The Dream Frontier is that rare book that makes available the cumulative wisdom of a century's worth of clinical examination of dreams and then reconfigured that wisdom on the basis of research in cognitive neuroscience. Drawing on psychodynamic theorists and neuroscientific researchers with equal fluency and grace, Mark Blechner introduces the reader to a conversation of the finest minds, from Freud to Jung, from Sullivan to Erikson, from Aserinksy and Kleitman to Hobson, as the work toward an understanding of dreams and dreaming that is both scientifically credible and personally meaningful.
The dream, in Blechner's elegantly conceived overview, offers itself to the dreamer as an answer to a question yet to be asked. Approached in thi open-ended manner, dreams come to reveal the meaning-making systems of the unconscious in the total absence of waking considerations of reality testing and communicability. Systems of dream interpretation arise as helpful, if inherently limited, strategies for apprehending this unconscious quest for meaning. Whereas students will appreciate Blechner's concise reviews of the various schools of dream interpretation, teachers and supervisors will value his astute reexamination of the very process of interpretating dreams, which includes the manner in which group discussion of dreams may be employed to correct for individual interpretive biases.
Elegantly written, lucidly argued, deftly synooptic but never ponderous in tone, The Dream Frontier provides a fresh outlook on the century just passed along with the keys to the antechambers of the new century's reinvestigation of fundamental questions of conscious and unconscious mental life. It transcends the typical limits of interdisciplinary reportage and brings both researcher and clinician to the threshold of a new, mutually enriching exploration of the dream frontier in search of basic answers to basic questions.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction and Overview
1. The Dream Frontier
II. New Ways of Thinking About Dreams
2. The Analysis and Creation of Dream Meaning
3. Secondary Revision, Tertiary Revision, and Beyond
4. Who Creates, Has, Remembers, Tells, and Interprets the Dream?
5. We Never Lie in Our Dreams
6. Condensation and Interobjects
7. Oneiric Darwinism
8. Dreams and the Language of Thought
III. Clinical Work With Dreams
9. Vectors of Dream Interpretation
10. How to Analyze Dreams: Fundamental Principles
11. How to Analyze Dreams: Special Topics
12. Homonyms and Other Wordplay in Dreams
13. Dream Acts: Dreams in Analysis as Actions
14. Dream Symbols
15. Kleinian Positions and Dreams
16. The Patient's Dreams and the Countertransference
17. Dreams as Supervision, Dreams in Supervision
18. The Clinical Use of Countertransference Dreams
19. The Reallocation of Madness
IV. Sleep, Dreams, and the Brain
20. Knowing What We Know in Waking and Dreaming
21. What Dreams Can Tell Us About the Brain
22. Endoneuropsychic Perception