In A Guide to the World of Dreams, Ole Vedfelt presents an in-depth look at dreams in psychotherapy, counselling and self-help, and offers an overview of current clinical knowledge and scientific research, including contemporary neuroscience. This book describes essential aspects of Jungian, psychoanalytic, existential, experiential and cognitive approaches to dreams and dreaming, and explores dreams in sleep laboratories, neuroscience and contemporary theories of dream cognition.
Vedfelt clearly and effectively describes ten core qualities of dreams, and delineates a resource-oriented step-by-step manual for dreamwork at varying levels of expertise. For each core quality, key learning outcomes are clarified and resource-oriented, creative and motivating exercises for practical dreamwork are spelled out, providing clear and manageable methods. A Guide to the World of Dreams also introduces a new cybernetic theory of dreams as intelligent, unconscious information processing, and integrates contemporary clinical research into this theory. The book even includes a wealth of engaging examples from the author’s lifelong practical experience with all levels and facets of dreamwork.
Vedfelt’s seminal work is essential reading for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, and even psychiatrists, and could well be a fundamental textbook for courses at high schools, colleges, universities and even in adult-education classes. The book’s transparent method and real-life examples will inspire individuals all over the world who seek self-help or self-development – any reader will be captivated to discover how knowledge of dreams stimulates creativity in everyday life and even in professional life.
Review in the Danish Journal of Psychotherapy – Number 1. – February 2018 p. 59-60
A Guide to The World of Dreams – an Integrative Approach to Dreamwork is one of the most important international contributions to the integrative and psychological understanding of dreams. It derives from Ole Vedfelts many years of extensive study of dreams, both theoretically and clinically. Despite the book’s high-level academics, it is written in an accessible language and the multitude of examples provided make it inspirational and enthralling. See the full interview below.
Misser Berg. Jungian psychoanalyst. Vice-president for the International association for analytical Psychology. Director of Studies C.G. Jung-Institute Copenhagen.
Review in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy Vol 52, No 4 2018
Abstract: Ole Vedfelt describes dreams as an inexhaustible creative resource which, throughout life, proactively contributes to the inner balance of the personality. He begins with an overview of psychological and natural scientific knowledge of dreams and dreamwork today and introduces a theory of complexity for the integration of this knowledge. Substantiated by the relevant research, he delineates ten core qualities of dreams and illustrates these with practical dreamwork examples. Finally, the book has a manual for work with the core qualities of dreams in different settings and for different levels of expertise, such as in psychotherapy, counselling, and self-help.
From the text: Ole Vedfelts writing skill is delightful, engaging, and easy to read. The book contains a wealth of examples from people of all ages with diverse life situations. As a psychotherapist and counsellor, I am very pleased to add this thorough and important book to my toolbox.
Hanne Fogh Pedersen Diploma Psychotherapist and Counsellor. Private praxis.
See also Hanne Fogh Pedersens interview with the author: “Dreamwork for Everyone” Here
Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy December 2017, 7:6
Open Access DOI: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000333
DreamTime Magazine. A Publication of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. WINTER 2019 p.37-39. Dream Bibliophile – Special Book Review
Key to Vedfelt’s book is that dreamwork can be included in many contexts .Methods divided by levels, clearly formulated ethical principles and inspiring examples are all important knowledge for non-therapeutic groups and individuals who work with self-development and social dreaming. Well-delineated guidelines for working with trauma are also provided, as well as guidance for parents interested in the dreams of their children.Ole Vedfelt’s new book will give dream understanding a giant step forward… Ole Vedfelt’s empathy, overview and positive view of humanity brings his theory to life and makes it accessible to readers at all levels.
Torben Hansen. Diploma psychotherapist. Leader of Institute for Integrated Psychotherapy and Cybernetic Psychology Denmark.
Review in the International Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy, Vol. 9, 2018 p. 73-75
This book is relevant for anyone working with dreams. Vedfelt’s model with its ten core qualities is inspiringly innovative while also including significant classical perspectives. This book is not just about understanding the client or oneself in relationship to dreams, rather its emphasis is on how the unconscious intelligence of dreams reflect humanity’s extremely high potential as communicating beings – dreams are a mirror into our deep commonality. Dreams mirror human intelligence and poetic reality.
Henrik Hass Diploma psychotherapist. BA in philosophy and religious studies
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Danish Journal of Psychotherapy – Number 1. – February 2018 p. 59-60
Beyond comparison, Ole Vedfelt is the person in Denmark who knows most about the various psychological and psychoanalytical aspects of dreams. His many years of very extensive work in this field initially resulted in his book The Dimension of Dreams, which has been published in several revisions since 1989, the latest of which was greatly expanded in 2007. The Dimension of Dreams became an international bestseller published in a long series of countries (USA, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden and Norway). The 2007 version was reviewed in this journal.
In 2012, Your Guide to the World of Dreams (Din guide til drømmenes verden) was published in Danish only and reviewed in this journal the same year. That book has been discovered aboard and was published in 2017 by prominent publisher Routledge. Yet this new book is not quite the same as the Danish version. The English version, A Guide to the World of Dreams – an Integrative Approach to Dreamwork, has been expanded with more scientific knowledge including neuropsychological studies. Even practical dreamwork has been granted more pages. On the other hand, the encyclopedia of dreams symbols found in the Danish version has not been included in the English one, which actually makes this new version much tighter scientifically. That makes A Guide to the World of Dreams a very weighty contribution to our international knowledge and understanding of dreams.
The book is divided into three parts:
Part I – Knowledge of Dreams.
Chapter 1 describes in condensed form contributions from various key people who have created theories about and acquired knowledge of dreams: Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, Calvin Hall, existentialists Medard Boss and Irvin Yalom, etc., Freud’s and Jung’s successors, plus the experience-oriented creator of Gestalt Therapy, Fritz Perls, and the creator of cognitive therapy, Aaron Beck. Chapter 1 concludes with descriptions of several contemporary dream studies and the various ways dreams are utilized.
The first portion of Chapter 2 deals with dreams and natural science. Traditional dream research from sleep laboratories (REM-sleep, etc.) is presented, plus newer neuropsychological observations. Then comes descriptions of dream theories based on natural science. Several of these theories do not attribute any psychological meaning to dreams at all; others see dreams as emotional regulators; and some believe that dreams have a healing function when it comes to events such as trauma.
In Chapter 3, Ole Vedfelt describes his own theories about integrative dream understanding, and his cybernetic network theory of dreams based on the perception of the human psyche as a self-organizing complex information system. These theories were developed by Vedfelt in earlier works including Unconscious Intelligence from 2000 and his latest version of The Dimensions of Dreams. This chapter leads us into Part 2 of the book which describes 10 Core Qualities of Dreams where the weighty knowledge of the various dream theories – from dream research to neuropsychology – is integrated.
Part II – The Ten Core Qualities of Dreams.
This second part contains 10 chapters, each describing a Core Quality. Every chapter is chock-full of theoretical explanations, references and clinical examples.
Core Quality 1: Dreams Deal with Matters Important to Us.
Core Quality 2: Dreams Symbolize.
Core Quality 3: Dreams Personify.
Core Quality 4: Dreams are Trial Runs in a Safe Place.
Core Quality 5: Dreams are Online to Unconscious Intelligence.
Core Quality 6: Dreams are Pattern Recognition.
Core Quality 7: Dreams are High-Level Communication.
Core Quality 8: Dreams are Condensed Information.
Core Quality 9: Dreams are Experiences of Wholeness.
Core Quality 10: Dreams are Psychological Energy Landscapes.
Part II rounds off with a comprehensive chapter about dreams and trauma. This chapter contains fine clinical descriptions and the accounting of Vedfelt’s work with Lisa’s dreams are especially relevant and engaging.
Part III – Principles and Exercises for Practical Dreamwork.
In this last part, Ole Vedfelt elucidates what “Good Dreamwork” is for each individual Core Quality. This section contains a goldmine of useful guidelines and issues, plus theoretical and practical considerations, etc. These descriptions supplement the earlier chapters with employable methods for practical work with dreams.
Summary. A Guide to The World of Dreams – an Integrative Approach to Dreamwork is one of the most important international contributions to the integrative and psychological understanding of dreams. It derives from Ole Vedfelts many years of extensive study of dreams, both theoretically and clinically. Despite the book’s high-level academics, it is written in an accessible language and the multitude of examples provided make it inspirational and enthralling.