Yonsei Med J.  1982 Dec;23(2):167-173. 10.3349/ymj.1982.23.2.167.

Examination of Use of Dreams in Psychoanalysis of a Young Man

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


In the present paper, the dreams of a young man, experienced during one and one half years of psychoanalysis, are examined in terms of both therapeutic use and the function of the dream. Major theories of dream interpretation are compared with the author's actual experience in working with the patient's dreams, in order to examine the validity of the various theories. The most frequent function of dreams was found to be wish-fulfillment,* and the most therapeutic function was self-balancing (compensation). Of the various aspects of dream interpretation, the most striking was the strong impact on the patient when his dream provided for him concrete evidence of the links between his early experiences, transference, and current life situation.


Wish-fulfillment; Self-balancing; Representation
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