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Grotstein, J.S. (1979). Who is the Dreamer who Dreams the Dream and who is the Dreamer who Understands It—A Psychoanalytic Inquiry Into the Ultimate Nature of Being. Contemp. Psychoanal., 15:110-169.

(1979). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 15:110-169

Who is the Dreamer who Dreams the Dream and who is the Dreamer who Understands It—A Psychoanalytic Inquiry Into the Ultimate Nature of Being

James S. Grotstein, M.D.

In his sleep, Vishnu dreamed
the dream of the Universe.
—The Bhagavad-Gita

All life is a dream
and the dreams are dreams from a dream.
—Calderon de la Barca

The Dream

WHEN FREUD (1900) BEQUEATHED to us his legacy—the understanding of the dreampsychoanalysis, patients, and laymen generally became so intoxicated with this new unraveling of the Linear B of the content of unconscious communication that the staging of the dream took little notice amongst scholars and dreamers generally. I believe the dream stage is a very important psychic container which has important and intricate relations with its content, the dream. Bion's concept of the container and the contained has so wide an application in psychological and biological phenomena generally that I believe it amounts to a new natural law (Bion 1962), (1963), (1965), (1966), (1970), (1975).

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