Essential Papers on Dreams

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This collection traces the history of psycho-analytically informed thinking about dreams, using selected contributions from Freud to the present to highlight both the legacy of The Interpretation of dreams and the evolving use of the dream as a research tool- of the mind first, later of the psychoanalytic process and of pathology and loge predicaments, and finally as a tool to be integrated with other methods of investigation.

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Editorial Reviews

Assembles 21 essential and enduring contributions that take the psychoanalytically sophisticated reader from the origins of psychoanalytic thinking about dreams set forward in 1900 in The Interpretation of dreams to the present day complexity and controversy of psychoanalytically informed thinking about dreaming. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814750629
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Series: Essential Papers in Psychoanalysis
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 538
  • Sales rank: 922,995
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvin R. Lansky is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA Medical School, and Faculty, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute.

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Table of Contents

I Psychoanalytic Classics
1 The Legacy of The Interpretation of Dreams 3
2 Revision of the Theory of Dreams 32
3 Dream Psychology and the Analytic Situation 53
II Current Psychoanalytic Views
A General
4 The Exceptional Position of the Dream in Psychoanalytic Practice 83
B Manifest Content
5 Ego Feeling in Dreams 111
6 The Dream Specimen of Psychoanalysis 137
C Synthesis and Adaptation
7 Formation and Evaluation of Hypotheses in Dream Interpretation 183
8 Dreams in Clinical Psychoanalytic Practice 197
9 Dreams and Their Various Purposes 213
D Object, Self, Affect
10 The Function of Dreams 239
11 The Psychological Function of Dreams: A Revised Psychoanalytic Perspective 249
12 Dreams and the Subjective World 272
III Special Topics
A Trauma and Pathology
13 Emergence of Hidden Ego Tendencies during Dream Analysis 299
14 Depersonalization and the Dream 309
B Nightmares
15 Nightmares and the Combat Neuroses 323
16 Toward a Theory of Nightmares 343
17 Nightmares and Boundaries in the Mind 376
18 The Screening Function of Post-Traumatic Nightmares 401
C Dreams and Current Research
19 Experimental and Clinical Approaches to the Mind-Body Problem through Recent Research in Sleep and Dreaming 427
20 The Brain as a Dream Machine: An Activation-Synthesis Hypothesis of Dreaming 452
IV Vistas
21 Emerging Perspectives on the Dream as an Investigative Tool 477
Appendix 1. List of Writings by Freud Dealing Predominantly or Largely with Dreams 495
Appendix 2. Psychoanalytic or Psychoanalytically Informed Books on Dreams 497
Name Index 499
Subject Index 503
About the Editor 523
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