Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys

Author(s) : Philip M. Bromberg

Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 234
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  • Catalogue No : 30486
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415888080
  • ISBN 10 : 0415888085
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New in paperback. In Awakening the Dreamer, Philip Bromberg continues the illuminating explorations into dissociation and clinical process begun in Standing in the Spaces (1998). Bromberg is among our most gifted clinical writers, especially in his unique ability to record peripheral variations in relatedness - those subtle, split-second changes that capture the powerful workings of dissociation and chart the changing self-states that analyst and patient bring to the moment. For Bromberg, a model of mind premised on the centrality of self-states and dissociation not only offers the optimal lens for comprehending and interpreting clinical data; it also provides maximum leverage for achieving true intersubjective relatedness. And this manner of looking at clinical data offers the best vantage point for integrating psychoanalytic experience with the burgeoning findings of contemporary neuroscience, cognitive and developmental psychology, and attachment research. Dreams are approached not as texts in need of deciphering but as means of contacting genuine but not yet fully conscious self-states. From here, he explores how the patients dreamer and the analysts dreamer can come together to turn the real into the really real of mutative therapeutic dialogue. The difficult, frequently traumatized patient is newly appraised in terms of tensions within the therapeutic dyad. And then there is the haunted patient who carries a sense of preordained doom through years of otherwise productive work - until the analyst can finally feel the patients doom as his or her own. Laced with Brombergs characteristic honesty, humor, and thoughtfulness, these essays elegantly attest to the minds reliance on dissociation, in both normal and pathological variants, in the ongoing effort to maintain self-organization. Awakening the Dreamer, no less than Standing in the Spaces, is destined to become a permanent part of the literature on therapeutic process and change.

About the Author(s)

Philip M. Bromberg, Ph.D., is Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Co-Editor Emeritus of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Dr Bromberg serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. He lectures widely throughout the United States and is actively involved in the training of mental health professionals.

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