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dream

-the 'royal road' to self knowledge, for Perls as for Freud. Taking Rank's idea, Perls considered every person or element in the dream as a projection of the dreamer and often suggested embodying them in turn. Other writers suggest thinking of the dream as retroflection (I. From) or as an unfinished Gestalt (Ginger). A combination of these various approaches often proves worthwhile.

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Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.

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