Translated by Arthur Brakel.
Fresh old news from Ferenczi about the function of dreams: The dream as a Kur, as a treatment and as a Gyógyászat
Article first published online: 20 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Institute of Psychoanalysis
The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
Volume 93, Issue 5, pages 1175–1189, October 2012
How to Cite
Canesin Dal Molin, E. (2012), Fresh old news from Ferenczi about the function of dreams: The dream as a Kur, as a treatment and as a Gyógyászat. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 93: 1175–1189. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2012.00613.x
- Issue published online: 8 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 20 JUN 2012
- (Final version accepted 01 March 2012)
- history of psychoanalysis;
This article discusses a text on the function of dreams and their relation to trauma. Ferenczi intended to present this material as a talk at the 12th International Congress of Psychoanalysis, which was to take place in Interlaken, Switzerland the same year that he wrote it (1931). The entire conference, however, was postponed, and parts of this communication’s content appeared in other texts in which Ferenczi rethinks the concept of trauma and its clinical significance. In the present article the author makes use of the Freud/Ferenczi correspondence to contextualize Freud’s Hungarian follower’s originality regarding his theorizations about different aspects of the function of dreams. In the 1931 speech, as well as in this article, Ferenczi used a patient’s dream work as a clinical example of a process in which traumatic experiences and unmastered sensory impressions can be repeated to achieve a better working-through for the dreamer. The process Ferenczi describes resembles an effort of self-treatment, of self-Kur.