Susan Obrecht, L.C.S.W. 59 West 12th Street, Suite 1-E New York, New York 10011 (212) 627-2527 sobrecht@aol.com

Dreams (Syllabus)

This course provides an overview of classical and contemporary theories of dream work and its function in the analytic relationship.

Class One: Introduction: Is the dream a wish? Exploring theories on the function of dreams.

Freud, Sigmund (1900) Chapter 3. A dream is a fulfillment of a wish. Pgs. 155-166. The Interpretation of Dreams. Paperback: New York: Bard, 1998

Lippmann, Paul (2000) Chapter 2. Wishes and Dreams. Pgs. 13-24, Nocturnes. On Listening to Dreams. NJ: Analytic Press.

Class Two: An analysis of a specimen dream. Considering vectors of interpretation.

Freud, S. (1900) Chapter 2. The method of interpreting dreams: An analysis of a specimen dream. Pgs. 128-154. The Interpretation of Dreams.

Blechner, M. (2001). Chapter 9. Vectors of Dream Interpretation. Pgs. 105-121. The Dream Frontier. NJ: The Analytic Press.

Class Three: Initial work with Dreams/ Working with Initial Dreams.

Freud, S. (1917) The premises and technique of interpretation. In Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis. Lecture VI. Pgs. 122-137. Paperback. W.W. Norton, 1966

Bonime, W. (1962). Chapter 3. Introductory dreams. Pgs. 102-128. The Clinical Use of Dreams. New York: Basic Books.

Class Four: Dream Mechanisms; Condensation, symbolism, polarities and wordplay.

Freud, S. (1900) Chapter VI. The Dream Work. Pgs. 311-344. The Interpretation of Dreams.

Blechner, M. (2001). Chapters 12. Homonyms and other wordplay in dreams. Pgs. 154-159. Chapter 14. Symbols. Pgs. 166-176. The Dreams Frontier.

Class Five: Manifest and latent content.

Freud, S. (1917) The manifest and latent content of dreams nad latent thoughts. Lecture VII. Pgs. 138-153. Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis.

Blechner, M. (2001) Chapter 5. We never lie in our dreams, the truth of manifest content. Pgs. 49 – 58. The Dream Frontier.

Class Six: Transference in dreams.

Bonime, W. (1962) Chapter 9. Occurrence of the Analyst in the dream. Pgs. 267 – 280. The Clinical Use of the Dream.

Aron, L (1989). Dreams, narrative and the psychoanalytic method. Contemporary Psychoanalysis. 25: 108 – 127.

Class Seven: Countertransference in dreams.

Tauber, E. (1954). Exploring the therapeutic use of countertransference data. Pgs. 111 – 119 in Essential papers on countertransfence. Wolstein, B. (ed) 1988. NY: NYU Press

Blechner, M. (1995). The patient’s dreams and the countertranference. Psychoanalytic Dialogues: 5 1 – 25.

Class Eight: Resistance or enactment in the dream process.

Bonime, W. (1962). Chapter 6. Resistance in the Dreams. Pgs. 182-188. The Clinical Use of Dreams.

Bromberg, P. (2008). Chapter 8. Bringing in the dreamer: Some reflections on surprise, dissociation, and the analytic process. In The Dream after a century. Lansky, M. (ed). Madison, CT: International Universities Press.

Class Nine: Cultivating a state of reverie.

Ogden, T. (1997). Chapter 5. Dream Associations. Pgs. 135 – 154. Reverie and Interpretation. MD: Jason Aronson.

Wilner, W. (1996). Dreams and the holistic nature of interpersonal psychoanalytic experience. Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 6: 813-829.

Class Ten: Termination dreams. Concluding thoughts.

Bonime, W. (1962). Chapter 10. Terminal Dreams. Pgs. 281 – 298. The Clinical Use of the Dream.

Lippmann, P. (1996). On dreams and interpersonal psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 6: 831 – 846.