Five Dreams One Night
Complete dream and dream exploration transcripts are included at the end. Gender of dreamers is uniformly changed to the female.
All five dream explorations begin by inviting the dreamer to share her view about her dream. It is an opportunity for the midwife to ascertain the kind of interpretation that blocks the dreamer’s understanding.
In all five cases, the extent to which and manner in which the dreamer is blocked points to the the central drama or issue of the dream, which the dreamer herself may come to recognize through the process of exploring the dream. But at the outset, the dreamer does not suspect the nature of the interpretation in her statement, nor can the midwife predict the particular language in which the interpretation is cocooned in the dreamer’s logos.
A clear case is Dreamer B’s evaluation of her dream:
Pierre: What do you find curious about it?
B: The start is a regular kind of trip that we take in our family. A regular kind of outing. There’s some drugs involved. I don’t know. Nothing really stands out, to be honest. I like the way I was dealing with R. He has been affecting me a lot recently.
In the analysis that followed, the dreamer discovers that the dream that is “regular” and did not “really stand out” is filled with a goodness and beauty that she failed to appreciate.
Her interpretation is subtle: She will not call the parts of the dream negative, but by undervaluing it, her judgement functions as a negative criticism. In the process of judging, she hesitates and struggles against her recognition of her own excellence. In her initial statement, she mentions the drugs, but not their wondrous nature.
She tells us she likes her interaction with R, but does not express the full importance and success of the interaction. And she altogether neglects to mention the way she successfully functioned with her parents. Every positive aspect of the dream is under-appreciated or is not mentioned.