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LANGUAGE

In the dream the patient experiences the same anxiety she

is

haunted by in the daytime, except more

tensely and in clear reference to her mother. Hers

a reahstic fear but a morbid anxiety.

The mother

in-

not

is

is

no

longer a threat to her; in fact, no one threatens or en-

dangers her. Nevertheless, she

dream the

is

fillment of a wish?

To some

and in the dream the ful-

frightened,

fright breaks through. Is the

extent this

is

true.

There

the wish to have the mother as protector and only

is

when

the mother, instead of helping, looks mahciously at her

does the terror begin.

It is

her wish for the mother's love

and protection that makes her afraid

of the

woman.

If

she did not want the mother any more, she would not

be frightened of her

either.

But more important than

these wishes for mother love and protection are others

without which her fear of her mother could not have continued to

exist:

her wish for revenge, her desire to

make her father see that his away from her; not because

wife

is evil,

to take

him

she loves her father so

much, nor because of the fixation to an early sexual attachment to him, but because of the deep humiUation by the early defeat and the feeling that only by her mother's destruction can her pride and self-confidence

be restored.

Why

ineradicable,

why

so unconquerable,

be discussed

the wish for is

another question, too complex to

in this context.

anxiety dreams from which in this

—

is

dream

was and is so revenge and triumph is

this early humiliation

The dreamer has other

tlie

one element contained

—the wish that her mother should help

completelv absent. Such dreams are:

The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths  

Renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm investigates the universal language of symbols, expressed through dream and myths, and how it illuminates...

The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths  

Renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm investigates the universal language of symbols, expressed through dream and myths, and how it illuminates...

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