The Self, the Third, and Desire

  • Vincent Crapanzano
Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)


“The fact that the dreamer’s own ego appears several times, or in several forms, in a dream”, Freud wrote in his 1925 revision of The Interpretation of Dreams (1954 ed., p. 12), “is at bottom no more remarkable than that the ego should be contained in a conscious thought several times or in different places or connections—e.g., in the sentence ‘when I think what a healthy child I was.’”[1] Freud was referring to the various representations the dreamer’s ego can take in a dream. Implicit in his rather unwieldy sentence is a “psychology” that is neither immediately nor necessarily associated with his explicit psychology. [2] This implicit psychology serves as the ground for his thought. It serves, too, I suggest, as the ground for my own contribution, and the other contributions, to this volume.


Conscious Thought Symbolic Order Dual Relationship Triadic Relationship Dialectical Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent Crapanzano
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Queens CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Graduate Center of the City of New YorkUSA

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