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December 1969

Dreaming as Metaphor in Motion

Author Affiliations

Brooklyn, NY
From the Community Mental Health Center, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY and the Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(6):696-703. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740240056007

The Dream is a law to itself; and as well quarrel with a rainbow for showing, or for not showing, a secondary arch. The Dream knows best, and the Dream, I say again, is the responsible party.—De Quincey

THERE is a timely need for the revision of dream theory along the following lines: (1) away from metapsychological speculation about dream origins, functions, form, and structure; (2) toward seeing the dream as an aspect of a total behavioral response; (3) toward examining the formal characteristics of dream thought in their intimate association with the altered level of brain function occurring at the time; (4) toward an examination of content as derivative of a social existence that in turn has unknown as well as known dimensions; and (5) toward the development and application of techniques for translating the dream metaphor that are not derived from or limited by

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