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Jiménez, J.P. (1990). Some Technical Consequences of Matte-Blanco's Theory of Dreaming. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 17:455-469.

(1990). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 17:455-469

Some Technical Consequences of Matte-Blanco's Theory of Dreaming

Juan Pablo Jiménez

SUMMARY

This paper examines the relation between dream theory and the technique of dream interpretation. The author summarizes the main Freudian theory of dream formation, where the manifest content represents rather a distortion of unconscious material, and discusses its technical consequences, the so-called 'classical' technique of dream interpretation. He examines the alternative position of the dream as self-representation, and its technical implications. Finally, he analyses Matte-Blanco's idea of the unconscious as a structure, as a set of 'rules' with 'special characteristics', that can be manifested as violations of the fundamental rules of ordinary logic. According to this conception, the manifest dream content is no longer a mere distortion, but an attempt—through a space metaphor implying movement—of the representative thought to unfold the unconscious reality in terms of three-dimensional perceptive space and Aristotelian logic. By means of clinical material, the author discusses some technical implications of this conception.

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