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Carlson, D.A. (1977). Dream Mirrors. Psychoanal Q., 46:38-70.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:38-70

Dream Mirrors

David A. Carlson, M.D.


The mirror is not so rare a dream element as has been thought; and its appearance may mark a critical point in an analysis. Intact mirrors with clear images are reported when the dreamer has made a creative integration of previously threatening material, while mirrors that are shattered or multiplied or without reflection are accompanied by evidence of terror and a lower level of psychological organization. Study of mirror dreams can further clarify the nature of the dream screen and the role of illusion in early interactions and development.

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