Palombo, Stanley R. "The Adaptive Function of Dreams." Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought 1:443-476 (1978).
The process of dreaming brings to light repressed unconscious wishes of childhood that are ordinarily inaccessible to the dreamer's consciousness. For the practicing psychoanalyst, this great discovery of Freud's overshadows all other aspects of the psychoanalytic theory of dreams. Accordingly, analysts have tended to ignore the likelihood that dreaming serves an adaptive function quite distinct from that of providing a source of substitute gratification for these repressed wishes.
The following are analyses of some of my dreams:
The Dream of the Four Miltons --
The Dream of Milton's Successor --
The Dream of the Blue Oxford --
Stanley R. Palombo is a Washington, DC psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Born in New York City in 1934, Palombo is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Palombo is the author of Dreaming and Memory: A New Information-Processing Model and The Emergent Ego: Complexity and Coevolution in the Psychoanalytic Process and is an expert in the creative process.
I was a patient of Dr. Palombo's during the year 1990. I was referred to Dr. Palombo in November 1989 by Albert Rothenberg, M.D.