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Feigelson, C. (1975). The Mirror Dream. Psychoanal. St. Child, 30:341-355.

(1975). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 30:341-355

The Mirror Dream

Charles Feigelson, M.D.


1. Clinical material of several patients who had mirror dreams is presented. Their preoccupation with loss and changed state of consciousness were experiential derivatives that stimulated the mirror imagery.

2. Mirror dreams are a clue to masturbatory practices in which mirrors are used.

3. The mirror dream represents a regressive partial reunion with the protective mother to allay guilt and reassure against object loss in response to aggression mobilized by an object conflict.

4. The mirror surface represents the narcissistic defense, whereas the object conflict is found beyond the surface in the mirror's depth.

5. A new mechanism of defense—duplication—is proposed.

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