The best books on dream interpretation

Why am I passionate about this?

I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD. My passion for dreams overlaps with my interest in ADHD which is commonly associated with daydreaming. I have intensively studied dreams in courses, conferences, experiential dream groups, and in years-long therapy that focused only on dream interpretation. I have seen dreams offer insights and at times solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems in my client's lives and also in my own life. I am an author writing on ADHD, executive functioning, and depression including the books The Gift of Adult ADD and The Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning. Dreams can offer insights into all of these conditions suggesting perspectives and healing actions.


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Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools to Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized, and Reach Their Goals

By Lara Honos-Webb,

Book cover of Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools to Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized, and Reach Their Goals

What is my book about?

Do you have trouble paying attention? Do you miss important deadlines? Do you ever feel “scattered” or unorganized? You’re not alone. Between friend drama, social media, dating, smartphones, and a changing body and brain, most teens need a little extra help staying focused. The good news is there are real skills you can learn now to help you stay on track—in school and in life. This book includes six super simple skills to help you stay focused & reach your goals! The six super skills are finding gifts, setting goals, chunking, boosting motivation, mood management, and the science of attention management.

In this fun and easy guide, you’ll discover six powerful “super skills” to help you pay attention, stay organized, and get stuff done—so you can be your very best. 

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul

Lara Honos-Webb Why did I love this book?

This book introduces the reader to Marc Bregman - a postman turned dream interpreter whose approach breaks through intellectual interpretations of dreams to the emotional experience of your predicament in life. Dreams show you the path out of your predicament – usually through connecting with what used to be called “your inner child” but here is redefined as being childlike in your sense of adventure and mystery in life. 

The method shown in this book goes far beyond dream interpretation to using a dream to heal your life, your relationships, your career confusions, and more. The images in the dream are medicine and can be recalled to offer healing in your waking life. Full disclosure – Marc Bregman was my dream therapist for several years, I found him through this book.

By Rodger Kamenetz,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The History of Last Night's Dream as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Our Dreams Will Never Be the Same Again

International bestselling author Rodger Kamenetz believes it is not too late to reclaim the lost power of our nightly visions. He fearlessly delves into this mysterious inner realm and shows us that dreams are not only intensely meaningful, but hold essential truths about who we are. In the end, each of us has the choice to embark on this illuminating path to the soul.


Book cover of Dreams and Healing: A Succinct and Lively Interpretation of Dreams

Lara Honos-Webb Why did I love this book?

This book establishes that throughout history and cultures, dreams have been seen as essential tools in healing mental, physical, and social problems. While many dreams may be “housekeeping” or processing the day’s events, the author persuades that dreams come for a purpose. The author provides in-depth case studies of dreams that transform the lives of dreamers. Dreams offer direction toward finding your own path against collective expectations. One of the case studies in the book shows how dreams guide a 20-year-old college student to make decisions his parents didn’t approve of. Another is a case study of a woman whose dreams guide her to go back to get a college degree late in life.

By John A. Sanford,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Dreams and Healing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Dreams and Healing: A Succinct and Lively Interpretation of Dreams by John A. Sanford


Book cover of The Dreammaker's Apprentice: Using Heightened States of Consciousness to Interpret Dreams

Lara Honos-Webb Why did I love this book?

This book broadens the understanding of dream interpretation to include the Aboriginal Australian’s idea of Dreamtime. The “dreammaker” is the creator of both waking life and the source of nighttime dreams. The author Arnold Mindell blends ideas of dreamtime, quantum physics, and Jungian psychology to interpret life events, body symptoms as well as mental health problems. The breakthrough idea here is that the dreammaker can also be found in waking life and can be interpreted even at the micro-level of what he calls flirts. These are quickly passing life experiences that catch our eye - from a momentary pain, to an uncanny emotion or a bizarre personal encounter. He helps the reader to see all of these as expressions of dreamtime and offers tools for interpreting both these “flirts” and nighttime dreams.

By Arnold Mindell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Dreammaker's Apprentice as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Psychotherapist Arnold Mindell goes deeper than ever before in his exploration of dreamwork as a tool for heightened perception and self improvement.


Book cover of Dream Work: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Power in Dreams

Lara Honos-Webb Why did I love this book?

I picked Dream Work because it is “one-stop shopping” meaning it is a comprehensive and thorough review of many different approaches to dream interpretation. I particularly like the quick tips he offers if you don’t want to delve into theory. For example, he recommends you create a title for a dream which is effective in increasing your insight quickly. He also has guidance for working with fragments of dreams and offers a powerful case study of how one small dream fragment of remembering “pastel” colors opened up a new career direction for a dreamer. While many dreamers find dream fragments to be frustrating he shows how these can be condensed and edited “telegrams.” Other quick tips he offers are asking questions about a dream such as “What might happen if I did this in the real world?”

By Jeremy Taylor,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Dream Work as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Offers an invaluable tool for the exploration of the inner life contained within our dreams and individual, group,and community techniques for discovering more of the multiple meanings inherent in every dream. With extensive, annotated bibliography.


Book cover of Knock Knock Dream Journal

Lara Honos-Webb Why did I love this book?

I included this book because the most important part of dream interpretation is recording your dreams. This journal has space for your to write a title for the dream as recommended in the previous book Dream Work. In addition to writing out the dream, there are boxes to check off the category of dream – from a nightmare to mundane - and a checklist to note the prevailing emotion. There is space to draw images from the dream and a section to reflect and try an interpretation. You can use any of these features and the journal, by offering space and checkboxes, deepens engagement with the dream, and may offer directions you wouldn’t have thought of by yourself.

By Knock Knock,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Knock Knock Dream Journal as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Perplexed by inappropriate, recurring, or just-plain confusing dreams? Make friends with your subconscious-and its head-scratching contents! Cheaper and considerably less nosy than a shrink, this bedside analyst offers an easy format for recording your psyche's odd nocturnal missions and interpreting their significance. Because sometimes a cigar is just a cigar-but not usually.


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Book cover of Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old?: Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age

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