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1st Edition

Dreams That Turn Over a Page
Paradoxical Dreams in Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9781583912652
Published May 9, 2002 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

Winner of the 2010 Sigourney Award!

In Dreams That Turn Over a Page, the author discusses a particular type of dream that comes after a phase in analysis where integration has taken place. Accompanied by anxiety and fear, which seem surprising as the dream follows a phase of integrative work in the analysis, these dreams are in fact a mark of progression as they indicate a capacity to own anxiety.

Quinodoz describes the important technical implications of this understanding, suggesting that it is essential to interpret to the patient that the anxiety indicates not a regression, but a shift in the opposite direction. In addition to the theory and discussion of the literature, he gives many clinical examples of such dreams from patients in psychoanalysis to illustrate the concepts of dreams that turn over a page. As Freud's classical theory of dreams does not by itself suffice to interpret or explain the formation of these particular dreams, Quinodoz invokes contemporary ideas to understand the underlying transformations which bring the 'return' of split-off parts of the self during the phases of integration.

The author considers the reasons why dreams that mark this transition have a more powerful impact than others on both patient and analyst, and observes similarities between the clinical impact of such a dream and the aesthetic impact of a work of art.

Table of Contents

What are Dreams that Turn Over a Page? A Source of Uncanny Feelings and Anxiety. Countertransference and Containing Capacity. Progress and Retreat in Response to Progress. Retrospective Illumination. Interpreting in Two Stages. Interpretations of a Dream that Turns Over a Page. Tania's Dream. Investigations in the Psychoanalytic Literature. Classical and Post-Freudian Approaches. Formation of Dreams that Turn Over a Page. Hypotheses. Impact. Clinical and Aesthetic.

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Jean-Michel Quinodoz is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Geneva. He is Training Analyst of the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society and is the author of The Taming of Solitude: Separation Anxiety in Psychoanalysis. He is also Editor for Europe of the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis.


'This new concept makes us rethink the whole theory of dreams. Quiniodoz is aware of this and he presents us with a detailed exposition of the implications. He also takes the opportunity of giving us a very complete revision of Freudian theory and of contemporary views of what still remains "the royal road to the unconscious".' - J. Manzano, Training Analyst of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society