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Ogden, T.H. (2017). Dreaming the Analytic Session: A Clinical Essay. Psychoanal Q., 86(1):1-20.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 86(1):1-20

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Dreaming the Analytic Session: A Clinical Essay

Thomas H. Ogden

This is a clinical paper in which the author describes analytic work in which he dreams the analytic session with three of his patients. He begins with a brief discussion of aspects of analytic theory that make up a good deal of the context for his clinical work. Central among these concepts are (1) the idea that the role of the analyst is to help the patient dream his previously “undreamt” and “interrupted” dreams; and (2) dreaming the analytic session involves engaging in the experience of dreaming the session with the patient and, at the same time, unconsciously (and at times consciously) understanding the dream.

The author offers no “technique” for dreaming the analytic session. Each analyst must find his or her own way of dreaming each session with each patient. Dreaming the session is not something one works at; rather, one tries not to get in its way.

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