Running Is a Kind of Dreaming: A Memoir


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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

J. M. Thompson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and ultrarunner. He completed his psychology training at the University of California, San Francisco, where he conducted research on the brain mechanisms of meditation and the physiology of trauma. He is also an ordained Zen practitioner and certified yoga teacher. He has finished over 40 ultramarathons, and multiple solo adventure runs in the Sierra Nevada, the Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. Thompson currently serves as a staff psychologist at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. Website:


J. M. Thompson's journey through the depths of suicidal depression and addiction is terrifying, arduous, and ultimately exhilarating. Running is a Kind of Dreaming delivers a fascinating exploration of the relation between mind and body, as well as inspiration for those struggling to find light beyond the darkness. A brave and vivid story, poetically told.--SCOTT STOSSEL, author of the NYT bestseller My Age of Anxiety
"J. M. Thompson's beautifully written Running Is a Kind of Dreaming is a revelation. This remarkable memoir takes the reader on a journey from the abyss --the darkest despair, when all seems lost -- to the return to glorious life. This book will inspire and provide hope for the hopeless." --DAVID SHEFF, author of the NYT bestseller Beautiful Boy
"This is a beautiful, powerful book with multiple dimensions of exploration and discovery. The painful and joyful moments of the author's life are skillfully interwoven with the mind-wandering trances of long distance running. With a mastery of psychology and philosophy, along with his rich and varied life, Thompson's reflections on childhood, family, mental illness, healing and meaning will enrich and challenge any reader. While highly recommended for all, this book will be especially useful for anyone who works in the mental health world or struggles with mental health challenges personally or in their family. This is a reflective, hopeful book." --BRUCE PERRY, Co-author (with Oprah Winfrey) of the #1 NYT Bestseller What Happened to You