After a century of psychoanalysis, what has become the psychoanalytic interpretation of dreams? Are the dreams still the royal road to the unconscious? Do they have any significance in the analytic dialogue? What is their role in the clinical work? These are just some of the questions that this book seeks to answer by telling the fascinating trajectory of the theory of dreams from Freud to Ferro. Nowadays we do not work so much on dreams as with dreams. We renounce to decipher their obscure messages and instead we emphasize their function of transformation and symbolic creation.
Dreaming is the way in which we give a personal meaning to experience and expand our unconscious. As such, it is a necessary activity which, as Bion says, takes place both in sleep and in waking.But the space of the dream is an inaccessible sanctuary. It's quite frustrating.
For this reason the author weaves the dream discourse with that of cinema - according to a famous definition, a "dream factory" - citing some films to evoke the magic of their images. In this way he explores a new way of approaching the alive, exciting, intriguing or distressing material of dreams: as Simic calls them, the movies of our lives.
The Author: Guiseppe Civitarese is a psychiatrist with a PhD in psychiatry and relational sciences. He is a Full Member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and of the International Psychoanalytical Society (IPA). He lives and works in Pavia, Italy.