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Dreams That Turn Over a Page

Paradoxical Dreams in Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

By Jean-Michel Quinodoz


120 pages

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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.


'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

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.

About the Author

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.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Reference
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health