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The Dream Frontier by Mark J. Blechner

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CHAPTER 16  
THE PATIENT'S DREAMS AND THE COUNTER-TRANSFERENCE

 

The Mind is so near itself—it cannot see, distinctly—and I have none to ask—

Emily Dickinson

WHEN FREUD WROTE that dreams are the royal road to the unconscious, he meant the unconscious of the dreamer. They are indeed that, but in clinical psychoanalysis the dreams of the patient may provide a road to the unconscious of the analyst, too—a road perhaps less royal than rocky and perilous. In this chapter, we will consider how the analyst may use the dreams of the patient to better understand his own unconscious, as activated in the psychoanalytic relationship, with the hope that as the analyst becomes clearer about the contributions of his own unconscious countertransference, ...

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