Dream-life: A Re-examination of the Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique

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Karnac Books, 2009 - Psychology - 184 pages
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"Dreams are my landscape", said Meltzer. In this book he re-establishes psychoanalysis as the art of reading dreams, and dream-life as the core of mental processes. Dreams are not just puzzles to be decoded, the effluence of past trauma or future wish-fulfilment; they are the psyche's attempt--with a varying level of aesthetic achievement--to symbolize its present emotional conflicts in order to re-orient itself toward "the real world--meaning external and internal reality".
 

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Contents

Freuds View of the Dream as the Guardian
11
The Epistemological Problem in the Theory
24
Part B A Revised Theory of Dreamlife
51
Symbols Signs Epitome Quintessence
71
the Generative Theatre of Meaning
86
The Borderland between Dreams
114
The Borderland between Dreams and Actions
127
Dreamnarrative and Dreamcontinuity
148
The Relation of Dreaming to Learning from
163
Bibliography
178
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Donald Meltzer (1923-2004) is widely known as a psychoanalyst and teacher throughout Europe and South America. He is the author of many works on psychoanalytic theory and practice, including The Psychoanalytical Process, Sexual States of Mind, Explorations in Autism, The Kleinian Development, Dream Life, Studies in Extended Metapsychology, and The Claustrum.

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