What Do Your Dreams Really Mean? by Mary Kennedy

nightmares can be murder 2Dreams are amazing, ephemeral and fun. As a psychologist, I enjoy listening to my clients’ dreams and I’m grateful to have a window into their world. Their dreams teach me so much about their unconscious fears and desires, their most hidden emotions. When I read about the popularity of dream clubs in the northeast, I thought it would be a great idea for a mystery series and I wrote Nightmares Can be Murder, the first in the Dream Club Mysteries (Penguin, Sept 2,2014).

A dream club is like a book club except the topic is dreams.  In Nightmares Can Be Murder, business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison  run an old-fashioned candy store.  Allison is interested in dream interpretation and forms the Dream Club where members meet once a week to share their dreams (and solve a murder or two!)

Are dreams really the “royal road to the unconscious,” as Freud suggested? Can they give us insight into our deepest thoughts and unspoken wishes? Or are they simply random firings of neurons as the brain rests and recharges itself, processing the day’s events?  Do the dream club members really uncover clues in their dreams that expose the killers? Or are they just lucky coincidences? I leave it to the reader to decide.

mary_26_6x4Mary Kennedy is a licensed psychologist in private practice and lives in the northeast with her husband and eight eccentric cats. The cats have resisted all her attempts to psychoanalyze them but she remains optimistic. You can learn more at www.marykennedy.net or at the Cozy Chicks where she blogs every Saturday. www.cozychicksblog.com

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