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J., E. (1927). The Mind in Sleep: By R. F. Fortune, M.A. (Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., London, 1927. Pp. 114. Price 5s.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:548-549.

(1927). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 8:548-549

The Mind in Sleep: By R. F. Fortune, M.A. (Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., London, 1927. Pp. 114. Price 5s.)

Review by:
E. J.

Among the many queer and devious routes by which Freud's discoveries are gradually being assimilated we are familiar with that in which a beginner misapprehends one of them, converts it into fresh language, and then proclaims it as an original discovery.

The publishers announce that 'this small but important volume takes the study of the analysis of dreams a step beyond that of Freud and Rivers'. The opening sentence in the book is 'My chief purpose in this little book is to reveal a hitherto unobserved mechanism of a certain class of dreams arising from mental conflict'. Full of expectation we then read, 'This class of dream may be roughly defined in terms first formulated by Graves: "when a person is in conflict between two selves, and one self is stronger than the other through waking life, the weaker side becomes victorious in the dream". It must be understood that this is a very special class of dream and that many dreams within this class can only be included by a loose interpretation of the term "victorious".

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