By David Foulkes
Five components and appendices. '....a wonderful synthesis of Freudian dream approach psychology and Chomsky's structural linguistics...'-from the jacket
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It seems that free association has explained nothing, that it only has raised the initial explanatory problem to a still higher and more complex one. Now we must consider not only Irma's health and Freud's responsibility therefor, but also a whole host of other situations and relationships seemingly far removed from the events of the dream. But the second result indicates that the extensive associative material produced is not discrete, but sufficiently interconnected to raise the possibility of its reduction in terms of a few common themes and recurring interests, which fit the dream as well.
Edelson, 1972). Both dreams and speech have long been studied in disciplines separate from the mainstream of general human psychology. Both phenomena have been major explanatory problems for the ruling Simplicities of academic psychology. Both dreams and speech involve the "externalization" of thought in terms of a sensory modality, and, perhaps because of this requirement of exteriorization, both have been regarded as particularly good levers with which to study thought structures ordinarily invisible and inaudible to introspective probes.
Our mode of access to the dreamer's personal dictionary is free association. Free association's value as an interpretive technique was not Freud's discovery but that of Freud's earlier collaborator, Joseph Breuer- or, rather, of one of Breuer's patients, Anna O. (Breuer and Freud, 1895). Freud was impressed with how this procedure made it possible for the therapist to interpret hysterical symptoms. They too, like dreams, initially seemed incomprehensible; but, using free association, it was possible to show that they were symptomatic of conflicts in the patient's life.