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The Enigmatic Psychology of Our Dream Life

Great minds of the 20th century, including the psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, dedicated themselves to solving the age-old questions: What do dreams mean and what purpose do they serve? With the discovery that virtually everyone dreams several times a night during REM sleep, physiologists joined in the quest. Since then, generations of psychologists have put forth their own theories. This course tells that story and more. Explore the phenomena of lucid dreaming, nightmares, universal dream themes, and supposedly paranormal dreams. Look at dreams across cultures, and analyze our myths and fairy tales as “public dreams.” Students are also encouraged to share and discuss their own dreams in class.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of Western culture’s psychological theories of dreaming
  • Familiarity with current research and theories about how dreaming functions and what it means

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.


    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 28 - Apr 25
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Heynick, Frank
    • Location

      Norman Thomas Center
    Tuition $370