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Blaustein, A.B. (1975). A Dream Resembling the Isakower Phenomenon: A Brief Clinical Contribution. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 56:207-208.

(1975). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 56:207-208

A Dream Resembling the Isakower Phenomenon: A Brief Clinical Contribution

Alvin B. Blaustein

This is the report of a session from the third year of analysis of a 34-year-old single (at the time of beginning analysis) male actor whose major presenting complaint was premature ejaculation which usually prevented intromission completely or, in any case, invariably ended intercourse within a few seconds. He also described voyeuristic preoccupations, the practice of subway frottage with intense accompanying shame, and depression reaching suicidal intensity because of his sexual difficulties. The analysis was successfully concluded (six years), with complete symptomatic resolution, a happy marriage and markedly increased professional success, broadening into areas of film production and direction.

The hour opened with a report of 'an obscure dream' which he felt pessimistic about understanding:

He and his mother each have a small plot of grassy ground or a macadam paved area which has a sticky surface. He is distributing over his area a finely chopped mixture of nuts, raisins and sugar. His mother distributes a similar mixture, but more coarsely chopped and in rather thick ridges over her area, so that (he realizes) it won't cover the whole area. He enters his house and goes into a stall shower where he puts down a rather thick layer of the mixture on the shower floor, with the definite feeling that this is a storage area for times of need, similar to hibernation. There is a vague or indefinite image in the dream, a kind of 'consciousness over to the side—not really part of the dream', of his step-daughter's security blanket.

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