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Prelogical experience : an inquiry into dreams & other creative processes

Author: Edward S Tauber; Maurice R Green
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 1959.
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"Many of the processes in psychoanalytic procedure deal with types of experience which have so far not lent themselves to the model of the physical sciences and perhaps will never do so. Quite possibly, even, more is lost than gained by attempting to force them into the conventional scientific mold. The major effort, we believe, should be directed instead toward examining psychoanalysis in terms of its own proper  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 59008113
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward S Tauber; Maurice R Green
OCLC Number: 227018575
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2006. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
Description: 196 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: PsycBooks.
Responsibility: Edward S. Tauber and Maurice R. Green.

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"Many of the processes in psychoanalytic procedure deal with types of experience which have so far not lent themselves to the model of the physical sciences and perhaps will never do so. Quite possibly, even, more is lost than gained by attempting to force them into the conventional scientific mold. The major effort, we believe, should be directed instead toward examining psychoanalysis in terms of its own proper set of principles and goals, to determine whether it is achieving what it sets out to do as fully and fruitfully as possible. With this end in view it is our intention now to re-examine something of the foundations of symbolic theory and to consider the possibilities of a more effective approach in this field. Specifically we shall explore aspects of symbolism in relation to the vast continuum of more or less diffuse referential processes that operate at the margin of awareness and come to the edge of focal attention rather than being divulged through the logical formulations of the conscious mind. These prelogical forms of thinking--the dream, the daydream, the extrasensory perception, the insight, the creative inspiration, the hunch--have so far received scant attention in symbolic theory for reason of the fact that they do not operate in the logical mode. Their language is not the conventional language of speech, but the nuances, tones, and subtle gestures of the unconscious processes. Our general thesis will be that these prelogical processes are an inherent part of man's symbolizing equipment and that they illuminate and present his inner experience of himself and his relation to others in a far wider sense than is attributed to them in current psychoanalytic theory or realized in the procedures at present employed in psychoanalytic practice. We shall propose that a broader concept of symbolism is needed, one that takes cognizance of these processes as forms of interpersonal communication, and that novel methods must be devised for utilizing them, as well as the spoken word, as an entree to the unconscious in the therapeutic situation. Only then, we believe, can dream interpretation or dream analysis become the truly effective therapeutic tool that it is capable of being"--Introd. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).

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