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Rosenfeld, H. (1948). The Objective Method of Dream Interpretation.: By Satya-Nand, M.B., B.S., I.M.S. (rtd.), P.C.M.S. (Lahore: Northern India Printing and Publishing Co. Pp. iv + 251. No price given.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 29:256-257.

(1948). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 29:256-257

The Objective Method of Dream Interpretation.: By Satya-Nand, M.B., B.S., I.M.S. (rtd.), P.C.M.S. (Lahore: Northern India Printing and Publishing Co. Pp. iv + 251. No price given.)

Review by:
Herbert Rosenfeld

The author claims that he has found the objective method of dream analysis. In the Introduction he criticizes all present methods of dream analysis and interpretation and sums them up by stating that 'to a scientific mind the divergent views of the dream analysts and the methods followed by them sound no better than mumbo-jumbo'. His comments on psycho-analysis are typical for the author's approach. 'I think the Freudian interpretations do not add much to the specific feature of self-knowledge of that particular person.' Later on he says, 'If Adler had two diagnoses, that of inferiority and superiority, Freud did not have more than four, the active and the passive, and the positive and the negative Oedipus complex, and all human beings must fall under these headings.' The method of dream analysis which the author has evolved does not use interpretation in the usual sense. In order to get associations to a dream, the author uses hypnosis, associations and 'reminiscence' or 'the samadhi state', which latter is his most important method of approach. In this the analysand is asked to concentrate actively and to remember facts related to words and situations depicted in the dream. Over and over again, the patient has to try and concentrate on each of the elements of one particular dream. Thousands of facts are so collected, and one might wonder what the end result of this enormous accumulation of material could be.

The main content of the book is two complete dream analyses.

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