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Richards, A. (2018). Dreams and the Wish for Immortality. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 26(1):142-158.

(2018). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 26(1):142-158

Dreams and the Wish for Immortality Related Papers

Arnold Richards

The article proposes that wishes for longevity and immortality should be added to Freud's list of wish-fulfillment (sexual and aggressive) dreams. The author provides examples of his own dreams to support his thesis. The article also maintains that the distinction between wish-fulfillment and traumatic dreams is not as absolute as Freud maintains—traumatic dreams may also be wish fulfilling. The article discusses how the child's knowledge of death develops from early life on. The fear of immortality as well as the wish for immortality is considered.

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