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Saul, L.J. (1961). Foreword. Am. Imago, 18(4):317-317.

(1961). American Imago, 18(4):317-317


Leon J. Saul, M.D.

When Prof. Scholz showed me this article. I found it most interesting. It seems to give something of the flavor of the writing and thinking of the time, transmitting an echo of the intellectual atmosphere in which Freud worked. It shows at many points how close some of the thinking came to Freud's: the dream reveals ones self as in a distorting mirror (p. 1); the dream is a continuation of thought processes (p. 6); association of ideas (p. 9); unconscious forces and primary processes, approached though not quite grasped (p. 10); dream images and acting out (pp. 11 & 18); suspension or diminution of critical ego functions in sleep (p. 12); defensive significance of dreams (p. 14); condensation and secondary elaboration (p. 15); but also it shows how the observations and thinking were not pushed through to conclusion, to the break-through which Freud achieved in what he regarded as his greatest work: “The Interpretation of Dreams.”

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