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May 1958

Studies in Psychophysiology of Dreams: I. Experimental Evocation of Sequential Dream Episodes

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;79(5):603-606. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340050131018

Dreams have been a source of interest to psychiatrists and psychologists for many years. Their incidence, structure, and function have been studied from many different theoretical positions. To Freud the dream was essentially a disguised wish fulfillment which functioned to preserve sleep. Freud recognized that multiple dreams may occur on a given night and said:

In interpreting dreams consisting of several main sections, or in general, dreams occurring during the same night, the possibility should not be overlooked that separate and successive dreams of this kind may have the same meaning, and may be giving expression to the same impulse in different material. If so, the first of these homologous dreams to occur is often the more distorted and timid, while the succeeding one will be more confident and distinct.9

Alexander pointed out:

Often, however, the relation between pairs of dreams is still closer: not only is the content

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