming and Psychic Dreaming
This book covers the history of dream interpretation, not only in Europe, but
also in Asia, Africa, and ancient America. It shows and documents that
the working of the dynamic unconscious on dreams was not the discovery of
Freud, but that the ancient Kemetic Egyptians of 3000 BC knew of it and used
it in therapy and religious practices. This book also shows how Native
American cultures and others interpreted dreams in the context of family
and spiritual life. It explores, as no other book has ever done, the profound
influence of family life and family consciousness on dream dynamics and
material. Numerous family-related dreams are presented in the study, the outcome
of over a decade of work.
This book will benefit everyone who has an interest in dreams and who has ever
wondered how their family life, both relaxed and/or conflicted, influences the
intimate dream experiences. It will also provide the working clinician with an
expanded range of insights and interventions. Both the interested reader and
the clinican will find its content, scope, range, and insight a valuable guide
in treatment and family life.
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