Griffin and Tyrrell

Dreaming Reality

How dreaming keeps us sane, or can drive us mad


“The conclusions arrived at in Dreaming Reality are breathtaking, and given the freedom that the reader has to apply to his or herself, they prove to be astonishing. This book gives such rational explanations that the cumulative effect is like turning on a light in a room full of shadows. Read it for yourself, without prejudice, and try it out — just feel those dark shadows withdraw.”
     Mental Health Practice Journal

One of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last hundred years.
     Dr Farouk Okhai

Dreaming Reality exquisitely scythes through the Gordian knot created by past dream theories. Even better, like all the very best explanations, its central theme is as far-reaching as it is intuitive. Through a fascinating combination of dream examples and scientific findings, it provides lucid and compelling evidence for how our night and daydreams not only mould our personalities but also lie at the very heart of being human.”
     Dr Clive Bromhall, author of The Eternal Child

... a lovely, evocative expression of the richness of the mind as it changes language from prose to poetry. The linkage of waking emotional material to dreams is entirely convincing and so useful in treatment, particularly for the patient who is stuck.
     Professor Rosalind Cartwright, author of Crisis Dreaming

Very convincing [theory]. Much more acceptable than Freudian or Jungian notions. And Joe Griffin's interpretation of their dreams is entirely reasonable.
     Professor H.J. Eysenck (on reading the original hypothesis in 1991)

The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology – I read it with pleasure.
     Professor Michel Jouvet

“For anyone who has speculated on the meaning and purpose of dreaming, Griffin and Tyrrell's astounding insights light up the dark corners of the mind. Not since 1964 when Carl Jung's book Man and his Symbols was published has anyone set out to write so conclusively on dreaming for a wide audience. Griffin and Tyrrell [propose] that dreaming functions to cleanse the undischarged emotional arousals of the day and they explain how this happens through metaphorical pattern-matching. From this one sets off on the journey to understanding the true causes of (and routes to healing) depression. This book is revolutionary in thought, revelatory in content and will be established as the most important twenty-first century milestone on the road to accessible mental health treatment for all. It's a must for all who live with mental illness or work for its relief.”
     Ian Hunter OBE

“Compelling reading. Griffin and Tyrrell's adroitly written text challenges traditional views on our knowledge and understanding of the mystifying covert world of human dreams.”
    Tony Charlton, Professor of Behavioural Studies, University of Gloucestershire
“This book is revolutionary in more than one way. Past and sometimes over-looked research is re-evaluated, and a persuasive theory emerges... long overdue to my mind... an intriguing guidebook.”
     Doris Lessing

“Joe Griffin's key insight... [means that] weekly excavation of your painful past in an attempt to understand your present depression has never seemed so foolish. There is a new king in the sacred grove [of psychology].”
     Financial Times

“Tells the remarkable story of Joe Griffin's 12 year quest to solve the question of why we dream, and vividly describes the practical uses this knowledge brings to us all... Compelling reading for all dreamers.”
     The Alternative

“This is a book which is scientific and understandable, practical as well as theoretical and which brings clarity to a subject which has intrigued the human race for millennia.”
     Footnotes Journal

“The authors propose a purpose and function of dreaming that is rather enticing ... and sets the imagination going.”
     The Irish Psychologist