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Wilner, W. (1996). Dreams and the Holistic Nature of Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Experience. Psychoanal. Dial., 6(6):813-829.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 6(6):813-829

Dreams and the Holistic Nature of Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Experience

Warren Wilner, Ph.D.

Patients' dreams and analysts' dreams about patients are assumed to reflect each analytic participant's attitude and psychic conduct toward the other, and an unconscious overlapping of psychic issues and struggles between them as well. This makes it possible to deal with dreams from one-person and two-person models of psychological functioning, as well as from an additional psychic dimension that is assumed to be a creation of the analysis itself. As a source of freely moving experience within both participants, one that is assumed to have a life and direction of its own, this latter dimension of analysis permits patient and analyst to undergo more freely the actual experience of the treatment as a modality that is separate from and prior to positivistically grounded determinations that can be made about either the patient or analyst individually, or about the two of them jointly.

This dimension of analysis is said also to reflect a holism that characterizes conscious and unconscious psychoanalytic experience. Dreams and unconsciously generated dreamlike clinical phenomena are presented to try to illustrate this holistic character of analytic work, and to show how either participant's psychic productions maybe used to evoke significant experiences and further clinical knowledge.

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