June 1963

The Clinical Use of Dreams.

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By Walter Bonime (with a foreword by Montague Ullman). Price, $8.50. Pp. 343. Basic Books, Inc., 59 Fourth Ave, New York 3, 1962.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(6):623. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720120097014

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In his preface the author defines his "neofreudian" position which states that personality evolves through interpersonal interaction, not basically by the presence, nature, and vicissitudes of sexuality or any other instinct. This sentence sets him apart from traditional psychoanalytic views. In his foreword Ullman presents a brilliant summary of the neofreudian position in general.

The substance of the book contains many dreams considered within the context of the patient and his struggles with life-problems, and their portrayal of his feelings and patterned ways of coping.

The examples of dreams are recounted within the therapeutic situation and thoroughly discussed. The book is a valuable contribution to psychoanalysis and psychiatry. It is recommended highly.

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