THE DREAM BOOK by Olga & Bebe Willoughby Litowinsky


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Litowinsky and Willoughby touch briefly on the dream theories of Freud and Jung, they mention Adler and a few others, and they summarize some laboratory findings about sleep stages and dream patterns--but do none of this as well as the Silversteins did in Sleep and Dreams (1974). For the rest, each chapter begins with a fragment of a kid's reported dream, which is repeated (unnecessarily) and quoted (ad taedium) in the interpretation 'that follows--either straight commentary by the authors or imaginary dialogues with Freud or Jung or Senoi tribesmen. Except for one possible shocker (a boy's sex dream about his mother), the dreams and the problems they represent are mild if not tepid (one girt must be told during the analysis that it's okay not to like her teacher), the telling is too neat to be convincing, and the interpretation is pat. The idea is to point kids toward ""learning about yourself"" by ""looking at their own and each others' dreams, and the authors suggest keeping a dream notebook as recommended in Garfield's adult book Creative Dreaming (1975), which is not mentioned here. It's an intriguing prospect, but Litowinsky and Willoughby's superficial presentation ill prepares the adventurer.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1978
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan