346 pages | 27 B/W Illus.
In The Mindbrain and Dreams: An Exploration of Dreaming, Thinking, and Artistic Creation, Mark J. Blechner argues that the mind and brain should be understood as a single unit – the "mindbrain" – which manipulates our raw perceptions of the world and reshapes that world through dreams, thoughts, and artistic creation.
This book explores how dreams are key to understanding mental processes, and how working with dreams clinically with individuals and groups provides an essential route towards achieving transformation within the psychoanalytic process. Covering such key topics as knowledge, emotion, metaphor, and memory, this book sets out a radical new agenda for understanding the importance of dreams in human thought and their clinical importance in psychoanalysis. Blechner builds on his previous work and takes it much further, drawing on the latest neuroscientific findings to set out a new way of how the mindbrain constructs reality, while providing guidance on how best to help people understand their dreams.
The Mindbrain and Dreams: An Exploration of Dreaming, Thinking, and Artistic Creation will appeal to psychologists, psychoanalysts, philosophers, and cognitive neuroscientists who want new ways to explore how people think and understand the world.
1: INTRODUCTION PART 1: HOW THE MINDBRAIN TRANSFORMS THE WORLD 2: THE MINDBRAIN CREATES ITS OWN VERSION OF THE WORLD 3: CONDENSATION, INTEROBJECTS, AND CATEGORIES 4: DISPLACEMENT 5: METAPHOR 6: PUNS – LINGUISTIC AND NONLINGUISTIC 7: HOMOFORMS AND HOMOMELODIES 8: METONYMY 9: SYMBOLS 10: DREAMS AND THE MINDBRAIN’S STRUCTURING OF EXPERIENCE 11: PSYCHOLOGICAL DEFENSES AND DREAMS PART 2: WORKING WITH DREAMS CLINICALLY 12:NEW WAYS OF WORKING WITH DREAMS 13: THE DREAM GUIDES ITS OWN ANALYSIS: HOW TO WORK WITH DREAMS OVER TIME 14: GROUP DREAM INTERPRETATION PART 3: DREAMS, KNOWLEDGE, MEMORY, EMOTION, AND THE MINDBRAIN 15:HOW NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS AND CLINICAL PSYCHOANALYSIS CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER 16: ELUSIVE ILLUSIONS: REALITY JUDGMENT AND REALITY ASSIGNMENT IN DREAMS AND WAKING LIFE 17: WHEN YOUR MINDBRAIN KNOWS THINGS THAT YOU DON’T 18: MEMORY, KNOWLEDGE, AND DREAMS 19: LANGUAGE OF THOUGHT AND THE WAKINGWORK; LIST OF DREAMS
When music is played in a new key, the melody does not change, but the notes that make up the composition do: change in the context of continuity, continuity that perseveres through change. Psychoanalysis in a New Key publishes books that share the aims psychoanalysts have always had, but that approach them differently. The books in the series are not expected to advance any particular theoretical agenda, although to this date most have been written by analysts from the Interpersonal and Relational orientations.
The most important contribution of a psychoanalytic book is the communication of something that nudges the reader’s grasp of clinical theory and practice in an unexpected direction. Psychoanalysis in a New Key creates a deliberate focus on innovative and unsettling clinical thinking. Because that kind of thinking is encouraged by exploration of the sometimes surprising contributions to psychoanalysis of ideas and findings from other fields, Psychoanalysis in a New Key particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies. Books in the series have married psychoanalysis with dissociation, trauma theory, sociology, and criminology. The series is open to the consideration of studies examining the relationship between psychoanalysis and any other field – for instance, biology, literary and art criticism, philosophy, systems theory, anthropology, and political theory.
But innovation also takes place within the boundaries of psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis in a New Key therefore also presents work that reformulates thought and practice without leaving the precincts of the field. Books in the series focus, for example, on the significance of personal values in psychoanalytic practice, on the complex interrelationship between the analyst’s clinical work and personal life, on the consequences for the clinical situation when patient and analyst are from different cultures, and on the need for psychoanalysts to accept the degree to which they knowingly satisfy their own wishes during treatment hours, often to the patient’s detriment.