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Kelly Bulkeley


Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., is a dream researcher and author with a background in the psychology of religion. He is director of the Sleep and Dream Database (SDDb), a Senior Editor of the APA journal Dreaming, and a former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. He earned a B.A. at Stanford University, an M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is author and editor of several books, including The Wilderness of Dreams (State University of New York Press, 1994), An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming (1997) Dreaming Beyond Death (Beacon, 2006), American Dreamers (Beacon, 2008), Dreaming in the World’s Religions (New York University Press, 2008), Lucid Dreaming (ABC-Clio, 2014), Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Lucrecia the Dreamer: Prophecy, Cognitive Science, and the Spanish Inquisition (Stanford University Press, 2018). He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Book Reviews: Dreams and Relationships

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It is one of our society's greatest delusions that we believe each of us exists as a separate, independent being. Modern Westerners tend to see sharp, clear cut boundaries between our individual selves and the rest of the world. Our independenc more

The Soviet Coup: Dream, Myth & Reality

I left Chicago on Sunday evening, August 18, for the "Dreaming in Russia" conference in Moscow. I was very excited, expecting that the first-ever gathering of Western and Soviet dream explorers would be a fascinating experience. I did not, howe more

Dreaming to Heal the Earth

"In every dream, whether you are conscious of it while you are dreaming or not, there is some kind of natural phenomenon present. Either it's night and there is a night sky, with or without stars; the sun is shining in the day or it's cloudy; t more

Teaching Dreamwork to Children: Helping Them Face a Complex World

Many dreamworkers have described the positive values of teaching children about their dreams. Patricia Garfield, Ann Sayre Wiseman, Jill Gregory and others have written on how children can learn in their dreams about their emotions, their fears more

Book Review: Nightmare Help, A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Ann Sayre Wiseman

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Every parent knows that all children have nightmares - sleep researcher Dr. Ernest Hartmann notes in his book The Nightmare that young children s more

The World of Dreams According to Newsweek

"The Stuff dreams are Made of" by Sharon Bagley, and "Dreams on the Couch", by David Gelman: Newsweek, 8-14-1989 pg.40-46

One afternoon last summer, as I waited in the checkout line of a local market, holding a deli sandwich and gazing aimlessly more

Dreams in India

The traditional dream teachings of India can offer dreamworkers of the West exciting and thought-provoking new ideas regarding the nature, function, and potential uses of dreams. India has one of the richest and most vital cultures in the world more

Book Review: Dream Life, Wake Life by Gordon Globus

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How do we create the life-worlds we experience every night in our dreams? Are these life-worlds mere patch-wor more

The Birth of the Dream Movement

The study of history shows that revolutionary developments in human thought spring from surprisingly quiet beginnings, and that the people making the pioneering discoveries rarely recognize the future significance of their work. History also su more