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Eisnitz, A.J. (1961). Mirror Dreams. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 9:461-479.

(1961). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 9:461-479

Mirror Dreams

Alan J. Eisnitz, M.D.


1. The mirror dream represents an attempt at defense against narcissistic mortification from the superego, from the analyst, or from reality. Often it represents the defense against a castration threat resulting from oedipal conflicts centering around primal-scene fantasies.

2. In the case of the superego threat, the threatening part of the superego is split off and projected to the mirror.

3. Omnipotent voyeurism accomplishes the mastery of the projected imago; it can then be reintrojected safely as a protector of narcissism.

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