Women's Dreams and Nightmares

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
What is special about women's dreams? What is important about women's nightmares?. Drawing on thirty eight years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, recent research, and the theories of C.G. Jung, Tanya Wilkinson addresses these questions. Dr. Wilkinson provides guidance for remembering, recording and interpreting dreams. Recurring images and themes from women's dreams are analyzed. More

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf lrf pdb txt html

First 20% Sample: epub mobi (Kindle) lrf more Online Reader
About Tanya Wilkinson, PhD

Tanya Wilkinson, Ph.D, maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and consultation in San Francisco, practicing from a Jungian/feminist perspective. She has belonged to a women’s dream group for the last 20 years. Tanya has been teaching at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco since 1980. Currently she is on the Faculty of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Tanya has published two previous books: Medea's Folly: Women's Relationships and the Search for Intimacy (1998), and Persephone Returns: Victims, Heroes, and the Journey from the Underworld (1996). She is a mixed media artist who has been exhibiting, primarily in the Bay Area, since 1999. As a visiual artist she uses mythological, political, and biographical imagery to explore the territory of the unknown woman.

Learn more about Tanya Wilkinson, PhD


Marc Ellen Hamel reviewed on on May 25, 2018

Wilkinson’s book has guided me to remember my dreams more fully and more often and to gather insights in a way that I have often missed in the past. She provides suggestions about how to look at the scenes and feelings in the dream world from a different angle than what might be my obvious interpretation. With her concrete examples of specific women’s dreams and what they might indicate, one gets the feel for how to more broadly interpret dreams. She points out that dreams come from our subconscious and accessing this part of ourselves can lead us to helpful ways to look at our current life situation. I have found that attention to my dreams enriches my life by expanding my self-knowledge, and deepens my relationship with myself.

Wilkinson is straightforward and descriptive in her approach, while still honoring the mystery of our complicated selves. She never falls into a “new-agey” nor a “know-it-all” attitude, but provides possible interpretations and leaves the dreamer open to her own reactions. Happily, she trusts the reader’s intelligence to grasp and explore themes that she has found frequently surface in many women’s dreams. We benefit from the many years she has spent as an empathetic therapist hearing the dreams of others and many years of studying her own dreams. Most important, she has an outstanding ability to explain what she has learned, making this a valuable book for anyone who wishes to better understand her own, or all womens’, dreams.

Why pay attention to your dreams? Here are two helpful quotes from her book........

“Our culture encourages us to suppress a lot of emotions in waking life, and so it falls to the dreaming mind to remember and digest important feelings.”


“The brain uses dreams to sort out information and experiences that the conscious mind has not fully dealt with during the day.”
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
Betsy Rowe reviewed on on April 20, 2018

We sleep for nearly ⅓ of our lives, and if you wake up remembering fragments of your dreams you are going to get a lot of out of this book.
Discovering Women’s Dreams and Nightmares is kind of like opening a treasure chest. I am at once giddy and apprehensive to enter my unconscious mind. Dr. Wilkinson describes thoughtful techniques for working with your dreams and outlines themes, symbols and meanings that might blow your mind. This book is an incredible tool to have on one’s journey to find the authentic Self.
I have a feeling it will be one I read and re-read. Highly recommend!
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Report this book