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Kaufman, M.R. (1940). Dream Analysis: A Practical Handbook in Psychoanalysis: By Ella Freeman Sharpe. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1937. 201 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 9:416-418.

(1940). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 9:416-418

Dream Analysis: A Practical Handbook in Psychoanalysis: By Ella Freeman Sharpe. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1937. 201 pp.

Review by:
M. Ralph Kaufman

This book is a printing of a series of lectures on dreams given to students in training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London and as such is aimed at a group of individuals who are either in the process of being, or recently have been personally analyzed. There is a distinct difference between such an audience, listening to these lectures with opportunity for immediate discussion and elaboration, and a group of readers who may or may not have personal experience with psychoanalysis. It is difficult to review the book without bearing this factor in mind.

The author discusses the dream as a typical and individual psychical product. In the first chapter she makes an analogy between the principles of poetic diction and dream mechanisms. Her discussion adds clarity to the understanding of dream material, particularly in its relationship to preconscious content. The general principles of dream interpretation are sound and the constant emphasis upon the need to interpret only on the basis of material derived from the patient, either through his free associations, gestures, or manner of speaking, is an excellent one.

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