Epilogue: A Multiplicity of Contexts for Histories of Dreams and Dreaming

  • Hendrika Vande Kemp
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


In this epilogue, the author places the historical chapters in the larger context of multidisciplinary histories of dreams and dreaming. She stresses that dream histories and theories must address all four dimensions of human experience: the impersonal or nonpersonal, the interpersonal or extrapersonal, the intrapersonal, and the transpersonal or extrapersonal. She emphasizes that a complete understanding of dreams requires awareness of psychology’s theoretical diversity and subdisciplines and a truly interdisciplinary approach. She comments on the ethical risks of publishing the dreams of others, which in part accounts for scientists reporting their own dreams. She explores ramifications of the fact that the context of dream psychology is a multifaceted one. She concludes that historians and researchers must employ a wide range of approaches to the psychology of dreams and dreaming.


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  • Hendrika Vande Kemp
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  1. 1.DurhamUSA

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