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Emotional Selection: How Your Dreams Evolve Your Mind launches December 12th on Amazon

Why do you dream about work? An ex? Falling? Flying? Being trapped?

Why are some dreams joyful while others are terrifying?

And why are dreams so bizarre?

These questions and more are answered by a groundbreaking dream theory that explains the pivotal roles dreams play in restructuring our minds during sleep. Supported by peer-reviewed findings, this book delves into the profound connection between our dreams and our waking life.

Beyond unraveling dreams with clear, straightforward language, this enlightening book introduces techniques for altering your dreams to improve your ability to satisfy your waking needs. Do you long for more fulfilling relationships in your life? This book can guide your dreams toward that path. Do you want to excel at your career? Learn how dreams can mold your competence. Do you wish for a serene, more contented version of yourself? Discover strategies to steer your dreams in that direction.

Just as The Origin of Species revolutionized our grasp on evolution, Emotional Selection: How Your Dreams Evolve Your Mind advances our understanding of dreams.


“This book is such a fun journey! Rich has ducked into all the corners of research related to dreams, systems evolution, schema theory, and much more to develop his theory. He has some great pointers about how to understand this mysterious dream process, and how different themes indicate what your mind is doing behind the scenes to aid your waking life. The last section of the book is an interesting combination of cognitive therapeutic technique and the application of Rich’s dream theory. There is a lot of information and theory here, but it is well balanced and practical. I came to appreciate Rich’s utterly persistent curiosity. He is a true enthusiast and inventive researcher. All in all, the theoretical and experimental work described in this book is a delight!”
Former Editor and Publisher of Psychological Reports, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Comprehensive Psychology, Teaching Psychology

(Full quote from front cover)
“Richard Coutts is a remarkably determined scholar. He has single-mindedly created a truly novel theory on the mysterious, universal human phenomenon of dreaming. His resulting theory of dreams as emotional selection is at least as logical and internally consistent as many theories based on cognitive science, psychoanalysis, or neuroscience… and perhaps more so than many! What is amazing, is that he has been motivated simply by a curiosity. His drive to understand and explain a human behavior is a rare thing these days of specialization when few dare or care to venture outside their intellectual silos. He is thus to be congratulated and read!”
Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Author of Sleep and Dreaming: Scientific Advances and Reconsiderations