A Research-Based Reconsideration of the Psychoanalytic Theory of Dreaming

@article{Greenberg1992ARR,
  title={A Research-Based Reconsideration of the Psychoanalytic Theory of Dreaming},
  author={R. Greenberg and H. Katz and W. Schwartz and C. Pearlman},
  journal={Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association},
  year={1992},
  volume={40},
  pages={531 - 550}
}
We present a brief review of sleep research which, when combined with psychoanalytic experience, has led to the hypothesis that REM sleep and dreaming serve the function of adaptation by the process of integration of information. We then report the results of a study of dreams, based on this hypothesis. We studied dreams and their relation to waking mental activity and found a correlation between problems in manifest dreams and those in pre- and postsleep waking life. Dreams can be understood… Expand
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