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From the Publisher"With unusual scholarship and clinical versatility, Lynda Share integrates a vast amount of psychoanalytic and interdisciplinary knowledge in explicating a very important theme: the capacity of dreams to serve as a living archive of traumata from the earliest periods of life. Like an art curator who, in the case of pentimento, discovers an older painting beneath a superimposed one, Share demonstrates that archaic traumatic memories can reveal themselves through disciplined dream investigation. We are the beneficiaries of a very rich harvest in this extraordinary contribution to the psychoanalytic literature."
- James S. Grotstein, M.D., Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute
"This thought-provoking book challenges psychoanalytic clinicians to reexamine their fundamental beliefs about dreams, memory, mental representation, reconstruction and recall of early childhood, including neo- and even prenatal trauma. Its controversial thesis - that even the earliest, prerepresentational trauma can be discerned and reconstructed from dreams, transference, character and nonverbal behaviors - has important implications for psychoanalytic clinical theory and technique."
- Howard B. Levine, M.D., Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
"To what degree do our adult dreams and bodily and behavioral characteristics hearken back to our earliest experiences, especially traumatic ones? This book vigorously argues that pre- and postnatal experienced can, in fact, be reconstructed. It is a thoughful, scholarly contribution to an area on the cutting edge of psychoanalytic research; its arguments are elegantly made. Even the most hardened skeptics will have to address Share's carefully stated and well-documented positions."
- Joseph E. Lifschutz, M.D., San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society
"The clinical examples will be a source of amazement to those professionals who have dismissed altogether the possibility of reconstructing actual events from the first year of life. Share describes in detail her method of working with dream material, and even skeptical readers will be impressed with the consonance of her interpretations with her patients' transferences, with her own countertransferences, and with her patients' particular ways of being apprehensive about 'going out' into the world."
- Jean B. Sanville, Ph.D., Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies