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Lucid Dreaming: The Paradox of Consciousness During Sleep

Green, Celia, & McCreary, Charles

 Green published a book entitled Lucid Dreams in 1968, but this work is entirely different, far advanced from the earlier one, which was "state of the art" at the time. It deliberately complements that volume, but the same case histories are not used in this one. This is an excellent introduction to and scholarly review of lucid dreaming. It begins with a chapter with a definition plus examples, the history of the subject, and the matter of the communication between the lucid dreamer and the world outside. The next chapter compares lucid and nonlucid dreams. Chapter 3 describes the pre-lucid state. The fourth chapter surveys perceptual qualities of lucid dreams followed by one on memory, intellect, and emotions. In chapter 6 lucid dreams are discussed in connection with other hallucinatory experiences. Then comes a chapter on false awakenings and out-of-body experiences. A chapter each is devoted to paralysis in hallucinatory states, control of lucid dreams, methods of inducing lucid dreams, and aftereffects of lucid dreams. Another chapter is on "two areas of difficulty: reading and switching on light?," in which what were thought to be lucid states proved instead to have been more like normal dreaming. Two chapters deal with therapeutic applications of lucid dreams, and the last one is on arousal, the right hemisphere, and lucid dreams.
Publisher Information:New York: Routledge, 1994. 186p. Bibl: 173-179; Chap. notes: 169-173; Name Ind: 180-181; Subject Ind: 182-186
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