It is a month since we met in our first Dream group. Thanks Annie for sharing her case! This is the first group of this kind for HKIAP, and I think we have a good start! I believe many of us are still holding the patient’s dream image in our mind, possibly with more processing and amplification still going on, and the dream work of the group probably has not stopped yet! I would regard that as a group amplification process which is based on our counter-transference encountering the patient through the therapist’s perception and the patient’s dream, and also through our sharing of similar culture and human nature in general with the patient and with each of us.
Different analysts may have different approaches to dreams. Over the past years of learning Analytical Psychology and interpretation of dreams, I find myself more and more stressing on the use of introspection in understanding the meaning of a symbol. What I mean is that I put myself into the shoes of the figure and through entering the landscape of the dream, I see what inner sense or feeling or experience comes to me. You may regard that as a subjective approach, in contrast to the objective analysis of the general meaning from a distance, but the subject now is not the patient, but the therapist, so it is basically a kind of countertransference. I think this is a very useful amplification in addition to the usual way we do through collecting associations from the patient. We may discuss that more in our subsequent groups. You may also keep observing your countertransference even beyond the group time and see whether there is more to come up. I hope to meet you all this week!
Dr. Teresa Chan