CHAPTER 15  
KLEINIAN POSITIONS AND DREAMS

 

O God, I could be bounded in a nut-shell

and count myself a king of infinite space,

were it not that I have bad dreams.

Hamlet

 

MELANIE KLEIN, one of the first psychoanalysts to develop the theory of object relations, worked out a series of psychological “positions” which have emerged as some of the most important and clinically useful psychoanalytic concepts. The Kleinian positions, however, have not to my knowledge been systematically applied to the understanding of dreams. I would like here to identify and discuss this very important vector for looking at dreams. The vector of Kleinian positions addresses the basic question: How does the dreamer experience himself in relation to ...

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