Modern sources and tendencies

     In modern times, scientific interest in dream interpretation was initiated by the pioneering work of Freud which he first published in 1900 (Freud, 1960). His ideas were modified and extended by Jung (e.g., Jung, 1954) and Adler (Adler, 1931) (Jung's ideas form the basis for a further elaboration by Perls in his development of gestalt therapy). Contemporary dream researchers include Rosalind Cartwright, Robert Van de Castle, David Foulkes, Patricia Garfield, Calvin S. Hall, the late Ernest Hartmann, Morton Kelsey, Stanley Krippner, Stephen LaBerge and the late Montague Ullman, Bill Domhoff, Mark Blagrove, Katja Valli and Michael Schredl, to name but a few.

     While dreams are sometimes treated in Jungian journals, such as Parabola and Quadrant, there is one published by the International Association for the Study of Dreams (1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703, office@asdreams.org, (209) 724-0889) called Dreaming which is devoted exclusively to this topic. There is also an on-line peer-reviewed journal devoted to dream research. In a lighter vein, there is a journal called the Dream Network that is devoted to collecting and disseminating dreams that people send in.

     In the 1990s, those living in or near San Francisco could join the Bay Area Dreamworkers Group. For a time there was another group which called itself the Fly-By-Night Club and was "dedicated to the ideas that dreams are playful and flying is fun." Its pamphlet went on to say that "Flying dreams also link to other creative, psychic, and psionic dreams and extraordinary waking experiences". The group published "NightFlyer", which also printed dreams that had been submitted (presumably not just flying ones). Finally, if you enjoyed seeing your dream published in a more visual form, you could try sending it to "Concave Up", a comic book anthology of illustrated dreams edited by Jesse Reklaw.

          For a time there was at least one dream group taking place via e-mail that I knew of (there may well be many more, especially since group chat via Skype and Zoom became available!). There are groups on Facebook devoted to dreams and there may well be similar groups that chat with one another on other cyber-meeting places. In addition, there has long been a UseNet news group called alt.dreams (there are even alt.dreams.lucid and alt.dreams.lucid.casteneda news groups).

     As you might imagine, there are now several web sites that have to do with dreaming and even collect dream accounts and motifs. A partial list would include the following:
The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD)
Cyberdreamwork Groups
The Quantitative Study of Dreams
Wisdom of the Dream
The Dream Library
The Novato Center
World Dream Bank
Dreams and Symbols
Dream Synergy
Dream Research in Germany
NHNE Dreams, Dream Groups & Related Resources
Dreams from the Birdhouse

     Last, but certainly not least, there are any number of websites devoted to Jung and dreams. One just has to do a Google search for them.

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