Posttraumatic Nightmares: Psychodynamic Explorations
Melvin R. Lansky, Carol R. Bley
Despite the early interest of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones, posttraumatic nightmares have long been exempt from psychodynamic investigation. The neglect is accounted for by one simple reason: posttraumatic nightmares have not been viewed as psychodynamic events at all. Rather, they have been assumed to be literal replays of a trauma to which the dreamer was subjected; in Freud's terms, such nightmares have been understood as simple "manifest content" lacking any latent meaning. In Posttraumatic Nightmares: Psychodynamic Explorations, Melvin Lansky challenges this long-accepted view in the first comprehensive study of posttraumatic nightmares as true mental products rather than signs of a posttraumatic reaction.