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Norman, J. (1999). Freedom to play, dream and think. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 22(2):172-188.

(1999). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 22(2):172-188

Freedom to play, dream and think

Johan Norman, M.D.

The intention in this paper is to study what we mean when we say that play is a mediator of an inner psychic world. The internal scene becomes furnished with your own impressions from the external world. The passions and the experiences from within have no forms of their own and will use the forms in time and space in external reality. An inner object world will be created, and thus far it is the same process as it is for the creation of the dream image and its furniture. In play, there is a circular movement: the furnishings from the inner world intrude into external reality; the external form and the form of the inner object create a double exposure. We look at the object in the room with a binocular view. The experience from psychoanalysis with three children is presented to give different perspectives on the internal movements inherent in play and playing.

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