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Roth, N. (1958). Manifest Dream Content and Acting out. Psychoanal Q., 27:547-554.

(1958). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 27:547-554

Manifest Dream Content and Acting out

Nathan Roth, M.D.


The acting out of manifest dream content occurs with consistent regularity when resistance prevents the full, or only partial, interpretation of a dream. This relationship between waking behavior of patients and the manifest content of their dreams lends itself to various technical and therapeutic applications in psychoanalysis. It clarifies the structure of both dream and psychopathology, and the function of the dream.

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