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Studies In Dreams | by Mary Arnold-Forster



The author of the book modestly makes no claim to be a scientific explorer but only to be a recorder of her own dream experiences, who has been impelled "to stray a little beyond the province" assigned and "to attempt some partial explanation of the riddles that are met with." But the reader, I am sure, will find that she has scarcely done herself justice in this diffident attitude, for the accurate recording of observations accurately made is the basis of science and requires the development and possession of no common talent.

TitleStudies In Dreams
AuthorMary Arnold-Forster
PublisherThe Macmillan Company
Year1921
Copyright1921, The Macmillan Company
AmazonStudies in Dreams

By Mary Arnold-Forster (Mrs. H. O. Arnold-Forstbr)

With A Foreword By Morton Prince, M.D., Ll.D.

Author Of "The Nature Of Mind And Human Automation," "The Unconscious," "The Dissociation Of A Peronality," Etc.

-Foreword
I have been asked by the dreamer of these dreams to add a foreword of my own. I do not know that I can add anything that will contribute to their interest, whether in the way of discussion, criticism,...
-Foreword. Part 2
Mr. Greenwood (quoted by Mrs. Arnold-Forster) finds his dreams of the same high imaginative order and takes the same enjoyment in the dreaming of them: and so have many others. What is still needed, ...
-Foreword. Part 3
1 The Unconscious, The Macmillan Co., p. 197. I mention this as only one illustration of the data which can be obtained from abnormal and experimental psychology, for the understanding of dream pro...
-Foreword. Part 4
And so with the biological theories which in consequence of the discoveries of Darwin and Mendel had to be chucked overboard or recast. The claim for any theory of dreams based on its having been pre...
-Preface
We are somewhat more than ourselves in our sleeps, and the slumber of the body seems to be but the waking of the soul It is the litigation of sense, but the liberty of reason; and our waking conceptio...
-Contents
Preface................. xxvii Room in this study for lay observers and recorders as well as for scientific investigators. Charm of dreams and of their study. Psychology the science of individual exp...
-Chapter I. Introductory
No process or transaction of the mind has engaged so much attention for so many centuries as our dreaming when we sleep. Long before there was any thinking about thought, there was thinking about drea...
-Introductory. Part 2
He will be able, no doubt, in his consulting-room to get together a number of relevant and interesting facts, but it is likely that far too small a proportion of his observations will be derived from ...
-Introductory. Part 3
1 See Chapter VII, Symbolism in Dreams. The Freudian theory of dream construction may be true and may be required to explain certain aspects of the dream life of those who are mentally disordered, ...
-Introductory. Part 4
1 Cf. Chapter X. A mother who sleeps by the side of her child will not stir at the sound of thunder, but the sigh of the child will wake her. Does she really sleep in regard to her child? We do not ...
-Introductory. Part 5
I could not claim that all my own dreams have the adventurous and imaginative quality of the dreams described by Mr. Greenwood. Some happily have these qualities, just as some days in our life also po...
-Chapter II. Dream Control
If there were dreams to sell, What would you buy? Some cost a passing bell, Some a light sigh, That shakes from Life's fresh crown Only a rose-leaf down. If there were dreams to sell, Merry and...
-Dream Control. Part 2
Our first practical needs when we begin to acquire any control over our dreams is to get rid of bad dreams of all sorts; for whether they take the form of dreams of grief, dreams of evil, or dreams ...
-Dream Control. Part 3
It became a delightful dream of adventure, since the element of fear had gone from it. 1 A dream which probably haunted and broke the rest of numberless women during the years between 1914 and 1919 w...
-Chapter III. Flying Dreams
I sing the praise of dreams. Daily will I give thanks to the Highest for the freeing of the spirit of man from the labour and sorrows that are his by day. For dreams, the delight of the world, I will ...
-Flying Dreams. Continued
I then became anxious above all things to achieve a dream in which I should fly over the sea. The dream came at last, and I found myself on the shore looking at the waters of the Atlantic Beginning at...
-A Flying Dream In War-Time
When the dream began I was waiting in a high office-like room which I knew to be closely connected with the War Office. Its walls were painted a light green colour, and whilst I waited I noticed that...
-Chapter IV. Dream Recording
Yet if little stays with man, Ah, retain we all we can! If the clear impression dies. Ah, the dim remembrance prize! Ere the parting hour go by. Quick thy tablets, Memory! - Matthew Arnold, A Memo...
-Dream Recording. Continued
There is a real difficulty, moreover, in ensuring that the first action of the mind on awaking from sleep is concentrated on recalling the dream and on nothing else. No other thought must be allowed a...
-A Dream of George Borrow
I dreamed that a great prize had been offered in the Westminster Gazette for an essay competition. The subject of the essay was to be The Books found in a Guest-chamber on a Week-end Visit. I was on...
-Chapter V. Dream Memory, Dream Imagination And Dream Reason
Memory begets Judgment and Fancy: Judgment begets the strength and structure, and Fancy begets the ornaments of a Poem. - Hobbes, Leviathan. Some of the difficulties that we meet with in remembering ...
-Dream Memory, Dream Imagination And Dream Reason. Part 2
De Quincey describes how in such dreams he saw . . . a crowd of ladies, a festival and dances. And I heard it said, or I said it to myself, ' These are English ladies from the unhappy times of Charle...
-Dream Memory, Dream Imagination And Dream Reason. Part 3
Just in the same way a place-name often makes the starting-point from which a dream of travel originates. I had asked in a furniture shop one day the name of a folding tea-table, and had been told th...
-Chapter VI. The "Super-Dream"
There are some who claim to have lived longer and more richly than their neighbours; when they lay asleep they claim they were still active; and among the treasures of memory that all men review for t...
-The "Super-Dream". Continued
The story as he wrote it certainly conveys the impression, not of invented scenes and happenings, but rather of things that had actually been witnessed by the narrator. This may, however, of course, b...
-Chapter VII. Symbolism In Dreams And The Significance Of Dreams In Tradition
Our advanced ideas are really in great part but the latest fashion in definition- a more accurate expression, by words in logy and ism, of sensations which men and women have vaguely grasped for cen...
-Symbolism In Dreams And The Significance Of Dreams In Tradition. Continued
As a student of the works of Freud and his followers I fully realise the nature of the various interpretations - most of them unpleasant - which may be read into this dream, the repressed thoughts and...
-Chapter VIII. Dream Places
My dreams . . . are of architecture and of buildings - cities abroad, which I have never seen, and hardly hope to see. I have traversed, for the seeming length of a natural day, Rome, Amsterdam, Paris...
-Dream Places. Continued
De Quincey's dream of Easter is as perfect an illustration as could be found of such alterations made in a dream scene, and of the blending of memories of places that are far apart into one dream pict...
-Chapter IX. Dream Construction
O magic sleep! O comfortable bird! That broodest o'er the troubled sea of the mind Till it is hush'd and smooth! O unconfined Restraint! imprisoned liberty! great Key To golden palaces, strange mi...
-Dream Construction. Continued
Other steps in the process of dream construction are shown in the following note. The simplest type of dream is given here because it exemplifies better than one of more imaginative interest would do ...
-Chapter X. Sense Impressions In Dreams
A dream itself is but a shadow. - Hamlet, ii, 2. In the numerous scientific books written about dreams a classification has been generally adopted dividing them into presentative (or sensorial) dream...
-Sense Impressions In Dreams. Continued
I have already described how, by concentrating the mind upon the subject, these dreams can be made to recur, and how the accomplishment of definite acts of flight and new methods of flying can be acqu...
-Chapter XI. Borderland State
Some say that gleams of a remoter world visit the soul in sleep. -Shelley, Mont Blanc. There is reason to suppose that our normal consciousness represents no more than a slice of our whole being. W...
-Borderland State. Part 2
This stage of the borderland state is peculiar not only by reason of this heightening of the mental faculties, but also because it is the condition in which certain abnormal experiences are met with, ...
-Borderland State. Part 3
There are very many such persons, and for them these problems will remain questions that they consider it idle to discuss, and lying outside the province of possible or profitable knowledge. We may, h...
-Chapter XII. Borderland State
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closet himself up, till he sees all things through the narrow chinks of his cavern. -William Bl...
-Borderland State. Continued
Another problem which might well be examined by the student of dreams is one which we all at times tried to solve for ourselves: where does the actual border-line lie? For we never know the moment whe...
-Chapter XIII. The Actors In Dreams
the dream guide And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams Call to the sonl when man doth sleep. So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes And into glory peep. -Henry Vaughan, They ...
-The Actors In Dreams. Part 2
In such a dream as this, we are aware of two streams of consciousness, both part of ourselves. It seems as though two factors of a dual consciousness were both actively present, and as though for the ...
-The Actors In Dreams. Part 3
In another dream the Guide had been the witness of the scene he described, and his story was so vivid that I still feel as if I had seen it with my own eyes and had not simply heard it told in a dream...
-Chapter XIV. Moral Sense In Dreams
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there he any vi...







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