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Gray, P. (1992). Memory as Resistance, and the Telling of a Dream. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 40:307-326.

(1992). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 40:307-326

Memory as Resistance, and the Telling of a Dream

Paul Gray, M.D.


Traditional analytic orientation to memory as subject to repression has overshadowed examination of some of the ego's other activities bearing on memory. The author examines the defensive use of memory with the analytic goal of maximum autonomous access for the patient to the ego's previously unconscious management of intrapsychic conflict. A close scrutiny of an example of this in the form of the telling of a dream explores this resistance process and illustrates a technical approach. Some aspects of this perspective are considered in relation to traditional approaches to dream material. Certain technical priorities for differing clinical settings are discussed.

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