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David Michalczyk 

76. Dreams have an inherent first-person, present tense orientation. Even if I incarnate another person in a dream, it is always I who peers out from the face of the other.

Dream-reports are also intransitive. The words in a dream-report we use to communicate the dream (e.g., the images, impressions, or sensations) are not meant as a preliminary to specifying what meaning they have. What is at issue is that the dream really did impress me. Dream-reports therefore function like exclamations or interjections. They are spontaneous reactions to what we see. Dream-reports are not descriptions, but avowals.

That I dreamt such-and-such is noteworthy and of interest; not what the dream describes. For then it looks as if our interest and fascination with dreams concerns some extra-dream reality we inhabit when we dream. We try to capture it in the dream-report, but we cannot; we become frustrated with language and are inclined to think that since the dream cannot be described, it points to something beyond itself (like music). We take our dreams as descriptive; so, we interpret them as fragments of a story which we suppose is capable of being fully disclosed. Not surprisngly, most of the time we are puzzled by dreams (our own, and those of other people).

In dreams, the dreamer is always the consumate artist. No wonder they hold such great appeal.

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