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Stewart, H. (1981). The Technical Use, and Experiencing, of Dreams. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 62:301-306.

(1981). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 62:301-306

The Technical Use, and Experiencing, of Dreams

Harold Stewart


The paper is composed of three topics:

1. The use made by Freud of dreams in terms of the manifest and latent content and the relative neglect in recent years of using free association techniques to the manifest content. Two examples of dreams are given, one in which the

most important aspect of the dream is derived from its contextual position in the material of the session and its predecessor, and the other where the most important aspect is the free associative traditional latent content. The point being made is that both are necessary.

2. The use of the dream in the recovery of repressed infantile experience in an abreactive manner. An example is given from my own personal analysis and the therapeutic effect obtained. It illustrates the lifting of a repression rather than the undoing of projections or introjections.

3. The use of the experiencing of the dream and the relationship to the transference, which is an extension of my previous work on this topic. Examples are given from the analysis of a transsexual patient with an encapsulated psychosis, and a new type of dream which I call a 'split dream', is described; this is the experience of dreaming two dreams, with related themes, simultaneously, a phenomenon I have not previously seen described in the literature.

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