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Yazmajian, R.V. (1983). The Use of Color for the Secondary Elaboration of the Dream. Psychoanal Q., 52:225-236.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:225-236

The Use of Color for the Secondary Elaboration of the Dream

Richard V. Yazmajian, M.D.


Freud's term sekundäre Bearbeitung has been translated as both "secondary revision" and "secondary elaboration." In keeping with a distinction made by Silber (1973), the term secondary elaboration is used in this paper to indicate the process by which further dream modification occurs after dream recall in order to deepen the disguise of the manifest content for the analyst. Clinical cases are presented in an attempt to demonstrate the sole use of color for the alteration of dreams subsequent to their initial recall. Secondary elaboration in these cases is attributed to resistance to transference. Further, the clinical material indicates that the secondary elaboration simultaneously serves a communicative function.

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