Patricia Garfield

Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., is a worldwide authority on dreams.  She is one of the six co-founders of The Association for the Study of Dreams and was the 1998-99 President. Her bestseller Creative Dreaming is considered a classic, and is available in fourteen languages.

Dream Catcher

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Dear website visitors,
After many years of online publishing, Dr. Patricia Garfield has retired from active participation in this website. (Comments, Questions and Newsletter features have therefore been removed.)
In honor of her many contributions to the psychology of dreaming, the site now serves as an archive of her scholarly and creative work, maintained by Dennis Rivers, MA, her friend, fellow dreamer and volunteer librarian.


The Dream Catcher: A Young Person's Journal for Exploring Dreams
by Patricia Garfield, Ph.D.

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Dreams are tantalizing, illusive, frustrating, and vitally important. People have tried to catch them, and their meanings, since the earliest times. Dr. Patricia Garfield, one of North America's foremost authorities on dreams, knows the importance of dreams to our waking lives. Dream Catcher is not only fascinating reading about sleep, and practices to ensure good sleep drawn from lore around the world, but it is an enticing invitation to begin the habit of recording dreams within its very covers.

One of the most important ways to explore dream territory is to keep a dream journal. Dr. Garfield has kept her own dream journal for over fifty years!

About the Author

Patricia Garfield, PhD is cofounder of the Association for the Study of Dreams. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has written seven books on dreaming for adults, including the bestseller Creative Dreaming. Her first book for young adults was The Dream Book: A Young Person’s Guide to Understanding Dreams, published by Tundra in 2002. Patricia Garfield lives in the San Francisco Bay area.