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This Art of Psychoanalysis
Dreaming Undreamt Dreams and Interrupted Cries

ISBN 9780415372893
Published November 7, 2005 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Winner of the 2010 Haskell Norman Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Psychoanalysis!

Why is dreaming the mind's single most important psychoanalytic activity?

This Art of Psychoanalysis offers a unique perspective on psychoanalysis that features a new way of conceptualizing the role of dreaming in human psychology.

Thomas Ogden's thinking has been at the cutting edge of psychoanalysis for more than 25 years. In this volume, he builds on the work of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, and Bion and explores the idea that human psychopathology is a manifestation of a breakdown of the individual's capacity to dream his experience. The investigation into the role of the analyst in participating psychologically in the patient's dreaming is illustrated throughout with elegant and absorbing accounts of clinical work, providing a fascinating insight into the analyst's experience. Subjects covered include:

  • a new reading of the origins of object relations theory
  • on holding and containing, being and dreaming
  • on psychoanalytic writing.

This engaging book succeeds in conveying not just a set of techniques but a way of being with patients that is humane and compassionate. It will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals.



Thomas H. Ogden is the winner of the 2004 International Journal of Psychoanalysis Award for Outstanding Paper.  He is the Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Psychoses and a full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association.


"The book has a vibrant and imaginative appeal, and the author's passionate involvement is clear and infectious. This is an engaging and thoughtful book." - Marie Bradley, Journal of Child Psychotherapy

"This Art of Psychoanalysis is a fascinating book, one of the most original psychoanalytic works in recent years." - Emanuel Berman, University of Haifa, Israel, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, February 2007

"Ogden's writing is a pleasure and a contribution to anyone practising our 'art.'" - Laurel Morris, Jungian Psychoanalytic Association of New York, USA, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2007