Ann Faraday

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Ann Faraday is a British-born psychologist, who conducted an experimental study of dreams for her PhD thesis at University College, London.[1] After several years in experimental dream research, she then trained in hypnotherapy, Freudian and Jungian analysis and Gestalt therapy. She was a pioneer of the Human Potential Movement and the Association for Humanistic Psychology in Great Britain.

She is considered a pioneer of the empirical evaluation of the content of dreams. She is the author of two books about dream interpretation: the bestseller[2] Dream Power,[3] and The Dream Game.[4] The Dream Game devotes a chapter to punny things in dreams, including verbal puns, reversal puns, visual puns, puns involving proper names, puns involving literal pictures of colloquial or slang metaphors, and puns involving literal picture of common body language.[5] From the 1970s, Faraday appeared on many radio shows and workshops for the purpose of recording and interpretation of dreams.

According to the Encyclopedia of Psychology, "writers and psychologists, such as Ann Faraday, helped to take dream analysis out of the therapy room and popularize it by offering techniques anyone could use to analyze his or her own dreams".[6] In addition, Faraday wrote for the Association for the Study of Dreams newsletter. Her books indicate that she also tried yoga and Zen-like activities which were trendy during that time period. Faraday believed that by placing too little importance on dreams, our society contributes to the poor recall of dreams, which most people immediately forget upon awakening.

From the 1970s, she and her partner John Wren-Lewis (1923 - 2006) travelled extensively, particularly within United States, Malaysia and Thailand, before settling permanently in Australia. She also had a daughter, Fiona.[7]

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  1. ^ Faraday, Ann (1969). Factors Affecting the Experimental Recall of Dreams. PhD thesis, University College London.
  2. ^ Webb, W. B. (1981). "The return of consciousness". The G. Stanley Hall lecture series. American Psychological Association. 1: 133–152. When pressed regarding their interpretation I refer students to a bestselling book by the English psychologist and sleep researcher Ann Faraday (Dream power. New York: Berkley Medallion, 1973).
  3. ^ Faraday, Ann (1972). Dream Power. New York: Coward, McCann & Geogregan. Also: London: Hodder & Stoughton.
  4. ^ Faraday, Ann (1975). The Dream Game. London: Maurice temple Smith
  5. ^ Kilroe, P. A. (2000). "The dream pun: What is a play on words without words?". Dreaming. 10 (4): 193–209.
  6. ^ Dreams, Encyclopedia of Psychology.
  7. ^ "Sleeping with the Guru". Hecate's Australian Women's Book Review. Hecate Press. 17 (1). January 2005. Sometime in 1980, John Wren-Lewis, my daughter Fiona and I found ourselves on a crowded Indian bus, sitting next to a young Western woman dressed from top to toe in white, who seemed oblivious to the heat, noise and smells around us.