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June 1966

An Experimental Approach to Dreams and Telepathy: Methodology and Preliminary Findings

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Maimonides Hospital of Brooklyn, and State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(6):605-613. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730120045006

SCIENTIFIC interest in the subject of telepathy has, from time to time, impinged upon the mainstream of current dynamic psychiatry. From an historical point of view, it is of some interest to note the differing points of view on this matter held by the three founding fathers of the psychoanalytic movement. Although he never explicitly acknowledged belief in the reality of the Phenomenon, Freud 1-4 did consider, in a number of papers written over the years, some of the implications of the telepathy hypothesis and its possible relevance to psychoanalytic thought. Jung 5 seemed to have grown up with an unquestioning acceptance of telepathy and in his later years developed an elaborate theoretical system in order to explain paranormal occurrences of this kind.6 Adler7 rejected the idea of telepathy, considering such claims as no more than compensatory neurotic mechanisms.

Freud noted several kinds of paranormal experiences occurring

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