The Confusion of Dreams between Selves and the Other: A Psychoanalytic View of the Political Reality in Social Dreaming

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Title: The Confusion of Dreams between Selves and the Other: A Psychoanalytic View of the Political Reality in Social Dreaming
Year: 2003
Authors: Walker, E. M.
Abstract:

Ferenczi's "Confusion of Tongues between adults and the child" (1933) reformulated prevailing Freudian ideas on symbolic material, or fantasies, in ways that remind me of Lawrence's (1999) reformulation of dreaming as a social experience. For purpose of stimulating our discussion today, I will first describe social dreaming in the context of contemporary relational psychoanalytic theory and suggest that the idea of intersubjectivity can best be viewed socially from a cross-cultural analysis of individual versus collectivist views of the self. After this I will provide some organizational examples of the application of social dreaming from my work with Marc Maltz. Finally, I will conclude with the dream narrative from a social dreaming matrix held 2 weeks after 9/11/2001 coincidentally at a location equidistant from the three major events of that terrorist attack on the United States and invite you to share your own associations to this material.

Keywords: Dreams, Selves, Other, Political Reality, Social Dreaming
Language: English


Date: 6/19/2003
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Name of Event/Conference: 20th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations
Sponsoring Organization: ISPSO

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Elizabeth Novogratz

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