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Studies in the Psychosocial

Social Dreaming, Associative Thinking and Intensities of Affect

Authors: Manley, Julian

  • Offers the first academic study of a method on the fringes of psychosocial studies
  • Challenges some of the ontological bases restricting the use of social dreaming
  • Considers the abstract, sensual, embodied, subjective and experiential nature of social dreaming data
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About this book

This book describes a way of sharing dreams in a group, called ‘social dreaming’. It explores how the sharing of real, night time dreams, in a group, can offer information on and insight into ourselves and the worlds we live in and share. It investigates how we can turn dream images, and ideas and feelings that arise from these images, into conscious thought, before describing the ways in which these can be used. Using a background of the psychosocial combined with a philosophical lens influenced by the work of Gilles Deleuze, Julian Manley shows how social dreaming can be understood as a Deleuzian ‘rhizome of affects’, a web or a root design where things interconnect in a random and spontaneous fashion rather than in a sequential or linear way. He illustrates how social dreaming can link dreams together into a collage of images, and compares this to the rhizome, where clusters of emotional intensity – which emerge from the dream images – weave and interconnect with other clusters, forming a web of interlinked dream images and emotions. From the basis of this rhizome emerges an interpretation of social dreaming as a ‘body without organs’ and the social dreaming matrix as a ‘smooth space’ where meanings emerge from the way these images form connections, and come and go according to our emotions at any particular moment. 

About the authors

Julian Manley is a Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • How It All Began

    Manley, Julian

    Pages 3-19

  • Problems in Conceptualising Social Dreaming

    Manley, Julian

    Pages 21-32

  • From Group Relations to the Social Dreaming Matrix

    Manley, Julian

    Pages 33-42

  • Social Dreaming in a New Key

    Manley, Julian

    Pages 45-53

  • From Thinking Linearity to Feeling Non-linearity

    Manley, Julian

    Pages 55-77

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92555-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92554-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Dreaming, Associative Thinking and Intensities of Affect
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Psychosocial
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92555-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92555-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92554-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 266
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
Topics