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Edelson, M. (1972). Language and Dreams—The Interpretation of Dreams Revisited. Psychoanal. St. Child, 27:203-282.

(1972). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 27:203-282

Language and Dreams—The Interpretation of Dreams Revisited

Marshall Edelson, M.D.

The Semiological Foundations of Psychoanalysis

ACCORDING TO FREUD'S GREAT CONCEPTION IN The Interpretation of Dreams, the dream is a symbolic entity. The dream is not intrinsically efficacious, as is the physical "cause" of a physical "effect." The dream derives its efficacy from its status as "signifier" of what is "signified." The manifest dream stands for or signifies meanings (latent thoughts); meaning, in this sense of the term, is that which is signified.


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