Dreams and Professional Personhood: The Contexts of Dream Telling and Dream Interpretation among American Psychotherapists

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Two mental health centers form the setting for this ethnographic study of dreams. Dombeck interviewed employees of these centers to gather information about American attitudes toward dreams. The concepts that emerge from the interviews are analyzed in the context of Western understandings of person, self, and professional personhood. Contains a review of additional dream research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures

I. Introduction: Background and Foreground

Research in the Physiology of Dreaming and Dream Psychology
Clinical Observation and Research in Dreams
Anthropological Research in Dreams and Dream Telling
Field Work: Issues of Time
The Settings: Issues of Space
Analytic Concepts and Research Questions

II. The Psychotherapist: "Simply as a Person"

Analytic Concepts of Person and Self
The Psychotherapist: Professional Setting and Home Base
Analysis: The Enduring, Experiencing Person
The Dreaming Self and the Working Person
Summary and Conclusion

III. The Contexts of Dream Telling

Dreams Are "Personal": Emic Perspectives
"My Personal Life": Emic and Etic Perspectives
Typology of Dream Telling Contexts
When Contexts Converge

IV. Dream Interpretation: Freudian Mythology and the American Mystique of Dreams

The Exploration Process and Method
Local Ideas about Dream Interpretation
Freudian Influence on Local Dream Interpretation: Three Dreams
The Contexts of Dream Interpretation
The Popularization of Freud and the American Mystique of Dreams

V. Psychotherapy, Dream Telling, and Hierarchy

Who Is a Real Doctor?
"Reading the Mind" and the Importance of Biology
The Dream Interpretation Hierarchy
Woman's Work and Women's Professions
Tending the Body and Listening to the Person
The Dream-Hearing Range

VI. Showing the Person and Knowing the Person

Not Showing the Person
Showing that One Knows Oneself
The Incongruities between Person and Self
The Disjunction of Mind and Body

Appendix A: How Contexts Are Described
Appendix B: The Maaning of Crazy
Appendix C: Psychological Mindedness
Appendix D: Higher Functioning-Lower Functioning
Appendix E: Who Is a Real Doctor? (What Psychiatrists Said)
Appendix F: Hierarchical Issues
Appendix G: Which of the Psychotherapy Professionals Are More Likely to Ask about and Listen to Dreams?


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