One of the reviewers below stated that dreams are nothing but the biological byproduct of the brain, and they don't mean anything. This is not a fact. This is a THEORY, known as the Activation-Synthesis theory.
"Activation Synthesis Theory is a neurobiological theory of dreams, put forward by Allan Hobson and Robert McCarley in 1977, which states that dreams are a random event caused by firing of neurons in the brain. This 'random firing' sends signals to the body's motor functions, but because of a paralysis that occurs during REM sleep, the brain is faced with a paradox. It synthesizes a narrative by drawing on memory systems, in an attempt to make sense of what it has experienced.
The orginal 1977 theory denied that dreams have meaning or are related to our real world enviornments. But this point drew plenty of criticism from other dream experts, and so, in 1988, Hobson published a revised theory acknowledging that dreams do reflect past memories, fears, hopes and desires." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activation_Synthesis_Theory).
As you can see, this is not a proven fact. This is only a hypothesis, and a flawed hypothesis at that. There is an article by G. William Domhoff that explains why: (http://psych.ucsc.edu/dreams/Library/domhoff_2000e.html).
Scientists can only study the PHYSICAL aspects of the brain at this point of time. As Robert Wilkerson states, there is sort of a "brain-mind" split in research... subtle forces such as the imagination cannot be directly observed in this way." [...].
All I'm saying is, I don't think it's a good idea to say something is a proven fact when it is not. I'm not going to come out and say "It's a fact that dreams have meaning." It isn't a fact. I can't prove it; nobody can. But it's what I believe. The thing is, there are only theories pertaining to the meaning in dreams. In the end, it's a personal decision, whether or not you believe dreams mean anything at all.
Decide for yourself.
I enjoyed the overall outlay of the book in discussing themes in dreams. I would in no way call this a "Complete Dream Book," and I wish the word "complete" had been left out of the title (would have given 5 stars then). Very limited in the symbols covered; however, great little scenarios are covered. I was especially astounded when the night before I got the book, I dreamt one of the exact scenarios covered in the book. The reasoning behind the scenario given in the book fit right in with my world.