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Dumitrescu, A. Kächele, H. (2014). On Dreams and Dreaming: Discussion on the Paper, Dreams as Subject of Psychoanalytical Treatment Research. Rom. J. Psychoanal., 7(2):212-217.

(2014). Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 7(2):212-217

On Dreams and Dreaming: Discussion on the Paper, Dreams as Subject of Psychoanalytical Treatment Research

Alfred Dumitrescu and Horst Kächele

“Could you please introduce the discussion of a dream in your presentation?” … this is probably one phrase that many candidates in psychoanalytic training around the world have heard at least a few times and I believe most of us are quite familiar with the feeling of anxiety it always triggers.

It's never easy to find the “perfect dream”, the One which the patient could emotionally relate to and which generated lots of associations laddering downwards towards the prescribed significant persons of his or her past, the One which happily met with a good ‘inspiration/intuition’ of the analyst who, in his turn, could thus help the patient towards uncovering the thoroughly-searched-for infantile wish.

The history of psychoanalysis is intimately related to the issue of dreams - as Freud himself considered the “Interpretation of Dreams” as the true starting point of his newly-created science and “dream interpretation technique” has been one of the cornerstones of psychoanalytic training for over a century.


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