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Alpert, J.L. (1995). Dreams, Trauma, and Clinical Observation: Comments on C. Brooks Brenneis's Article. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(2):325-328.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(2):325-328

Dreams, Trauma, and Clinical Observation: Comments on C. Brooks Brenneis's Article Related Papers

Judith L. Alpert, Ph.D.

My brief comments on C. Brooks Brenneis's (1994) engaging article (“Can Early Childhood Trauma Be Reconstructed From Dreams? On the Relation of Dreams to Trauma”), which appeared previously in this journal, fall into three broad groupings: (a) the relation between dream content and trauma; (b) analytic reconstruction and dreams; and (c) experimental psychology, clinical observation, and psychoanalysis.

Relation Between Dream Content and Trauma

Consistently over time, there have been reports by insightful and conscientious clinicians that dreams can replicate traumatic experience (Bonaparte, 1947; Renik, 1981; Terr, 1979, 1990; van der Kolk, Briz, Burr, Sherry, & Hartmann, 1984). It is unfortunate that Brenneis (1994) discredited this data.

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