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Jiménez Avello, J. (2014). “Alba sleeps for herself; Alba dreams for me”. The traumatolytic potential of dreams. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 23(1):11-17.

(2014). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 23(1):11-17

“Alba sleeps for herself; Alba dreams for me”. The traumatolytic potential of dreams

José Jiménez Avello

In Ferenczi's view, dreams have a traumatolytic function that is anterior to and more primary than the wish-fulfilment function considered by Freud. This view is influenced by a number of metapsychological conceptions that occasionally are quite different from Freud's approach, especially as regards the economical and topical points of view, which Ferenczi clearly set apart in posthumous works. In these conceptions, he “dismisses” pondering a so-called death instinct and advancing towards the notion of an unconscious other than repressed. Otherwise, as Ferenczi considers that in dreams there is an “optimistic counterfeit,” the present article reflects on how to overcome this hypomanic solution in order to turn the traumatolytic potential of dream into a fully therapeutic function. A dream taken from a film is used to illustrate Ferenczi's point of view.

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