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Daly, C.D. (1921). Numbers in Dreams. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 2:68-70.

(1921). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 2:68-70

Numbers in Dreams

C. D. Daly

On the 14th. of the month the analyst was able to make the patient aware of certain feelings towards his wife and child that he had previously been unaware of.

That night the patient had the following interesting dream in which he took ample revenge on the analyst for breaking down his resistance as well as fulfilling a multitude of other wishes.

There was a pigeon-hole arrangement full of letters, in what looked like an office. He wanted something and knew exactly what he wanted and went straight to it. Drawer No. 935. He knew exactly in which hole or drawer he would find it. He felt very pleased with himself that his office was in such good order.


The first thing which occurs to the patient is that most of his daily work and correspondence in his office is with three Hospital units Nos. 95, 35 and 15. He had had dealings with all three on the day previous to the dream

With No. 95 is a doctor whom he dislikes intensely and of whom he gives a vivid description.

With No. 35 is a doctor whom he describes as a good chap.

No. 15 has no doctor.

His wife seems to belong to No. 35 and his daughter to No. 15 He carefully avoids associating 95 with anyone. To the number 9 he gives the following associations.

His wife's name is Nona = 9. She was named thus because she was the ninth in the family.

He here recalls that on waking up in the morning and trying to remember the dream the

figure 915 had first come to him; he felt that this number was wrong, and then remembered that 935 was the correct number of the drawer.

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