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Why We Dream

Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   8.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/18/2018

Why We Dream

The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684417407
Digital Download ISBN:9781684417414


A fresh, revelatory foray into the new science of dreams—how they work, what they're for, and how we can reap the benefits of our own nocturnal life.

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Product Description

While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they're dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune moment: just as researchers began to understand why dreams exist. They aren't just random events; they have clear purposes. They help us learn and even overcome psychic trauma.

Robb draws on fresh and forgotten research, as well as her experience and that of other dream experts, to show why dreams are vital to our emotional and physical health. She explains how we can remember our dreams better—and why we should. She traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and even offers advice on how we can relish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming for ourselves.

Why We Dream is a clear-eyed, cutting-edge examination of the meaning and purpose of our nightly visions and a guide to changing our dream lives—and making our waking lives richer, healthier, and happier.


“In a book that looks at the historical and social importance of dreams, and analyzes the latest science, Robb attempts to correct our misguided forsaking of this feature of our unconscious. Dreams don’t make for boring conversation, Robb argues in this persuasive, personable book.”—Vogue

“For anyone who's ever kept a dream journal or fixated on the idea of lucid dreaming, a thorough exploration of the mysterious nightly phenomenon from a scientific point of view.”—Elle

Author Bio

Alice Robb is a writer in Brooklyn. She writes a column for New York's "Science of Us," and has contributed to Elle, the New Statesman, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic, where she was a staff writer. Before that, she studied archaeology and anthropology at Oxford.