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Jornal de Psicanálise

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LEVINZON, Gina Khafif. Dream and play: the psychical space to be built. J. psicanal. [online]. 2019, vol.52, n.97, pp. 199-214. ISSN 0103-5835.

This work examines the meaning and function of dreaming as an essential form of psychic functioning. The purpose of the analytical process is to create conditions for the person to dream of his/her undreamed dreams and interrupted dreams. We present a clinical case that was characterized by extreme withdrawal and by the sensation of poor alertness. The patient had little contact with herself and seemed unable to vent her dreams. Beside the position of patient inaccessibility in the analysis, there was a silent request for help. It was emphasized the need of the analyst to take into account the possible conditions of the patient to establish a communication channel with her. This was done through the Friends series, which established a transitional space in which proximity could occur. Dreaming and playing were considered as corresponding processes and the possible clinical work with patients with a very impaired symbolic capacity was discussed.

Palavras-chave : dreaming; dreams interrupted and not dreamed; play; inaccessibility; psychoanalytic technique.

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