The Journal of Abnormal Psychology— Volume 10

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The Dream as a Response to a Cue

The Scratch-Reflex dream is then to be reconstituted first of all as a memory-reaction determined by factors of recency, frequency and intensity in the dreamer’s experience. The operation of these factors determines the evocation of a specific context or apperception-mass, namely the conversation in question, whose affinity with the external stimulus (scratching) is now made evident. The course of events can be followed so concretely as to permit the logical exclusion of other supposed determinants; confining the explanation as stated. The principle of the parsimony of causes is here applied. I contend that the dream is neither an infantile nor a sexual wish-fulfilment, all plausible analogies to the contrary notwithstanding. Should anyone wish to urge the more remote interpretations which I first manufactured, then the burden of proof rests with him. And no proof is conclusive that rests on mere precedent or on mere reasoning by analogy. The only psychological proof of an interpretation is fundamentally the ability of the interpreter to reconstitute the dream beyond peradventure. This I propose to accomplish more in detail, showing the dream to be a reaction to specific cues, through a process of trial-and-error, and to a limited degree, of trial and success.

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Chicago: Unknown, "The Dream as a Response to a Cue," The Journal of Abnormal Psychology— Volume 10, trans. Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron, 1800-1859 in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology—Volume 10 (London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1831), Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1GSS41QMQIK1QZ6.

MLA: Unknown. "The Dream as a Response to a Cue." The Journal of Abnormal Psychology— Volume 10, translted by Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron, 1800-1859, in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology—Volume 10, London, Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1831, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1GSS41QMQIK1QZ6.

Harvard: Unknown, 'The Dream as a Response to a Cue' in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology— Volume 10, trans. . cited in 1831, The Journal of Abnormal Psychology—Volume 10, Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, London. Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1GSS41QMQIK1QZ6.