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Harrison, I.B. (1960). A Clinical Note on a Dream Followed by Elation. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 8:270-280.

(1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 8:270-280

A Clinical Note on a Dream Followed by Elation

Irving B. Harrison, M.D.


A woman who had never been able to accept her lack of a penis had two dreams, during a period of life experiences which intensified her greed, her envy, and her feelings of deprivation. In the dreams, the maternal breast (penis) was represented by a dream screen equivalent: a pane of glass. These dreams were followed by a clinical elation.

This sequence of events confirms Lewin's hypothesis according to which elation may be understood as the repetition of a childhood dream. No clinical confirmation of this view has heretofore been reported.

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