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Rubiner, W. (1961). Concerning Dream Life (). Am. Imago, 18(4):318-329.

(1961). American Imago, 18(4):318-329

Concerning Dream Life ()

William Rubiner

Translated from the German by Karl Scholz Emeritus Professor of Economics University of Pennsylvania

The proverb says: “Träume sind Schäume” - dreams are foam. dreams are shadows (Schäume)! () A well educated person would hardly dare speak seriously of his dreams to an intelligent audience. Even for him. a dream is quite meaningless. He considers it a natural phenomenon. closely connected with life. about which much reflection would be superfluous effort. To be sure, if a dream had contained particularly exciting or frightening images, if it had been so vivid that it could not be shaken off long after awaking, then even a cultureed person feels a chill run down his spine, and he has to repeat the proverb quite emphatically to himself, lest he be tempted to associate the unpleasant phenomena with a mysterious supernatural power. For a person, no matter how enlightened he may be, quite frequently reverts to the natural state; his knowledge does not protect him against the fear which creeps over him. whenever a dark might, beyond his power of comprehension, invades his life.

The dream also belongs to the dark powers.

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