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Cadden, J.J. (1982). Psychoanalytic Understanding of the Dream: Paul Sloane, M.D., Jason Aronson, New York, 1979, 273 pp.. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 10(1):156-158.

(1982). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 10(1):156-158

Psychoanalytic Understanding of the Dream: Paul Sloane, M.D., Jason Aronson, New York, 1979, 273 pp.

Review by:
James J. Cadden, M.D.

Dr. Sloane is a member of the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England East and has been Emeritus Director of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein Medical Center at Philadelphia since 1967 and Emeritus Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School since 1969. He took his psychoanalytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and became a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1947. Dr. Sloane was a training analyst and a member of the faculty of the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis from 1950 to 1975.

This book is a handbook for techniques of dream analysis. The book is written to aid in the instruction of psychoanalytic candidates as well as for further instruction of graduate analytic therapists. Dr. Sloane makes liberal use of examples both from his own private practice as well as from cases presented to him by candidates in individual supervisory sessions and in dream seminars. The book was apparently written in response to some candidates' frustrations and feelings of futility in interpreting dreams.

After reiterating some general principles in dream interpretation, the author stresses the contribution of the manifest content of the dream to understanding the latent content. Also emphasized are the dreams' contributions to understanding the character traits of the patient's personality, the nature and state of the transference, the patient's current problems, and the reciprocal relationship of his ego, superego and id.

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