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Awakening the Dreamer by Philip M. Bromberg

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3 Playing with Boundaries1

In this chapter, I revisit my central contention in the last chapter from a different angle. There I argued specifically with reference to dreams that working clinically is most powerfully enhanced if one takes advantage of the natural self-state organization of the mind, that is, the ability to shift between different self-states without losing self-continuity. It is because the mind is fundamentally organized this way, I contend, that it becomes possible for patient and analyst alike to use the other person's momentary self-state as part of his own. This process of mutual borrowing entails a permeability of boundaries, both between self and other and between self-states within each party. In this chapter I give some ...

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