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The Significance of Dreams

Bridging Clinical and Extraclinical Research in Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Fonagy, Horst Kachele, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, David Taylor


336 pages

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This book looks at dreams from a twenty-first century perspective. It takes its inspiration from Freud's insights, but pursues psychoanalytic interest into both neuroscience and the modern psychoanalytic consulting room. The book looks at laboratory research on dreaming alongside the modern clinical use of dreams and links together clinical and empirical research, integrating classical ideas with the plurality of psychoanalytic theoretical constructs available to modern researchers. Psychoanalysts writing about dreams have traditionally represented the cutting edge of clinical and theoretical development, and this book is no exception. Many of the contributions, as well as the epistemological position taken by the writers, represent a kind of radical openness to new ways of thinking about the clinical situation and about theory. In line with the ambition of the editors, this volume represents an integration of theories and disciplines, and a scientific context for modern psychoanalysis. The link between clinical research and extraclinical research via the royal road of dreaming is a theme that runs through all the contributions.

Table of Contents

PART I: CLINICAL RESEARCH ON DREAMS CHAPTER ONE - The re-awakening of psychoanalytic theories of dreams and dreaming; CHAPTER TWO - Dreams and play in child analysis today; CHAPTER THREE - The manifest dream is the real dream: the changing relationship between theory and practice in the interpretation of dreams; CHAPTER FOUR - Changes in dreams - from a psychoanalysis with a traumatised, chronic depressed patient; PART II: EXTRACLINICAL RESEARCH ON DREAMS CHAPTER FIVE - Dreams as subject of psychoanalytical treatment research; CHAPTER SIX - The work at the gate - discussion of the papers of Juan Pablo Jimenez and Horst Kachele; PART III: CONCEPTUAL INTEGRATIONS CHAPTER SEVEN - When theories touch: an attempted integration and reformulation of dream theory; CHAPTER EIGHT - 'It's only a dream': physiological and developmental contributions to the feeling of reality; CHAPTER NINE - Discussion of Steven J. Ellman's and Lissa Weinstein's chapters PART IV: CLINICAL AND EXTRACLINICAL RESEARCH IN ONGOING PROJECTS AND DREAMS IN MODERN LITERATURE CHAPTER TEN - Changes in dreams of chronic depressed patients: the Frankfurt fMRI/EEG study (FRED); CHAPTER ELEVEN - Traumatic dreams: symbolisation gone astray; CHAPTER TWELVE - Communicative functions of dream telling; CHAPTER THIRTEEN - ADHD - illness or symptomatic indicator for trauma? A case study from the therapy comparison study on hyperactive children at the Sigmund Freud Institute, Frankfurt; CHAPTER FOURTEEN - No intermediate space for dreaming? Findings of the EVA study with children at risk; PART V: DREAMS IN MODERN LITERATURE CHAPTER FIFTEEN - Orders of the imaginary - Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams and the literature of classical modernity;

About the Editors

Peter Fonagy

About the Series

The Developments in Psychoanalysis Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health