February 4, 2017
"The Fate of the Dream in a Two-Person Psychological World"
with Peter B. Dunn, M.D.
A.A. Brill was the first to translate Interpretation of Dreams into English so it is fitting in honoring his legacy to consider the fate of classical dream interpretation in contemporary clinical practice. A review of the recent literature indicates that that there are presently two alternative approaches to dream interpretation. The classical model continues to guide dream interpretation in relatively unmodified form. Its defining feature is that the analyst approaches the dream without bias and finds the meaning of the dream in the flow of associations. In contrast, a more contemporary view is that the dream is best approached with the a priori assumption that it is “about” the analysis and therefore the search for associations can be narrowed. In its purest form, as practiced by analysts who work from a relational perspective, the manifest content of the dream is understood as a symbolically encoded communication to the analyst about the patient’s view of the analytic relationship and the dream’s disguise can most reliably be deciphered through the lens of the countertransference. The factors that are skewing clinical practice in the direction of this second approach are discussed and clinical examples are given to illustrate what is lost when the classical model is abandoned.
A Reception will immediately follow the lecture.
All are welcome.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium