This book looks at dreams from a 21st century perspective. It takes its inspiration from Freud’s insights, but pursues psychoanalytic interest into both neuroscience and the modern psychoanalytic consulting room. The book covers laboratory research on dreaming alongside the modern clinical use of dreams and links together clinical and empirical research integrating classical ideas with the plurality of psychoanalytic theoretical constructs available to modern researchers.
Psychoanalysts writing about dreams have traditionally represented the cutting edge of clinical and theoretical development. This book is no exception to this and many of the contributions, as well as the epistemological position taken by the writers, represent a kind of radical openness to new ways of thinking about the clinical situation and about theory, which will be necessary for psychoanalysis as a discipline in the coming years. In line with the ambition of the editors of the volume the book represents an integration of theories and disciplines, which creates the scientific context for modern psychoanalysis.
Linking clinical research to extra-clinical research via the royal road of dreaming runs through all the contributions which cover dreaming as it sheds light on clinical conditions such as depression, trauma or dreams as they form a core aspect of clinical work, be that as a co-construction or as shared play between therapist and patients. The book provides insight through dreams to understand mental function in all clinical situations and across all conditions.
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About the Authors:
Peter Fonagy is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London. He is Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London. He is a clinical psychologist and a training and supervising analyst in the British Psychoanalytical Society in child and adult analysis. He has published over 200 chapters and articles and has authored or edited several books.
Horst Kächele MD is a Specialist in Psychotherapeutic Medicine and a psychoanalyst. He is full professor and Chair of the Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine at Ulm University; he also directs the Centre for Psychotherapy Research in Stuttgart. He is a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.
Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber is a training analyst in the German Psychoanalytical Association, former Chair of the Research Subcommittees for Conceptual Research, and a member of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society. Vice Chair of the Research Board of the IPA, Full Professor for Psychoanalytic Psychology at the University of Kassel and head Director of the Sigmund-Freud-Institut, Frankfurt/Main.