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A history of the theory of dreams.

Professor David Russell

David Russell summarises a history of dream, looking at dreams as a process . In this talk he tracks the history of how dreams have been used in the healing process as a process themselves from the VIth century BC by the greeks and the romans. From the act of incubation, as lying on the ground sleeping in a sacred cave where the person would get a dream or a vision which would cure her or him to very contemporary psychoanalysts and writers citing in particular the works of J.B.Pontales, James Hillman and  Robert Bosnak

David defines the psyche today as an ecology of mind as an ongoing relationship with the milieu rather than an entity or even a static event. Psyche participates in shaping its environment and the same environment shapes psyche. Psyche creates itself in its interaction with its milieu.

ANZAP- Australia & New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy
22nd Annual Conference : Conversation on Dreaming
Recorded: 2-5 September 2010. Sydney, Australia.

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Professor David Russell

Dr. David Russell is a Sydney psychotherapist. Having recently concluded a number of years as an academic (Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney) he has now returned to private practice. David has found the fields of phenomenological psychology, psychodynamic psychology and existential psychology to be richly rewarding resources for his professional practice.

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