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Brown, L.J. (2007). On Dreaming one's Patient: Reflections on an Aspect of Countertransference Dreams. Psychoanal Q., 76(3):835-861.

(2007). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76(3):835-861

On Dreaming one's Patient: Reflections on an Aspect of Countertransference Dreams

Lawrence J. Brown

This paper explores the phenomenon of the countertransference dream. Until very recently, such dreams have tended to be seen as reflecting either unanalyzed difficulties in the analyst or unexamined conflicts in the analytic relationship. While the analyst's dream of his/her patient may represent such problems, the author argues that such dreams may also indicate the ways in which the analyst comes to know the patient on a deep, unconscious level by processing the patient's communicative projective identifications. Two extended clinical examples of the author's countertransference dreams are offered. The author also discusses the use of countertransference dreams in psychoanalytic supervision.

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