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Riggall, R.M. (1923). Dreams: Maurice Nicoll. An Outline of the Idea of Rebirth in dreams. British Journal of Psychology, (Medical Section), 1921, Vol. I, p. 125.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 4:172-172.
    
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(1923). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 4:172-172

Dreams: Maurice Nicoll. An Outline of the Idea of Rebirth in dreams. British Journal of Psychology, (Medical Section), 1921, Vol. I, p. 125.

R. M. Riggall

This paper is written according to the teaching of the Zurich school. Nicoll states that the rebirth theme is the very basis of our psychical life and that the symbols of death and resurrection stand for a dynamic principle which is responsible for neurosis formation. During certain critical periods of life such as puberty, biological transformations seek an outlet as from within, and rebirth dreams are especially common. The coming function which is in the unconscious as energy, is represented as a symbol and repression is connected with the future. Rebirth symbolism in dreams represents a crisis in life and primarily expresses a movement towards or into the mother. The concrete expression of this movement as an incest wish is horizonless and blots out the ultimate meaning which is an attempt at healing or regeneration. The second significant feature is lying in the womb; associations are important in determining whether the baby represents the birth of individuality and psychological freedom or merely infantility which represents psychological bondage. The emergence from the womb is the third act in the rebirth drama and means that something is to be gained after rebirth. This idea is significant in myth and ritual. To remain in the mother is disastrous.

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Riggall, R.M. (1923). Dreams. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 4:172-172

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