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An essay on dreaming, psychical working out and working through.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12427266     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In this paper the author attempts to expand the idea put forward by Freud who considered dreams as a special form of unconscious thinking. It is the author's contention that the psychical working-out function performed by dreams is a form of unconscious thinking, which transforms affects into memories and mental structures. He also attempts to clarify the way in which meaning is built and transformed in mental life. In that respect the unconscious internal world is seen as a form of unconscious thinking, a private theatre where meaning is generated and transformed. He focuses on what happens to feelings in dreams in connection with the meanings as a result of and an expression of the several stages of working through. The dream world is described as the setting where the mind gives expressive pictorial representation to the emotions involved in a conflict: a first step towards thinkability. The dreamwork also constitutes a process through which meaning is apprehended, built on and transformed at an expressive non-discursive level, based on representation through figurative/pictorial images. The author draws on Meltzer's formulation to conjecture that the working-through function of dreams, mainly in response to interpretations, is performed by a process of progression in formal qualities of the representations made available by dreaming in the form he has called affective pictograms. It is through progression in formal qualities of the representation that the thinking capabilities of the affective life develop and become part of the process of what is called metaphorically the metabolisation of emotional life. This process takes place through migration of meaning across various levels of mental process. In this perspective the analyst's interpretations of dreams effect what linguists call transmutation of the symbolic basis, a process that is necessary to help the mind to improve its capacity to think. Something expressed on the evocative plane and condensed into a pictographic image is then transformed into verbal language that expresses meaning. These conceptions are illustrated by a detailed clinical case.
Authors:
Elias M da Rocha Barros
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-12     Completed Date:  2003-05-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1083-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Rua Tupi 579 apto. 161. 01233-001-São Paulo, Brazil. erbarro@attglobal.net
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Affect / physiology
Dreams / psychology*
Freudian Theory
Humans
Male
Mental Disorders / therapy*
Psychoanalytic Interpretation
Psychoanalytic Therapy*
Unconscious (Psychology)

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