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Thinking Matters: Psychotherapy, Dreaming, and Psychoanalysis

It's nonsense that dreams are meaningless.

Okay folks, here's the problem. When it comes to insight, listening with the third ear (meaning understanding connections as well as the underpinning to a conversation - even to a monologue one is having silently in one's mind), and especially to the personal tradition one has of practicing introspection, of practicing the sequence-analysis of the stream of consciousness, the psychoanalysts who have been at it for more than a 100 years are eons ahead of knowing what the hell is going on with people than all these naysayers who disparage psychodynamic psychotherapy (especially psychoanalysis). It's not even close as to who knows what they're talking about and who doesn't. And No, I don't say this as though it's a competition, but I do say it as a challenge. And this goes for all those laboratory dream researchers, and also the non-dynamic so-called psychotherapists, as well as those scientists from other fields who are telling us that there is no psychological meaning to dreams, and that psychodynamic psychotherapy has no validity, no efficacy.

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Therefore, I'm inviting any published scientist who is claiming that dreaming is not related to psychological processes and not scientifically relevant to any kind of emotional meaning to the person's life, to test me. C'mon, give me a chance to be proven wrong, or, are you not too comfortable with seeing me unravel your dream and lay bare the underlying profound connection to the triad of what the dream can reveal about:

1. Variables of your early history;
2. Valuable issues of your current relationship(s); and,
3. Your power theme (that psychological/emotional theme around which coheres just about everything in your personality).

Oh, you don't think it can be done or that I can do it? How about trying me? Oh, yes, by the way, be prepared for being depressed after seeing that everything you've been laughing about and being dismissive about regarding how dreams work psychologically, really has been a ranting of trite nonsense. However, since you've really had zero exposure to this kind of work, I will judge you on the extent of your courage to admit how wrong you were. How's that for a challenge?

Any takers?

Second, here's a note to all the researchers of psychotropic medication research that are trying to address psychopathology through the targeting of fears and psychotic symptoms. It's never about the fear! It's always, always, always about the underlying anger that is repressed and that radiates above to consciousness, such anxiety and fear. But the problem is the repressed anger, not the fear. Neutralize that anger and you kill the fear. The same is largely true of the psychoses. Address the anger that is buried in the person and you will be attenuating (even curing) some schizophrenic and other affective psychoses. And Yes, I know all about the biological/genetic implications to certain schizophrenias and affective disorders.

Therefore, this entry on my blog is a chance for me to try and set the record straight, knowing full well that I'm probably inviting attacks from all sides. However, I'm protected because I'm right. Truth always gains the ascendancy and triumphs. Ignorance (even innocent ignorance) eventually fails.

Any takers?


The Dictionary Corner *

Anxiety Attack - A severe and overwhelming sense of tension, heart palpitations, sweating, and a condensed focus on one's experience of vulnerability.

Color Hearing - The hearing of particular sounds, or musical notes can produce color images. This phenomenon has been observed in high IQ gifted individuals outside of any psychopathological diagnosis. Although not frequently seen it is also not rare.

Malingering - Feigning illness for some personal gain. Habitual malingerers are usually diagnosed as paranoid or psychopathic. Such people try to outsmart an observer by logically calibrating their own behavior so that whatever illness is being feigned will not appear to be revealing any contraindication.

* Dictionary of Psychopathology
by Henry Kellerman
Published by Columbia University Press,
New York, 2009.

 

Henryism *

"Procrastinate later" is a good way of saying it even though I prefer to say: "Do procrastination later" because I feel the operative crucial term in the sentence is "Do!"

* Love Is Not Enough: What It Takes To Make It Work.
by Henry Kellerman
Published by Praeger Press,
Santa Barbara, CA, 2009.

 

Henry Kellerman, Ph.D., psychologist/psychoanalyst/ practitioner, is the author/editor of more than 20 books.

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