Interpretation of Dreams

  • Helmut Thomä
  • Horst Kächele


Readers of this book will frequently encounter the interpretation of dreams as being the via regia to the unconscious and, at least as dreamers, they will also have taken this royal path. A dream cannot be equated with the unconscious but it is, in Freud’s words, the via regia to it, getting lost somewhere in the depths of the unconscious. Dream interpretation enables analysts to get close to unconscious fantasies. The interpretations lead to the latent, i. e., the unconscious meaning of the dream. To be precise, then, the interpretation and not the dream itself is the via regia to the unconscious.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut Thomä
    • 1
  • Horst Kächele
    • 2
  1. 1.UlmFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Abteilung PsychotherapieUniversität UlmUlmFederal Republic of Germany

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