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Fischbein, S.V. Miramón, B. (2015). Theoretical Trajectories: Dreams and Dreaming from Freud to Bion. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(4):967-992.

(2015). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 96(4):967-992

Theoretical Trajectories: Dreams and Dreaming from Freud to Bion Language Translation

Susana Vinocur Fischbein and Beatriz Miramón

(Accepted for publication 1 May 2014)

This paper aims at comparing Freud's and Bion's conceptual models on dreams and dreaming. Beyond both authors’ shared disposition vis-à-vis problems posed by knowledge, a critical gap opens regarding their differing clinical practices. It is hypothesized that their ideas do not belong to irreconcilable paradigms, but that there are continuities besides discontinuities more frequently highlighted between Freudian statements on psychic functioning - described in his theory on dreams - and Bion's findings in his development of both the original theory and the connections between dreaming and thinking. Firstly, Freud's and Bion's epistemological sources are examined as well as their creative use and historical environment. Then certain general theoretical and clinical issues are considered concerning their theories on dreams, the evolution of their ideas and corresponding clinical contexts. In a third section, their confluences and dissimilarities are dealt with, including clinical vignettes belonging to the authors to illustrate their interpretative modes of working. This is meant to show both an implicit theoretical-clinical complementarity and the fact that, though their routes bifurcate about the function of dreams, there remain connecting paths. Lastly, the final remarks review certain issues that have frequently been controversial between these lines of thought.

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