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The Dream Frontier by Mark J. Blechner

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CHAPTER 19  
THE REALLOCATION OF MADNESS

 

She thought she saw an elephant when looking in the mirror. It was a scarecrow in a tent and no one else could see her. You really must go sleep, he said, Your dreams are in arrear.

 

WHEN I WAS in training at a psychiatric hospital, I often heard it said that crazier-sounding dreams were typical of psychotic patients. But in the early years of my private practice, through a fluke of the referral process, the bulk of my patients had been diagnosed either as borderline or psychotic, and I started to notice that what I had been taught often did not hold up. On the contrary, at the beginning of treatment with patients who were either borderline or psychotic, I often noticed that while their ...

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