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Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on the Theory of Dreams

ISBN 9781138987715
Published June 20, 2016 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

It is generally accepted that among Freud’s many contributions to the understanding of the normal and abnormal aspects of mental functioning, The Interpretation of Dreams stands alone and above all others. In this work published in 1900 Freud laid down the foundations of psychoanalytic theory as it was to develop throughout this century. This work not only unravelled the significance of the process of dreaming and allowed for the scientific understanding of the true meaning and nature of the mysterious world of dreams, but created the basis for a general theory of personality capable of encompassing within a single model both the normal and abnormal aspect of mental functioning.

Originally published in 1969 Dr Nagera and his collaborators (all analytically trained) from the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic and Course (now the Anna Freud Centre) isolated from Freud’s work twenty-five basic concepts that they considered not only the cornerstones of Freud’s theory of dreams but fundamental pillars for the understanding of psychoanalytic theory generally. They include subjects such as dream sources, dream work, dream censorship, manifest content, latent content, condensation, displacement, symbolism, secondary revision and dream interpretation. They are presented in a condensed and concentrated manner containing all significant statements made by Freud at any point in his life on the subject of dreams, as well as tracing the historical development of his ideas wherever significant. References to the sources are given in all instances for the guidance of the student of psychoanalysis, the psychiatrist, the social worker, the psychologist or the scholarly minded reader.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  Foreword.  Introduction.  1. The Concept of Dreams (Definition of Dreams)  2. Dream Sources (Dream Instigators)  3. The Dream-Wish  4. Other Wishes in Dreams and Dreaming  5. Note of Freud’s Use of the Terms ‘Latent Dream Content’ and ‘Latent Dream Thoughts’  6. Latent Dream-Content  7. Latent Dream-Thoughts  8. Day’s Residues  9. Affects in Dreams  10. The Use of Memories in Dreams  11. Dream-Fantasies  12. Manifest Content  13. Dream-Censorship  14. Dream-Work  15. Distortion in Dreams  16. Considerations of Representability (Plastic Representation)  17. Regression in Dreams  18. Condensation in Dreams  19. Displacement in Dreams  20. Secondary Revision  21. Symbolism  22. The Remembering and Forgetting of Dreams  23. Apparent Failures of the Wish-Fulfilling Function of Dreams: Punishment Dreams, Counter-Wish Dreams, Anxiety Dreams, Dreams in the Traumatic Neuroses  24. Dream Interpretation  25. Day-Dreams (Fantasies) and Dreams.  Index.

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