REVIEW: The Third Reich of Dreams: The Nightmares of a Nation, 1933-1939 by Charlotte Beradt (1968)

I came through this book thanks to an article in the New Yorker and an interview with the psychotherapist Martha Crawford (who has recently carried out a research project on Trump dreams) in which she quotes this book as a source of inspiration.

This is a terrific book that feels as fresh and poignant as ever. The book covers the period that precedes WW2. Many of these dreams came to light before the racial laws, persecution, denigration and killing of Jews started.

The book is short and fascinating, but not an easy read by any means. The dreams Beradt selected are really interesting, most of them very expressive.

Dream Reports.

FLYING DREAMS [3] Science Says

In this third and final entry on flying dreams we focus on the information that science provides on the subject.

Science Has Spoken.

You might ask, what does science say about flying dreams? A lot! Michael Schredl is one of the most prominent researchers in the field.

Interesting Facts.

REVIEW: Dream Wisdom by Alan B. Siegel (2015)

Dream Wisdom is a book that focuses on dreams in specific phases and development stages of one’s life, from the womb to death. This is a roundup book because it has everything you want to know about dream recall, dream writing, dream tending, specific types of dreams.

You will learn why attending to your dreams is important to highlight emotional discomfort, anxiety, insecurities and fears associated with life transitions to integrate them.

The Good.

The book is written in a very accessible language and, therefore, it’s easy to read, engaging, and entertaining.

FLYING DREAMS [2]

We continue with the theme of dreams where we fly and talk about which questions we can ask the dream to explore itts real meaning, and the most common types of flying dreams.

Flying Styles.

Anne Sayre Wiseman, wrote the very amusing article “Flying in Dreams: The Power of the image” in the  Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams  (I, pp. 285-288). Some of the styles of flying she has found in her research include: flapping, soaring, sitting, lying, swimming, flopping, breast stroking, dolphin kicking, whale tail snapping and yoga levitation.

PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS [4] Conclusion

This is the last part of the series I’ve devoted to precognitive dreams, also called predictive and premonitory dreams. In this entry I give my opinion on what I think precognitive dreams are, and the mysteries that we haven’t seen solved yet.

What I Miss in Some Scientific Explanations.

I don’t want to deny that there are cases of supposed precognitive dreams that aren’t such. Sure, we can explain some apparently precognitive dreams by chance, hindsight, self-fulfilling prophecy, selective memory or artificial mental connections. And the media will highlight one’s person hit and not the same person’s misses, that’s for sure. One needs to separate the hay from the wheat.

PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS [3] Science Says

In this entry I briefly discuss how mainstream science explains precognition in dreams.

Causality Law.

One of the main reasons mainstream science frowns at precognitive dreams is because precognition breaks the Law of Causality  (law of cause and effect) and ventures into something that hasn’t happened yet. The cause come first, the effect later in the future. It’s winter, it’s raining, and I’m walking without an umbrella (present, cause); next day, I start to develop a cold (future, effect, consequence).

PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS [2] Types

Are all Precognitive Dreams the same? Do they feel the same? In this entry we go through some of the most common types of oneiric precognition.

Literal Precognitive Dreams.

These dreams are straightforward and linear. They show what’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen and to whom is going to happen. Some examples include dreaming about a healthy person being shot dead/dying before this happens; dreams about plane crashes, pregnancies, winner lotto numbers, or about one’s death, among others.

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