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Children's dreams; from Freud's observations to modern dream research.


Children's dreams; from Freud's observations to modern dream research.

Colace, Claudio.

Karnac Books


225 pages




Colace (Operational Unit of Psychology, Italy's National Health Service) proves that Freud's ideas about children's dreams have systematic properties that allow them to be tested empirically. The author reports on four studies he conducted on children's dreams between 1989 and 1999 to test the empirical validity of Freud's dream theory; two of the studies were done in school settings, one in home settings, and one study was based on parents' responses to a questionnaire. The book begins with an overview of Freud's dream theory and the findings of modern dream research. The author then describes Freud's observations on children's dreams and details the characteristics of children's dreams as described by Freud. In the next section of the book, the author presents the results and conclusions of his own research on children's dreams. He examines the elements of bizarreness and wish-fulfillment in children's dreams and how they relate to the development of superego functions. The book is distributed in North America by Stylus Publishing.

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