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(1959). Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958: The Occurrence and Meaning of Dreams of Food and Eating: Typical Food and Eating Dreams of Four Patients in Analysis. W. W. Hamburger. Pp. 1-17.. Psychoanal Q., 28:128-129.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958: The Occurrence and Meaning of Dreams of Food and Eating: Typical Food and Eating Dreams of Four Patients in Analysis. W. W. Hamburger. Pp. 1-17.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:128-129

Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958: The Occurrence and Meaning of Dreams of Food and Eating: Typical Food and Eating Dreams of Four Patients in Analysis. W. W. Hamburger. Pp. 1-17.

Dreams of food and eating that occurred in the analyses of four female patients, two with and two without eating disturbances, demonstrated a decreasing incidence during the course of analysis. This indicated increasing maturity. Comparison of the two without eating symptoms, the first having an oral character disorder with hysterical features and the second having hysterical, phallic, Oedipal problems, showed that the former had a greater incidence of dreams of food and of actively eating; the dreams indicated oral pregenital fixations. Oral regressive dreams recurred with analysis of genital strivings. The second patient showed mainly regression from Oedipal conflicts. Her dreams of preparing food for others symbolized feminine maternal wishes. Eating places in the manifest content symbolized later childhood memories. These patients, as well as the third, clearly showed how food dreams can be transference dreams.

The dreams of the third patient showed the relation between obesity, sublimations (being a waitress, dietitian, or cook), and the symbolic meaning of specific foods which precipitated allergic or conversion reactions. The fourth patient, an

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adolescent schizoid girl with compulsive bulimia, had few eating dreams. These showed strong oral fixations and regressive-introjective types of object relations.

Generally, dreams of food represent substitution of eating for genital sexual pleasure or eating as gratification of dependent wishes. Dr. Hamburger is aware that his name conveniently lends itself to the manifest content of the dream work.

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(1959). Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958. Psychoanal. Q., 28:128-129

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