This monograph focuses on a systemic approach to dream
interpretation and the unique importance of the initial dream. The
first dream reported in a psychoanalytic therapy session poignantly
encapsulates the major issues that the patient brings to the
treatment. These dreams 'herald' the trajectory of the treatment
and can be interpreted in the service of psychodynamic diagnosis
and prognosis. The book melds aspects of Jungian dream analysis,
with neo-Freudian analytic thought, current neurobiological
concepts, and Buddhist psychology, to yield a rich and powerful
understanding of how dreams symbolize the multifaceted aspects of
the psyche. Multiple examples of initial dreams are discussed in
detail, with suggestions for how they can inform the analytic
stance and serve as objects for analysis over the course of a
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