2 Bringing in the Dreamer1

I'm the gap between what I am and am not,between what I dream and what life makes of me.

—Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquietude

Sometimes a patient begins a session with, "I don't have anything to talk about today; I wish I had a dream." Most analysts are familiar with this kind of remark and would agree that its meaning can be fully grasped only as an event that is unique to the analysis in which it occurred. The meanings that emerge most frequently, however, are organized around the concept of resistance, as if the patient were simply saying, "If I had a dream, I would be spared having to think about why I have nothing to say today."

There is another version of that opening remark that occurs seemingly less often, ...

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