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On the Disappearance and Transformation of Dreams in Modern Life: A Socio-Psychoanalytic View

April 17, 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

On the Disappearance and Transformation of Dreams in Modern Life: A Socio-Psychoanalytic View

Paul Lippmann, Ph.D.

Saturday April 17, 2021
9:00 am—Zoom Gathering
9:30 am —  12 pm — Presentation



This is the 2nd in a three-lecture series. This lecture: On the Disappearance and Transformation of Dreams in Modern Life: A Socio-Psychoanalytic View follows lecture #1: On the Shamanic Roots of Psychoanalysis; and precedes #3: On Death and Dying from a Psychoanalytic and Personal Perspective.

 In this current zoom presentation, we will consider the dream (“the canary in the mind”) as an endangered species of mental life. Many anthropocene-inspired incursions in the natural habitat for dreams (reduced night and altered sleep) along with significant changes in our view of an inner subjective world of experience, have led to a disappearance in the significance of natural dreaming. But the dream, itself, won’t simply go quietly away. It finds itself transformed from our own nightly creations into commodified manufactured experiences built for billions of external screens and fed to a dream-hungry populace. The implications of these significant events will be considered in this presentation and in our discussion.


About the Presenter

Paul Lippmann, Ph.D., longtime Stockbridge resident and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, has been a Fellow, Faculty, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute and Faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is Past-President of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, founder and on the board of WMAAPP, as well as Director of the Stockbridge Dream Society and adjunct faculty of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center. He has lectured nationally and internationally and written widely, most often on dreams. He is author of Nocturnes: On Listening to Dreams  (The Analytic Press, 2000).



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Learning Objectives 

After attending this intermediate-level program, participants will be able:

  1. To recognize the cause of disappearance of interest in dreams both in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and in contemporary culture (dreams as an endangered species).
  1. To formulate factors in the transformation and metamorphosis of dreams to life on the external screen.
  1. To understand the many complexities of our increasingly “turning into machines.”
  1. To make better use of dreams in clinical psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Sponsorship and                                       
Continuing Education                                   

2.5 CE credits are available to psychologists and psychoanalysts, and 2.5 CE credits will be provided for social workers and LMHCs.

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during the discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns or any complaints to Jyoti Swaminathan, Psy.D. (518) 461-2081.

WMAAPP is the local chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association.
WMAAPP is committed to following APA ethical guidelines.


WMAAPP brochure Lippmann 4-17-2021






April 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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