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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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CEBALLOS, David. F. S. Perls's dream theory: evolution, theoretical and practical problems. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2021, vol.27, n.2, pp. 227-241. ISSN 1809-6867.

The dream theory created by F. S. Perls, traditionally, has been characterized as a projection or an existential message. However, this description only represents a simplistic explanation of the broader and original conceptualization of the dream phenomenon developed by Perls. In this regard, in this paper an orderly exposition of the perlsian theory of the dream is done, as well as a critical analysis of the propositions on which it is based, paying special attention to the errors inherent in it and its implications in clinical practice. It is concluded that the perlsian theory of the oneiric evolved in three stages, namely, original model of the dream, model of correspondence and classical model of the dream, each of which constitutes, in its own right, a theory of the dream in which it defines the dream phenomenon in a particular way and is attributed to specific psychological and therapeutic functions, as well as a specific work methodology.

Keywords : Gestalt therapy; Dreams; Hallucinations; Fantasy; Eidetic imager.

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