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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 29–30. Reviews the book, “I Dreamt Last Night”: A New Approach to the Revelations of Dreaming–and Its Uses in Psychotherapy by Medard Boss (see record 1979-07779-000). Having liquidated the ancient view of dreams as symbolic, which has survived in various forms down to the present, what does Boss propose to put in place of the traditional view? The present book addresses itself to that question clearly and comprehensively by presenting a large number of examples. It is a casebook rather than a theoretical treatise. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say that the theory is presented painlessly and piecemeal in the discussion of specimen dreams. The patients' insights and the ensuing discussion of them should result in greater freedom for the patient and a more open attunement to the world. All of them have used their knowledge of dreams for therapeutic purposes-that is, for relieving the desperation and despair of their patients so that they may live fuller, richer lives. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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