The Dream Discourse Today offers an unrivalled synoptic view of key American, British and French papers on dream analysis in clinical practice. The purpose of the book is to show the reader different, well articulated perspectives, place them in historical context, and invite comparative reading. The cumulative effect of both papers and introductions is to leave the reader with an informed sense of the range of perspectives and a confidence in the continued relevance of dream analysis to practice, as some striking convergences in the implications of thinking drawn from very different approaches becomes clear.
The Dream Discourse Today is the first historical and theoretical survey of its subject and the classic nature of the papers it includes will make it a first-class work of reference for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists of all schools, whether in practice or still training. It should be of especial interest to those who teach courses on the theory of technique, since the place of dream analysis is almost certain to be one of the central topics in such courses.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part One: The Psychoanalytic Dream: The Psychoanalytic Process. Dream Psychology and the Evolution of the Psychoanalytic Situation. Part Two: The Dream Controversy: Is it the Royal Road Today? Dreams in Clinical Psychoanalytic Practice. The Exceptional Position of the Dream in Psychoanalytic Practice. Part Three: The Dream-space. The Use and Abuse of Dream in Psychic Experience. The Function of Dreams. Dream as an Object. The Experiencing of the Dream and the Transference. Some Reflections on Analytic Listening and the Dream Screen. The Film of the Dream. Part Four: The Adaptive Ego and the Dream. The Manifest Dream Content and its Significance for the Interpretation of Dreams. A Psychoanalytic-dream Continuum: The Source and Function of Dreams. Dreaming and the Organizing Function of the Ego. Psychoanalytic Phenomenology of the Dream. Name Index. Subject Index.
"... I think Flanders' book stands out in its genuine attempt to be inclusive. I would happily use the book as prescribed reading for a series of postgraduate seminars with psychotherapy students. There is also plenty for the practising therapist to dip into and puzzle over." - British Journal of Psychothearapy