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Yates, A. (2012). Revising the Classical Approach to Dream Interpretation. Presenter: Peter Dunn, M.D. Date: November 17, 2011. Am. J. Psychoanal., 72(2):189-191.

(2012). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 72(2):189-191

Revising the Classical Approach to Dream Interpretation. Presenter: Peter Dunn, M.D. Date: November 17, 2011

Reported by:
Ashlee Yates, M.A.

“A dream that is not interpreted is like a letter unopened,” Dr. Peter Dunn quoted Freud, a quote that mirrored Dunn's sentiments regarding dream interpretation and echoed throughout the evening's presentation.

The humorous and undoubtedly witty Dr. Peter Dunn, Director of Clinical Services for New York Institute of Psychoanalysis, shared his revised interpretation of dream analysis. The presentation's origin was rooted in a talk he gave to his son's 5th grade class at Horace Mann, where parents were invited to talk about what they do. “I had to think about how I would convey to kids what dreams were about,” stated Dunn. “I dropped the idea of drives for obvious reasons,” joked Dunn, “and reframed interpretation in terms of affects,” which generated his revision of dream interpretation that he shared with the audience.

Dunn opened his revised interpretation of dreams with the four main ideas of psychoanalytic interpretation of dreams. The first idea is that dreams are like coded spy messages that never mean what they say.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

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