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Dream Therapy

Date: 03-17-04
Host: George Noory
Guests: John Goldhammer, Michael E. Brown

Psychotherapist Dr. John Goldhammer shared his approach to dream interpretation and therapy, which instead of relying on dream dictionaries, asks individuals to probe themselves for their own symbolic meanings. Dreams can do work for us, such as to help overthrow ideas and attitudes "that have been put upon us and don't belong to us," he said. By learning to recognize dream elements that represent these non-helpful ideations, people can be empowered to rid themselves of them, Goldhammer explained.

Dreams can function to connect us to a "deep source of renewal and wisdom," and the symbolic imagery that is portrayed is like a "lost language," that can be understood on an individual level, he said. This imagery can be drawn from a person's past, present and future. Interestingly, Goldhammer suggested that controlling one's dreams is not necessarily a desirable objective, but rather one can benefit from "learning to respect the wisdom that is [already present] in the dream."

Sedna's Discovery

First half-hour guest, Cal Tech astronomer Michael E. Brown discussed his work which led to the discovery of the planetary body being called Sedna. The object has unexplained properties, he said, which include being red in color and quite reflective. There might be many more of these Pluto-sized objects out there at the edge of our solar system, and a few could be as large as Earth or Jupiter he surmised.

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