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The dream between "here-and-now" and "there-and-then"

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The analysand recounts his/her dream now, and here, in the setting. Though a dream may be recounted repeatedly, the human situation in which the recounting takes place is unrepeatable. Each moment of the analytic relationship is unique, and the recounting is essentially relational. Even if the dreamer were to read from a written text, his/her voice and non-verbal aspects would render the communication unique. Not only the recounting but also the content recounted may present relational aspects, manifest or latent, but of a relational nature different from that of the session "here- and-now". The dream dreamt belongs to the "there-and-then", and its analysis, like every analysis, implies an objectification. The analyst reacts to the recounted dream, trying to objectify it in its "there-and-then" and also inviting the dreamer to a common task. Working on the manifest content, free associations and interpretations of symbols, they voyage through the time and space of the analysand's life. The recounted dream involves the "here-and-now" of the session and asks to be meaningful as a cue in the analytic dialogue (what is the meaning of recounting this dream at this moment). At the same time it refers back to the dream dreamt, to a "there-and-then" which, if it is not to remain "an unopened letter", must be received as an enigmatic challenge and a window on the unconscious, open and ready to close. Thinking of an opening of the dreamer's unconscious the analyst may find himself/herself faced with an opening of his/her own unconscious.
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Keywords: alienation; dream; here-and-now; objectivation; symbol; there-and-then

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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