The human mind is so constituted that it will insist on finding a resemblance between any two objects or forms presented for its inspection; and the more unlike the two objects, the more enjoyable is the challenge to discover the secret likeness.

Goethe, Wilhelm Meister

THE CORE OF Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, in my view, is his chapter on the dreamwork, and of this, the most brilliant part is his study of condensation. Here Freud is looking at how the mind can manipulate objects and features in the world, changing them at will. Freud's chapter on condensation is itself highly condensed. I would like to elaborate on the implications of the notion of condensation for a theory ...

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