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Hendrick, I. (1936). Hulsey Cason. The Nightmare Dream: Psychological Monographs, V. 46, No. 5; Whole No. 209, 1935. 51 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 5:455-457.

(1936). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 5:455-457

Hulsey Cason. The Nightmare Dream: Psychological Monographs, V. 46, No. 5; Whole No. 209, 1935. 51 pp.

Review by:
Ives Hendrick

This is another conscientious effort to prove the superiority of a technique of systematic interrogation, tabulation, and statistical correlation of answers, to that of skillful psychoanalysis. The author stresses the bearing of his results on the conclusions of Freud, Jones, and other psychoanalysts. He purports to have studied their publications, but his discussion of their work does not indicate the study has been very thorough. He reiterates, for example, the statement that "the problems connected with the nightmare have on the whole been neglected by psychoanalysts" (p. 1). He accuses Freud of overlooking the unpleasantness of so common a type of dream as the nightmare in his eagerness to illustrate the wish-fulfillment theory. He calls Crile's work on the dreams of soldiers to the attention of analysts as evidence that not all dreams are sexually motivated, and is unaware of the work of Freud, Simmel, Kardiner, etc., on traumatic neuroses. Mr. Cason seems to believe his discovery that most details of the dream are related to waking experiences is a fact overlooked by Freud. He reviews Freud's distinction of manifest and latent content, but does not apply it in his discussion of his material. Nevertheless, he arrives at the agreeable conclusion (p. 47): "The procedures of experimental psychology seem superior in every way to the method of argument by analogy which is widely current in psychoanalysis." After this, it is rather startling that the author, "instead of regarding dreams as nothing more than repressed evil wishes directed against other people as Freud seems to do" (p.

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