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Unless you hadn’t yet arrived, or if you had, committed much of the 70s to the deep-dark basement of cringe-worthy moments, the decade of the 70s were generally known as the Me Decade – the Decade of Introspection and the Era of Wonderful Nonsense.

We were, as a society, possessed with an insatiable curiosity over how we ticked, what we ate and how we felt. And as was an often uttered phrase; “I’m not much, but I’m all I ever think about” pretty much summed up the social side of the 70s. We had EST, Gestalt therapy, pet rocks, free love, tarot cards, mood rings, saffron robes and coke spoons. We were a mess, but we were in search of ourselves to figure out why we were a mess. We were perfecting the fine art of navel gazing and had turned the concept of self-help into a multi-billion dollar industry that subscribed to the theory that “I’m Okay – You’re Okay” and Harcourt Brace had at least one answer.

And while we were on this otherwise exhausting journey of self-discovery, our mental well being came into sharp focus, and everything that went on in that mysterious labyrinth of our minds was the stuff of discovery and endless debate. Experts appeared from almost nowhere, extolling virtues and decrying the neglect of our inner children.

So of course, dreams – that thing most people do when they close their eyes at night, came up for scrutiny and endless explanation by an entire army of experts and theoreticians.

Dr. Ann Faraday was a Psychologist who worked extensively in the area of Dream Research. She became the author of two best selling books, Dream Power and The Dream Game. She has been considered a pioneer in the area of dream interpretation and was one of the first people to take the subject of dreaming out of the therapists office and into the living room.

This episode of the NPR series Options, Dr. Faraday discusses the act of Dreaming and the many ramifications it has on our day to day lives.

In case you forgot, here is that interview with Dr. Faraday and her husband and research partner John Wren-Lewis for NPR’s Options from September 1976.

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a very interesting thing that can be done with a nightmare is it's rather difficult to get into. But with practice you can. And that is when you're in a nightmare, to try to become aware in the dream itself, in the nightmare itself that this is a dream. I am in my own dream. It's like my consciousness observing another part of my own consciousness so that the lion that is pursuing me or the men with knives that are pursuing me or the tidal wave that is about to overtake me instead of running away or waking myself up, I can turn around to it and say I am a dream body and you're a dream tiger and I can't be hurt and you can't be hurt. So instead of running away, I'm going to sit down and have a chat with psychologist and author and Faraday. Dr. Faraday was interviewed by Tom Regan, a public station W camera in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Their subject. A world that we are supposed to visit on an average of six times an evening. The world of dreams Tom Regan wanted to know first about Dr Faraday's recent publication, These are your two books, The Dream Game and Dream Power. Did the Dream Game Come Out first? No Dream Power. The Dream Power Dream Power is slightly more theoretical, slightly more academic. In fact, I wrote the Dream Game in response to people who said, You know your dream power turned me onto dreams but it is perhaps just a little advanced. Would you please write a book starting at the very beginning with the dream I had last night and that is the dream game. All right, you mentioned that you did your PhD work in this field. What prompted you to write these books? Did you feel you have a message that you wanted to to convey to people to improve their lives? Yes, I did have a message to convey to people, and it really started in childhood when I had nightmares of being pursued and attack and nobody could help me with the dreams. My parents were good people, but they didn't know what to do with dreams. And they just sent me back to sleep, saying, It's just a dream, dear, Forget it. But I couldn't forget those dreams. They were so real. And I think you know my interest started then and I thought, When I grow up, I'm going to know what dreams mean so that parents can learn what dreams mean and can help their Children deal with nightmares and dreams. So it really started way, way back. And obviously the thing to do is do a psychology degree. And then I did my PhD in the laboratory, monitoring the eye movement and collecting dreams from a very large sample of people and dream power. My first book came out of my research. What is a dream? A dream is basically a replay in depth of one day. Let me explain that it seems to me that we go around our day living on a kind of head trip. We're so busy, we rush around, we say hello to people Goodbye. We rush into situations. We never stop really to feel into people or into situations or the very sort of subtle things that are going on in our lives. And I like to call a dream a thought of the heart at the very unscientific term that it just sums up for me. What a dream is as distinct from a thought of the head. And what a dream does at night really is to throw up all the unfinished business of the day, all the feelings, vibes, impressions that we've missed out on during the day because we were too busy or perhaps too unwilling to notice them. A dream is really, like 1/6 sense. It's like a detective gathering all the information so that we can, you know, have enough information to make decisions on. Okay, we were talking earlier, and I mentioned something about dreaming is a way that we can subconsciously workout anxieties that perhaps we picked up consciously during the day. Mm, not really know a dream throws up unfinished business. Um, an example would be, for instance, the woman who called me up and she said, I have this recurring dream of burying my family, and I love them very dearly. What does this dream mean? Well, the point is that with her head with her conscious mind, she was not aware of all the resentful feelings that we're building up inside her. That her dream came along and said, Look, lady, get in touch with these feelings, otherwise you will explode, not aware of to consciousness. A dream does not come to tell us what we know already. A lot of people are walking around today saying that they don't know what's the matter with them or what's the matter with me, and they tell me that they never dream. Is this true? To some, people just dream all the time profusely than others don't know. Many people are better recalls of dreams, but we all in fact dream five or six times every single night of normal sleep. As you probably know when we fall asleep, we go very quickly into deep.
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