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Saul, L.J. (1966). Embarrassment Dreams of Nakedness. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:552-558.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:552-558

Embarrassment Dreams of Nakedness

Leon J. Saul


1. Dreams, as Freud stated, can arise from the ego as well as the id (or superego).

2. Embarrassment in dreams can be a reaction (a) to impulses from within the patient, such as infantile exhibitionistic ones, or (b) to an external situation in life (dream stimulus).

3. Such dreams in analysands frequently, if not regularly, have a transference meaning, expressing embarrassment about revealing certain material to the analyst.

4. The problem in the embarrassment dream of nakedness is twofold: the embarrassment and the nakedness.

5. Embarrassment occurs in dreams not only as nakedness but in other forms and in various degrees.

6. Dreams which illustrate these points in the ego meaning are given.

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